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ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Certification in ACLS means you know how to handle patients in a cardiac crisis, ranging from heart attacks to strokes, and everything in between. When a person comes into the emergency room, its people like you who are ACLS certified who will ultimately decide whether they live or die.
ACLS is different from BLS training in that you are able to do more with those certifications. Here's how it looks in a nutshell:
Why certify in ACLS :
If you want to work in the emergency department, ACLS may be a prerequisite. Even if you have no plans to use it however, learning advanced life saving skills could come in handy no matter where you are at. Advanced life saving skills increase the chances of your patient's survival, whether it is an elderly client having a heart attack in your waiting room, or even a random stranger off the street.
Aside from the obvious reasons of saving lives, getting advanced certification also makes you more employable. In today's tough job economy, it's not always easy to find a great job, and there's a lot of competition. ACLS may make the difference between getting a good job, or having to wait months before you find something.
ACLS training is in depth and will give you a better understanding of how to save lives during a cardiac emergency. In order to get this life saving information however, you need to apply yourself to your studies.
You can get the most out of your studies in the following ways:
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