CARDIAC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT COURSES



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Overview

Cardiac arrests are an important public health challenge. The rate of a cardiac arrest after a cardiac surgery was initially up to 8%. Thus, in such scenarios there is always a need to resuscitate the patients at a faster rate.

Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support (CALS) is a standard set of protocols devised to address the unique set of challenges in post cardiac surgical patients suffering a cardiac arrest and all common serious complications in the ICU or on the ward. The development of a protocol addressed the unique set of challenges that was associated with cardiac arrest post cardiac surgery. On the near horizon the application of the CALS protocol has led to a significant improvement in the patients by up to 80%.

The European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS) accepted CALS as its official resuscitation protocol in 2009. The guidelines are endorsed by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (USA), European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

The CALS course devised 15 years ago in the United Kingdom has become the standard of care around the globe. The programme aims to train doctors and nurses in cardiac surgical resuscitation, thus promoting quality care and patient safety. The training is offered through e-learning and taught courses.

CALS courses throughout the world are ‘governed’ by CALS UK Ltd. Continual medical/nursing education and revalidation is maintained by a certification process for all providers (with yearly electronic updates and bi-annual course attendances) and trainers with a central database (in line with other International Resuscitation courses e.g. ALS, etc.) allowing tracking of all trainees and trainers.

It is mandatory for all cardiothoracic trainees in the UK and is being considered as such for all trainees in the US. In Australia and New Zealand, it is accepted by ANZICS as continuous professional activity. In Spain it is becoming mandated for all intensivists. The course also runs in South Africa and Pakistan and presently aims to provide the same training at India.

We hope our courses will look forward in empowering all practitioners to act with confidence in treating critically ill patients post cardiac surgery using well validated protocols and safely managing them until expert help arrives.

CALS Centers of Excellence

CALS is taught in a growing number of “centres of excellence” around the world. There are 67 such centres in USA, UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Centres of excellence can identify themselves as showing best practice in the field of cardiac surgery and offers multiple benefits to an institution: -

  • Identifies itself as a leader in best practice in the field of cardiac surgery
  • Delivers international standards in resuscitation practice
  • Promotes continuing educational and professional development for staff members
  • Provides market differentiation in a competitive healthcare market
  • Demonstrates due diligence in the event of litigation
  • Facilitates a self-sustaining model for training
  • Creates opportunities for research.

CALS IN INDIA

DIRECTORS

FACULTY

CALS TAUGHT COURSES

CALS teaches a unique way of organizing staff to maximize efficiency in resuscitation and re-sternotomy in the event of a cardiac arrest. It suggests that there are six key roles of which two (team leader and ICU coordinator) are the most important. Each of these key roles is stand alone with an ethos of encouraging optimal team working by leadership (by the team leader) with active followership by all other roles.

The taught course has lectures and practical sessions that are not covered in the e-learning. There are added stations that teach common emergency CXR and Echocardiography (TTE &TEE) diagnostic interpretations using images and videos. There are 8 practical stations in the course covering a wide range of skills and scenarios including the use of epicardial pacing and intra-aortic balloon pump. Special scenarios such as ECMO, Central VA, Peripheral VA and RVAD has been included.

CALS PROVIDER COURSE

  • The one-day provider course is offered to all staff members who are involved in the perioperative care of cardiac surgical patients. This includes surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivisits, junior doctors, nurses, theatre and critical care practitioners.
  • The course will consist of lectures, practical sessions, moulages, simulation exercises and skilled stations.
  • The students will be taught emergency re-sternotomy, airway management and the use of pacing, balloon pump and learn the resuscitation on a custom built 4th generation 3D manniquin.
  • The participants will learn and practice the EACTS/STS approved CALS protocol, five - point action plan and six - role team approach in resuscitation.

TRAIN THE TRAINER COURSE

For the delegates attending the day 2 TTT - you will form our faculty for future CALS courses! We aim to run provider courses here 2 x yearly and there may be opportunity for you to attend and teach on other CALS UK or international courses.

  • This one-day course is offered to the staff members who want to become a teaching faculty for CALS training.
  • It reinforces the evidence behind CALS guidelines.
  • The candidates will be taught the skills and expertise that are required to become a faculty.
  • The candidates will be taught how to give effective feedback.
  • The candidates will learn how to set up and run successful CALS courses in their centers.

PRE- REQUISITES FOR THE CALS TAUGHT COURSES

  • PRE- COURSE E-LEARNING MODULE is a MANDATORY requirement for all candidates taking up the provider course or train the trainer course.
  • The candidates will receive a unique e-learning code to access the pre-e learning module once they register for the taught courses.
  • Please make your payments and complete your registration at least two weeks in advance to access the e-learning. There is a lot of pre course eLearning material for you to get through, so advice would be to start as soon as possible. A CALS Course Manual will be provided on the day of the course.

To access the pre-learning module, click on the following link

csu-als.com/cals-elearning

Eligibility Criteria

    The course is offered to all

  • Surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, ICU nurses, Perfusionists, Allied Health Professionals and other critical care practitioners who are involved in the perioperative care of cardiac surgical patients.
  • Mandatory for all applicants to take up the Pre-e-learning course prior to the taught course
  • Applicants are only allowed to choose ONLY one of the provided taught courses

COURSE CALENDAR

    FORTIS HOSPITAL

    Course Director:

    DR VIVEK

    Dr. Vivek Jawali

    Director, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Fortis Hospital, Cunningham Road Cardiac Surgery/ Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery

  • June 22nd - Provider Course
  • June 23rd - Train the Trainer Course

    NARAYANA HRUDALAYA

    Course Director:

    Dr Devi Shetty

    Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Chairman & Executive Director of Narayana Health

  • June 26th- Provider Course
  • June 27th- Provider Course
  • June 28th - Train the Trainer Course

PROVIDER COURSE

NURSE/ ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
10,000/-
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
11,000/-

TRAIN THE TRAINER COURSE

NURSE/ ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
9,000/-
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
10,000/-

* The course fee is inclusive of all taxes.

* Conversion and bank charges for international payments will be additional.

* At no instance the course fees shall be refunded, if the applicant is either disqualified or fails to take up the course.

* On short listing the names if the applicant chooses not to take up the course, he shall inform not later than 10 days from the date of short list announcement.

Documents required

* ADDRESS PROOF (AADHAR CARD/ PASSPORT/ DRIVING LICENSE/ PASSBOOK)

Additional documents, If you are a

* DOCTORS: UG Certificate/ PG Certificate.

* NURSE/ ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL: UG /PG Certificate/ Diploma Certificate.

* PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: UG /PG Certificate/ Diploma Certificate.

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