August 8, 2008
In an emergency situation would you know what to do?
Friday, the University of Virginia offered a training class for one type of common situation.
UVA offered an advanced cardiac life support class for clinicians and practitioners.
The small group sessions focused on preventing a patient from going into cardiac arrest during an unusual circumstance.
The class included experienced nurses, paramedics and physicians. Along with resuscitation, the program also covered electrolyte disorders and toxicology.
It is considered the "next step" in ACLS training.
William Brady, M.D.,a Professor of Emergency Medicine said, "it takes a student a couple steps to understand why things happen, to prevent problems from occurring, and once they occur, managing them in an appropriate fashion."
The American Heart Association recommends health care providers take a similar class every two years.