College of Medicine / Simulation Center / Certifications


       

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-297-4828
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Certification

Read more about the available certifications below...

The following professional certifications are offered by the FAU Simulation Center under the auspices of various charter organizations; the American Heart Association (BLS, ACLS, PALS), and Advanced Trauma Life Support – Training Support Center - (ATLS). These courses are taught by request and utilize the Simulation Center facilities, taking full advantage of our full body high fidelity mannequins. Many other organizations teach these courses, but the Simulation Center reinforces hands on training with resuscitation on our mannequins. During the training, if the participants follow American Heart Association approved protocols and provide adequate ventilation, compression or medication, the victims will survive. The patient experiencing the effects of a megacode, will present with the symptoms appropriate for that patient. The participants get a chance to interact as if in a real life situation. This expanded training provides a more realistic and educational experience for the participants.

Basic Life Support for healthcare providers is available to healthcare professionals whose proficiency in BLS will better equip them to serve the community. BLS certification includes training on:

  • How to perform CPR on infants, children and adults
  • How to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • How to relieve choking (foreign body airway obstruction)
  • How to respond to life-threatening emergencies according to the "chain of survival"

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training is available to healthcare professionals for initial or recertification of their ACLS Providers Certificate. This course teaches the systemic approach to dealing with Emergency Cardiovascular Care, including pre-hospital and in-hospital treatment of patients in cardiovascular distress. The program evaluation includes hands on exercises with human mannequin simulators for case based learning and skills proficiency. The course covers:

  • Review of Basic Life Support
  • Primary and Secondary ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulatory) steps
  • Defibrillation
  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced application of the links in the "chain of survival"
  • Treatment for patients who are in imminent danger of cardiac arrest or who have arrested, including
    • Pharmacology for cardiovascular emergencies
    • Treatment for emergency airway issues
    • Basic cardiac rhythm interpretation
    • Effective team dynamics for cardiovascular life support

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training is available to healthcare professionals for initial or recertification of their PALS Providers Certificate. This course teaches the pediatric assessment approach to dealing with Emergency Pediatric Care, including:

  • Assess-categorize-decide-act model
  • Identification of core rhythms
  • Knowledge of core drugs
  • Knowledge of PALS flowcharts and algorithms

The program evaluation includes hands on exercises with human pediatric mannequin simulators for case based learning and skills proficiency.

The Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course is provided by St. Mary’s Medical Center and an intense 16-hour program for new certification and an 8 hour program for rectification, which emphasizes trauma patient care. The course is lecture and skills intensive. At the end of the class there will be a written test and an evaluation of the participant skill knowledge. The didactic portion will be divided between video and PowerPoint presentations. The scenarios duplicate real events and facilitate analysis of the chain of patient safety and treatment procedures, while creating the illusion of real-life drama, both under normal and disaster circumstances. The Center applies human mannequin simulation technology to train and certify healthcare providers. The simulations may involve the integration of multiple emergency care providers and multiple simulated patients, which together create a live replication.



Last Modified 11/8/16