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American Heart Association

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BLS certification stands for Basic Life Support certification. It is a level of medical care used for victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at a hospital. The certification is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. The course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED


ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. It is a certification course offered by the American Heart Association (AHA) that builds on the foundation of Basic Life Support (BLS) skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. The course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies, and for personnel in emergency response.

The course teaches basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED. It also covers recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest, recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia, airway management, related pharmacology, management of ACS and stroke, and effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team


PALS stands for Pediatric Advanced Life Support. It is a certification course offered by the American Heart Association (AHA) that builds on the foundation of pediatric BLS skills. It teaches healthcare providers how to recognize, respond and treat pediatric emergencies. Such emergencies include: Respiratory, Shock, and Arrhythmias. The course is designed for personnel in emergency response, pediatric units, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units

Other trainings


NRP stands for Neonatal Resuscitation Program. It is a certification course offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that conveys an evidence-based approach to care of the newborn at birth and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery.


S.T.A.B.L.E. is a neonatal education program that focuses exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants. The program is based on a mnemonic to optimize learning, retention, and recall of information. S.T.A.B.L.E. stands for the six assessment and care modules in the program: Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood pressure, Lab work, and Emotional support. A seventh module, Quality Improvement, stresses the professional responsibility of improving and evaluating care provided to sick infants


TNCC stands for Trauma Nursing Core Course. It is a certification course overseen by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) that prepares emergency nurses for handling life-threatening trauma cases. The course is taught by qualified registered nurses and increases the knowledge, training, and critical thinking skills RNs need to provide high-quality trauma nursing care


OSCE stands for Objective Structured Clinical Examination. It is a type of examination often used in health sciences to test clinical skill performance and competence in skills such as communication, clinical examination, medical procedures/prescription, and interpretation of results. The OSCE is designed to be a standardized test of clinical skills, where all students are assessed under the same conditions and using the same criteria. The examination typically consists of a series of stations, each of which focuses on a specific skill or task. Students rotate through the stations, performing the required tasks and interacting with standardized patients or mannequins.