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CSU-ALS Provider Training

CSU-ALS Provider courses are a combination of didactic, simulation and hands-on training that is designed to teach best practice in the resuscitation of patients who arrest after cardiac surgery.  The 7.5 hour course covers:

  • The CSU-ALS protocol as described in the Expert Consensus Statement on Resuscitation after Cardiac Surgery we published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery in March 2017
  • Differences between ACLS and our protocol in the management of these patients
  • Common conditions that lead to instability and arrest in these patients and an assessment tool specifically designed to identify patients that are deviating from the care pathway and to develop strategies to prevent arrest in these patients
  •  Operation of the Epicardial Pacemaker and its use in the resuscitation of cardiac surgery patients
  • Techniques for performing resternotomy including wire/ cable/ plate removal, inserting the sternal retractor, performing internal cardiac massage and internal defibrillation, a review of anatomy and "land-mines encountered in the open chest (vein grafts, IMA, chest tubes, pacing wires, etc)
  • Creating a sterile field, opening instruments sterily, maintaining sterility during the resternotomy
  • Working efficiently as a team with defined roles during the arrest

The Provider course has a two year certificate period that is renewed with a live course.  This can be at your hospital through formal accredited center courses or at any of our many Centers of Excellence in North America, Central or South America.  Our E-Learning products are an adjunct to this education and certification - they do not in any way constitute in part or in whole a replacement for the live courses required for the certification or re-certification.

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CSU-ALS Train The Trainer Courses

Once participants have mastered the concepts and practical aspects of the provider course, they then complete the Train the Trainer course. This course will provide participants with the fundamentals of CSU-ALS instruction and allow them to begin a shadow and co-teach process allowing them to eventually become full instructors with CSU-ALS curriculum.  This 5.5 hour course covers:

  • The evidence behind the protocol/ consensus statement
  • Instruction on how to run the arrest practicals
  • Practice running the arrest practicals
  • Common questions asked about the protocol with recommended responses
  • How to give feedback and debrief during the training
  • How to run the clinical scenarios including loading and operating the software
  • How to organize and run a course
  • Certificate models, CSU-ALS structure, Information on the E-learning modules

The Trainer course has a two year certificate period like the Provider course.  To become a recognized CSU-ALS Trainer, you must:

  • Complete an accredited CSU-ALS Provider Course
  • Complete an accredited CSU-ALS Trainer Course
  • Be proctored twice by our faculty while you teach a CSU-ALS Provider Course. 

 After completion of these protorships, you may teach courses at will.  The CSU-ALS Trainer Certificate is renewed by demonstrating you have taught at least 2 courses per year and by completion of the E-learning Full Course Modules. 

Our E-Learning products are an adjunct to this education and certification - they do not in any way constitute in part or in whole a replacement for the live courses required for initial certification and are an important adjunct to maintenance of Trainer certification.  Maintenance of the CSU-ALS Trainer status implies continued status as a Provider and does not require the live re-certification mentioned above for Provider re-certification

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Unit Based Training


Host a course in your facility to train staff and providers in your unit to respond to post cardiac surgery emergencies. Advantages of unit based training allows members of multi disciplines to attend training together. In addition, in house courses allow staff to become comfortable with each other’s roles and equipment on your unit.

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1435 Taylor Wood Rd, Simpsonville, KY
Phone: (540) 383-2817


The Lanterns, Sandy Lane, STAFFS ST5 5DP, UK
Phone (+44)  7515911116


To ensure that cardiac patients receive the best possible care during the worst possible times

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