Welcome to Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support (CALS)
In 2003 there was a cardiac arrest on a patient 4 hours post cardiac surgery. Over the following four hours his chest was re-opened three times and eventually the patient was re-grafted in his ICU bed on bypass.
Many of the nursing and junior medical staff reported they felt disorganised and of little help to the situation and would have performed much better if they had a defined and well practised role. In response to this we created the Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support Course.
We have devised a set of protocols that address the patient suffering a cardiac arrest and all common serious complications in ICU or on the ward. Our aim was to create a common language for all cardiothoracic practitioners.
This protocol has grown and has been accepted as the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery's official protocol and has been accepted by the European Resuscitation Council.
The Society of Thoracic Surgery also created an expert consensus statement which is published in the Annals of Thoracic surgery (Feb 2017) which sets these protocols as the standard of care in the USA.
We hope this course will empower all practitioners to act with confidence to better treat our critically ill patients using well validated protocols, safely managing the patient until expert help arrives..
RESUSCITATION TRAINING IN THE USA
The STS Expert Consensus statement in resuscitation after cardiac surgery now mandates training across the USA and requires units to be able to perform an emergency resternotomy in 5 minutes.
We have now linked with the APACVS and created a National USA Advisory Board to lead training in the USA.
to hear more about this please fill in the contact form below and visit the USA website
You can now do the full CALS course online and receive certification. Simply go to this website to learn more and take the course
The Following Centres currently offer courses
Wythenshawe SIM Centre, UK
St. Georges Hospital, UK
Papworth Hospital UK
Brompton & Harefield Foundation Trust
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
The APACVS also run courses in the USA
use the contact form below to ask for
more details about the courses in the USA
See our course page for details.