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
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..
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
Harefield Hospital, UK
Papworth Hospital UK
Brompton & Harefield Foundation Trust
Sutter Health, San Francisco, USA
APACVS Nationally in the USA
See our course page for details.