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American Heart Association, RLC offering emergency services training

One and two-day courses through a partnership between Rend Lake College and the American Heart Association (AHA) will give locals the chance to freshen up on their emergency services training, or learn a few new skills.

The AHA Training Center, located at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon, will host several Basic Life Support (BLS), First Aid, and automated external defibrillator (AED) training courses; Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provider and renewal courses; Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider and renewal courses; and Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) trainings. Both ACLS and PALS required successful completion of a pre-course assessment.

For more information about the trainings or to register, contact the AHA Training Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 2032.

BLS, First Aid and AED Training

One-day courses for BLS, First Aid and AED trainings have already begun, with many more dates scheduled for this fall. During this course, participants will learn about BLS and AED techniques used to save victims whose breathing or heartbeat has stopped. First Aid will also cover the assistance given to a person who has suffered a sudden illness or injury.

BLS, First Aid and AED trainings will meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Aug. 22; Sept. 6 and 12; Oct. 2 and 23; Nov. 15 and 27; and Dec. 6 and 18.

ACLS Provider and Renewal

The AHA offers both ACLS Preparatory and ACLS renewal courses this semester to ready students for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke, and other life-threatening medical emergencies. The preparatory class meets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 30-31, Sept. 13-14, Oct. 25-26, Nov. 7-8, and Dec. 12-13.

The one-day renewal courses meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., on Aug. 17 and 31, Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 12 and 26, Nov. 8 and 21, and Dec. 5 and 13.

PALS Provider and Renewal

Another two-day preparatory class, PALS aims to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for students to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children. The class meets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sept. 7-8 and Oct. 16-17.

For those needing renewal, the one-day course will meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Aug. 24, Nov. 16, and Dec. 7.

TNCC class

The Emergency Nurses Association developed the TNCC for national and international dissemination to recognize a standard of trauma nursing knowledge. TNCC is a 16-hour course designed to provide the student with cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills. The class will meet from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 19.

Attendees should be registered nurses with at least six months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency care setting. The class costs $300, plus $80 for the textbook.