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what is acls certification and who needs it

ACLS, or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, is a classroom course for healthcare providers that covers how medical professionals should respond to patients who’ve just experienced cardiac arrest. The course also covers medical team dynamics and communication, according to the American Heart Association, a leading provider of ACLS certification.

Healthcare providers who oversee or manage cardiovascular emergencies are typically the medical professionals who receive ACLS certification.

Emergency response or emergency medicine professionals may obtain such training as well as workers in intensive and critical care units, the AHA states.