Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Radiologists (ACLS-r)

April 18-19, 2017






Code Blue! What do you do when a patient suffers cardiopulmonary arrest during a radiological exam? Take the CAR ACLS-r course to learn what to do (and what not to do) when every second counts!  

Course Overview

ACLS-r is a unique and highly sought-after simulation workshop offering radiologists the opportunity to improve their practical skills when dealing with patients who suffer cardiac or cardiopulmonary arrest in a radiology setting.

Designed by radiologists for radiologists, this course specifically targets the needs of practitioners with respect to ACLS management and teaches the skills necessary to provide crucial care to patients in life-threatening situations.

Workshop participants put what they have learned into practice right away using high-tech specialized mannequins. Sessions are led by accredited instructors in small groups of eight or less, allowing for plenty of hands-on practice and individual instruction time.


ACLS-r takes place at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal on the evening of April 18 and at the state-of-the-art simulation-based training centre located at the Université de Montréal throughout the day on April 19.

The course is offered in English and in French. Participants who successfully complete this course receive ACLS certification in accordance to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Radiologists are the specific target audience for this activity. The ACLS course for radiologists is developed as a result of the CAR membership’s request, via previous event survey responses.


The Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Radiologists (ACLS-r) course is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program (MOC) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and has been approved by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) for a maximum of 10.25 hours. The RCPSC recording system will automatically convert the credit hours for this event to three credits per claimed hour (10.25 hours x 3 = 30.75 credit-hours). Physicians should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize and initiate early management of conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate the resuscitation outcome. (CanMEDS Roles: Medical Expert, Communicator, Manager)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in providing Basic Life Support care, including providing effective chest compressions and integrating AED use. (CanMEDS Roles: Medical Expert, Collaborator, Communicator)
  3. Manage cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), termination of resuscitation, or transfer of care. (CanMEDS Roles: Medical Expert, Collaborator, Manager)
  4. Identify and treat patients with acute coronary syndromes. (CanMEDS Roles: Communicator, Medical Expert)
  5. Recognize life-threatening situations such as anaphylactic reactions, and provide effective initial care and transfer to reduce disability and death. (CanMEDS Roles: Communicator, Medical Expert)
  6. Demonstrate effective communication as a member of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance. (CanMEDS Roles: Communicator, Collaborator)
  7. Recognize the predictors for potential airway complications, select patients based on these factors and mobilize the required resources for safe sedation. (CanMEDS Roles: Communicator, Medical Expert, Manager, Collaborator)
  8. Manage the situation of a patient in a stable or unstable ventricular tachycardia and supraventricular tachycardia. (CanMEDS Roles: Communicator, Medical Expert, Collaborator)
  9. Manage the situation of a patient in PEA and identify the reversible causes. (CanMEDS Roles: Communicator, Medical Expert, Collaborator)


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