The American Heart Association Guidelines Are Here!

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That’s right… after much anticipation and bated breath, the official 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are now available. These guidelines, which are updated every five years, are based on the most current and comprehensive review of resuscitation science, systems, protocols, and education.

The guidelines make a number of recommendations for healthcare professionals. There’s quite a few so I won’t get into them all here however the American Heart Association (AHA) has set up a bunch of great ways for you to get this information on their guidelines website.(They also published a really nice blog post on the topic that hits on a few of the changes and why they’re so important.)

Preliminary Product Release Schedule

The AHA put out a preliminary product release schedule to help keep you informed. It’s important for you to know that if you’re purchasing AHA courses from the HealthcareSource eLearning LibrarySM we’ll handle the course updates for you. So when they’re available, we’ll update and replace the existing versions within NetLearning.

AHA Guidelines 2015

(Of course this schedule is subject to change at any time but at the very least it will help you know what the AHA is planning for.)

Now What?

So you’re probably wondering, “what am I supposed to do with this information?”— and that is a good question because, as I said, there’s a lot to take in. In the past, educators had essentially three options:

  1. Notify your providers about the new guidelines and request that they read through the updates. Then leave it up to them to decide how these changes will impact their daily activities.
  2. Spend time building your own computer-based learning (CBL) presentation with the new information, schedule it (probably multiple times if it’s a live session), and then ensure that you get everyone to complete it.
  3. Do nothing and just wait the 1-23 months it may take for your providers to complete their renewal courses.

Quite honestly, none of these options seem ideal. The only choice that really takes an active step to ensure your providers are aware of the changes is number two, and as anyone who’s ever built a course can tell you, it’s not exactly a “walk in the park.” But, that’s why we’re here!

Training Your Providers with the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC Course

For the first time ever, the AHA has developed a course to help healthcare providers bridge the gap between the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC and their renewal course. The Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care In-Service course is an online course designed to give your providers information on new science and key changes that were just published.

A few details about the course:

  • It offers a full overview of science changes impacting basic, advanced, and pediatric life support
  • It includes real-world scenarios and interactive learning
  • Learners may claim continuing education (CE) credit upon completion
  • Learners may also receive course completion certificates

The course, which is available now for pre-order at $9/user, takes an estimated 45-60 minutes to complete, and will be ready to run on HealthcareSource NetLearning® upon its release.


Want to learn more about the new guidelines? Download the course datasheet or watch our 30-minute webinar replay to learn more about  how the new guidelines will impact your organization. And as always, feel free to drop us a line at solutions@healthcaresource.com with any questions. 

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Valerie Keays

About Valerie Keays

Valerie Keays is the Marketing Programs Manager at HealthcareSource. Valerie is responsible for the development of our educational webinars and marketing programs pertaining to our L&D solutions.