PCGH Current with ACLS Certification


Kellie Barker, RN and Megan Pourciau, RN


Pointe Coupee General Hospital’s Nursing Staff, Physicians and Respiratory Therapists recently completed certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). This two-day course requires passing a written exam and skills test in order to receive an ACLS Course Completion Certification.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke, and other life threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy these interventions.

Extensive medical knowledge and rigorous hands-on training and practice are required to master ACLS. Only qualified health care providers can provide ACLS, as it requires the ability to manage the patient's airway, initiate IV access, read and interpret electrocardiograms and understand emergency pharmacology.


Traci Achord, RN and Delia Soileau, RN


The ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. Properly prepared staff is one way PCGH strives to ensure appropriate care and treatment is administered to the emergent patient.