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ACLS News:
NOTICE: Error on ACLS Instructor CD: Megacode Testing Checklists 4, 7 & 10

On the Instructor CD included with the ACLS Instructor Manual, “recognize symptoms due to gunshot wound” is listed erroneously on Megacode Testing Scenarios 4, 7 and 10. Please disregard this reference and please use only the version of these Testing Checklists that is included in the printed Instructor Manual. The Instructor CD will be corrected in future printings.

ACLS Product & Course Orientation Now Available
The ACLS P&CO is available on the ACLS Course page on the AHA Instructor Network. The AHA developed the ACLS P&CO to help instructors understand new 2015 Guidelines course design and teaching strategies, and to quickly get up to speed on the latest and most important updates to course materials. It includes guidance for Instructors teaching both Instructor-led and blended courses.

All ACLS Instructors are strongly encouraged to view the ACLS P&CO before teaching the new ACLS course; however, viewing is not required. Viewing the P&CO will be most helpful to Instructors if they have new course materials in-hand.

Heartsaver News:
The Heartsaver Product & Course Orientation is available on the Heartsaver Course page on the AHA Instructor Network. The AHA developed the Heartsaver P&CO to help Instructors understand new 2015 Guidelines courses design and teaching strategies, and to quickly get up to speed on the latest and most important updates to course materials. AHA strongly encourages Heartsaver Instructors to view before teaching the new Heartsaver First Aid and CPR AED Courses; however, viewing is not required.

REMINDER: Blended Learning – 60 Day Period to Complete Hands-on Session
While the AHA no longer requires providers to complete hands-on sessions within 60 days of online course completion, it is highly recommended that the hands-on session be completed soon after completion of the online portion. As always, it is up to the discretion of the Instructor, following the TC policies, to determine if students will be able to successfully meet course criteria resulting in a course completion card.

The Blended Learning components of new Instructor materials are structured to support cognitive learning from the online course that help translate into the physical skills needed for successful course completion.

As of April 2016
2015 Guidelines Instructor Updates
REMINDER: The FINAL deadline is April 15, 2016; any instructor that does not complete the 2015 update(s) by April 15, 2016 will lose instructor status and no longer be able to teach AHA provider courses or receive course completion cards.

Training Tools & Course Materials
Training tools and course materials can be purchased from the following vendors:
- www.laerdal.com
- www.worldpoint.com
- www.channing-bete.com

2015 AHA Guidelines BLS Course Materials-now shipping!
BLS Instructors must begin utilizing the 2015 AHA BLS Course materials ONLY effective April 15, 2016; failure to comply may prevent you from submitting rosters or receiving course cards.
BLS Instructors are required to purchase the following:
- BLS Instructor Manual 2015, $36.25
- BLS Provider Manual 2015, $13.25
- BLS DVD Set 2015, $75.00

2015 AHA Guidelines ACLS Course Materials-now shipping!
ACLS Instructors are required to purchase the following:
- ACLS Instructor Manual 2015, $46.25
- ACLS Provider Manual 2015, $36.95
- ACLS DVD Set 2015, $80.00

2015 AHA Guidelines Heartsaver® Course Materials-preorder now-products ship April 26, 2016
BLS Instructors that teach Heartsaver courses & Heartsaver Instructors are required to purchase the following:
- Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual 2015, $54.00
- Heartsaver Provider Manual(s) 2015, $15.50/ $13.50/ $10.00
- Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Set 2015, $165.00

MANDATORY 2015 AHA Guidelines & Updates for CPR & ECC
Begin Date: December 15, 2015
End Date: February 15, 2016

The 2015 American Heart Association Instructor Update will launch online December 15, 2015, and you must have completed it by February 15, 2016, or no longer be able to teach AHA courses.

  • The 2015 AHA Update will be delivered electronically through the AHA Instructor Network

  • You will need to log in to the network, and can find the update(s) either under the “dashboard” or by clicking the link on the log in page; if you cannot remember your log in information, click the “Forgot password” link

  • You will need to complete a separate session for each discipline you currently teach. You are encouraged to complete the Heartsaver instructor update if you teach Heartsaver courses, but if you complete the BLS update, you are not mandated to do Heartsaver also. The same is true for PALS/PEARS.

  • Each discipline update takes approximately one hour, but you can log in and out in the middle of a particular course and not be penalized.

  • Upon completion, you will be able to save/print a certificate of completion that must be submitted to SR-AHEC Training Center on or before February 15, 2016. If you submit a certificate after the deadline, the certificate must be dated between December 15, 2015 and February 15, 2016.

  • If you DO NOT complete the update by February 15, 2016, you can no longer teach.

  • The update will be available for tablets with screen sizes 7 inches or larger, but not for phones.

  • Interim materials will be introduced during the update and can be downloaded.

  • CE/CME is available through the AHA for each discipline update completed.

  • If you attended either face-to-face update sponsored by the AHA (Orlando or San Diego), you will not be required to repeat the update online.

  • Completing the update does not replace regular renewal criteria (teach 4 classes per 2 years, be monitored by TCF per 2 years, and pay TC membership dues annually).

2015 AHA Instructor Update & Your Instructor Status
You have from December 15, 2015 until February 15, 2016 to complete the instructor update(s); there is no grace period or extension allowed. Failure to complete the update(s) by the deadline may result in termination of your instructor status and membership with Southern Regional AHEC.


2015 Interim Training Materials
All Interim Training Materials are to be used as soon as you complete the official Instructor Update on the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. You may use Interim Training Materials only after you have completed the Instructor Update on 2015 science. Interim Training Materials are not to be used after the new training materials reflecting the new science are released throughout 2016.
For 2015 Interim Exam Materials you need to contact Southern Regional AHEC Training Center Specialist, Heather Stewart before teaching a course using Interim Training Materials.

You can access 2015 Interim Training Materials be clicking the following link:

All AHA Instructors must complete the 2015 Instructor Update by February 15, 2016.

You should use the following Interim Training Materials for each discipline you teach:

  • Provider Manual Comparison Chart

  • Lesson Map Changes

  • Interim Skills Testing Sheets

  • Exam Changes

Beginning in January 2016, Southern Regional AHEC will spend approximately 18 months under construction.  During this time parking will be extremely limited, therefore, CPR courses will be held during the day offsite at the Cumberland Road Fire Station or from 5PM-9PM onsite at Southern Regional AHEC.

Please review the “Upcoming Courses” page for a complete 2016 schedule.

Instructors that intend to be monitored by SR-AHEC Training Center Staff should be aware that course availability and frequency may be affected by the construction and should have alternate options for getting monitored.

  • Utilize SR-AHEC Faculty Instructors; email heather.stewart@sr-ahec.org for contact list

  • Utilize Faculty/Regional Instructors from other Training Centers
    Proof of Faculty status must be provided when monitoring form is submitted

  • Schedule a one-on-one monitoring session with Heather Stewart
    -Complete written Healthcare Provider exam with a 90% or better
    -Demonstrate CPR AED skills on Adult and Infant manikins
    -Teach a module from the BLS curriculum

Andrea Novak, Ph.D., RN-BC, FAEN
Coordinator, AHA Training Center

Heather Stewart
Training Center Specialist