So I have been living out of the country for 3 years, and moved back and am retaking BLS and ACLS. I have been really disapointed with the course and teachers! I took my BLS at a paramedic school and we watched a quick movie and went over the test as a group...thats it. No showing chest compressions or individual tests. Crazy right? Then today I go to my ACLS class. I was told this class would be about 6 hours and because its a shorter class (most of them are 2 full days) that I would study the packet the teacher emailed to us. So the packet is 5 pages long and are the different algorhythms (sp?). So I get to the class today and we watched part of the movie, but then the dvd started skipping so he stopped it and went over the Chest Pain section briefly. Then we watched a 5 min megacode on another dvd, then he went over 3 rhythm strips, then we took the written test as a class. Thats it! No manaquin or individual test! I cant believe it! I was in and out of the ACLS class in 1 hour and 45 min!!!! Sheesh! The BLS class was at least 2 hours.
Now I'm online watching youtube megacodes, trying to figure out what exactly I didnt learn. The American Heart Association has really laxed their standards, in my opinion.
Ok, enough venting. Lets hope I dont have to run a code anytime soon!