How to Prepare for the ACLS Course.

You will find various downloads or links to other sites. You are welcome to save them to your computer and or print them.

Please ensure that you have or will a BLS course within last year and registered with HSFC. This need to be done prior to the ACLS course If you don't have the course please contact the following individuals: Peter Stanley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step 1)  Download, print, and study the ACLS Algorithms document. Bring it to the course as it contains the need to know information for the course.      ACLS Algorithms Download  

Step 2)  Obtain and read the new 2015 HSFC ACLS Provider Manual. In addition, please review the Skills Testing Checklist in the Appendix of the book starting on page 160. Your skills will be evaluated using these checklists.

Step 3)  If you do not have an account with the HSF Resuscitation Portal, then you must go the HSF website and create an account. This will give you access to the ACLS Precourse Assessment training materials. The email address that you provide to them must be the same as the one you provided when you registered online for our ACLS course. 

Step 4) Complete the HSF ACLS Precourse Assessment. Go to the HSFC website and find the assessment under the tab 'Training Resources'.  Complete the Precourse Self-test after viewing the 4 videos provided: BLS, Airway Management, Acute Coronary Syndrome, and Stroke.  You must obtain at least 74% on the precourse assessment, ideally you should aim for 90% score. You may go back and repeat the Self Assessment if required after  studying the manual.

*** Note that there will be a BLS review and testing station at the beginning of the course*** 

Step 5) Be able to recognize the common ACLS core rhythms.  (sinus bradycardia/tachycardia, AV Heart Blocks, atrial fibrillation and flutter, AV node re-entrant tachycardia (AVnRT or SVT), ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation, asystole, pulseless electrical activity-PEA)

    1. if needed, click on this link for a teaching manual on ACLS rhythms:    ACLS Rhythm Recognition
    2. More practice rhythms strips with answers:   Practice Rhythm Strips

Additional Educational Material

ACLS Links:

  • The courses are held in the Department of Emergency Medicine teaching rooms at the Civic campus, 1053 Carling,  E-Main, near the Melrose entrance to the hospital.  

Ottawa Accomodation


The following link lists a number of Ottawa Hotels. Hotels listed in the Ottawa East category are likely to be closest to The Ottawa Hospital General Campus, which is located at 501 Smyth Road.


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