Courses Offered

The two day ACLS course covers the treatment of: acute coronary syndromes, stroke and TIA, tachycardia, bradycardia, and the cardiac arrest protocols for V-fib/V-tach, PEA, and asystole. There are also one day refresher certification courses offered on the second day of each full two day course. These sessions are normally offered every spring and fall. The Queen's ACLS instructors are emergency medicine resident physicians, advanced care paramedics, and emergency or cardiac care nurses.

The two day Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider course enables health-care professionals to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to better recognize and treat critically ill infants and children. The course materials are scenario-based, and a team approach is used to teach emergency management of pediatric patients approaching or already in respiratory or cardiac arrest, from the early minutes through patient stabilization and/or the transport phases of a pediatric emergency, in or out of the hospital.


The two day Trauma Nursing Core Course is designed by nurses for nurses. The intent of this course is to provide nurses with basic knowledge and a standardized approach for the care of trauma patients. It is intended to enhance cognitive skills, sharpen technical skills and provide a foundation for future learning. Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to perform rapid, initial assessment of the trauma patient. Participants will be able to identify injuries, institute appropriate life-saving interventions, assess patients’ responses to resuscitation and communicate with other team members.

The fundamentals of Hand-held Cardiac Ultrasound. This course is composed of three units, an echocardiography background, a hand-held Echocardiography Image acquisition module and a hand-held echocardiography image interpretation module. The course format is a combination of traditional lecture teaching combined with hands-on ultrasound skills training. The course objective is to allow trainees to attain the basic skills necessary to use HHCU in a clinical setting to assist in the identification of specific cardiac pathologies. A Certificate will be provided. The course is run by a Level III Echocardiographer.

5. Casting
This two hour session is taught once a month by an orthopaedic technician, Dee Donovan. Students learn the fundamental principles for applying a simple plaster of paris cast, how to use a cast remover and cast care instructions are also included. These sessions are offered to all residents during their Emergency rotation, however residents not on an Emergency rotation who wish to learn or practice casting skills may apply to take this course based on availability. Dee is also qualified to give extra tips from her years of experience working in the HDH fracture clinic.