Medical staff must be current for emergency training to practise in non-hospital facilities

The Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program (NHMSFAP) has an accreditation standard Human Resources, which states that regulated health-care professionals must have current basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and airway management courses appropriate to the clinical setting where they work.

The NHMSFAP Committee has directed that current be defined as:

  • BLS courses must include an in-person/hands-on component and be renewed every two years. BLS courses must be designed for health-care professionals (health-care provider or equivalent level).
  • ACLS/PALS courses must include an in-person/hands-on component and be renewed every two years.
  • A difficult airway management course is required for anesthesiologists who have not regularly practised in a hospital setting for three years. Difficult airway management courses must be renewed every three years.

Many course providers offer portions of courses online, which is acceptable. Courses entirely online are not acceptable. Courses must include an in-person/hands-on component to demonstrate the importance of effective team interaction and communication and participation in simulations and scenarios.