Emergency responders receive advanced life support training

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CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) – The Michigan Center for Rural Health partners with Aspirus this week to improve healthcare in the Upper Peninsula.

24 representatives from all four Aspirus UP hospitals, Mercy EMS and MedEvac participate in two-day Comprehensive Advanced Life Support training this week.

“A lot of times we have physicians that have training and we have nurses that have training and paramadics that have training, but what we have today is really a team concept. So this training allows us to focus on the care of those patients and be ready for when they come in,” says Grace Tousinant, Upper Peninsula regional chief nursing officer for Aspirus.

CALS focuses on training all members of Emergency response teams in emergency situations specific to rural areas.

“So, for instance, snowmobile accidents and how to remove a helmet, tractor accidents,” says rural health coordinator Emma Smythe of the Michigan Center for Rural Health.

Trainees were also coached on how to properly stabilize patients for longer-distance transport, a necessity in rural areas like the UP where hospitals are much farther apart.

This is the sixth year the Center for Rural Health has sponsored CALS training.

The training is hosted in a different rural Michigan location each year.

“As many rural health professionals know, lack of resources are a big issue,” says Smythe, “Specifically, the UP is definitely an area that needs more resources and we are willing to provide those resources, whatever it takes.”

The training is facilitated by the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support program.

The program is funded by a grant through the Minnesota Department of Health and the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.

Need CALS Re-Certification?

CALS certification expiring soon?  If so, there is still space available in the following course locations.  You can self-register on-line or give us a call and we’ll be happy to register you for an upcoming CALS course.



  1.  February 5-7, 2018 — Litchfield, MN
  2. February 5-7, 2018 — TBD, WI
  3. March 6-8, 2018 — Shakopee, MN
  4. March 14-16, 2018 — Eau Claire, WI
  5. March 19-21, 2018 — Monticello, MN
  6. April 2-4, 2018 — TBD, WI
  7. April 4-6, 2018 — Aitkin, MN
  8. April 24-26, 2018 — Crosby, MN
  9. May 16-18, 2018 — Eau Claire, WI

Montana to Conduct 2 Additional CALS Courses in 2018

Mark Your Calendars!!  Coming to a city near you in Montana!  CALS will be returning to Montana with 2 new course dates in Lewistown, MT — October 11-13, 2018;  and Polson, MT — November 8-10, 2018.

The CALS Program (1) teaches a system of care using CALS Universal Approach to handle undifferentiated emergencies, (2) emphasizes the importance of all members of the team and teaching of teamwork for rural teams, (3) helps to standardize rural emergency care, (4) teaches the skills and knowledge needed for stabilization of critically ill/injured patients as well as proper use of equipment available in rural areas, (5) uses a system of care that emphasizes the needs of the patient.

The course dates have been posted on the CALS Website for immediate registration.  Join your rural colleagues or bring a team from your facility.

We look forward to seeing you in Montana in 2018!!




Minnesota CALS Courses Registration Fees for 2017


CALS Courses Registration Fees for 2017 in Minnesota


Effective January 1, 2017




Effective with all CALS 3-Hour Trauma Modules offered after January 1, 2017, the cost will be:

  • RN/EMT-P/Residents = $150
  • CRNA/PharmD/PA/NP/DO/MD = $350




Effective with all CALS 2-day Provider Courses offered after January 1, 2017, the cost will be:

  • RN/EMT-P/Residents = $490
  • CRNA/PharmD/PA/NP/DO/MD = $935


Eligible Minnesota healthcare personnel are also eligible for the Minnesota Department of Health grant discount as follows:

  • RN/EMT-P/Residents = $125 (final 2-day Provider Course fee = $365)
  • CRNA/PharmD/PA/NP/DO/MD = $310 (final 2-day Provider Course fee = $625)



NEW Wisconsin CALS courses — Enroll NOW!

Enrollment Now Open On-line

3 NEW CALS Trauma Modules and CALS 2-day Provider Courses have been added to the schedule in Wisconsin.


November 30-December 2, 2016

Eau Claire, WI


April 12-14, 2017

Black River Falls, WI


May 15-17, 2017

Eau Claire, WI


Effective January 1, 2017, all Wisconsin CALS 2-day Provider Course registration fees will be:

MD/DO = $675.00

NP/PA/CRNA = $625.00

RN/LPN/RT/EMT-P = $550.00


CALS 3-hour Trauma Module registration fees will not be adjusted.

RN/EMT-P/LPN/RT = $250.00

NP/PA/CRNA/MD/DO = $250.00


CALS Returned to Haiti in 2016

The second CALS newsletter

On the footsteps of the first CALS-Essentials course held in Cap Haitien, Haiti in 2015 — CALS returned to St. Marc, Haiti on April 13-15, 2016 to continue our international efforts in providing emergency medical skills in third world countries with few or limited resources available.  Twenty-two Haitian physicians and nurses from six different facilities completed the course.  The consensus among the consulted Haitian medical leaders is that CALS-Essentials is an important strategy for improving emergency medical care throughout Haiti.

Haiti Medical Education Project (HME) and Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) plan to continue their partnership to bring this training in emergency care to all regions of Haiti.  HME translated the CALS course curriculum into French.

Look to this website for updates on CALS -Essential and future dates.