The CALS Program

CALS (Comprehensive Advanced Life Support) provides a variety of educational resources designed specifically for rural health care teams to meet their emergency medical training needs.

Through its core Provider Course and its additional learning labs and modules, CALS teaches an effective approach to the care of critically ill/injured patients manifesting a wide range of emergencies including trauma, cardiac, strokes, pediatric, OB, neonatal, airway compromise, and sepsis. The course is most typically taught in the rural or remote facility, where resources are limited. More than 96% of participants report that taking the CALS course enhanced their skills, confidence and teamwork abilities, leaving them better prepared to treat critically ill or injured patients.

4 elements of rural emergency health care

Four Elements of Success

The CALS curriculum is based on the four key elements that drive success when treating patients in an emergent setting:

Emergency Skills and Knowledge: Without proficiency in the basic skills and procedures, no emergency team can provide adequate care.

Effective Provider Teams: Well-functioning teams are critical to the delivery of appropriate, timely and effective medical care.

Patient-Focused Care and Systems: Hospital systems such as record keeping, triage and evaluation must focus on the needs of the patient and be provided in a timely and professional manner.

Appropriate Equipment: Hospital emergency departments must have a basic set of drugs, equipment and supplies to provide adequate care.

Together, all four of these elements, working in unison, drive excellence in patient care in the emergent setting. This is the foundation of the CALS approach.

A Team Approach

CALS courses are usually held onsite at rural hospitals, allowing the entire emergency department team to participate. Providers are encouraged to attend in teams consisting of a team leader (usually a physician), other physicians, physician assistants, nurse practicioners, nurses, and other allied health professionals. Courses are limited to 24 participants per session.

CALS also provides ongoing emergency medical education through its web site and its online Emergency Care Manual, an extensive resource detailing a wide variety of algorithms, videos, and references addressing the full scope of knowledge in advanced life support.

  • Nurses 53%
  • Physicians 33%
  • P.A. or N.P. 6%
  • EMT-P 5%
  • Allied health 2%
  • Med students 1%

Global in Reach

CALS has led courses, educated providers, and created partnerships across the country and around the world. We’re proud to be the exclusive provider of emergency training to U.S. embassy medical personnel across the globe.

Course Hosting Packet

Bring CALS to Your Location

To bring CALS to your hospital, community, or region, download our Course Hosting Packet.