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Crisis Code: Teaching Crisis Management Skills to Enhance Management of Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
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Crisis Code: Teaching Crisis Management Skills to Enhance Management of Advanced Cardiac Life Support

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Stanford University School of Medicine

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The Stanford Anesthesia and Informatics Media Lab

Course Description

Healthcare professionals are required to handle medical emergencies and crises. These situations require teamwork and evidence-based techniques. This course will teach physicians crisis resource management principles and the provision of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) during cardiac arrest.

Each module of this course will include learning trigger videos and video podcast lectures.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for physicians in all specialties who work in the hospital and teaching settings.

Dates, Duration & Fee

  • Original Release Date: March 19, 2012
  • Date of Latest Review: September 8, 2014
  • Expiration Date: August 31, 2017
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 7 Hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 7.00
  • Registration Fee: FREE

Please review all of the information on this page before clicking the Courseware tab at the top of the page to begin the course.

To Obtain CME Credits

  • Review the information below and complete the entire activity.
  • Complete the CME Post-test, CME Evaluation Survey, and CME Activity Completion Statement at the end of the activity.
  • You must receive a score of 75% or higher on the 37-question post-test in order to receive a certificate. You will have two attempts to answer each multiple-choice question, (or one attempt for questions with only two options) to pass the post-test.
  • Once you attest to completing the entire online activity and have scored 75% or higher on the post-test, your certificate will be generated automatically and will be available on your Dashboard page.
  • Physicians will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Develop strategies to implement Crisis Resource Management principles and their application during cardiac arrest treatment.
  • Develop strategies to utilize updated guidelines for management of cardiac arrest.
  • Develop strategies to build skills for airway management and vascular access.
  • Develop strategies to build skills for management of PEA (Pulseless Electrical Activity)/Asystole, ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation, symptomatic bradycardia, and unstable supraventricular tachycardia.
  • Develop strategies to build skills for post-resuscitation management.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Crisis Resource Management (47 minutes)
  2. The Science of ACLS (50 minutes)
  3. Ventricular Tachycardia/Ventricular Fibrillation (73 Minutes)
  4. Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA)/Asytole (80 Minutes)
  5. Airway Management and Vascular Access (30 Minutes)
  6. Symptomatic Bradycardia (42 Minutes)
  7. Unstable Supraventricular Tachycardia (78 Minutes)
  8. Post-resuscitation Management (28 Minutes)


The following planners, speakers and authors have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Lawrence Chu, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Anesthesia
Stanford School of Medicine
Course Director
Content Reviewer

T. Kyle Harrison, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia (affiliated) 
Health Research and Policy
Stanford School of Medicine
Co-Course Director

Michael Mayette, MD
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine and Critical Care Division
The University of Sherbrooke

Mike McAuliffe
Stanford EdTech

Greg Bruhns
Stanford Online

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Accreditation and Designation of Credits

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support Acknowledgement

The Stanford University School of Medicine has received and has used undesignated program funding from Pfizer, Inc. to facilitate the development of innovative CME activities designed to enhance physician competence and performance and to implement advanced technology. A portion of this funding supports this activity.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. It is the intent of the bill, which went into effect July 1, 2006, to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through appropriate professional development. The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area. The Stanford University School of Medicine Multicultural Health Portal also contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, language access information and pertinent state and federal laws. You are encouraged to visit the portal:

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Contact Information

If you are having technical problems (video freezes or is unplayable, can't print your certificate, etc.) you can submit a Help Request to the OpenEdX Team. If you have questions related to CME credit, requirements (Pre-test, Post-test, Evaluation, Attestation) or course content, you can contact the CME Online support team at


Chu, Larry, Andrea Fuller, Sara Goldhaber-Fibert, and T. Kyle Harrison. A Visual Guide to Crisis Management. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.

Gaba, David. Crisis management in anesthesiology. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1994.

Pierre, Michael. Crisis management in acute care settings: Human factors and team psychology in a high stakes environment. Berlin New York: Springer, 2008.

Sinz, Elizabeth (Editor), Kenneth Navarro (Editor), Erik S. Soderberg (Editor). Advanced cardiovascular life support. Dallas, TX: American Heart Association, 2011.

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