The AHA’s Opioid Education for Healthcare Providers Course is a self-directed, eLearning course that teaches all levels of clinical healthcare providers (EMTs/paramedics, nurses, physicians, pharmacists) how to provide immediate treatment and care for opioid overdose victims. The course educates participants in the pathophysiology of opioids; special considerations on how to care for overdose patients, including naloxone administration; recognizing the need for high-quality CPR; and use of a defibrillator as indicated*. The course offers information on the importance of follow-up treatment and types of resources available for individuals after an opioid overdose, including medication-assisted therapies.
This course covers adults only.
The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the opioid epidemic, the pathophysiology that makes opioids so addictive, and special considerations for taking care of patients who have had an opioid overdose. Considerations include pre-, intra- and post-arrest care.
* Knowledge of how to perform CPR, including opening the airway, administering rescue breaths, and performing high-quality chest compressions, as well as early use of an AED, is highly recommended before taking this course.
**A course key code or URL can not be refunded or exchanged once it has been issued.