Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for Alabama Medical Professionals

Alabama needs more certified ACLS providers!

In regards to healthiest states, Alabama is currently ranked 45th in the nation. The Heart of Dixie also falls among the bottom five slots for seven of the country’s state health categories, several of which are directly linked to heart-related ailments.

Of the state’s more than 4.5 million residents, there is a 42 percent incidence of high cholesterol and a 24 percent incidence of smoking. Compared to other states, the 40 percent prevalence of high blood pressure and 5 percent incidence of strokes among Alabama’s population cause the state to place last in those categories. The state also ranks near last for rate of diabetes, number of active physicians per 100,000 residents (97), and incidence of low birth weight babies (10 percent).

In 2012, heart-related diseases were the leading cause of death for Alabama residents, followed closely behind by cancer. Infant deaths occurred at a rate of 8.9 per 1,000 live births in Alabama in 2012, which is higher than the United States national average of six deaths per 1,000 live births. Alabama’s 97 short-term general hospitals currently maintain 15,769-staffed beds to care for the state’s ailing residents.

As of 2012, more than one million of Alabama’s residents were under the age of 18—27.7 percent of who were living in poverty. According to the 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Alabama ranked 48th in the nation in regards to child well-being. Doctors must be prepared to provide pediatric care to children in life-threatening events.

Our Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training arms doctors with the tools necessary to deliver lifesaving care to children during stressful circumstances, such as at a car accident site or in a hospital bed. Based on the latest handbook, PALS guidelines reiterate the importance of team dynamics during resuscitation. The training program teaches individuals how to initiate rapid and accurate assessment of a patient’s condition before taking action.

However, individuals must first already be trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) methods before becoming a PALS provider. BLS tests are also offered through this website and should be taken before pursuing either PALS or ACLS programs. ECC BLS guidelines have adapted over the years as advancements in cardiac care have been made. Because cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the world, knowing BLS procedures is of the utmost importance. The BLS “Chain of Survival” provides detailed information regarding both one person and two person resuscitations.

Utilizing BLS techniques, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training teaches providers how to increase survival rates during neurological and cardiac emergencies, specifically stroke, cardiopulmonary arrest, and acute coronary syndrome (ACS). By intervening early in cardiac dysrhythmias, you could increase a person’s chance of survival.

Alabama needs more certified ACLS providers!

Whether pursuing ACLS, BLS or PALS certifications, knowing how to respond quickly and effectively in life-threatening situations saves lives.

For more information regarding ACLS, BLS, or PALS testing, explore ACLS Medical Training today!

Incidence of heart disease:  5.6%

Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack):  5.1%

Incidence of stroke:  4.6%

Incidence of obesity:  32.0%

Incidence of diabetes:  11.8%

Incidence of high cholesterol:  42.0%

Incidence of high blood pressure:  40.1%

Incidence of smoking:  24.3%

Incidence of low birth weight:  10.3%

Population of Alabama 4,779,736
Number of short-term general hospitals in Alabama 97
Number of staffed beds in Alabama 15,769
Number of primary care physicians in Alabama 97.9 per 100,000

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