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

Arizona needs more certified ACLS providers!

When comparing the overall health of residents in each state, Arizona is the 25th healthiest state in the nation. Yet the Grand Canyon State does possess higher rates of heart disease (3.9 percent), smoking (19.2 percent), obesity (24.7 percent), and low birth weight (7.1 percent) than the national average. However, the state breaks into the top 10 bracket at the number five slot for low rates of high blood pressure, with a 28 percent occurrence rate.

Topping 40 percent, Arizona does have a relatively lofty rate of residents with high cholesterol. A rate of 95 active primary care physicians per 100,000 inhabitants drops the state into the 42nd ranking for doctor-resident ratio.

For Arizona’s more than 6.3 million residents, cancer caused the greatest number of deaths in 2011, constituting 22.2 percent of all deaths. Heart disease came in a close second, comprising 21.9 percent of all deaths during the year. Heart disease-related deaths have decreased significantly by 40 percent from 254.3 deaths per 100,000 Arizona residents in 1991 to 152.7 per 100,000 in 2011.

Infant mortality rate was 5.9 per 1,000 births in 2011. Accidents and cancer contributed to the greatest number of deaths in children between the ages of 1 and 14. The rate of state childhood deaths was 17.5 per 100,000, which was a 13 percent decrease since 2009. A report released by the Child Fatality Review Program stated that 837 children under the age of 18 died in Arizona in 2011. Of those, 35 percent were preventable.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provides Arizona citizens with a skill set to help save a child’s life. PALS specific steps aid providers during high stress situations, such as at a highway car accident. Using the latest guidelines, PALS procedures emphasize during resuscitation the importance of team dynamics. Before taking action, an individual becomes skilled at how to initiate rapid and accurate assessment of a patient’s condition.

But potential providers should be well versed in Basic Life Support (BLS) before taking the PALS test. We offer BLS tests, which create a strong foundation for additional training. There have been great advancements in cardiac care over the years, so expert consensus has taken those achievements into account when updating BLS guidelines. Individuals may need a refresher test to ensure that they are staying abreast of current best practices.

Detailed information regarding both one person and two person resuscitations can be found in the BLS “Chain of Survival.” Knowledge gleaned from the BLS program is invaluable because cardiac arrest has become the world’s leading cause of death.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) employs BLS techniques while instructing providers on how to increase survival rates during neurological and cardiac emergencies, specifically stroke, cardiopulmonary arrest, and acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

Responding quickly and effectively prevents deaths. ACLS, BLS or PALS certifications provide invaluable knowledge and training.

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

Incidence of heart disease:  3.9%

Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack):  4.3%

Incidence of stroke:  3.0%

Incidence of obesity:  24.7%

Incidence of diabetes:  9.6%

Incidence of high cholesterol:  40.2%

Incidence of high blood pressure:  28.1%

Incidence of smoking:  19.2%

Incidence of low birth weight:  7.1%

Population of Arizona 6,392,017
Number of short-term general hospitals in Arizona 73
Number of staffed beds in Arizona 13,037
Number of primary care physicians in Arizona 95.7 per 100,000

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