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

Arkansas needs more certified ACLS providers!

Arkansas ranked as one of the lowest as the 48th healthiest state in the U.S during a comparison of the overall health of states’ residents. The Natural State ranks on the poor side of the national average in every single available health category listed.

With a rate of 6.5 percent, Arkansas had the highest occurrence of heart attacks in the nation. Arkansas ranked in the bottom five groupings of states for three additional health categories: The state’s prevalence of heart disease was five percent. Smokers rounded out at 27 percent, and the incidence of strokes was four percent.

The statistics did not improve with obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Arkansas’ more than 2.9 million residents faced a plethora of chronic and potentially fatal health problems. More than 30 percent were obese, 40.4 percent had high cholesterol, and the incidences of high blood pressure were 35.8 percent.

Heart disease caused 25 percent of residents’ deaths in Arkansas, and the second leading cause of death in the state was cancer. The state has 52 short-term general hospitals, which hold nearly 8,000-staffed beds for treating residents. In 2010, Arkansas had the 10th highest infant mortality rate in the country with 7.32 deaths per 1,000 births.

The Arkansas ICDR Program reported that as of 2009, the state’s death rate for children between the ages of 1 and 17 years old was 21 percent higher than that of the nation. Arkansas’ rate of unintentional deaths was 38 percent above the national rate.

Arkansas residents can learn how to save a child’s life through the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) test available on this website. PALS providers learn how to navigate high stress situations while giving much needed care, such as at the site of a car crash along a remote country road.

The latest guidelines reiterate the importance of team cooperation and communication while resuscitating a child. The provider becomes skilled at how to initiate rapid and accurate assessment of a patient’s condition before taking action.

Individuals must be familiar with Basic Life Support (BLS) before undertaking PALS testing. BLS creates a strong foundation for any future additional training, and BLS testing is offered on our website. Through the years, the medical profession has made numerous advancements in cardiac care. Because expert consensus takes those achievements into account when updating BLS guidelines, individuals may require a refresher test to stay abreast of current best practices.

One and two person resuscitations are detailed in the BLS “Chain of Survival.” BLS instills invaluable knowledge and skill set in a society where cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death worldwide.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) employs BLS techniques while instructing providers on neurological and cardiac emergencies. A prompt and effective response saves lives.

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

Incidence of heart disease:  5.7%

Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack):  6.5%

Incidence of stroke:  4.1%

Incidence of obesity:  30.9%

Incidence of diabetes:  11.2%

Incidence of high cholesterol:  40.4%

Incidence of high blood pressure:  35.8%

Incidence of smoking:  27.0%

Incidence of low birth weight:   8.8%

Population of Arkansas 2,915,918
Number of short-term general hospitals in Arkansas 52
Number of staffed beds in Arkansas 7,906
Number of primary care physicians in Arkansas 98.0 per 100,000

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