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

Men’s Fitness magazine ranked Atlanta as the 22nd fattest city in the United States in its 2012 survey, “The Fittest and Fattest Cities in America.”

And the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provided Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta with the overall well-being score of 68.4, which was one percent higher than the average (67.4) for large metro areas.

Six sub-categories were considered in the creation of the Gallup Index overall score for the 190 metropolitan areas that were surveyed. These focused on emotional health, physical health, work environment, healthy behavior, life evaluation, and basic access.

From 2010 to 2012, the prevalence of diabetes among Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta residents dropped from 10.9 percent to 9.2 percent. However, the occurrence of obesity fluctuated very little from 24.6 percent to 24.3 percent during that same period of time.  For 2012, both occurrences of diabetes and obesity in Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta were better than the average rates for large metro areas surveyed (10.3 percent and 24.7 percent, respectively).

Between 2011 and 2012, the prevalence of residents who were uninsured rose from 18.1 percent to 20.1 percent. This rate was nearly five percent higher than the average uninsured rate (15.5 percent) in 2012 for large metro areas included in the Gallup Well-Being Index.

However, residents’ held an optimistic view that the city was becoming a better place to live at a frequency of 60.4 percent—a nearly four percent increase since 2011. And 52.4 percent of Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta locals reported exercising for 30-minute intervals at a minimum of three days a week.

When Atlanta’s healthcare providers achieve certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), quality of care will improve, and thus increase the odds of survival for critically ill or wounded children and infants. Individuals who are working in intensive and critical care units, emergency medicine, and emergency response—like nurses, paramedics and doctors—can further expand their skill sets by taking a PALS courses.

Atlanta residents can attain emergency care training when they successfully finish Basic Life Support (BLS). Teachers use lectures and videos in the course. Students learn when to begin rescue breathing and the correct methods in which to do so. Detailed steps of one and two person resuscitation teams are addressed in the BLS “Chain of Survival.”

Acquiring proper techniques on how to give chest compressions to infants, children, and adults is a critical aspect of BLS training. Emergency medical skills, which include handling and locating Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), are taught to individuals during class.

Atlanta providers must display knowledge of adult pharmacology, ECG Rhythm Recognition, BLS, and airway management and equipment before they can undertake Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training. Although BLS methods are not covered in the coursework, ACLS tests require students to be familiar with BLS. ACLS highlights high quality CPR, BLS and ACLS Surveys, ACLS cases for specific disorders, and post cardiac arrest care.

Atlanta locals can rely on ACLS PALS, and BLS providers to help save lives during medical emergencies.

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