Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for Denver Medical Professionals
The 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index recently awarded the Denver-Aurora area with an overall well being rating of 70.4, which is the fourth highest score of the large metro areas surveyed and an increase from its 2011 scoring of 68.4. Men’s Fitness magazine also ranked Denver as the seventh healthiest city in the United States in the magazine’s 2012 “Fittest and Fattest Cities in America.
Gallup considered six sub-categories when calculating the overall well-being scores for 190 metropolitan areas. The survey focused on emotional health, physical health, work environment, healthy behavior, life evaluation, and basic access.
The Denver-Aurora region’s prevalence was well below the large metro average (10.3 percent) with a rating of 6.8 percent. And the occurrence of obesity among residents was also far below the large metro average (24.7 percent) with a frequency of 17.8 percent—a drop since its 2010 rate of 20.2 percent.
More than 58 percent of residents who were surveyed exercised at a frequency of 30-minute workouts at least three days a week. And 60.5 inhabitants reported consuming the recommended five daily servings of fruit and vegetables at a minimum of four days a week.
From 2010 – 2012, the rate of uninsured Denver-Aurora residents declined from 17.9 percent to 12.9 percent while the large metro area average for the same time period dropped from 16.4 percent to 15.5 percent. Optimism among residents that the region would continue to improve as a place to live increased from 60.8 percent to 66.5 percent between 2010 and 2012.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses can help to increase the excellence of care and therefore improve the odds of survival for Denver’s critically ill or injured infants and children. PALS coursework was designed specifically for healthcare workers who are employed in emergency medicine, emergency response, intensive care, and critical care units, such as nurses, paramedics, and doctors.
Denver residents are given the opportunity to develop emergency care techniques by signing up for Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Instructors will lecture students on when and how to incorporate rescue breathing into emergency medical care. One and two person resuscitation teams are included in the BLS “Chain of Survival” given in class.
Learning how to execute proper chest compressions for infants, children, and adults is another skill that students will acquire in BLS training. Persons will also develop emergency medical techniques regarding how one should handle and apply an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to a victim and the location of the devices.
Denver providers interested in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) must have already acquired knowledge of adult pharmacology, ECG Rhythm Recognition, BLS, and airway management and equipment. Students will be required to exhibit BLS principles during ACLS testing; however, instructors’ lectures will not have specifically covered BLS. ACLS coursework focuses on BLS Survey, ACLS Survey, high quality CPR, ACLS cases for specific disorders, and post cardiac arrest care.
Denver residents involved in health emergencies can depend on PALS, BLS and ACLS providers for help.
Denver needs more certified ACLS providers!