Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for Fort Worth Medical Professionals
In 2010, Fort Worth, Texas—located in Tarrant County—had a population of 742,066. And within Tarrant County, the leading cause of death in 2010 was diseases of the heart, accounting for 22.8 percent of deaths. The second greatest percentage of deaths was caused by cancer at a rate of 22.6 percent, followed by cerebrovascular disease at 6.2 percent. In 2010, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death with a rate of 2.6 percent.
In Tarrant County, one out of every three children, ages of 2 – 14 years old, are either overweight or obese (31.9 percent). An estimated 28.2 percent of adults (18 years and older) are obese. Furthermore, 37.5 percent of adults in the county are overweight.
In 2010, 48.9 percent of the women who gave birth were obese or overweight before becoming pregnant. Those who were obese prior to pregnancy had a 64.7 percent higher rate of infant mortality than those who maintained a healthy weight prior to pregnancy. In 2011, Tarrant County possessed the highest rate of infant mortality of any county in Texas at a frequency of 7.6 deaths per 10,000 live births.
The leading causes of preventable death in Tarrant County are obesity-associated conditions that include stroke, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and high blood pressure. In regards to consuming the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, 74.3 percent county adults did not meet those standards. Only 47.4 percent of adults met the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended frequency of exercise.
Whether you wish to pursue ACLS, BLS or PALS certification, understanding how to react quickly, confidently, and effectively during life-threatening events can save lives in Fort Worth.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification delivers medical employees the necessary tools to give emergency medical care to children during stressful situations, such as at the scene of a boating accident. Centered on the American Heart Association (AHA) 2010 edition handbook, PALS coursework also emphasizes the effect of strong team dynamics during resuscitation. Providers learn how to conduct an accurate, time-sensitive assessment of a patient’s condition before taking action.
If interested in pursuing PALS certification, individuals must have already completed Basic Life Support (BLS) training before starting this course. BLS tests are also available on this website and should be completed before pursuing either PALS or ACLS training. AHA periodically updates its BLS guidelines due to progress in cardiac care, so current providers should keep up to date on the latest techniques available.
Because cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the world, acquiring BLS life-saving steps is of the utmost importance. The BLS “Chain of Survival” provides detailed steps for both one person and two person resuscitations.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) employs BLS practices during training. The course teaches the skills required to increase survival rates during neurological and cardiac emergencies, specifically stroke, cardiopulmonary arrest, and acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Intervening early in cardiac dysrhythmias can increase a person’s odds of survival.
Fort Worth needs more certified ACLS providers!