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

Idaho needs more certified ACLS providers!

Idaho ranked 17th in the nation in the United Health Foundation’s state-by-state ranking of overall health for 2012. But Idaho was also one of the top 10 states in three health categories.

With a 17.2 percent incidence rate, Idaho placed sixth in the nation for lowest percentage of smoking. But nearly 200,000 adults still smoke. The state held on to the number 10 spot in regards to occurrence of stroke within its state population with a rate of 2.4 percent. Idaho also ranked eighth in the nation for prevalence of low birth weight with a rate of 6.8 percent.

The state ranked relatively well in the incidence of high blood pressure (29.4 percent) and heart attacks (3.9 percent). Idaho ranked slightly better than average in both the incidence of diabetes (9.4 percent) and obesity (27.1 percent). A low frequency of sedentary lifestyle and a low rate of preventable hospitalizations were also characteristics of the state population. Infant mortality also declined from 7.1 to 5.7 deaths per 1,000 live births during the past 10 years.

But the state’s occurrence of infectious disease rose over the past 10 years from 5.7 cases to 10 cases per 100,000 people. Idaho ranked last in availability of primary care physicians with a rate of 77 per 100,000 residents. The state bears a high rate of uninsured people and low immunization coverage. The percentage of children under the age of 18 living in poverty increased from 13.2 to 22.3 percent during the past five years.

Idaho’s citizens have the opportunity to give children emergency care by completing the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course. The knowledge acquired through PALS tests—available on this website—equip individuals with a firm grasp of pediatric emergency care. PALS enhances individuals’ preparedness to administer life-saving care to children in harrowing situations.

During the course, PALS instructs students on quickly assessing a child’s state before moving to act. PALS coursework highlights that working cohesively as a team during a child’s resuscitation is critical.

Before sitting for the PALS test, students must have already attained a solid understanding of Basic Life Support (BLS). The BLS test available on this website is a platform on which to develop other emergency preparedness skills.

BLS guiding principles are amended as strides are made in cardiac care. For this reason, providers ought to take a BLS refresher class to retain knowledge of current practices. The “Chain of Survival” is taught in BLS and demonstrates one and two person team resuscitations. The greatest number of fatalities worldwide is due to cardiac arrests, so this certification could very well save lives in Idaho.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) incorporates BLS practices into both cardiac and neurological emergencies. PALS, BLS and ACLS certifications supply trainings that are critical to survival in life-threatening circumstances.

Idaho needs additional certified ACLS providers!

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

Incidence of heart disease:  4.1%

Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack):  3.9%

Incidence of stroke:  2.4%

Incidence of obesity:  27.1%

Incidence of diabetes:  9.4%

Incidence of high cholesterol:  38.5%

Incidence of high blood pressure:  29.4%

Incidence of smoking:  17.2%

Incidence of low birth weight:  6.8%

Population of Idaho 1,567,582
Number of short-term general hospitals in Idaho 17
Number of staffed beds in Idaho 2,339
Number of primary care physicians in Idaho 77.5 per 100,000

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