Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for Kansas City Medical Professionals
Men’s Fitness magazine ranked Kansas City 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 Kansas City with the overall well-being score of 67.8, which was 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 surveyed. These focused on emotional health, physical health, work environment, healthy behavior, life evaluation, and basic access.
The rate of diabetes among Kansas City residents increased between 2010 and 2012 from 9.5 percent to 9.6 percent with a sharp increase in 2011 (10.7 percent). The prevalence of obesity also rose from 25.8 percent in 2010 to 26 percent in 2012 with a dip in the 2011 (24.9 percent) rate s. The 2012 average rate of diabetes among large metro area residents was 24.7 percent.
Uninsured Kansas City inhabitants fluctuated only slightly from 2010 to 2012 (14.3 percent to 14.2 percent). Optimism among residents over the increasing quality of life in Kansas City grew from 59.9 percent to 64.6 percent.
There was a rise in the prevalence of regular exercise (30-minute workout intervals for a minimum of three days a week) from 50.2 percent in 2010 to 54 percent in 2012. The frequency at which Kansas City residents who consumed the daily recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables at least four days a week were at 55.3 percent.
The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) test provides people with the training needed to deliver life saving care to children. PALS gives specific instructions to assist providers during high pressure situations, such as at the location of a car crash. Based on the 2010 edition handbook of the American Heart Association (AHA), PALS guidelines highlight the value of team dynamics during resuscitation. Individuals learn how to initiate rapid and accurate assessment of a patient’s condition before taking action.
Before becoming a PALS provider, individuals living in Kansas City should be well versed in Basic Life Support (BLS). Our website also offers BLS tests, which creates a strong foundation for other testing. As the medical field makes great strides in cardiac care over the years, AHA has re-adapted its BLS guidelines accordingly. For this reason, individuals may need to take a refresher test to ensure that they are utilizing current best practices.
The BLS “Chain of Survival” provides Kansas City participants with detailed information regarding both one person and two person resuscitations. Cardiac arrest is the world’s leading cause of death, so possessing the BLS skill set is invaluable to helping members of the community.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) employs BLS techniques while teaching providers how to increase survival rates during neurological and cardiac emergencies, specifically stroke, cardiopulmonary arrest, and acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
Whether pursuing ACLS, BLS or PALS certifications, understanding how to respond quickly and effectively in life-threatening situations saves lives.
Kansas City needs more certified ACLS providers!