Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for Kentucky Medical Professionals
Kentucky needs more certified ACLS providers!
In 2012, Kentucky ranked very poorly in the rating of the overall health of states’ residents, claiming the 44th spot in the nation. This places a great burden on healthcare providers in the state and highlights a need for trained medical professionals.
Kentucky ranked among the bottom 10 U.S. states in five health categories. Citizens of Kentucky have rather high incidence of stroke (4 percent), occurrence of high blood pressure (38 percent), frequency of heart attack (6 percent), rate of heart disease (5 percent) and prevalence of smoking (29 percent).
In fact, there are more smokers in Kentucky per capita than any other state in the country with more than 970,000 adult smokers. There are also more than one million obese adults in the state. Although Kentucky has the highest rate of preventable hospitalizations, the state’s rate has dropped during the past 10 years from 115.3 to 102.8 discharges per 1,000 residents who were enrolled in Medicare.
However, in the last five years, high school graduation rates have increased from 73 percent to 77.6 percent in Kentucky. Also, within that same time period, air pollution decreased from 13.6 to 11.4 micrograms of particulate per cubic meter. Immunization coverage also increased in the past year from 89.7 percent to 92.2 percent of children between the ages of 19 to 35 months old.
For the state’s more than 4.3 million residents, 76 short-term general hospitals offer 3,629-staffed beds. Per 100,000 people, there are 102.1 active primary care physicians available in the state.
Our Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course arms individuals with the tools that are necessary to deliver life-saving care to children. PALS incorporates the 2010 edition handbook from the American Heart Association (AHA) 2010 into its course. During training, individuals develop the skill set to swiftly and accurately assess a child’s condition before taking action. Excellent team interaction and cooperation are emphasized as an essential aspect of resuscitating a child.
Basic Life Support (BLS) training is needed so that an individual can successfully finish a PALS test. Available through this website, BLS tests are the first step to developing the ability to respond to both children and adults in emergency situations.
Providers should revisit a BLS course if advances are made in the field of cardiac care to stay on top of best practices. AHA adjusts guidelines for BLS as strides are made in cardiac care. BLS teachers instruct students in one and two person team resuscitations as part of the “Chain of Survival.”
Cardiac arrests are currently responsible for the highest number of deaths worldwide, so these available courses could very well save lives in Kentucky.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) incorporates BLS into responding during cardiac and neurological emergencies. By stepping in early on during cardiac dysrhythmias, you could increase a person’s probability of survival.
PALS, BLS and ACLS certified providers assist residents during possibly fatal medical crisis.
For more information regarding ACLS, BLS, or PALS testing, explore ACLS Medical Training today!
Incidence of heart disease: 5.9%
Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack): 6.1%
Incidence of stroke: 3.9%
Incidence of obesity: 30.4%
Incidence of diabetes: 10.8%
Incidence of high cholesterol: 41.3%
Incidence of high blood pressure: 38.0%
Incidence of smoking: 29.0%
Incidence of low birth weight: 9.0%
|Population of Kentucky||4,339,367|
|Number of short-term general hospitals in Kentucky||76|
|Number of staffed beds in Kentucky||13,629|
|Number of primary care physicians in Kentucky||102.1 per 100,000|