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

Missouri ranked as the 42nd healthiest state in the nation in 2012. The state’s rate of 8 percent in prevalence of low birth weight rates placed Missouri in 23rd place within that health category. However, the Show-Me State fell below the national average in every other health grouping considered in the report.

The areas in need of the most improvement are incidence of smoking, which is at 25 percent, and the incidence of heart attack at a 5.6 percent rate; the state is ranked as 42nd and 47th, respectively in those categories. More than 1.1 million adults smoke in Missouri.

The number of uninsured residents increased from 9.4 percent to 14.4 percent in the past 10 years in Missouri. In the last five years, public health funding rose from $40 to $46 per person, but air pollution during the same time period decreased from 12.2 to 10.3 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter.

Over the past year, children who are under the age of 18 and live in poverty increased from 20.5 percent to 23.1 percent in Missouri. The state’s primary care physicians are available at a rate of 107.2 doctors per 100,000 residents. Missouri’s nearly 6 million residents rely on 88 short-term general hospitals located across the state that collectively maintain 17,438-staffed beds.

Challenges Missouri must face in the upcoming year include a higher frequency of infectious disease than the national average, high occurrence of sedentary lifestyle and obesity, high rate of smoking, and low immunization coverage.

Mississippi needs better trained medical professionals. The main goal of Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses is to increase the quality of care, and thus improve the outcome, that is given to children and infants who are seriously injured or ill. Classroom training includes videos, lectures and simulated pediatric emergencies.

PALS is designed for healthcare personnel, such as nurses, paramedics and doctors, who are working in emergency medicine, emergency response, intensive care, and critical care units. In addition to diving into resuscitation team concepts, providers will complete cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations.

BLS tests will provide Missouri’s citizens with life-saving skills. Individuals undergoing BLS training will learn to deliver high quality chest compressions for infants, children, and adults, among other skills like becoming familiar on how to properly use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and when to provide rescue breathing. Within BLS, persons learn about one and two person resuscitation teams and the “Chain of Survival.”

Before pursuing Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), students should already have a firm handle on BLS, ECG Rhythm Recognition, airway equipment and management, and adult pharmacology. But once undertaking ACLS, students will discover the proper use of BLS Survey, ACLS Survey, “High quality CPR,” ACLS cases for specific disorders, and post cardiac arrest care.

PALS, BLS and ACLS certified providers can assist Missouri infants, children and adults in emergency situations.

Missouri needs more certified ACLS providers!

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

Incidence of heart disease:  4.7%

Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack):  5.6%

Incidence of stroke:  3.6%

Incidence of obesity:  30.3%

Incidence of diabetes:  10.2%

Incidence of high cholesterol:  40.4%

Incidence of high blood pressure:  34.3%

Incidence of smoking:  25.0%

Incidence of low birth weight:   8.2

Population of Missouri 5,988,927
Number of short-term general hospitals in Missouri 88
Number of staffed beds in Missouri 17,438
Number of primary care physicians in Missouri 107.2 per 100,000

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