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

Nebraska was the 15th healthiest state in the country in 2012. The state ranked among the top 10 in the country in one health category, which was the rate of high blood pressure at 28 percent. In addition, the state was higher than the national average for rates of heart disease (3.9 percent), the incidence of diabetes (8.4 percent), the frequency of low birth weight (7.1 percent), and the occurrence of stroke (2.6 percent).

The state also ranked near to the national average in the incidence of high cholesterol (38.8 percent) and the frequency of heart attacks (4.3 percent). Residents within the state also experienced few poor mental and physical health days each month. A high immunization coverage and a high rate of high school graduation also contributed to Nebraska’s overall health ranking.

However, Nebraska does need to address a high incidence of infectious disease and a high occurrence of binge drinking among residents. Over 390,000 adults are considered obese, and more than 360,000 adults have a sedentary lifestyle. High school graduation rates among incoming freshmen that graduated in four years declined during the past five years from 87.9 percent to 82.9 percent.

Uninsured individuals in Nebraska rose in the past 10 years from 8.5 percent to 12.8 percent. But infant mortality rate declined from 6.1 to 5.4 deaths out of 1,000 live births. Although Nebraska had a high rate of infectious disease, its frequency of cases decreased in the past year from 14.1 to 11.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training aims to increase the quality of care so that the outcomes will also improve for seriously ill or injured infants and children. Healthcare professionals, such as nurses, paramedics and doctors working in emergency medicine, emergency response, intensive care, and critical care units are the audiences for PALS certifications.

Nebraska’s residents are provided with the chance to acquire emergency medical skills during Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Individuals receiving BLS training learn how to give effective chest compressions to infants, children, and adults. Students’ medical skills also expand to include the proper way to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and the correct moment to give a person rescue breathing. BLS teaches the “Chain of Survival” and the protocol for one and two person resuscitation teams.

Those who are interested in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) should have prior knowledge of using BLS, ECG Rhythm Recognition, airway equipment and management, and adult pharmacology before enrolling in the training. Individuals are expected to know BLS techniques for the test even though BLS is not reviewed during the ACLS course. ACLS training instructs students when it is proper to use BLS Survey, ACLS Survey, high quality CPR, ACLS cases for specific disorders, and post cardiac arrest care.

PALS, BLS and ACLS certified providers can help deliver life-saving care to Nebraska residents caught in critical medical situations.

Nebraska needs more certified ACLS providers!

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

Incidence of heart disease:  3.9%

Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack):  4.3%

Incidence of stroke:  2.6%

Incidence of obesity:  28.4%

Incidence of diabetes:  8.4%

Incidence of high cholesterol:  38.8%

Incidence of high blood pressure:  28.6%

Incidence of smoking:  20.0%

Incidence of low birth weight:  7.1%

Population of Nebraska 1,826,341
Number of short-term general hospitals in Nebraska 28
Number of staffed beds in Nebraska 4,269
Number of primary care physicians in Nebraska 116.7 per 100,000

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