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

A variety of health factors contributed to Nevada ranking as the 38th healthiest state in America in 2012. The state placed 7th in the nation in regards to its 24.5 percent occurrence of obesity. Although Nevada has a much smaller rate of obesity than most states, over 500,000 adult residents are obese in the state.

However, Nevada ranked 47th in the country with its low rate of available primary care physicians with a frequency of 83.6 doctors per 100,000 residents. The state also ranked below the national average in incidence of smoking (22.9 percent), prevalence of diabetes (10.3 percent), frequency of heart attack (5.2 percent), and occurrence of stroke (3.2 percent).

Over the past decade the rate of uninsured residents increased from 15.9 percent to 22 percent. The occurrence of preventable hospitalizations declined during the past five years from 65.3 to 58.1 discharges out of every 1,000 residents who were enrolled in Medicare.

Twenty-eight short-term general hospitals cared for Nevada’s more than 2.7 million residents and provided 5,214-staffed beds. Frequency of infectious disease increased in the past year from 4.8 to 6 cases per 100,000 people. Nevada has low per capita public health funding and a low high school graduation rate.

Within the last 10 years, the infant mortality rate declined from 6.5 deaths to 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in Nevada. And over the course of the past year, the prevalence of children in poverty under the age of 18 decreased from 23.6 percent to 20.6 percent.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) objective is to improve the quality of care and outcomes of the critically ill or injured infants and children. Nurses, paramedics and doctors working in emergency medicine, emergency response, intensive care, and critical care units are the target audience for PALS trainings.

Nevada’s residents can gain emergency care skills when enrolled in Basic Life Support (BLS) classes. BLS training teaches students how to execute proper chest compressions to infants, children, and adults. During the course, individuals will also learn life-saving skills like the proper way to handle and use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and where the devices are located, and when it is correct to give a person rescue breathing. BLS explains the “Chain of Survival” and the details of one and two person resuscitation teams.

People hoping to enroll in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) must possess prior knowledge of adult pharmacology, ECG Rhythm Recognition, BLS, and airway equipment and management before signing up for the training. It is expected of providers to demonstrate BLS principles in the test, but BLS is not highlighted during ACLS classes. ACLS training conveys when a provider is 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 give emergency care to Nevada residents trapped in critical medical circumstances.

Nevada needs more 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):  5.2%

Incidence of stroke:  3.2%

Incidence of obesity:  24.5%

Incidence of diabetes:  10.3%

Incidence of high cholesterol:  37.3%

Incidence of high blood pressure:  30.8%

Incidence of smoking:  22.9%

Incidence of low birth weight:  8.3%

Population of Nebraska 2,700,551
Number of short-term general hospitals in Nebraska 28
Number of staffed beds in Nebraska 5,214
Number of primary care physicians in Nebraska 83.6 per 100,000

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