Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for North Dakota Medical Professionals

North Dakota is considered the 12th healthiest state in the country, based on a 2012 ranking. The Peace Garden State placed as one of the top 10 states in four health categories in the overall health rankings.

The state had the fourth lowest rate of stroke at 2.2 percent. North Dakota ranked seventh for lowest rates of high cholesterol at 35.6 percent and also for low frequency of low birth rate at 6 percent. An 8.2 percent occurrence of diabetes earned the state the number eight slot. More than 40,000 adults currently have diabetes in North Dakota.

A low prevalence of high blood pressure (29.1 percent) and a high occurrence of primary care physicians at 121.8 per 100,000 residents positively affected North Dakota’s overall ranking. The state hovers near the national average in its incidence of heart attack at 4.3 percent, rate of obesity at 27.8 percent, and frequency of heart disease at 4.1 percent.

North Dakota’s infant mortality rate is 6 deaths per 1,000 live births—a decline from the 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births 10 years ago. Prevalence of preventable hospitalizations dropped from 74.7 to 59.4 discharges for every 1,000 state residents enrolled in Medicare. Over the past 10 years, the occurrence of uninsured residents increased from 9.7 percent to 11.3 percent. Children under the age of 18 living in poverty declined this past year from 16.1 percent to 11.9 percent, making North Dakota have one of the lowest rates of children in poverty in the United States.

The quality of care improves when providers complete Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification, which positively affects outcomes for North Dakota’s critically ill or injured infants and children. Healthcare workers involved in the fields of emergency medicine, emergency response, intensive care, and critical care units, such as nurses, paramedics and doctors, will gain new skills from PALS certification.

North Dakota people can ascertain emergency medical care skills when they complete Basic Life Support (BLS) training. Instructors incorporate videos and lectures and teach when to begin rescue breathing and the correct techniques to use. Detailed instructions for one and two person resuscitation teams can be found in the BLS “Chain of Survival.”

Having correct techniques to apply to chest compressions on infants, children, and adults are necessary for BLS certification. Students are trained on emergency skills, which include the handling and location of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).

North Dakota providers should first ascertain an understanding of adult pharmacology, ECG Rhythm Recognition, BLS, and airway management and equipment before they start an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course. Although BLS methods are not reviewed in class, ACLS tests require students to exhibit BLS knowledge. ACLS focuses on BLS and ACLS Surveys, ACLS cases for specific disorders, high quality CPR, and post cardiac arrest care.

North Dakota locals caught in emergency medical situation can trust ACLS PALS, and BLS providers for assistance.

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Incidence of heart disease:  4.1%

Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack):  4.3%

Incidence of stroke:  2.2%

Incidence of obesity:  27.8%

Incidence rate of diabetes:  8.2%

Incidence rate of high cholesterol:  35.6%

Incidence rate of high blood pressure:  29.1%

Incidence rate of smoking:  21.9%

Incidence rate of low birth weight:   6.7%

Population of North Dakota 672,591
Number of short-term general hospitals in North Dakota 11
Number of staffed beds in North Dakota 1,812
Number of primary care physicians in North Dakota 121.8 per 100,000

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