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

Men’s Fitness magazine ranked Portland, Oregeon as the fittest city in the United States in its 2012 survey, “The Fittest and Fattest Cities in America.” According to the survey, 6.1 percent of men reported that they commute to work on their bicycles, which holds the distinction of being the highest ratio of any city in the U.S.

Among Portland residents, 40.3 percent weigh within the parameters of a healthy weight, according to the CDC. And 54.7 percent of adults living in the city exercise at least five days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.

The region of Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton received an overall well-being score of 68 from the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index—a higher score than the average for large metro areas (67.4).

Six sub-categories were considered in the creation of the Gallup Index overall score for 190 metropolitan areas surveyed. These focused on emotional health, physical health, work environment, healthy behavior, life evaluation, and basic access.

Between 2010 and 2012, Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton region’s occurrence of diabetes decreased from 9.7 percent to 9 percent. The prevalence of obesity remained 24.3 percent in both 2010 and 2012—with only a slight fluctuate in 2011 at a rate of 24.6 percent.

According to the Gallup Index, 59.9 percent of residents reported consuming the daily five servings of fruits and vegetables at least four days a week. Although the occurrence of a healthy diet did drop from its 2010 rate (57.5 percent), Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton prevalence was better than the large metro average of 58.1 percent.

Through Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), the citizens of Portland will have an opportunity to become certified to administer children emergency medical care. Skills acquired through PALS tests, which are available on this website, arm providers with a strong understanding of pediatric emergency care. PALS enhances an individual’s preparedness to give life saving care to children in harrowing settings like on location of a car accident.

PALS educates students on the most effective and quick method to appraise the condition of a child before acting. PALS coursework stresses that good team dynamics is especially crucial during a child’s resuscitation.

Prior to PALS testing, potential providers must have obtained a solid understanding of Basic Life Support (BLS). The BLS test, which is also available on this website, is the first stepping stone to develop additional emergency medical care skills.

Providers should be aware of guideline changes and possibly take a BLS refresher class for latest practices. One and two person team resuscitations are taught in the BLS “Chain of Survival.” The greatest number of fatalities worldwide occurs from cardiac arrests, thus trainings offered could very well save lives in Portland.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) incorporates BLS methods into cardiac and neurological emergencies. PALS, BLS and ACLS trainings are essential to survival in life-threatening circumstances.

Portland needs additional certified ACLS providers!

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