Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for Raleigh Medical Professionals
Men’s Fitness magazine rated Raleigh, North Carolina as the 21st fattest city in the nation in its 2012 survey, “The Fittest and Fattest Cities in America.”
The 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provided Raleigh/Cary with the overall well-being score of 70, which was the sixth highest score of the large metro areas surveyed and a 1.3 percent increase from its 2010 score.
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.
Although the prevalence of diabetes increased from 2011 to 2012 (9.5 percent to 9.9 percent), the diabetes rate was lower than its 2010 number of 11.1 percent. The occurrence of obesity among Raleigh/Cary residents decreased between 2010 and 2012 from 25.7 percent to 23.9 percent. The prevalence of uninsured residents also decreased during that same period of time from 16.5 percent to 13.9 percent.
In 2012, Raleigh/Cary residents exercised regularly (30-minute sessions at a minimum of three days a week) at a frequency of 54.7 percent. They also consumed the daily recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables at least four days a week at a rate of 57.8 percent.
The prevalence of residents optimistic that the city is becoming a better place to live was 73.7 percent in 2012. Although the 2011 rate of optimism was slightly higher at 74.9 percent, the 2012 rate was 14 percent higher than the large metro area average.
Through Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), citizens in Raleigh have an opportunity to obtain certification needed to give children emergency medical care. Skills gained during PALS coursework, which is available on this website, equip students with a knowledge of pediatric emergency care. PALS develops an individual’s preparedness to offer life saving pediatric care.
Drawing from the 2010 edition of the American Heart Association (AHA) handbook, PALS educates potential providers on the most effective means to appraise the condition of a pediatric patient before taking action. PALS coursework highlights that excellent team communication is crucial to successfully resuscitating a child.
Having a firm grasp of Basic Life Support (BLS) methods is needed in order for an individual to complete a PALS test. The BLS test, which is available on this website, is the first step to developing additional emergency medical care skills for both adults and children.
AHA alters BLS guidelines and methods as strides are made in cardiac care every year. Providers should also be aware of changes and possibly take a BLS refresher class to stay on top of current best practices. BLS instructors will teach both one and two person team resuscitations as part of the “Chain of Survival.” The highest occurrence of deaths worldwide is from cardiac arrests, so these offered courses could very well save lives in Raleigh.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) incorporates BLS into cardiac and neurological emergencies. PALS, BLS and ACLS certifications help individuals survive life-threatening circumstances.
Raleigh needs more certified ACLS providers!