Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for Sacramento Medical Professionals
Sacramento County had a higher occurrence of asthma than the State of California average, based on the Based on the 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). Multi-race individuals (23.9 percent) had the highest prevalence of asthma, followed by Caucasians (18 percent) and then African Americans (12 percent). The age group with the highest frequency of asthma in Sacramento County was residents between the ages of 18 – 24 years old at 23.9 percent.
In 2009, Sacramento County’s rate of diabetes was lower than the state’s average. The 65 and over age group had the highest occurrence of diabetes by far than any other age group.
From 2007 to 2009, 12.8 percent of children between the ages of 2-11 years old were considered overweight while 5.7 percent of children between 12 – 17 years old were also overweight. Approximately one in three adult residents were overweight and one in four were obese in Sacramento County in 2009.
Sacramento County had a higher frequency of heart disease than the California average (5.9 percent) at a rate of 6.4 percent. At least one out of four county residents had hypertension. And in 2010, cancer was the leading cause of death in Sacramento County, followed by heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD), and stroke. Diabetes was the eighth leading cause of death in the county. However, heart disease caused the greatest number of deaths for Caucasians and took the number two slot for all other racial and ethnic groups.
Through Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training, Sacramento residents will be provided with the opportunity to gain skills in emergency medical care for children. Knowledge acquired through PALS testing, which is available on this website, equips future providers with a solid foundation for pediatric emergency care. PALS develops Sacramento residents’ capabilities to provide life saving care for children.
Using the American Heart Association (AHA) 2010 edition handbook, potential providers will develop the skill set of how to effectively consider a child’s condition before taking action. PALS training highlights that excellent team communication and cooperation are an essential aspect for successfully resuscitating a child.
A firm grasp of Basic Life Support (BLS) practices is necessary before a student can successfully complete a PALS test. The BLS test, which is available on this website, is the first step to develop emergency medical care skills to assist both adults and children.
AHA alters BLS guidelines as strides are made in cardiac care each year. Providers should also be aware of this and possibly revisit the BLS course in order to stay familiar with current best practices. BLS teachers illustrate one and two person team resuscitations in the “Chain of Survival” section.
Cardiac arrests are responsible for the highest number of deaths worldwide, so these offered courses could very well save lives in Sacramento.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) incorporates BLS into cardiac and neurological emergencies. PALS, BLS and ACLS certified providers assist individuals in potentially fatal situations.
Sacramento needs more certified ACLS providers!