Online ACLS, BLS, and PALS Certification for Seattle Medical Professionals
The 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index recently awarded the Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue region with an overall well-being rating of 69.3, which is higher than the large metro area average of 67.4 and 1 percent increase from 2011. The Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue region had the eighth highest well-being rating of the large metro areas surveyed.
Gallup considered six sub-categories when calculating the overall well-being scores for 190 metropolitan areas. The survey focused on emotional health, physical health, work environment, healthy behavior, life evaluation, and basic access. The Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue region ranked better than the average for large metro areas in every category analyzed.
The prevalence of diabetes among residents in 2012 was 6.8 percent—a nearly 2 percent decrease since 2011—while the average diabetes rate for large metro areas was 10.3 percent. Locals experienced obesity at a frequency of 21.4 percent, which was a 2.4 percent decrease since 2010. And the rate of uninsured residents also decreased between 2010 and 2012 from 13.2 percent to 13 percent.
Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue inhabitants who exercised for 30 minutes at least three days a week was 54.8 percent in 2012, and 58.6 percent of residents consumed the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables at least four days a week. Understandably so, 62.6 percent of residents noted optimism in the continuing improvement of quality of life in the Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue region.
According to Seattle Children’s Heart Center, surgeons at the hospital performed nearly 500 cardiac procedures in 2011 and 2012. Fifteen heart transplants were performed in 2012, and 15 have been performed in 2013.
Seattle residents have the opportunity to become certified in children emergency medical care through Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training. The skills that are developed during PALS testing will supply future providers with a solid foundation for care during a pediatric emergency. PALS expands Seattle’s residents’ capabilities to help provide life saving pediatric care.
PALS utilizes the American Heart Association (AHA) 2010 edition handbook during its training. Potential providers will learn how to rapidly and accurately assess a victim’s condition before taking the appropriate steps. Excellent team communication and cooperation are essential to the successful resuscitation of pediatric victims.
Basic Life Support (BLS) training is needed before an individual can successfully complete a PALS test. Taking BLS certification, which is available through this website, is the first step in developing the ability to respond in emergency medical situations for both children and adults.
Providers should possibly revisit a BLS course in order to stay knowledgeable of current methods because AHA adjusts guidelines for BLS as strides are made in the field of cardiac care every year. BLS teachers will instruct trainees in both one and two person team resuscitations in the “Chain of Survival” section. Cardiac arrests are currently responsible for the highest number of deaths worldwide, so these offered courses could very well save lives in Seattle.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) incorporates BLS into cardiac and neurological emergencies. PALS, BLS and ACLS certified providers assist individuals in surviving potentially fatal medical emergencies.
Seattle needs more certified ACLS providers!