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

Virginia holds the 21st spot in the national ranking of America’s healthiest states.

The Commonwealth ranks above the national average in four of the health categories considered in the national ranking. These categories are the incidence of high cholesterol with a 37.5 percent rate, a 4 percent occurrence rate of heart attacks, a 3 percent frequency of heart disease, and the prevalence of available primary care physicians with a rating of 125.3 primary doctors per 100,000 people in the state.

However, Virginia ranks below the national average in the remainder of the health categories, which include its incidence of diabetes (10.4 percent) and the frequency of obesity (29.2 percent). The state’s rate of low birth weight among infants in 8.2 percent, and the prevalence of smoking within its population is 20.9 percent. More than 1.8 million adults are obese, and almost 650,000 adults live with diabetes in the state.

There are 92 short-term general hospitals with approximately 19,450-staffed beds that service Virginia’s more than 8 million residents. The state’s rate of uninsured adults grew 33 percent from 10.3 percent to 13.7 percent. The rate of preventable hospitalizations in the past five years declined from 70.2 to 58.3 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.

Air pollution levels in Virginia have decrease 23 percent in the past five years from 12.6 to 9.7 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter. Children living in poverty increased in the past year from 12.3 percent to 14.7 percent of individuals under the age of 18.

The state’s healthcare employees in the fields of emergency response, critical care and intensive units, and emergency medicine can advance their skills in child emergency care with Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training. Once individuals have acquired a PALS certification, Virginia providers’ advanced techniques will improve the odds of a child or infant surviving life-threatening medical emergencies.

Basic Life Support (BLS) coursework will provide Virginia residents with critical care skills. BLS classes incorporate both in-class videos and lectures. Upon certification, participants will effectively be able to offer rescue breathing along with comprehending when to administer the critical service. Utilizing BLS techniques to a person who has recently entered cardiac arrest can contribute to increasing the victim’s odds of survival.

BLS teachers also cover emergency care steps to be administered to a person who is choking. Chest compressions on children, adults, and infants, are highlighted during BLS class, along with how to effectively apply an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

Providers interested in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification are able to demonstrate knowledge in ECG Rhythm Recognition, adult pharmacology, airway management and equipment, and BLS prior to the start of class. ACLS teachers provide lectures on cardiac arrest care, high quality CPR, BLS and ACLS Surveys, and ACLS cases for specific disorders.

Virginia residents should depend on BLS, PALS, and ACLS certified providers to administer quality care in medical crisis.

Virginia needs more certified ACLS providers!

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Incidence of heart disease:  3.8%

Incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack):  4.0%

Incidence of stroke:  3.2%

Incidence of obesity:  29.2%

Incidence rate of diabetes:  10.4%

Incidence rate of high cholesterol:  37.5%

Incidence rate of high blood pressure:  31.2%

Incidence rate of smoking:  20.9%

Incidence rate of low birth weight:  8.2%

Population of Virginia 8,001,024
Number of short-term general hospitals in Virginia 92
Number of staffed beds in Virginia 19,450
Number of primary care physicians in Virginia 125.3 per 100,000

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