Monthly Archives: January 2013

ACLS BLS and PALS Online. What You Should Know!

ACLS monitorsACLS, or also called advanced cardiac life support, is one of several CPR and first aid courses offered to medical professionals. BLS or basic life support and PALS, pediatric advanced life support, are the other two most commonly sought after critical care courses. All three of these courses have started to be given online through several organizations. Some of these organizations you might be familiar with such as the American Heart Association or the AHA. While the AHA offers online ACLS certification and BLS and PALS courses the problem is they still require an in-person skills evaluation for everyone they certify.

Other certifying companies exist online that don’t require a live in-person evaluation but they are still recognized by hospitals and other teaching facilities.  There are other sources of information regarding finding healthcare sources for those in need on the Internet. The government has huge resources and banks of information. By using Healthfinder.gov you can find up to date news on emerging research.

Everyone gets older and becomes a greater risk to heart attack and stroke. While ACLS certification courses are designed to prevent people from dying from such things happening, the government has set up information online for preventing such things from occurring. The Administration on Aging has proven helpful to many senior citizens who are looking on how to keep up their health and have good quality of living in their old age.

While personal health continues to be an issue to each individual, community health is an issue to every health care worker. Staying skilled in areas of expertise that can save a persons life is what matters in an event. BLS certification and PALS certification can help when both adults and infants are in critical need. While drug administration is important, knowing what steps to take while performing CPR in an infant and adult in the first moments is what can really make a difference. Unsuccessful resuscitation of victims is all too common and it can occur just because poor technique and lack of knowledge interfere. ACLS online courses provide up to date instruction as new techniques become available through research.

To stay on top of your personal responsibility to protect your community it is important that you find several ACLS guideline resources in the world-wide-web. Don’t just settle for one set of instructions. Be proactive and search what is out there. Be sure to double check references of information because different instruction manuals may have conflicting information. Generally the most important instructions match.

While understanding what is contained in an ACLS course is important it is even more important to find a rhythm in your code team. Knowing your personal role when a critical event occurs is almost as important as knowing what interventions need to be implemented. ACLS online classes can only take a provider so far. It is up to them to keep their skills sharp. PALS certification is even more important to review on a regular basis. Because pediatrics are different weights the protocols are a little more complicated than other first aid interventions. Approach your hospital and institutions of learning to see if they offer refresher courses or practice scenarios to continue learning. ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification learning does not stop once you receive a provider card. That is just your first step in becoming a true first aid provider.