Taking an advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) class not only provides you with that extra knowledge to treat cardiac arrest and other life threatening medical emergencies but also provides new career opportunities. Taking an ACLS course is perfect for any healthcare provider or medical professional that wants to know how to respond in a medical emergency.
A few of the reasons that taking the ACLS course is critical include the following:
AN ACLS CERTIFICATION GIVES YOU A VITAL CERTIFICATION TO ADD TO YOU RESUME.
For those individuals interested in the nursing profession, the ACLS certification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in an emergency department, intensive care or cardiac care unit. With ACLS not only do you learn what medications to give a patient during a resuscitation, when and how to use the defibrillator and more; but how to identify life threatening conditions. An ACLS certification provides you as a nurse with the ability to help patients manage acute coronary syndrome and stroke. The ACLS class also teaches nurses to be a leader as well as a member of a team in a resuscitation scenario.
THE ACLS CLASS PROVIDES EXTENSIVE TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE.
The ACLS class provides entry level nurses with extensive knowledge they can use in their interactions with patients while allowing them to move closer to their career goals as a healthcare provider. ACLS training not only provides comprehensive technical knowledge they can use to deliver high-quality patient care but also ensures that the healthcare providers knows how to use the advanced equipment while understanding things such as waveform capnography and how and when to initiate targeted temperature management. Whether in the hospital, urgent care clinic or emergency room the ACLS class will reiterate important emergency medicine terminology and ensure that the healthcare provider can deliver exceptional care.
TAKING THE ACLS CLASS ALLOWS YOU TO STAND OUT IN A GROWING INDUSTRY.
The percentage of nurses entering the workforce is expected to increase while the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated that the number of registered nursing jobs will increase by 16 percent between 2015 and 2025. A few reasons for the rate of increase is due to increasing chronic conditions such as diabetes and stroke as well as the demand of healthcare by the Baby Boomer generation. Consequently the ACLS certification is highly valuable for soon-to-be nurses as it allows them to stand out within a fast growing job market. With the ACLS certification the healthcare provider will be capable of drastically increasing their chances to get their dream job while also increasing their salary as opposed to those that may not have their ACLS certification.
REFLECTS YOUR INTEREST IN LEARNING AND CONTINUING EDUCATION.
As a nurse or healthcare provider, it is critical to continue to learn and take the required time to invest in resources to obtain such things as your ACLS certification. Not only does this initiative show that you are willing to take the extra time to discover new ways to better assist patients but ACLS training is easily accessible. Help-A-Heart CPR provides ACLS certification to qualified healthcare providers at is training center in San Antonio as well as multiple off-site locations throughout Texas. Help-A-Heart CPR offers two versions of its ACLS course: one that is instructor led in the classroom and a second that includes an extensive portion completed online and then skills testing at their training center. Consequently, Help-A-Hear CPR provides that extra flexibilty allowing you the student to become ACLS certified on your own time.
Are you reading to become ACLS certified? Contact Help-A-Heart CPR at 210-380-5344 or visit its website to learn more about the ACLS certification course.
With the winter season now upon us, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has indicated that each year approximately 150,000 people seek medical treatment following a snowboarding or skiing mishap. Unfortunately, even a minor winter sporting activity can develop into a long-term issue for someone that likes to ski or snowboard. Fortunately, knowledge of some of these common Winter sporting activities can allow treatment of these issues in an effective manner. Prevention of these injuries is also possible.
Prevention Tips For Winter Sports Injuries
A few effective ways to reduce the injuries received when involved in winter sports include the following:
Some of the best ways to reduce the risk of snow sports injuries include:
It is also extremely helpful to become familiar with various preventative and treatment measures by enrolling in a first aid course.
Enrollment in a basic first aid training course is beneficial for anyone involved in winter sporting activities as it empowers the individual with basic lifesaving skills that can be used to help facilitate treatment of winter sports injuries.
Flu season is here. Did you prepared? Let's look at a few questions surrounding the flu and its impact on people not only in Texas but across the United States.
WHAT IS THE FLU?
The flu is a contagious respiratory disease. With the flu, the upper and lower portions of the respiratory tract are attacked by the virus. People are often more susceptible to the flu during the Fall and Spring. During these seasons, the flu is easily transmitted from one person to another. For example, a person who handles items contaminated by someone who has the flu virus may be exposed to flu germs. In this scenario, a flu virus infection may then occur.
The flu virus affects men, women and children, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation reports between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu annually. Further, the CDC Foundation notes tens of thousands of people are hospitalized due to the flu virus each year, and thousands of people die annually due to flu-related illnesses.
WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU?
Some common flu symptoms include the following:
HOW CAN I TREAT THE FLU?
If a person believes they are fighting a flu virus, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs may help flu like symptoms to quickly subside and/or may prevent any further flu symptoms. Oral or nasal decongestants often help those with swelling of the nasal passages. In addition, people who are experiencing sneezing related to the flu or nasal discharge can use an antihistamine to help relieve these issues. The use of antiviral drugs may also help a person overcome his or her flu symptoms. These drugs are designed to reduce the severity and duration of flu symptoms. In some instances, they may help a person prevent flu symptoms as well. For those seeking optimal care, a consultation with a doctor allows an individual to receive expert insights into his or her flu symptoms. Best of all, a doctor can help a person determine which OTC or antiviral drugs or other flu treatments to use and ensure that these treatments won’t interfere with an individual’s current medications.
WHAT CAN I DO TO LIMIT THE RISK OF CROSS CONTAMINATION AND/OR INFECTION?
The flu virus can progress rapidly and can effect anyone but there are several precautions that we can use.
Wash Your Hands Frequently: Use soap and clean running water to wash your hands regularly throughout the day for 20 seconds at a time. Also, if soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands.
Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face: Touching your eyes, biting your fingernails and other activities that involve your nose, eyes and mouth may cause flu germs to spread. Therefore, you should try to keep your hands away from your nose, eyes and mouth whenever possible.
Get The Flu Shot: Annual flu vaccines are available at pharmacies and medical treatment centers nationwide. You may even be eligible to receive a yearly flu shot free of charge.
Disinfect Contaminated Surfaces: Perform regular home and office cleaning. That way, you can clean and disinfect surfaces that otherwise may be contaminated with flu germs.
Get Plenty of Rest: Sleep allow the body to heal and to combat infection.
Try To Avoid People Who Are Sick: This can be difficult. But if possible, if a friend or fellow employee is experiencing flu-like symptoms then you should avoid this individual for the time being.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking lots of water and other fluids can help boost the immune system as well prevent headaches.
Follow Your Physician's Order: Consult with a doctor to determine the most effective method to treat the flu symptoms.
During this year's flu season, take extra precautions to stay healthy. Be well.
We have all viewed fictitious or maybe non-fictitious AED's being used on TV in medical shows. Someone yells “Clear!” and then a shock occurs and then hopefully CPR. On the contrary, maybe you just know that the word AED is synonymous with CPR and is often needed in an emergency medical situation. Whatever your background, it is important to understand the realities behind the use of the AED and what is truth and what may be fiction.
The AED (automated external defibrillator) is a lightweight and portable device that administers an electric shock to a person whose heart has ceased to pump blood. In combination with chest compressions, the use of the AED can allow the heart to start beating again.
Here are a few important things to know regarding AED's:
If you live in San Antonio or South Texas, here at Help-A-Heart CPR we can show you the correct, safe, and efficient method to use an AED. With a wide selection of class times and at our training center in San Antonio, we have the options you need to fit AED training into your busy schedule. Do you want more information regarding AED's, Contact us to have your questions answered and enroll in an AED class for yourself or your organization here at Help-A-Heart CPR.
Medical emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. This emergencies often occur in locations that cannnot be reached by emergency responders. However, these places may by accessible by civilian passersby just like you. That's why its important to understand the legal requirements pertaining to responding to medical emergencies. This precedent is called the Good Samaritan Law and its important for everyone to know how this law may apply to them.
An understanding what the Good Samaritan Law covers in your state is the first step in the preparation for an emergency. After gaining a better understanding of exactly what the Good Samaritan Law entails then you will hopefully feel better prepared to handle any potential life threatening emergency.
Here in Texas, according to the Texas Good Samaritan Act “a person who in good faith administers emergency care at the scene of an emergency or in a hospital is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act is willfully or wantonly negligent.”
So what do this mean for you? In layman’s terms this means that if an individual renders aid in any type of an emergency situation then they cannot be sued unless they are blatantly negligent.
Further, the above indicates that those who would NOT be exempt from The Texas Good Samaritan Act are essentially medical professionals, those that work in hospitals or medical facilities, or those that are expecting some type of repayment.
While a first aid kit is helpful in these medical emergencies that may occur. Even the first aid kit may not be helpful when the skills of the passersby are lacking. Do you want to sign up for these critical courses? Are you interested in learning more about the Good Samaritan Law? Our team at Help-A-Heart CPR, LLC is here to help. Although CPR is part of our name, we also provide Basic and Advanced First Aid classes with classes offered daily.
Preparing for an event involving an active shooter whether its a school, church, or workplace environment requires organization and comradery among all person involved. With the right approach to preparedness skills, individuals of all ages can implement important skills to minimize any risk and remain safe.
Let’s take a look at 5 tips to prepare for an active shooter scenario.
1. Develop and Follow a Action Plan.
An emergency action plan is a necessity. This plan allows organizational leaders and administrators to prepare for active shooter emergencies and identify and implement appropriate training programs. The emergency action plan should also be updated regularly to account for new employees, updated CPR and First Aid techniques, and any physical layout modifications made.
2. Implement Lockdown Protocols.
During a lockdown, it is vital to lock all doors and windows and turn off all lights. Second, it is important to sheltered and in place until authorized personnel deliver an “all clear” message. Organizations should establish lockdown protocols and share these emergency procedures with students, faculty, employees, etc on a regular basis. Additionally, schools should perform lockdown drills at different times throughout the year and update their lockdown protocols as needed.
3. Provide Situational Awareness Training.
Situational awareness training allows an organization to educate its employees or students, etc on what to do when something or someone is identified as being suspicious. Further, it is critical to convey the importance of following cues in the identification of any potential risks in an active shooter situation or any emergency situation and communicating this information to authorities and/or law enforcement.
4. Use Active Shooter Drills.
Active shooter drills allow schools and organizations to prepare for the "worst case" scenarios. The active shooter drills encourages preparation of employees, students. and/or staff while also building confidence and skillss in the event that they do need to respond to a real-world situation.
5. Call 911.
For those who shelter in place and have a cell-phone during an active-shooter emergency, call 9-1-1. Then, it it necessary to provide the emergency dispatcher with as much information as possible regarding the event. After speaking, it is important to keep the cell phone on and turn off the ringer so that the 9-1-1 dispatcher can continue to hear what is occurring at the scene.
While an active shooter situation is something that all of us hope we never experience, it is important to be prepared. Through developing a proactive stance toward the development of the skills needed and acquiring the necessary CPR, AED, and First Aid training, students, employees, and staff and administration can gain the skills needed to increase survival when these events occur.
Many individuals that are working on their nursing degree come to us and ask us what certifications will make them more hire-able or optimize their potential to land an AWESOME job. Here are the top 3 certifications we believe are vital to your success as a new healthcare provider.
ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS). If your ultimate goal is to work in the emergency department (ED) then an ACLS certification is required. The ACLS training will provide you with skills to manage codes both as a team member and as a team leader. By learning the different aspects of the algorithms you will be able to provide the most beneficial lifesaving measures. Having a solid understanding of basic arrhythmia is going to be beneficial to you throughout the process of completing your ACLS course.
The attainment of your ACLS Provider Card gives the impression to hospital recruiters that you have the motivation and ability to work in intensive positions within the nursing field. While ACLS is most often provided free by your employer when you are hired, healthcare recruiters are most often looking for nursing candidates that already have their ACLS certification completed. Take that first step and take the ACLS course and add more credibility to your role as a new healthcare provider.
PEDIATRIC ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR LIFE SUPPORT (PALS). Would you like to work with children and infants in the healthcare setting and are interested in the ED/ICU facet of patient care? If this is your goal then enrollment in a Pediatric Advance Life Support Course (PALS) is critical. Similar to ACLS, PALS is a course created by the American Heart Association to prepare healthcare providers on the essentials of resuscitating and stabilizing infants and children. Certification courses such as Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) provide an excellent foundation for performing CPR and AED on children and infants. However, the PALS course provides a focus entirely on resuscitating and stabilizing infants and children who are in cardiopulmonary arrest.
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS). As a nursing student or healthcare provider, you probably already have your BLS certificate. While BLS is a more advanced version of CPR training as provided to a laymen rescuer, it also considered a baseline requirement for any healthcare professional working actively in patient care. The BLS is required to be renewed every two years. Here at Help-A-Heart CPR we offer BLS Renewal and BLS Provider courses on a daily and weekly basis. There are many options available as you can either take an in-person class if you need to brush up on your muscle memory and get a more in-depth refresher, or you can take an online skills checkup. If you’re in the greater San Antonio area or South Central Texas, you won’t find a more professional practice or painless process than our Online BLS skills check class here at Help-A-Heart CPR. Our online classes run from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on your skill level. Once you take the class, you can into our facility to perform a skills test to prove that you can do the CPR and AED work necessary for a BLS Provider and get your certification.
Here at Help-A-Heart CPR we strive to provide a simple, expertly-taught, cost-effective option for BLS certification and BLS renewals. We provide initial classes, renewal and update classes, and online classes with skills checks in ACLS, BLS, and PALS at our San Antonio location.
Summer is a time when families get together and people swim in swimming pools and often spend too much time in a heat related environment. Subsequently, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and swimming injuries and drowning can occur.
Heat exhaustion occurs when the individual is exposed to heat for extended periods of time. Heat exhaustion is the result of water depletion or "dehydration and/or salt depletion in the body. Heat exhaustion can be exacerbated by physical activity and is of concern in the summer months especially in warmer climates. Various symptoms of heat exhaustion the result of water depletion can include headache, excessive thirst, muscle weakness, and loss of consciousness. Symptoms of heat exhaustion due to salt depletion include dizziness, nausea and vomiting, and muscle cramps. If you or someone you know is showing signs of heat exhaustion, get out of the heat and into a cool shady place where you can rest, and drink plenty of fluids.
Here in South Texas, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke very quickly. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises to at least 104° and neurological complications begin to appear. Besides the body temperature, complications are displayed as observable symptoms including visible confusion or disorientation, seizures, sometimes loss of consciousness, and nausea. If you suspect that you or someone else is experiencing heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Delaying medical attention to can lead to permanent damage to the brain and nervous system.
With summer temperatures often in the triple digits, kids and adults alike take to the water for relief. Pools, lakes, ocean beaches, and other bodies of water are packed with swimmers searching for fun and reprieve from the heat. Despite being fun and entertaining, swimming injuries and drowning can result especially when individuals are not knowledgeable of their own capabilities or tolerance. Children are the most at-risk, as they are often the weakest swimmers. This common summer emergency risk can be greatly avoided by enrolling in swim lessons, where children can learn how to move effectively in water and stay afloat in the event of an emergency. Over-exertion is another cause of swimming injuries and drowning — so if you’re thinking about jumping in the water, know your limits. Stay away from turbulent seas where rip currents may lurk, and never push yourself too hard in the pool, as this can lead to muscle cramps and fainting.
While it’s always best to swim where there is a lifeguard on duty, this isn’t always possible In cases where there is no lifeguard present, it’s crucial that someone in your party knows CPR to properly address a medical emergency. To prepare yourself for the water this summer season, we recommend enrolling in a CPR or First Aid course to learn how to properly administer CPR and administer First Aid protocol when needed.
Are you interested in learning more about how to stay safe this summer? Our experts at Help-A-Heart CPR are here to help. Take a look at our website to learn more about the many emergency response courses we offer and contact us directly to speak with a member of our team. Enroll online to sign up for our accredited courses, earn your certification, and make this summer the safest one yet!
Whether you need the ACLS class to make your professional Resume stand out, or just need it as part of your credentialing as a healthcare provider, when enrolling for the ACLS class the student often does not know what to expect.
So you may ask "What exactly is the ACLS certification?" ACLS is essentially the next level of patient care that extends beyond Basic Life Support CPR. During the ACLS class healthcare providers use a different skill set and knowledge base including starting IV’s and administering medications in an effort to resuscitate the victim. While this skill set and knowledge is very crucial, administering medications and starting IV’s will not be as effective if we don’t go back to basics with Basic Life Support.
In order to be successful in the ACLS course whether its the first time you have taken the course of if it is simply a renewal; the following will optimize your success:
The AHA required ACLS Pre-Test is also extremely beneficial and provides an bird's eye view into the class, the kind of information you will be exposed to along with how it is presented. You can take the ACLS Pre-Test many times as you like until you are comfortable and understand the information. We also recognize this time and effort by giving additional continuing education units too!
The American Heart Association (AHA) updates each curriculum standard every 5 years. During this time the AHA is constantly conducting case studies and research in Emergency Cardiovascular Care to help us improve patient outcome. This being the case, as science evolves and discoveries are made, the number of medications recognized for patients in cardiac arrest has also decreased.
Your Instructor, the ACLS Pre-Test, your ACLS Textbook, and the American Heart Associations ACLS (video-based, instructor-led) course will provide everything you need to integrate the information together and be successful in your ACLS class.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.