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17 04, 2019

The Top Six Myths about CPR and the Truth behind Them

By |2019-04-17T15:12:23-07:00April 17th, 2019|CPR|Comments Off on The Top Six Myths about CPR and the Truth behind Them

Believe it or not, the modern method of CPR has only been around since 1960. Since then, this hands-on practice that can be performed by laypeople and health care workers alike has saved thousands of peoples’ lives. However, despite the prevalence of this practice, many people still misunderstand what CPR is, how it works and [...]

5 04, 2019

What’s a Megacode and What Should You Do to Prepare?

By |2019-04-05T07:22:26-07:00April 5th, 2019|ACLS|Comments Off on What’s a Megacode and What Should You Do to Prepare?

Have you applied for or interviewed for a position only to be told that you would need to be evaluated with a “mega code”? Are you interested in taking an advanced certification course for your health care training but are nervous about the “mega code” that you’ve been told will be a part of the [...]

29 03, 2019

Struggling with EKG Interpretation: Learn the Basics and Become a Pro

By |2019-03-25T20:22:38-07:00March 29th, 2019|Advanced Nursing|Comments Off on Struggling with EKG Interpretation: Learn the Basics and Become a Pro

One of the most disliked parts of patient assessment for many people is EKG interpretation. Many prefer the fast-paced physical assessments that they get to practice in the ER rather than the black-and-white samples that can seem a bit like the dreaded “desk work.” However, correct EKG interpretation certainly has a vital place in quality [...]

15 03, 2019

What Is Pediatric Advanced Life Support?

By |2019-03-15T07:52:48-07:00March 15th, 2019|Advanced Nursing, Education|Comments Off on What Is Pediatric Advanced Life Support?

You know you have to complete an approved health care training program and pass a licensing examination before you can receive a certification or license in your state to practice medicine as a doctor, nurse or other health care professional. However, you may not be aware of just how much extra certifications can help you [...]

6 03, 2019

What You Need to Know to Be an EMT

By |2019-02-26T20:22:18-07:00March 6th, 2019|EMT Training|Comments Off on What You Need to Know to Be an EMT

Although being an EMT is often thought of as an entry-level position to prepare you to be a paramedic or to get further into an advanced health care field, it should be seen as a smart and fulfilling use of your time and skills as well. The job itself is in high demand as medical [...]

1 03, 2019

Surprising Careers for Which You Must Be BLS Certified

By |2019-02-26T20:14:34-07:00March 1st, 2019|Basic Life Support, Classes, Education|Comments Off on Surprising Careers for Which You Must Be BLS Certified

If you are planning on being a nurse one day, you know that you will have to hold a Basic Life Support certification, or BLS certification. After all, your employer needs to know that you can give life-saving help to your patients at the drop of a hat. However, it may surprise you to learn [...]

15 02, 2019

The New Emphasis on the Suspected Opioid Overdose Emergency Algorithm

By |2019-02-05T17:58:23-07:00February 15th, 2019|Advanced Nursing, Education|Comments Off on The New Emphasis on the Suspected Opioid Overdose Emergency Algorithm

Part of any ACLS training these days or even BLS training for that matter is an emphasis on recognizing and treating opioid overdoses. Nearly every urban and even rural area across the country has been affected by this epidemic in some way, leaving health care practitioners feeling at loose ends for how to address it. [...]

30 01, 2019

Cardiac Arrest: First Steps as a Trained Professional

By |2019-01-28T15:08:55-07:00January 30th, 2019|ACLS, CPR|Comments Off on Cardiac Arrest: First Steps as a Trained Professional

One of the most nerve-wracking aspects of your job as a nurse, physician or other health care provider is the fact that you will be called on regularly to save lives. No matter how well you are trained and how easily you understood and passed your ACLS training, this is still a serious situation that [...]

25 01, 2019

CPR or Defibrillation First? A Look at the Best Practice for Treating Ventricular Fibrillation

By |2019-01-25T14:49:23-07:00January 25th, 2019|CPR, Education|Comments Off on CPR or Defibrillation First? A Look at the Best Practice for Treating Ventricular Fibrillation

One of the stickiest issues as you deal with V-fib is knowing when you should defibrillate the patient and when you should continue with CPR. CPR is obviously necessary for perfusing the brain and the heart muscle, but defibrillation is vital for getting the heart back into a rhythm through which it can perfuse the [...]

23 01, 2019

Common Risk Factors and Signs of Impending Cardiac Arrest

By |2019-01-22T22:03:57-07:00January 23rd, 2019|Advanced Nursing|Comments Off on Common Risk Factors and Signs of Impending Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest, which is what occurs when the heart stops pumping rhythmically and your patient no longer has a pulse, can be difficult to predict. Therefore, it’s often called sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA. However, as a trained health care professional, you should always be prepared for unexpected events such as this and should guard [...]