PALS Training

Although the shortened term PALS has many meanings perhaps the most widely known is for Pediatric Advanced Life Support. This is a certification that indicates that the holder of the certificate has been trained in dealing with some emergency situations involving infants and children. Although this certification has been accredited by the Accrediting Medical Education and Certification Commission (AMECC) and is recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA), it is also widely recognized worldwide. Some medical positions such as on an emergency response team member, an emergency medicine position and positions in intensive care and critical care units, may require proof of being properly PALS certified before being accepted, also some nurses may also need proof of certification but that will very much depend on what duties they are hired to perform and where.

To become certified requires that you attend, or complete a course of instruction and training. Although this course is available in classrooms and takes two days to complete, it is also available online where, at a minimum, it can take only 60 minutes to complete. You can also receive professional PALS recertification online. Whether you decide to take the course in a classroom or online, at the end, if you are successful, you will receive a card proving you have successfully completed the course and it is this card that employers may wish to see before taking you on. If you take the course online, you will immediate receive an e-mail with a digital copy of the card and then later, you will receive a hard copy card through the mail.

One advantage to taking the online course is that although you may not have a tutor on hand during the training, you are free to sit the exam as many times as you like in order to receive a pass. This is obviously something that class tuition cannot provide. Also, although it is possible to complete the online course in only 60 minutes, it is also possible to take your time and complete it as and when you are ready. Even in a classroom the training mainly consists of following instructions given on a video but in the classroom there is a qualified instructor present to assist you in understanding and to answer any questions that may arise.

Originally set up in the States with guidelines set out by the AHA, PALS has more recently been recognized as an international standard and so earning the certification card could also help you in getting work outside of the US. Even if you do not intend to make use of the certification professionally, it is still useful to have, especially if you around kids a lot. The initial intention of the course was to provide better care and supervision of children where ever they may be but especially if they are in any kind of professional care facility. Even physicians and nurses take the course as it includes things that even they may not normally be aware of.

Helping Alcoholics Quit Drinking Alcohol

Alcoholic drinks definitely have some beneficial and medicinal qualities. Ethanol, for example, the drink’s intoxicating ingredient, is a psychoactive drug that acts as depressant for the nervous system. Likewise, doctors had previously used alcoholic drinks such as brandies or whiskeys as antiseptics and anesthetics before the introduction of more appropriate medical products. Nowadays, alcoholic beverages, like red wine and apple cider, are very popular among older people as natural medicinal supplements. However, the excessive use and misuse of alcohol can surely lead to addiction or alcohol dependency, and people who become dependent on alcohol lose—not just the ability to study or work properly—but the control of their actions, and eventually, they would ruin their self-esteem. For this reason, people, especially, family members who become dependent on alcohol, need all the help that they can get from other family members to be able to quit drinking and seek treatment.

Several factors can drive a person to become an alcoholic. Some of these factors are despair, hopelessness, and even helplessness. Likewise, a traumatic emotional experience may be a catalyst for a person to become an alcoholic. Hence, understanding, patience, perseverance, and above all kindness are important virtues that family members need to have to effectively help family quit drinking.

Helping Alcoholics to Quit Drinking

Understanding and accepting an alcoholic family member are very essential to the rehabilitation of an alcoholic. This is the first step if you want to effective help an alcoholic family member to quit alcohol. The moment you stop confronting an alcoholic family member, the sooner you will be able to gain his/her trust. Likewise, as most alcoholics do not openly accept their being alcohol-dependent, blaming them would be counterproductive in the process of helping them. Other members instead should empathize with the person and try to understand the real cause of the alcoholism of a person. Similarly, it is easier to help an alcoholic if you are able to do a paradigm shift and try to figure out the perspectives and viewpoints of the alcoholics. Any direct and confrontational attitude towards an alcoholic will only further aggravate and compound the problematic situation.

On the contrary, you should try to extend a helping hand to an alcoholic as subtly as possible. Alcoholics may easily get suspicious of your motives, and may immediately reject your suggestions and insinuations. Yet, you should also be very patient and should continue to insinuate to the alcoholic the need for him to compose and rehabilitate himself. Likewise, you should persevere with your desire to help the person despite his continuous rejections of help. You should also modify your approach whenever the alcoholic rejects it. You should also work your way around an alcoholic’s perspective and slowly work within his mindset. You should also stave off his reluctance to quit alcohol dependency by building his confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, you should also become very receptive to the alcoholics’ gradual withdrawal from alcohol. You should also be rational and kind in dealing with an alcoholic family member, for a sudden emotional outburst from you can easily ruin anything that you have previously accomplished. Additionally, you should avoid uttering any useless and unkind word against an alcoholic, for you will only drive the alcoholic further into his shell of isolation.