State acceptance in Alabama
Physicians: We are accepted by the AL Board of Medicine because we are accredited by AMA
Basic requirement for physicians and physician assistants: 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits or equivalent annually
CHAPTER 545-X-5 CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
(e) Effective January 1, 2014, nationally recognized advanced life support/resuscitation certification courses, not otherwise accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, for a maximum of two (2) Category 1 credits for each course. Basic life support courses are excluded and are not deemed to be the equivalent of Category 1 continuing medical education.
Verification link: http://www.alabamaadministrativecode.state.al.us/docs/mlic/545-X-5.pdf
Also see https://www.albme.org/cme.html
Nurses: We are accepted by the AL Board of Nursing because we are accredited by ANCC
Beginning October 1, 2002, as a part of the 24 Board-approved or Board-recognized continuing education contact hours for license renewal [610-X-4-.08]:
610-X-10-.04 Acceptable Providers Of Continuing Education.
(b) Continuing education approved by national associations or organizations that are accredited by a national continuing education body. Any continuing education provider approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
(e) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits sponsored or conducted by those organizations or entities accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama or by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
Verification links: http://www.alabamaadministrativecode.state.al.us/docs/nurs/610-X-10.pdf
Dentists: We are accepted by the AL Board of Dentistry because we are accredited by ADA CERP
R4-11-1202. Continuing Dental Education Compliance and Renewal Requirements
Click link under GOOD NEWS - CE RULE Rule-4.04-Continuing-Education-effective-2016.10.01 (a) Effective October 1, 2016, Dentists shall complete twenty (20) hours of continuing education every year Dentists must maintain current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or an equivalent program; provided, however this requirement shall be satisfied only by completing an in-person training.
(d) Programs meeting the general requirements of paragraph 5(a) above may be developed and offered to dentists/dental hygienists by any of the following agencies or organizations:
- National, state, district or local dental associations affiliated with the American Dental Association or the National Dental Association;
Verification link: http://www.dentalboard.org/
Pharmacists: We are accepted by the AL Board of Pharmacy because we are ACPE accredited
PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 1, 2011, ONLY ACPE programs or courses may be used to satisfy Continuing Education requirements.
EMS workers: We are accepted by the Office of EMS (OEMS)
420-2-1-.21 Initial Licensure Application For EMS Personnel
(2) The licensure candidate shall submit a license application only upon official notification from the NREMT of successful completion of the certification examination, a current approved CPR card,
Verification link: https://www.adph.org/ems/Default.asp?id=811
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Tattoo artists: We are approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health because we provide proof of bloodborne pathogen training and demonstrate knowledge of applicable subjects below
420-3-23-.13 Licenses and permits.
(2) Operator permits required -
- Proof of attendance within the 36 months prior to making application at a bloodborne pathogen training program (or equivalent), given or approved by the Department, to include demonstration of knowledge of the following subjects: (9) Biohazard waste and sharps disposal – (a) Biohazard waste, as defined in these rules, shall be disposed in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and ordinances, to include, at a minimum, 29 CFR Part 1910.1030, Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.
Verification link: https://www.adph.org/foodsafety/assets/BodyArtRules2007.pdf
If you prefer sit-down, in-person training for ACLS, we have you covered.
Birmingham Regional EMS System / 1114 16th St S Birmingham, AL 35205
Gadsden State Community College / 1001 George Wallace Dr Gadsden, AL 35903
Trio Safety / 216 Aquarius Drive, Suite 309 Birmingham, AL 35209
Total number of locations: 28. These locations CAN provide American Heart Association-branded provider cards if needed.
To schedule a session, please see our in-person scheduling page.
Life saving stories
Here's a few stories that warmed our heart. Just sharing and thanking you for choosing a career that helps people that need it most.
According to the American Heart Association, there are approximately one and a half million people in the U.S. that have aortic stenosis, which is the hardening and narrowing of their aortic valve. About half a million are severe cases and have a 50% chance of death within just one and a half to two years. Additionally, 30% of these patients are not candidates for traditional open heart surgery, and the prognosis is therefore poor. However, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital is going to be the first in AL to offer a new, minimally invasive procedure for replacing heart valves in these people.
Earlier in the month, Albuquerque conducted mock emergency drills to check the responses of their emergency departments including police, EMS, firefighters and hospitals. The drills were part of the National Metropolitan Medical Response System and took place at the Albuquerque Sunport and the Emergency Operations Center.
The Arizona rate of childhood obesity is increasing at a rate that is higher than any other state. Brain research has shown that diets with an excessive amount of fat and sugar can significantly affect a child's ability to learn. Read the full article about Arizona childhood obesity [right here.]
If you live in Arkansas and care about cardiovascular health, you can show your support by participating in the Arkansas Heart Hospital Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 1:00pm. The entrance fee is $125.00 per person and $500.00 per team. To find out more [click here].
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has devoted a section of its health page to stories of people who have hit their weight loss goals. For instance, Chad Deal, age 41 lost 138 pounds and Gemina Stroud, age 35 lost 31 pounds. If you live in Atlanta you can send in your weight loss success story to help motivate others. Check it out [right here].
The Heart Hospital of Austin, Texas provides a variety of preventative measures for heart care. They offer free screenings for student athletes between the ages of 14-18. The screenings include an EKG and an ultrasound of the heart. It has been ranked the #1 heart program in Texas six years in a row.
A recent story in the Baltimore Sun highlights family history as a major indicator of heart trouble. A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has corroborated this hypothesis. Researchers found the people with a parent or a sibling who died young of heart problems were twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. [Find out more].
The Boston Scientific Corp. came under scrutiny in April of 2012 when one of it's AED devices was linked to one death due to a malfunction. The company defended it's device by claiming that no medical therapy is perfect and that the device was performing according to reliability expectations.
Friendship and CPR
A deep friendship was made on Lee county's police department. It was on a fateful day that Iris Bridges suffered a heart attack, that is when first responder came to the scene. Sheriff Jay Jones arrived first and started doing chest compressions and rescue breathings to Iris while waiting for paramedics to arrive.It so happens that both Jay and Iris worked together for almost 40 years on the same department and it was thanks to that experience that Jay was able to come to help quickly.