Increasing safety through life support training

March 20, 2015

In February more than 90 nurses and physicians gathered in Panama City, Panama to take life support classes including Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). These classes are offered through a long-standing partnership between the American Heart Association and Operation Smile.

Throughout the week, 78 people were trained in PALS, and 42 were trained in BLS.  Seven instructors were also trained. This  training allows Operation Smile volunteers to renew their certifications and remain as credentialed volunteers. This training also afforded prospective volunteers the opportunity to receive certifications necessary to become credentialed with Operation Smile. Without brining life support classes to the region, each participant would have to seek out this training on their own. Attaining these certifications presents several challenges including high cost of training, few trainings taking place each year and classes being restricted to specific individuals.

The benefits of life support training extend far beyond volunteers’ participation in Operation Smile programs. Operation Smile is committed to increasing safety in the clinical environments where we work and life support training is one way that we support this goal.

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