Tribe offers ACLS, PALS trainings

BY STACIE BOSTON
Multimedia Reporter
10/15/2013 08:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Diego Cruz, left, from the Muskogee County Emergency Medical Services trains on a dummy during an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support class on Oct. 10 in Tahlequah, Okla., while Stefanie Walker, a registered nurse at W.W. Hastings Hospital, right, assists. The Cherokee Nation routinely offers the ACLS class and a Pediatric Advanced Life Support training at its EMS building in Tahlequah. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Diego Cruz, left, from the Muskogee County Emergency Medical Services trains on a dummy during an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support class on Oct. 10 in Tahlequah, Okla., while Stefanie Walker, a registered nurse at W.W. Hastings Hospital, right, assists. The Cherokee Nation routinely offers the ACLS class and a Pediatric Advanced Life Support training at its EMS building in Tahlequah. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Paramedic instructor Mitch Bright, center, teaches an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support class to medical personnel from Tahlequah, Okla., area hospitals and clinics on Oct. 10 at the Cherokee Nation’s Emergency Medical Services building in Tahlequah. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation’s Health Services offers free Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support trainings to CN citizens who are Health Services employees and charge $125 to others interested in taking the classes.

ACLS classes train students to handle patients who suffer from cardiac arrest and stroke. Students train on human-like dummies before doing the real deal. The ACLS classes are monthly and usually start the first week each month.

“The adults usually go down from cardiac arrest, the children don’t,” Mark Bighorse, EMS training supervisor, said. “It’s important to take the class (ACLS) to pretty much know what to do.”

The minimum age for the class is 18, and it’s better if the person attending is a provider such as a doctor or nurse because of the course’s terminology.

However, the course is open to anyone – CN citizen or non-citizen or health provider or non-provider. And CN Health Services employees can attend for free.

Bighorse said eventually he would like to see all CN employees be able to attend for free.

The PALS class trains students how to recognize and treat ill infants or children suffering from cardiopulmonary arrest. It teaches how to stabilize and transport them as well. PALS training is every other month and usually the third week.

“That course (PALS) is designed for providers and it gives insight on pediatric emergencies and drug calculations, doses, rhythm disturbances everything that could cause a pediatric patient to go into cardiac arrest,” Bighorse said.

To attend, individuals need to be at least a paramedic, nurse, doctor or some type of health provider.

Trainers from the CN EMS conduct the two types of classes at the tribe’s EMS building located at 22116 S. Bald Hill Road in Tahlequah.

Bighorse said the tribe offers the classes because it is important for people in the medical field to be up to date on their skills. The field is always changing, so the classes change with it.

After students complete the courses, they receive a two-year certification through the American Heart Association.
Each class usually has about 20 to 25 students and three instructors, per AHA standards.

Bighorse, said students sometimes come back to help train after they have been in the field for a while.

“Once they get their experience and they take an instructor course, they have to be a CPR instructor and CPR provider. Then they are eligible to do the instructor course. Then from there they are eligible to do the ACLS and PALS courses,” he said. “They usually just come by and want to stay up on their instructing skills.”

For more information, email mark-bighorse@cherokee.org.

stacie-guthrie@cherokee.org


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ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎥᏱᎸ ᏄᏛᎾᏕᎬ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎤᏍᎪᎸᏙ ᎠᏎᏊ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏃᎷᏩᏛᏓ Cardiovascular ᎥᎬᏅ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ Pediatric ᎤᎪᏛ ᎥᎬᏅ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᏱᎸ ᏄᏛᎾᏕᎬ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏂᎬᏩᎶᏙ $125.00 ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

ACLS ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᏓᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᎪ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᏅᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏢᏕ ᎾᎿ cardiac arrest ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏓᎸᏅᎢ. ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏴᏫ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ Ꮟ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏴᏫ ᏄᏂᏍᏕᎶᏓ. ACLS ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏏᏅᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎪ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏏᏅᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᏧᎾᏔᎾ ᎤᎪᏙ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎾᎾᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏛ ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᎬ ᏳᏑᎵᎪᏣ, ᏗᏂᏲᏟ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏄᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Mark Bighorse, EMS ᏗᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ. “ᎤᎵᏍᎬᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ (ACLS) ᎣᏅᏘ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏯᏛᏗᎢ ᎾᎿᏂ.”

ᎢᏳᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓᏃ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏁᎳᏚ, ᎠᎴ ᏓᏤᏟ ᎢᏳᏃ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏱᏓᏕᎶᏆᎢ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎠᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎢᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏃᎴᏱᎩ ᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ terminology ᏱᎩ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏂᏃ, ᎾᎿ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏐ ᎾᏂᎥ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ-- ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏁᎸᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏰᎸ ᏄᏛᎾᏕᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᏁᏢᏍᎦ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏓᏁᏢᏍᎩ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ. ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎥᏰᎸ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏎᏊᎢ.

Bighorse ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎸᏢᏴ ᎤᏚᎵ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎡᎵ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏎᏊᎢ.

ᎾᎿ PALS ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏓᏁᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎴᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏛᏁᏗ ᎠᏂᎩᎵᏲᎬ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ cardiopulmonary arrest. ᎤᏁᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏙᎯ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᏃᏊᏃ ᎤᎾᏘᎾᏫᏛᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏙᎯ ᎢᎦᎸᏍᏗᏍᎩ. PALS ᏓᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏅᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎢᏳᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏐᏈ ᏏᏅᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ (PALS) ᎪᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏓᏁᏢᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎪᏩᏘᏍᎪ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏧᏂᏁᏗ, ᎢᎦᏅ, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏂᎬᏂᏏᏍᎬ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏂᎬᏂᏏᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᎾᏓᏂᎶᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Bighorse.

ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᏃ, ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏳᎵ ᎤᏂᎾᎢ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎤᏛᎾ paramedic, ᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ, ᎠᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎠᎴ ᏐᎢ ᏄᏓᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ.

ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎶᏒ CN EMS ᏔᎵ ᏳᏓᎴ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ EMS ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏳᏃ ᎨᏒ 22116 S.Bald Hill Road ᎾᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ.

Bighorse ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᎿ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏅᏛ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏱᎵᏒ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎧᏁᏉᎬ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏅᏬᏘ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏏᏐᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏏᏐᎢ.

ᏳᏂᏍᏆᏂᏙ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ, ᎠᏂᏁᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎤᎾᏫ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎯᏍᎩᏦᏁ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎨᏐ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏟᏁᏨ AHA ᎤᎲᎢ.

Bighorse, ᎤᏛᏅ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎢᏴᏓᎭ ᎠᏂᎷᎪ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏞᎦ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᏱᎩ.

“ᏃᏊᏃ ᏳᎾᏕᎶᏆᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ CPR ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ CPR ᎠᏁᏢᏍᎩ. ᏃᏊᏃ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎢᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏐ ᏧᏕᏲᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᏄᎾᏛᏁᎵ ᏃᏊ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎰ ᏧᎾᏕᏲᏗ ᎾᎿ ACLS ᎠᎴ PALS ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᏁᏙᎰᏃ ᎠᏂᎶᎯᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏅᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᏱ.”

ᎤᎪᏛ ᏱᏣᏚᎵ ᏣᏛᎪᏗ ᎯᎠ, email mark-bighorse@cherokee.org.

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