Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Trainings
The Maine Cardiovascular Health Council recognizes the importance of having accurate blood pressure and cholesterol measurement. If not done properly there could be misdiagnosis. The Maine Cardiovascular Health Council offers a variety of blood pressure and cholesterol related trainings at various times throughout the year. Below are some of the trainings the council offers.
Blood Pressure Master Training
A two-day training designed to help teach Master Trainers how to train other health care professionals and laypersons in accurate blood pressure measurement. Master trainers must participate in a refresher blood pressure trainer class at least every two years and also conduct at least two trainings each year.
Blood Pressure Measurement Training for the Layperson
This training is designed for people who have limited or no hands on experience measuring blood pressures. The workshop reviews the circulatory system: definition, management and types of high blood pressure; common errors; equipment; correct cuff sizing; and blood pressure measurement techniques. Included is an extensive hands-on practice session. Participants will come away knowing they are performing blood pressure measurements accurately.
Conducting a Cholesterol Screening in Your Community: What You Need to Know
This training is for health professionals involved in community cholesterol screenings. Participants will receive an overview of cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, and risk factors. They will learn what cholesterol is, why it is important and tips for communicating in plain language. The training also covers current State and Federal Regulations related to cholesterol screenings and the process for obtaining a Maine State Health Screening Laboratory Permit and Federal CLIA Certificate. The day concludes with a hands-on training session that takes you through the necessary steps for performing a quality community and/or worksite cholesterol screening.