This classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.
AudienceThe PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.
Course Content:• Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care• 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use• 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR• Management of respiratory emergencies• Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy• Vascular access• Resuscitation team concept• Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations• Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
Class Format:• Full course: 14 hours 10 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch.• Update course, with all optional stations: 8 hours 20 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch.• Update without optional stations: 6 hours 20 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch.
Features:• Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation• Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency• Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills’• Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Pre-Course Materials:Please note for PALS – Precourse is MANDATORY Before the course, please read the PALS Provider Manual, complete the mandatory pre-course assessment modules on the student website, identifying any gaps in your knowledge, and remediate those gaps by studying the applicable content in the PALS Provider Manual or other supplementary resources, including the student website. A passing score for the self-assessment is 70% and you may take it an unlimited number of times to achieve a passing score. Pretest Access Code: Is found on page ii in the 2015 PALS provider manual. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR PRECOURSE SELF-ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATE WITH YOU TO THE CLASS.
The American Heart Association requires each student to have access to their own current AHA PALS Provider Textbook prior to, during, and after the PALS course.
CertificationStudents who successfully complete the PALS Course, including the following components, will receive a PALS Providercourse Completion Card, valid for two years:• Pass the 1- and 2-Rescuer Child BLS With AED and 1- and 2-Rescuer Infant BLS Skills Tests• Actively participate in, practice and complete all learning stations• Complete the closed-book written exam with a minimum score of 84%• Pass 2 PALS core case scenarios (1 cardiac and 1 respiratory or shock) as a team leader, providing appropriate medical treatment and demonstrating effective team dynamics