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PEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (PALS)

2015 Course Overview

The goal of the PALS course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes. The PALS course uses a series of videos and 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 PALS course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units -- such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics -- as well as others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.

 

Before taking the PALS course, students must pass the online PALS Precourse Self-Assessment with a score of 70% or higher. This test is part of the PALS student Web site (access granted with purchase of the PALS Provider Manual). After successfully completing the PALS course, students should be able to:

 

  1. Perform high-quality child CPR AED and infant CPR per AmericanHeart Association basic life support recommendations

 

  1. Differentiate between patients who do and patients who do not require immediate intervention

 

  1. Recognize cardiopulmonary arrest early, and begin CPR within 10 seconds apply team dynamics differentiate between respiratory distress and respiratory failure, and perform early interventions for both

 

  1. Differentiate between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock, and perform early interventions for the treatment of shock

 

  1. Differentiate between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias

 

  1. Describe clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias

 

  1. Implement post-cardiac-arrest management.

 

  1. Upon successful completion of the course, including achieving a score of 84% or higher on the course exam, students receive a PALS course completion card that is valid for two years.

 

Key Features and Benefits

  1. Contains all the information students need to successfully complete the PALS course when taught in a classroom format
  2. Is ideal for use as a reference tool before and after the course
  3. Provides students access to a Web site containing mandatory and supplemental information and reference materials, including the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment, to help them successfully complete the course
  4. Comes with the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Pre-course Preparation Checklist Card
  5. Comes with the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Pocket Reference Card - Each student must have his or her own copy of the PALS Provider Manual.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Are the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Pocket Reference Card and the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Precourse Preparation Checklist Card available separately?

 

A: The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Pocket Reference Card is available separately. The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Pre-course Preparation Checklist Card is only available with the purchase of the provider manual.

 

CLASSROOM

The AHA's PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This classroom, Instructor-led course uses a series of videos and 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.

 

CLASS FEATURES

 

  • Classroom-based courses work well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning
  • Course includes realistic, clinical scenarios that encourage active participation – delivered through actual pediatric patient videos and lifelike simulations
  • Course is comprehensive and includes our systematic approach to assess and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations
  • Course uses a hands-on class format to reinforce skills proficiency Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

 

COURSE CONTENT

  • High-quality Child CPR AED and Infant CPR
  • Recognition of patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
  • Recognition of cardiopulmonary arrest early and application of CPR within 10 seconds
  • Apply team dynamics
  • Differentiation between respiratory distress and failure
  • Early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
  • Differentiation between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
  • Early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Differentiation between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
  • Clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Post–cardiac arrest management

 

STUDENT COURSE MATERIALS

  • 15-1058 PALS Provider Manual (includes PALS Pocket Reference Card)
  • 15-3120 PALS Provider Manual eBook (includes PALS Digital Reference Card)
  • 15-1050 PALS Emergency Crash Cart Cards
  • 15-1046 PALS Pocket Reference Card
  • 15-3121 PALS Digital Reference Card
  • Full course: 12 hours
  • Update course, with all optional stations: 8 hours 20 minutes,
  • Update without optional stations: 6 hours 20 minutes

 

Students who successfully complete the PALS Course will receive a PALS Provider course completion card (print or eCard), valid for two years:

  • Actively participate in, practice and complete all learning stations
  • Complete the open-resource written exam with a minimum score of 84%
  • Pass the 1- and 2-Rescuer Child BLS With AED and 1- and 2-Rescuer Infant BLS Skills Tests
  • Pass 2 PALS core case scenarios (1 cardiac & 1 respiratory) as a team leader providing appropriate medical treatment & demonstrating effective team dynamics