Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
The American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support course is based on science evidence from the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics. Course is taught by lecture, video and student participation.
- 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use.
- 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR.
- Management of respiratory emergencies.
- Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy.
- Identification of the signs and symptoms of airway obstruction including dislodging techniques.
- Vascular access.
- Resuscitation team concept.
- Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations.
- Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment.
- Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills.
- Simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation.
- 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).
Providers who take the PALS Provider Course must be proficient in the following:
- Pass the 1- and 2-Rescuer Child BLS w/AED skills tests.
- Pass the 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.
Course meets the minimum requirements for PALS Provider with American Heart Association certification valid for two years. The length of this course is approximately 12-14 hours for initial course and 6-8 hours for renewal course.
Students who successfully complete the PALS Provider Course, including the above components will receive a PALS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years.