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The American Heart Association's Pediatric Advanced Life Support course is designed for healthcare providers who direct or participate in the resuscitation of the pediatric patient. Through didactic lecture and hands on practice in simulated scenarios, providers will learn to treat children suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular emergencies.
PALS emphasizes the importance of basic life support for patient survival including the integration of effective basic life support with advanced life support interventions and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.
PALS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating respiratory compromise; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations and providing initial care; PALS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.
A current Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) for Healthcare Providers certificate prior to the start of class. You may register for a BLS for Healthcare Providers Refresher course by clicking here or complete the BLS for Healthcare Providers Online course and we will conduct skills testing with you at the start of the PALS program.
The PALS pre-course test, located in the textbook that will be shipped to you once you have enrolled in this program, must also be completed prior to the course.
American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Providers Certificate Card which is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.
Approximately 16 hours.
Healthcare providers with clinical responsibilities in pediatric critical care settings including nurses, physicians, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician's assistants, residents or fellows, medical or nursing students in training, and other allied health personnel.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Student Manual (if ordered), Pediatric Advanced Life Support Pocket Reference Card, and 2 year American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Certification Card.
A certification test is completed at the end of this program. Proficient demonstration of CPR skills and a score of 84% or higher on the written examination are required for certification. Students that do not achieve either of these will be re-mediated and allowed an additional attempt to test in class.