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:
- perform high-quality child CPR AED and infant CPR per American Heart Association basic life support recommendations
- differentiate between patients who do and patients who do not require immediate intervention
- 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
- differentiate between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock, and perform early interventions for the treatment of shock
- differentiate between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
- describe clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
- implement post-cardiac-arrest management.
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
- includes essential information and lesson plans Instructors need to teach the classroom-based PALS course on an initial or a renewal basis, as well as the blended-learning classroom portion
- provides detailed lesson plans for teaching the PALS course (16 lesson plans for the classroom-based initial course, 12 lesson plans for the classroom-based update course, and 8 lesson plans for the blended-learning course)
- includes 3 appendices:
- Appendix A: 17 Skills Testing and Competency Checklists
- Appendix B: 16 Practice and 14 Testing Case Scenarios
- Appendix C: ECG Rhythms
- includes six page-divider tabs that make finding key sections quick and simple
- includes an Instructor CD featuring supplemental information and tools:
- Precourse Materials
- Equipment List
- Sample Agenda for PALS Course
- Sample Agenda for PALS Update Course
- HeartCode PALS Course Sample Agenda
- Sample Precourse Letter -- Student
- Sample Precourse Letter -- HeartCode Student (blended learning)
- Sample Precourse Letter -- Instructor
- Course Materials
- PALS Lesson Plans
- PALS Update Lesson Plans
- HeartCode PALS Lesson Plans
- PALS Course Progress Checklist
- PALS Update Course Progress Checklist
- Child CPR and AED Skills Testing Checklist
- Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist
- Learning Station Competency Checklists
- 16 PALS Practice Case Scenarios
- 14 PALS Testing Case Scenarios
- Team Dynamics Debriefing Tool
- 12 PALS Case Scenario Testing Checklists
- Team Role Labels
- PALS Systematic Approach Algorithm
- PALS Systematic Approach Summary
- Pediatric Recognition of Respiratory Problems Flowchart
- Pediatric Management of Respiratory Emergencies Flowchart
- Pediatric Recognition of Shock Flowchart
- Pediatric Management of Shock Flowchart
- Life Is Why™ Activity Page
Manual is for use by American Heart Association PALS Instructors. Each Instructor must have his or her own copy of the Instructor manual for teaching the PALS course.
Dimensions and Specifications
8 1/2" x 11"
408 pages (including lesson plans), with 6 page-divider tabs
Full-color, 3-hole-punched, loose-leaf manual that fits into a binder
Includes an Instructor CD
Additional Supplies Needed for Operation
To teach the PALS course, you will also need:
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual (item no. EC15-1058)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) DVD Set (item no. EC15-1051)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Poster Set (item no. EC15-1049)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Emergency Crash Cart Cards (item no. EC15-1050)
All required Instructor materials listed above are also available as part of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor Package (item no. EC15-1048).
Other supplies needed to teach the PALS course:
- DVD player or DVD-capable computer
- training manikins
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the Instructor CD available separately?
A: No, it is available only with the purchase of the Instructor manual.