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
Note: Supplemental information and tools for use before and during the course are available on the American Heart Association Instructor Network.
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.
Please include an e-mail address when ordering. Instructions on how to access the eBook will be e-mailed to you, usually within 1 business day. NOTE: This product is not eligible for the standard 30-day return policy.
Dimensions and Specifications
PC, Mac®, iOS, and Android compatible
Additional Supplies Needed for Operation
Computer or device with Internet connection and a current Web browser
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- Firefox, version 37 and above
- Safari, version 8 and above
- Internet Explorer, version 11 and above
- iOS device browsers, device version 7.0 and above
- Android device browsers, device version 4.4 and above
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Android app: Smartphones and tablets with version 4.1.x and above
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To teach the PALS course, you will also need:
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual print edition (item no. EC15-1058) or eBook edition (item no. EC15-3120)
- 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: What is the return policy on eBooks?
A: All eBook sales are final. Please ensure that you are purchasing the correct title for your needs before placing your order, as eBooks may not be returned or exchanged.
Q: How are eBooks accessed?
A: Instructions for accessing eBooks will be e-mailed to you. (Please be sure to include an e-mail address when you order.)
Q: Can I print this eBook?
A: American Heart Association eBooks are not intended to be printed. Printing and copying restrictions apply.
Q: Does this eBook come with an Instructor CD like the print edition does?
A: No, but all the information from the Instructor CD is available on the American Heart Association Instructor Network at https://ahainstructornetwork.org.