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 HeartCode PALS).
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
HeartCode PALS is the online portion of the PALS course when taken in a blended-learning format. It uses a variety of eLearning assets -- such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities -- to teach students PALS knowledge and skills. To enter the course, students must complete the online PALS Precourse Self-Assessment to evaluate the learner's ability to integrate both rhythm interpretation and use of pharmacologic agents. After completing HeartCode PALS, including passing the online exam with a score of 84% or higher, students attend a structured Instructor-led classroom session that focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, and skills testing.
Course features and benefits:
- Includes 12 in-hospital patient cases
- eSimulation cases include:
- 2 airway obstruction cases
- 4 shock cases:
- cardiogenic disordered control of breathing
- lung tissue disease
- supraventricular tachycardia
- Summary of critical concepts provided for each eSimulation case
- Virtual debriefings provided immediately after each eSimulation
- Includes a team dynamics lesson on basic team principles and integrating these principles in a simulated code
- Provides online access to:
- the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual
- the 2015 Handbook Of Emergency Cardiovascular Care For Healthcare Providers
- the precourse self-assessment
- Multiple-choice, 50-question exam to test cognitive knowledge
- Certificate of completion that grants access to the classroom portion is available to print after HeartCode PALS modules and simulations, exam, and course evaluation have been completed successfully
- Eligibility for continuing education credit
- physicians -- American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- physician assistants -- AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 7.25 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
- nurse practitioners -- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME (must be claimed within 6 months of participation).
- nurses -- The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 6.50 contact hours (must be claimed within 6 months of participation).
- pharmacists -- ACPE Credit: 8.00 Contact Hours. Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-17-914-H01-P (must be claimed within 30 days of participation).
- emergency medical services -- This continuing education activity is approved by American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 5.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F3-0346 (must be claimed within 6 months of participation).
Includes access to all HeartCode PALS information for 24 months following activation.
Please include an e-mail address when ordering. Instructions for activating HeartCode® PALS will be e-mailed to you, usually within 1 business day. NOTE: Each course purchased can only be used by a single student. This product is not eligible for the standard 30-day return policy.
Dimensions and Specifications
PC and Mac® compatible
Additional Supplies Needed for Operation
Computer with Internet access
Minimum computer requirements:
- Connection: Broadband/T1/Cable/DSL/Fiber/etc.
- Operating system: Windows XP or later, or Mac OSX 10.6 or later
- Processor speed: 1+ GHz Pentium or equivalent
- RAM: 1+ GB RAM
- Web browser: Internet Explorer 9 or above, Chrome (recommended), or Firefox
- Speakers/headphones: Recommended
- Soundcard: Recommended
- Macromedia Flash (latest version)
- QuickTime Plugin (4.0 or above)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)
Instructors teaching the classroom session will need:
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor Manual (item no. EC15-1047)
- 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) Emergency Crash Cart Cards (item no. EC15-1050)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Poster Set (item no. EC15-1049)
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
- training manikins
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does HeartCode PALS include access to the PALS student manual?
A: Yes, it includes online access to the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual (item no. EC15-1058).
Q: How long can students access the information in HeartCode PALS?
A: Once a student activates the course, the student can access all information for 24 months.
Q: Is this a credentialed course?
A: Yes, successful completion of both the online portion and the classroom portion results in a PALS provider course completion card.
Q: How long does it take to complete the online portion of the blended-learning course?
A: The online portion takes approximately 6-9 hours to complete, depending on the student's level of experience.
Q: How long is the blended-learning classroom session?
A: The classroom session takes approximately 3-4 hours, not including breaks.