The goal of the PEARS course is to improve outcomes for pediatric patients. The course achieves this by training healthcare providers in assessment, early recognition, prompt communication, and initial intervention in the event of respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest using high-performance team dynamics.
During the course, case-based instruction will be used to teach students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- perform BLS consistent with the 2015 AHA guidelines for CPR and ECC
- evaluate a seriously ill or injured child by using the pediatric systematic approach
- apply effective team dynamics
- demonstrate initial stabilization of a seriously ill or injured child, including a child with cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, or shock.
The PEARS course is ideal for:
- Physicians and nurses not specializing in pediatrics
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Emergency medical technicians
- Respiratory therapists
- Prehospital and in-hospital healthcare providers (outside of critical-care areas)
- Outpatient clinic staff
- School-based providers
Students who successfully complete the PEARS course (including achieving a score of 84% or higher on the course exam) will receive a PEARS provider course completion card (print or eCard), valid for two years.
Key Features and Benefits
The PEARS Provider Manual is for use by a single student and provides information needed before, during, and after the course. A code within the manual provides access to the PEARS student Web site, which contains additional information and reference materials to help students successfully complete course requirements.
The provider manual includes information on:
- recognition of respiratory distress, shock, and cardiac arrest
- appropriate lifesaving interventions to take within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider
- high-performance team dynamics.
- Full-color manual
- 4-panel PEARS Pocket Reference Card (product 15-1053; also sold separately)
- Content includes:
- Vital Signs in Children
- Pediatric Systematic Approach Summary
- Pediatric Systematic Approach Algorithm
- Identifying Respiratory Emergencies
- Pediatric Management of Respiratory Emergencies Flowchart
- Identifying Circulatory Emergencies (Shock)
- Pediatric Management of Shock Flowchart
- BLS Healthcare Provider Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm for the Single Rescuer -- 2015 Update
- 1 sheet of tab labels
Eligibility for continuing education credit:
- Emergency Medical Services -- This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 6.0 Basic CEHs, activity number 15-AMHA-F2-0271.
By claiming CAPCE credit, the claimant acknowledges the following: I understand that the American Heart Association, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation, will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected, need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.
**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after six months of attending.
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Participation in the classroom course, including completion of all learning stations.
(2) Complete the written exam with a minimum score of 84%.
(3) Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit.
There is no additional fee for CME/CE credits for this activity.
Dimensions and Specifications
Manual is 208 pages, 8 1/2" x 11", softcover
PEARS® Pocket Reference Card is 4 panels, 8 pages, 4" x 6 1/2" (folded) (also available separately)
Additional Supplies Needed for Operation
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) Pocket Reference Card available separately?
A: Yes, this item is available separately as item no. EC15-1053.