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 Instructor manual contains:
- 12 PEARS lesson plans
- 2 appendices
- Appendix A: Skills Testing and Competency Checklists
- Appendix B: 10 Practice Case Scenarios with Debriefing Tools
The Instructor CD contains:
- Precourse Materials
- Equipment List
- PEARS Course Sample Agenda
- Sample Precourse Letter -- Student
- Sample Precourse Letter -- Instructor
- Course Materials
- PEARS Lesson Plans
- Child CPR and AED Skills Testing Checklist
- Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist
- PEARS Practice Case Scenarios
- Team Dynamics Debriefing Tool
- Team Role Labels
- Pediatric Systematic Approach Algorithm
- Pediatric Systematic Approach Summary
- Pediatric Management of Respiratory Emergencies Flowchart
- Pediatric Management of Shock Flowchart
- BLS Healthcare Provider Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm for the Single Rescuer -- 2015 Update
- BLS Healthcare Provider Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm for 2 or More Rescuers -- 2015 Update
- Vital Signs in Children
- Life Is Why™ Activity Page
- Full-color manual
- Instructor CD
- 6 page-divider tabs
PEARS course 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 7.25 Advanced
CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F2-0024.
Dimensions and Specifications
200 pages, 8 1/2" x 11"
Loose-leaf, 3-hole punched manual
Additional Supplies Needed for Operation
To teach the PEARS course, you will also need:
- Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®) Provider Manual (item no. EC15-1052)
- Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®) DVD (item no. EC15-1055)
- Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®) Poster Set (item no. EC15-1056)
All required Instructor materials listed above, including this Instructor manual, are also available as part of the Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) Instructor Package (item no. EC15-1057).
- American Heart Association Stopwatch (item no. EC15-1501)
In addition, to teach the PEARS course, you will need a DVD player or DVD-capable computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the Instructor CD available separately?
A: No, it is only sold with the Instructor manual.