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 DVD includes the following course videos:
- Course Overview
- Life Is Why (optional)
- Science of Pediatric Resuscitation
- Child High-Quality BLS
- Infant High-Quality BLS
- Systematic Approach
- Management of Respiratory Emergencies
- Respiratory Case Discussions
- Management of Shock Emergencies
- Shock Case Discussions
- Management of Shock Emergencies: Cardiogenic (optional)
- Team Dynamics
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
Run time: 98 minutes
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®) Instructor Manual (item no. EC15-1054)
- Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®) Poster Set (item no. EC15-1056)
All required Instructor materials listed above, including this DVD, 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