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
- contains all the information students need to successfully complete the PALS course when taught in a classroom-based format
- is ideal for use as a reference tool before and after the course
- comes with the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Pocket Reference Card, a convenient, quick-reference tool for healthcare professionals to use during the PALS course and in a variety of healthcare settings. The card includes:
- vital signs in children
- definition of hypotension by systolic blood pressure and age
- summary steps of CPR for children and infants
- pediatric septic shock algorithm
- drugs used in PALS
- pediatric cardiac arrest algorithm
- PALS systematic approach algorithm
- pediatric bradycardia and tachycardia algorithms
- PALS post-resuscitation care.
The PALS Precourse Preparation Checklist Card will be available on the PALS student Web site and at CPRverify.org. Each student must have his or her own copy of the PALS Provider Manual.
- Softcover 368-page manual
- PALS Pocket Reference Card
- Access to PALS student Web site, which includes the PALS Precourse Preparation Checklist Card
Eligibility for continuing education credit, PALS full course:
- 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 12.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F2-0338.
Eligibility for continuing education credit, PALS update course:
- 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 7.00 Advanced CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F2-0337.
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 participation. CME/CE credit will no longer be available once the six-month credit-claiming period has elapsed.
Dimensions and Specifications
8 1/2" x 11"
368 pages, shrink wrapped
Additional Supplies Needed for Operation
Computer or mobile device with Internet access