The AHA’s PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This classroom, Instructor-led 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 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 Provider Manual is for use by a single student and provides information needed before, during, and after class. A code within the front cover of the manual provides students access to a website containing mandatory and supplemental information and reference materials, including the PALS Precourse Self- Assessment (must pass with score of 70% or higher), to help them successfully complete the course.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Perform high-quality Child CPR AED and Infant CPR per AHA BLS recommendations
- Differentiate between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
- Recognize cardiopulmonary arrest early and begin CPR within 10 seconds
- Apply team dynamics
- Differentiate between respiratory distress and failure
- Perform early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
- Differentiate between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
- 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
Students who successfully complete the PALS Course (including achieving a score of 84% or higher on the course exam) will receive a PALS Provider course completion card valid for two years.
A separate supplementary tool, the PALS Pocket Reference Card is included with the purchase of the PALS Provider Manual. This is a convenient, quick reference tool for healthcare professionals to use during the PALS Course and in a variety of healthcare settings, and includes the following information:
- 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 Algorithm
- Pediatric Tachycardia Algorithm
- PALS Post--resuscitation Care
The AHA’s PALS Course is for healthcare providers 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, paramedics, and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.
- 8.375” x 10.875”
- Includes 368 pages of full-color images and text
- Bound within a full-color soft cover
- Includes PALS Pocket Reference Card
- PALS Precourse Preparation Checklist Card will be available on the PALS Student Website and CPRverify.org.