Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for Healthcare Providers
The PALS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. ACLS also covers airway management and related pharmacology.
You MUST arrive with:
- a current text book (2020 Guidelines, is now available for check out or purchase in the Education Department)
- a completed pre-course assessment with at least a passing score of 70%. REQUIRED PRECOURSE SELF-ASSESSMENT MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE ARRIVING FOR CLASS.
You can access the pre-course assessment by going to www.elearning.heart.org. You will need to set up an account, then click on the “Courses” tab at the top of the page and select PALS. Scroll down to the PALS Pre-course Self-Assessment and choose “Launch This Course.” (Be sure that you do not choose the International Version) Bring the completed certificate with you to class. If you are unable to print the completion, please take a picture of it and we will handle it in class.
Skills are taught in large-group sessions and small-group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.
The PALS course covers:
- PALS algorithms
- immediate post-cardiac-arrest care
- airway management
- rhythm recognition
- high-quality CPR
- 1-rescuer CPR AED
- effective resuscitation team dynamics
- science overview (update course)
- BLS and PALS surveys
- Megacode treatment
- identification and initial care of other life-threatening clinical situations.
PALS training is intended for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of the hospital, including:
- emergency medical technicians
- staff in intensive care units and emergency or critical care departments
- other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an PALS Course Completion eCard.
To be successful in any PALS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. It is strongly recommended that students review the PALS course materials and complete a precourse self-assessment using the tools in their student materials before starting the course.
EACH CLASS IS 2 CONSECUTIVE DAYS. Contact Hours: 16.0