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About the Course
Course participants will learn:
- 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use
- 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR
- Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
- Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
- Management of respiratory emergencies
- Resuscitation team concept
- Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
- Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
- Vascular access
The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. 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.
Methods of taking PALS
PALS can be taken either through the traditional Instructor-led course, or through e-Learning with the AHA HeartCode PALS.
- Full course: 14-16 hours depending on amount of break time
- Update (renewal) course: 7-8 hours depending on amount of break time
- HeartCode PALS Part 1 is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children, who need a PALS course completion card and are seeking an alternative (nonclassroom) method for completing an initial or update PALS course
Before taking PALS, students should have a mastery of infant and child BLS skills. They should also be able to recognize various heart rhythms, be familiar with different types of airway management tools and their use and have knowledge of the drugs commonly used to treat cardiovascular irregularities.
The AHA is currently in the process of completing requirements to be able to provide CECBEMS CEH for classroom-based PALS Provider Courses. We will announce this when available. Because the continuing education approval process for nurses and physicians is much more involved, credit for these professions will not be available through the AHA at this time.