AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Initial Certification
American Heart Association
Pediatric Advanced Life Support 1 Day Initial Certification is a classroom, Instructor-led course that 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 AHA PALS Provider Manual is included along with FREE BLS.
The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes. PALS also teaches Pediatric CPR, the use of a bag mask and an AED for 1 and 2 rescuers. Students will practice skills along with the video, participate in megacode practice scenarios, take a written exam of 50 questions with a passing score of 84%. Participants will then be tested on one cardiac scenario and one respiratory or a shock scenario. Students who successfully pass the course will receive an American Heart Association PALS Provider E-Card good for two years. (The New 2020 Provider Manual and FREE BLS are included in the cost of the class.
Please note, you are now required to take a 1 hour precourse test and watch the course videos online before attending the class. This helps to keep the in person classroom time much shorter. Students can now pause and replay parts of the video which is difficult to do in a classroom setting. Here's a link to the Pre-Course work. Be sure to create an account, or log in before you start. https://elearning.heart.org/course/426 Take a picture of your certificate or bring it with you to class. Class will focus on the hands on teaching and testing portion of the class. The precourse work takes a solid 4 hours. Once you begin the first section of the online course, you must complete it in one sitting. The second portion is all the course videos and can be broken up into 20 pieces if necessary. If you have any questions, please email Catherine Brinkley at firstname.lastname@example.org
The AHA’s PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2020 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.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support is an advanced life saving course where learners are taught how to manage respiratory, cardiac and shock emergencies in children by using electrical therapy such as cardioversion or defibrillation, the administration of drugs based on the cardiac rhythm and the administration of intravenous fluids to improve cardiac output.
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and emergency medical services. This course is for medical professionals who are proficient in cardiac rhythms, drug doses and Basic Life Support.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support covers
-Rhythm Disturbances and Electrical Therapy
-Vascular Access by peripheral IV and Intraosseous Access
-ECG Rhythm Identification
-Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring during CPR
-Antiarrhythmic Medications for Shock-Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation or pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia
-Targeted Temperature Management
-Post Cardiac Arrest Care
Things to know before taking the Pre-course Lessons:
* All students must complete the Pre-course Self-Assessment and achieve a score of at least 70% before taking the PALS Course.
* Once a student has passed the Pre-course Self-Assessment, they will gain access to the Pre-course Work video lessons.
* All video lessons must be reviewed before entering the classroom.
Please go to www.elearning.heart.org and create a free account. Then, on the left of the page click on Pediatric Advanced Life Support and find the Pre-course Self Assessment and Precourse work. You can also launch the course by using this link: Course Launch | AHA eLearning (heart.org)
* Students must print their successful Pre-course Self-Assessment score report and course completion certificate and bring it with them to class. You can also text a picture to (719) 551-1222 and we'll print it for you.
Should you leave the course and need to return, you will need to select from the following options. Please note the option details below.
* Retake - allows you to start over from the beginning (Clicking this will not retain any of your previous progress.)
* Resume - allows you to pick up where you left off
* Review - allows you to see what questions you got right and wrong
PALS Provider Course Objectives
The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients. Pre-course preparation, didactic instruction, and active participation in skill stations and simulated cases will be used to enhance the recognition of and intervention for respiratory emergencies, shock and cardiopulmonary arrest.
During the course, you will actively participate in a series of case scenarios and practice with simulation. These simulations are designed to reinforce important concepts, including
-Identification and treatment of problems that place the child at risk for cardiac arrest
-Application of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment
-Use of the evaluate-identify0intervene sequence
-Use of PALS algorithms and flowcharts
- Demonstration of effective resuscitation team dynamics
Goal of the PALS Provider Course
The goal is to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers to effectively recognize and intervene in patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest by using high-performance team dynamics and high-quality individual skills.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to
-Perform high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) per American Heart Association (AHA) basic life support (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 patienst with arrhythmias
-Implement post-cardiac arrest management
To help you achieve these objectives, the PALS Provider Course includes
-BLS competency testing
-Case scenario discussions and simulations
BLS Competency Testing
What you will be Expected to Do
You must pass 2 BLS tests to receive an AHA PALS Provider course completion card.
-Child CPR and AED Skills Test
-Infant CPR Skills Test
The PALS Provider Course does not include detailed instructions on how to perform basic CPR or how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). You must know this in advance. Consider taking a BLS course if necessary.
What You Will Be Expected to Do
The course includes the following skills stations"
-Rhythm Disturbances and Electrical Therapy
During the skills stations, you will have an opportunity to practice specific skills and then demonstrate competency.
Airway Management Skills Station
What You Will Be Expected to Do
You will need to demonstrate your understanding of oxygen (O2) delivery systems and airway adjuncts. You will have an opportunity to practice and demonstrate
-Insertion of an oropharyngeal airway
-Effective bag-mask ventilation
-Oropharyngeal airway and endotracheal (ET) tube suctioning
-Confirmation of advanced airway device placement by physical examination and an exhaled CO2 detector device
-Securing the ET tube