PALS: Pediatric Advanced Life Support
The American Heart Association PALS course is designed for healthcare professionals in the resuscitation of the pediatric patient at the advanced level using medications, cardiac monitoring, electrical therapy and advanced airway placement. The AHA recommends a basic skill set of CPR or BLS for Healthcare Provider and basic dysrhythmia recognition (EKGs) for this course.
PALS is designed for the Health Care Professional routinely involved with pediatric patients. The importance of effective team communication and appropriate action during resuscitation is emphasized throughout the class. PALS uses simulated clinical scenarios which include hands-on practical, as well as American Heart Association instructional videos.
Students will be able to recognize and prevent causes of pediatric injuries and emergencies that require resuscitation. Students will learn how to respond to emergencies as an individual, a team and as a team leader.
PALS is taught using a combination of classroom instruction and video tools by the American Heart Association, as well as simulated clinical scenarios which include hands-on participation.
At the end of the course students must take a written exam consisting of 33 multiple choice questions.
PALS Renewal course: Students who have already taken the PALS course in the past may take the one-day renewal course. Students who have an expired PALS provider card or do who not possess a PALS provider card may still take the Renewal course. However, these students will not be given the option of remediation-- therefore if they cannot successfully meet the course completion requirements when tested they will need to return for a second day to complete the entire provider course (AHA Program Administration Manual page 51).
Schedule: Class dates and times are listed on our Schedule & Sign-up page.
Cost: $399 for the full two-day course and $299 for the one-day renewal course. Lunch and refreshments are included in the price of the course.
How to register: To register for a course, go to our Schedule & Sign-up page and then click the class you would like to take. All classes must be paid for in advance.
Course Completion Card: Upon completion of the course students receive a PALS course completion card that is valid for 2 years from the American Heart Association.
You will understand how to recognize:
- How and why we use the defibrillator and synchronized cardioversion.
- Respiratory Distress/Failure
- Cardiac Arrest
- Advanced Resuscitation with Airway and Ventilation
You will understand how to perform:
- Vascular Access (IO, IV)
- Fluid and Medication
- Use the length-based resuscitation tape
- Post Resuscitation Management
- AED Training
You will be able to identify and treat rhythm disturbances:
- Stable and unstable tachycardia
- Ventricular Fibrillation (V-FIB)
- Ventricular Tachycardia (V-Tach)
- PEA (Pulseless Electrical Activity)