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The American Heart Association (AHA), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course is designed for medical providers such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals whose daily occupation requires them to either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a pediatric patient, whether in or out of hospital.
Based on scientific evidence from the Current AHA Guidelines Updates for CPR and ECC, the AHA PALS course uses a series of unique, simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, including basic life support skills, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. During the course, skills are taught through a combination of large-group sessions with videos and instructor direction, and small-group hands-on stations using participant-applicable scenarios for simulation. Completion of this course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need to recognize and manage critically ill infants and children.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
- Recognize and treat medical conditions that place the infant or child at risk of cardiopulmonary arrest;
- Identify strategies for prevention;
- Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitating and stabilizing the infant or child in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest;
- Demonstrate the use of the various airway and oxygen adjuncts and methods for optimum ventilation & airway control;
- Identify normal vs. abnormal cardiac rhythms and the appropriate pharmacologic and electrical therapies;
- State the indications & dosages of medications used in cardiopulmonary arrest and the effects on the cardiovascular system;
- Perform techniques to obtain vascular access in infants and children via intraosseous cannulation;
- Perform advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest in the pediatric patient.