PALS Provider

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units. PALS builds on the foundation of lifesaving basic life support (BLS) skills as it applies to the infant and pediatric patient, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest care, and management of respiratory/shock/arrhythmia emergencies.

AFTER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE ACLS COURSE, STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:

  • Perform high-quality CPR per AHA BLS recommendations
  • Differentiate between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
  • Recognize cardiopulmonary arrest early and begin CPR within 10 seconds
  • Differentiate between respiratory distress and failure
  • Perform early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
  • Differentiate between compensated and decompensated shock
  • Perform early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Differentiate betwee unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
  • Describe clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Implement post-cardiac arrest management

AHA 2015 Heartcode BLS FAQ Sheet