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2020 Guidelines AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Course

PALS Provider Course Objectives

After successful completion of the PALS Provider Course, the student will be able to:
  • One-rescuer child CPR and AED use
  • Two-rescuer infant CPR 
  • Management of respiratory emergencies 
  • Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy 
  • Vascular access
  • Resuscitation team concept 
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations 
  • Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment Simulated pediatric emergencies teach and reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics.
  • Emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival, the integration of effective basic life support with pediatric life support interventions, and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

PALS Provider Course Includes:

In the 2020 PALS Provider Course, students will learn and practice:
  • Performing child and infant CPR
  • Using oxygen delivery and airway management equipment o Establishing intraosseous (IO) access and a method for giving rapid fluid boluses
  • Using electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring
  • Providing defibrillation/cardioversion

Pediatric assessment: A systematic approach

Medical management:
  • 4 types of acute respiratory problems
  • 4 types of acute circulatory problems
  • 4 types of acute cardiac problems, including cardiac arrest

Leadership: Communication and other important elements of team dynamics as they relate to resuscitation

The minimum course completion requirements include:
  • Participation in the classroom course, including completion of all learning stations 
  • Completion of the open-resource written exam with a minimum score of 84%
  • Passing the 1- and 2-Rescuer Child BLS With AED and 1- and 2-Rescuer Infant BLS Skills Tests 
  • Passing 2 PALS core case scenarios ( providing appropriate medical treatment and demonstrating effective team dynamics):
  1. 1 cardiac 
  2. 1 respiratory or shock
Required skills stations include:
  • Child CPR and AED
  • Infant CPR
  • Airway Management
  • Rhythm Disturbances/Electrical Therapy
  • Vascular Access
Students will need a 2020 AHA Guideline PALS Provider Manual prior to class in order to participate in the course.