Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom,  Instructor-led course that uses a series of 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.
The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.

The overall goal of the PALS Course is to provide healthcare professionals with didactic and psychomotor skills training in the recognition and treatment of conditions that may lead to cardiopulmonary arrest in an infant or child. PALS incorporates both pre-hospital and hospital management of pediatric emergencies and reflects the 2010 guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care.

Pediatric AssessmentRespiratory Emergenciesardiovascular Emergencies (shock)
Cardiovascular Emergencies (rhythm disturbances)Trauma and BurnsChildren with Special Healthcare Needs
Airway ManagementRhythm Recognition and Electrical TherapyVascular Access and Medication Administration
Case Scenarios  

Continuing Educations Hours (CEH) for EMS professionals are available for ASHI PALS from Health & Safety Institute (HSI), a Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) Accredited Organization.

“Across-the-room” assessment

Because approaching an ill or injured child can increase agitation, possibly worsening the child’s condition, the PAT is performed before approaching or touching the child.

Pause a short distance from the patient and, using your senses of sight and hearing (look and listen), quickly determine if a life-threatening problem exists that requires immediate intervention.

Can be completed in 60 seconds or less