Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Pediatric Advanced Life Support or PALS is a course designed to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The primary course objective is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously-ill or injured children aimed at improving outcomes.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students should be able to;

  • Recognize patients who require immediate intervention
  • Identification and treatment of problems that place the child at risk for cardiac arrest
  • Apply a systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  • Recognize signs of cardiopulmonary arrest and provide early CPR
  • Differentiate respiratory distress from respiratory failure
  • Early management or intervention of respiratory distress and failure
  • Differentiate unstable from stable patients with arrhythmias
  • Recognize clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Demonstrate effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Performance of post-cardiac arrest care

Course certification requires successful demonstration of BLS concepts and skills for Pediatric patients per assigned scenario and passing of written test. International certification is valid for 2 years.