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.
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.