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Pediatric Advanced Life Support

This course emphasizes management of seriously ill or injured pediatric patients. The two-day comprehensive course reviews BLS, respiratory failure, shock, cardiac arrhythmias, and vascular access. Re-certification is only available to students who are currently certified at the time of the class. An American Heart Association PALS card will be issued upon successful completion of this course.

Mandatory pre-course preparation includes:

  1. Pre-course checklist: Complete the pre-course checklist that came with your PALS Course Guide. Bring the checklist with you to the course.
  2. CPR competency: Be prepared to pass the child 1-rescuer CPR/AED and infant 1- and 2-rescuer CPR skills test. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED during the course. You must know this in advance.
  3. Complete the self-assessment test online-bring the printout of your score with you to the PALS course. This test consists of 3 sections: ECG rhythm identification, pharmacology, and practical application. Use this assessment to identify areas where you need to increase your knowledge.
  4. Practice cases: Work through the practice cases to familiarize yourself with the "assess-categorizedecide-act" model taught in the course. As you read through each case, try to answer the questions. Check your answers.
  5. PALS algorithms and flowcharts: Be familiar with the PALS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PALS course does not present the details of each algorithm.
  6. Supplement your knowledge: Review and understand the information in the PALS Provider Manual, the PALS Course Guide. Pay particular attention to the systematic approach to pediatric assessment, the “assess-categorize-decide-act” model, and the management of respiratory and circulatory abnormalities.
  7. Course agenda: Review the course agenda and note course activities where you might need to supplement your knowledge before attending the course.
  8. Print your scores for the pre-course assessment tests and bring them with you to class. You will not be able to attend the course without the pre-course assessment tests.


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PALS Provider Recertification
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The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.