The Pediatric Advanced Life Support Program (PALS) gives clinicians the skills to recognize distress in pediatric patients and respond with interventional treatment to prevent respiratory and cardiopulmonary arrest. Participants will enhance the cognitive and psychomotor skills required to resuscitate and stabilize critically ill infants and children. The course will benefit any health care professionals likely to deal with acute and emergency situations. 

Course Objectives

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics designed the program in cooperation with the american Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The interactive course includes lectures, videos, skill stations and self-study. After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize when infants and children are at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest and administer preventive care
  • Perform basic life support and bag-vale-mask ventilation
  • Demonstrate the types, uses and indications of airway adjuncts and equipment in resuscitation
  • Recognize life-threatening rhythm disturbances in children and discuss their treatment options
  • Discuss peripheral and intraosseous cannulation

Scope of Training

PALS emphasizes a general approach to anticipating, recognizing and treating respiratory failure. The course does not cover every type of life-threatening emergency, nor is it a replacement for specialty training such as an emergency medicine residency or critical care fellowship. 




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