Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for Healthcare Providers
The PALScourse builds on the foundation of lifesaving Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. ACLS also covers airway management and related pharmacology.
THE 2015 Edition Textbook IS REQUIRED. Please either purchase a book with your class registration, or have access to one from a friend, your employer, or from school to bring with you to class.
REQUIRED PRECOURSE SELF-ASSESSMENT MUST BE COMPLETED WITH A SCORE OF 70% OR BETTER BEFORE ARRIVING FOR CLASS.
THE PRECOURSE ASSESSMENT USER NAME AND PASSWORD CAN BE FOUND ON THE BOTTOM OF PAGE ii OF THE 2015 TEXTBOOK.
FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE PRECOURSE ASSESMENT OR BRINGING THE COMPLETION CERTIFICATE TO CLASS, MAY RESULT IN YOUR CLASS BEING RESCHEDULED.
Skills are taught in large-group sessions and small-group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.
The PALS course covers:
- PALS algorithms
- immediate post-cardiac-arrest care
- airway management
- rhythm recognition
- high-quality CPR
- 1-rescuer CPR AED
- effective resuscitation team dynamics
- science overview (update course)
- BLS and PALS surveys
- Megacode treatment
- identification and initial care of other life-threatening clinical situations.
ACLS training is intended for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of the hospital, including:
- emergency medical technicians
- staff in intensive care units and emergency or critical care departments
- other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an PALS Course Completion eCard.
To be successful in any PALS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. It is strongly recommended that students review the PALS course materials and complete a precourse self-assessment using the tools in their student materials before starting the course.
EACH CLASS IS 2 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
Saint Clare’s Health System is an approved provider of continuing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider number P141-8/14-17.
Planners and speakers have nothing to disclose. No conflict of interest has been identified. This activity has no commercial support.
To obtain the 13.5 contact hour’s certificate participants must attend the entire session and submit an NJSNA evaluation form.