The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provider course is a Heart and Stroke Foundation-accredited course that teaches knowledge content and skills required in resuscitating a critically-ill infant and child. The course consists of interactive sessions, mock codes, and case scenarios. The topics covered include respiratory distress/failure, shock (hypovolemic, cardiogenic, distributive, and obstructive), pediatric dysrhythmias (bradycardia, narrow-complex and wide-complex tachycardia), and circulatory collapse/arrest (asystole, PEA, ventricular fibrillation). The skills demonstrated and practiced consist of the latest trends in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use and defibrillation, vascular access (peripheral/central venous, intraosseous), and oxygen delivery and positive pressure ventilation (bag-and-mask ventilation, endotracheal intubation, and mechanical ventilation).
Course Length: 2 days (8 hours per day)
Personnel involved in the care of critically-ill children including Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room physicians, nurses, trainees, technicians and allied health care professionals as well as personnel who respond to cardiovascular emergencies such as paramedics
• American Heart Association (AHA) PALS course guide
• AHA PALS provider manual
Heart and Stroke Foundation Completion Certificate
This program meets the College of Family Physicians of Canada for mainpro M1 credits. This course is an accredited Group Learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the maintenance of certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
CPR test including infant 1- and 2-rescuer CPR + child 1- rescuer CPR/AED
PALS written examination (need to achieve at least 84%)
PALS two oral core cases as a team leader