Pediatric Advanced Life Support Pre-Work Course; Enduring Web course
Original Release Date: 10/21/2020
Last Review Date: October 2023
Termination Date: 10/19/2026
In the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Prework course, learners will enhance their skills in the treatment of pediatric arrest and periarrest patients through active participation in a series of simulated pediatric emergencies. These simulations are designed to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, and effective resuscitation team dynamics.
At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
1. Perform high quality CPR per AHA BLS recommendations
2. Perform role as a high-performance team member
3. Differentiate between the patient requiring immediate intervention from those that don’t
4. Differentiate between respiratory distress and failure
5. Perform early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
6. Differentiate between compensated and hypotensive shock
7. Perform early interventions for the treatment of shock
8. Differentiate between unstable and stable patients with dysrhythmias
9. Demonstrate treatment of dysrhythmias
10. Implement Post arrest management
Joint Accreditation: 10/20/2023 – 10/19/2026
CAPCE: 10/20/2023 – 10/19/2026
Joint Accreditation Statements
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by The American Heart Association. The American Heart Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
AMA Credit Designation Statement - Physicians
The American Heart Association designates this activity for a maximum of 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAPA Credit Acceptance Statement – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.50 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
AANP Credit Acceptance Statement – Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
ANCC Credit Designation Statement - Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 2.50 contact hours.
ACPE Credit Designation Statement – Pharmacists
ACPE Credit: 2.50 Contact Hours. Universal Program Number: JA0000134-0000-23-138-H04-P
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 2.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 23-AMHA-F3-0053.
By claiming CAPCE credit, the claimant acknowledges the following: I understand that the American Heart Association as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected, need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.
Participation and Successful Completion
I. Learners will register through shopcpr.heart.org
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
1. Complete the entire course
2. Complete the evaluation
3. Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit
All persons in a position to control educational content of a CE activity provided by the American Heart Association must disclose to the audience all financial relationships with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. The presence or absence of all financial relationships will be disclosed to the audience in activity materials. All unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed will also be disclosed to the audience. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.
The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) and/or affiliations:
Kelly D. Kadlec, MD, Med
Mary E. McBride, MD, Med
Reylon Meeks, RN, BSN, MS, MSN, EMT, PhD
Ian R. Drennan, ACP, PhD
Garth Meckler, MD, MSHS
Ryan Morgan, MD, MTR
Stephen M. Schexnayder, MD
Sarah Tabbutt, MD, PhD
Janice A. Tijssen, MD, MSc
Jeremy Dymond, RN
Melissa Mahgoub, PhD
Comilla Sasson, MD, PhD
Julie A. Mallory
This list represents the relationships that may be perceived as actual or reasonable conflicts of interest as reported on the Disclosure Questionnaire, which all AHA volunteers are required to complete and submit. The focus is on relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the 24-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content:
Sallie Johnson, PharmD, BCPS—Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Employment)
3. Physician Assistants
4. Nurse Practitioners
The American Heart Association does not provide advice to Training Centers on ADA requirements or any other laws, rules or regulations. Training Centers must determine accommodations necessary to comply with applicable laws. AHA recommends consultation with legal counsel.
Core curriculum change requests for accessibility purposes must be scientifically based and approved in advance in writing by the AHA ECC Science & Product Development department; otherwise a student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills and written tests as indicated) to receive a course completion card. Reasonable accommodations may be made, such as placing the manikin on a table at the height necessary for wheelchair- bound individuals. However, the skills must be satisfactorily completed during the testing sessions.
Guidelines for accommodating students with special needs or disabilities may be found in the Program Administration Manual.