Pediatric Advanced Life Support (RXPALSP)

Course Memo

Course Description: • This detailed course is designed for health care providers and other professional rescuers who initiate and direct advanced life support beyond basic life support through the stabilization or transport phases of a pediatric emergency. This course will increase student’s skills in the evaluation and management of an infant or child with respiratory compromise, circulatory compromise, or cardiac arrest. • Students will learn identification and treatment of medical conditions that place the child at risk for cardiac arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment, including general assessment, primary assessment, secondary assessment, and tertiary assessment; the assess-categorize-decide-act approach to assessment and management of a seriously ill infant or child; PALS algorithms and flowcharts; and effective resuscitation team dynamics. • AHA Certification is obtained upon successful completion of competent skills demonstration and written testing. Prerequisites: • Current BLS HealthCare Provider certification • Study and understand the 12 Learning Station Competency Checklists in the Course Guide • Become familiar with the Practice Cases on the Student CD (included I the Course Guide) • Study and understand the PALS algorithms and flowcharts for the core cases in the PALS Course Guide and Provider Manual. • Complete the PALS self-assessment modules (tests) on the student CD for PALS ECGs, Pharmacology, and Practical Applications. Pertinent Information: • Books included in tuition. • Must bring proof of current BLS HealthCare Provider certification and completion of the self-assessment tests to class – or they will not be allowed to attend. • Students must attend the entire class to be eligible for completion. • Students must demonstrate the skills and pass a written test with 84 percent or better to successfully complete certification requirements. • Certification is for two years. • Students are encouraged to dress comfortably. Course Objectives: • Understand and be able to perform the systematic approach to pediatric assessment of a seriously ill or injured child, including the general, primary, secondary, and tertiary assessments • Use the Assess-categorize-decide-act approach to decision making. • Recognize and manage a child respiratory distress or failure and/or compensated or hypotensive shock. • Recognize and manage a child with a life-threatening bradyarrhythmia, tachyarrhythmia, or arrest rhythm. • Describe key elements of effective resuscitation team behaviors and explain why the foundation of successful resuscitation includes both mastery of basic skills and effective team dynamics. • Prevent further deterioration of the child’s condition during the stabilization and transfer phases of care. For more information, please call the Health Occupations desk at (405) 377-3333 ext. 209 or 211 (PALS, Health, Medical, Infant, Toddler)