The Pediatric Advanced Life Support, or PALS, pre-course self assessment contains questions that pertain to heart rhythm interpretation and appropriate medication use when caring for seriously ill children. The pre-course assessment is designed to evaluate a student's current knowledge and highlight areas where the student needs help.
The PALS course teaches a systematic method of pediatric assessment and basic life support by focusing on PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation techniques and team dynamics. The course teaches students how to perform one- and two-rescuer CPR on infants and children, use an automated external defibrillator, manage respiratory emergencies, evaluate heart rhythm disturbances and gain vascular access during an emergency situation involving a child. During the course, instructors use simulation and discussion to teach management of cardiac, respiratory and shock cases involving children. The desired outcome of the PALS course is to improve the quality of care and outcomes during pediatric emergencies.
The PALS course is ideal for health care providers who regularly care for seriously ill children. Individuals who take the course commonly work in an emergency room, critical care unit or intensive care unit. The initial PALS course takes around 14 hours to complete, and the update course takes six to eight hours to finish.