Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS or PEARS)

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The American Heart Association recognizes Children’s Health as a Community Training Center for Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

PALS / PEARS Vision 

Our vision is to be the preeminent learning center to provide physicians, nurses, allied healthcare providers and emergency personnel with the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitating and stabilizing the critically ill or injured infant or child.

Our Goal

Our goal, with respect to delivering kids safely to the other side of childhood, is to provide professional development opportunities for participants that teach the basic and advanced life support techniques for infants and children recommended by the American Heart Association, and to be progressive in anticipating and providing future learning services to our community.

Contact

For more information contact:
Tammy Adams
214-456-1691
Tammy.Adams@childrens.com

If you are not paid directly by Children’s Health, please contact Tammy Adams at 214-456-1691 to register as a campus employee (UTSW, Zales, PMH) or out of Agency Participant.

Contact Tammy Adams for fee structures.

PALS

PALS

Course Overview

The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics developed PALS courses to emphasize the early recognition of pre-arrest states in infants and children to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest. The courses were developed to meet the need of pre-hospital and hospital pediatric healthcare providers.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of a PALS course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize and treat an infant or child at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest;
  • Discuss strategies for preventing cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children;
  • Demonstrated the assess-categorize-decide-act systematic approach to assessment and management of a seriously ill infant or child;
  • Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary through effective resuscitation team dynamics to resuscitate and stabilize the infant or child

PALS Required

  • Critical Care RN/RCP/PNP
  • Radiology sedation nurses/RCP
  • All OR and PACU areas (inpatient and outpatient)
  • ED
  • All RCP
  • All transport staff
  • RPh/Pharmacy Cath Lab

Register online for a PALS Provider Course.

PEARS

PEARS

Resources

Course Agenda (PDF)
Provider Letter (PDF)

The American Heart Association PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) program for healthcare providers focuses on early recognition and stabilization of the patient until the code team or EMS arrives. PEARS allows Children’s to better meet the educational needs of nursing staff and the care needs of patients.

Nurses on units with lower acuity patients, where codes are rare, will transition to the PEARS course with their next renewal. Staff working in areas of high acuity and a greater chance of codes will continue with PALS.

Below is a breakdown of PALS v. PEARS requirements by department. If you are PALS certified but your unit is moving to PEARS, you will take the PEARS course when your PALS certification is nearing expiration.

PEARS Accepted

  • Inpatient services nurses (A2, B4, C4, C5, B6, C6, C7, C8, C9, C10)
  • Critical Care and C8 clinical techs
  • All clinics
  • All psych areas
  • Day surgery (inpatient and outpatient)

If your position (department) only requires PEARS training, register online.
Sedation credentialed personnel may have either PALS or PEARS certification.

Provider Course

Provider Course

Resources

Provider Agenda (PDF)
Provider Participant Letter (PDF)
View the 2014 schedule (PDF)
View the 2015 HeartCode PALS Schedule (PDF)
View the 2015 PALS PEARS Schedule (PDF)

Target Audience

medical/dental staff who require sedation privileges

Accreditation

Children’s Health is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation(CME)

Children’s Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure

It is the policy of ACCME that participants in CME activities should be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest that may affect the speaker's presentations. Each speaker has been requested to complete a disclosure form. The names of faculty members declaring potential conflict of interest or off-label discussion will be shown in the handouts.

Off Label Disclosure

Because this course is meant to educate physicians with what is currently in use and what may be available in the future, there may be "off-label" uses discussed in the presentations. Speakers have been requested to inform the audience when off-label use is discussed.

CNE Contact Hours

Children’s Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Contact  hours will be awarded.

PALS Course Faculty

Course Director:
Pamela Okada, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
UTSW Division of Pediatric Medicine
Children's Medical Center Emergency Department Staff Physician
PALS Lead Training Center Faculty

The names of additional PALS instructors (1 per every 6 participants) will be shown in each course agenda.

Renewal Course

Renewal Course

Resources

Instructions (PDF)
Instructions for Outside Participants (including Medical Staff) (PDF)

Disclosure

It is the policy of ACCME that participants in CME activities should be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest that may affect the speaker's presentations. Each speaker has been requested to complete a Disclosure Form. The names of faculty members declaring potential conflict of interest or off-label discussion will be shown in the handouts.

Off-Label Disclosure

Because this course is meant to educate physicians with what is currently in use and what may be available in the future, there may be "off-label" uses discussed in the presentations. Speakers have been requested to inform the audience when off-label use is discussed.

PALS Course Faculty

Course Director:
Pamela Okada, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
UTSW Division of Pediatric Medicine
Children's Medical Center Emergency Department Staff Physician
PALS Lead Training Center Faculty

Susan Scott, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
UTSW Division of Pediatric Medicine
Children's Medical Center Emergency Department Staff Physician
PALS Instructor

The names of additional PALS instructors (1 per every 6 participants) will be shown in each course agenda.

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