Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a training program created by the American Heart Association designed to prepare its students to deliver life-saving, on-the-spot care to children. Through an instructor-led course, students learn to assess the case, provide basic life support, employ PALS-specific algorithms to direct care, resuscitate an ailing child, and manage team dynamics. The course emphasizes a hands-on approach to develop the required skills, including recreations of emergencies. Its guidelines are often updated to reflect current findings, with the most recent program published by expert consensus in 2019. Students who complete the course become certified in delivering emergency care to children and infants.
What Are the Requirements?
PALS is offered to healthcare professionals whose jobs may require them to provide emergency medical care to children or infants in need. For nurses, paramedics, doctors, and ICU specialists who are charged with responding to health crises, certification is mandatory – along with regular renewal to keep skills fresh and current. The course is designed for medical professionals and depends upon an existing body of knowledge of ECG rhythms and pharmacology.
How Do I Get Certified?
Students who qualify for the course must find a provider authorized by the AHA in their area. In the Houston Texas area, Clear Lake EMS offers a well-regarded PALS class taught by instructors currently operating in the emergency care field. Their real-life experience can be greatly beneficial to making sure you acquire the skills and knowledge you need, as well as answer any questions you may have to clarify the material. Completion of the course will entail comprehensive training in PALS protocols and will fulfill any employer mandates for both certification and re-certification. Courses are offered on a rolling basis in multiple locations across the state. Register at your convenience by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.