This course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements. If you do not fit the above criteria please DO NOT register for the course, contact the training center coordinated PRIOR to registration.
Pre-course Requirements: • Complete the online pre-course Self-Assessment (required): Go to heart.org/eccstudent and enter this code: pals15. This information is also found on page ii of the provider’s manual. Complete the Pre-course Self-Assessment on the Student Website and print your score; bring the printout of your score with you to the PALS Course. This test consists of 3 sections: ECG rhythm identification, pharmacology, and practical application. Use this assessment to identify areas where you need to increase your knowledge. • Review and understand the information in your PALS Provider Manual. • Review and understand the information in the NEW 2017 BLS for Healthcare Providers Manual. Be prepared to pass the child-1-rescuer CPR and infant 1- and 2- rescuer CPR skills test. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED. You must know this in advance! • PALS algorithms and flowcharts: Be familiar with the PALS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PALS Course does not present the details of each algorithm. • Supplement your knowledge: Review and understand the information in the PALS Provider Manual and on the Student Website. Pay particular attention to the systematic approach to pediatric assessment, the evaluate-identify-intervene model, and the management of respiratory and circulatory abnormalities.
What This Course Does Not Cover: The PALS Provider Course does not teach BLS CPR, algorithms, ECG, or pharmacology information. If you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the pre-course assessment tests, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the PALS Provider Course.