Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is an American Heart Association (AHA) instructional course for medical professionals and healthcare providers who treat or respond to an infant or child-related emergencies.
Treating a child during a medical emergency is very different than treating an adult. The PALS course prepares participants with the tools and skills needed to react appropriately during pediatric emergencies.
Who Needs PALS Certification?
Administering pediatric medical treatment is very different from treating adults, and it is important that individuals responsible for treating children understand these differences.
Depending on your location and local regulations, medical providers including doctors, nurses, and first responders, such as firefighters and police officers, are typically required to obtain PALS certification. Other professionals such as nannies, child-care providers, and school bus drivers would also benefit from becoming PALS certified.
Employers may require their employees to hold a current PALS certification for a variety of reasons. It may be organisational policy, or it may be required to maintain a level of readiness by an auditing agency such as OSHA. Regardless of the reason, many employees across a wide range of industries are required to hold a valid PALS certification card in conjunction with their Basic Life Support Training certification (BLS).
HSS Pediatric Advanced Life Support Training
HSS PALS certification is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics.
Our PALS training is structured on the recommendations of the American Heart Association. All of our course materials, training manuals and videos are based on industry best practices, international standards, as well as regulatory requirements of local regulatory authorities.
Trainees attending PALS certification will take part in active emergency simulations. They will learn:
- Child and Infant CPR
- Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
- Important changes in pediatric advanced life support
- Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
- Management of respiratory emergencies
- Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
- Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
- Infant or Child Transport Scenarios
Upon successful completion of their PALS course, students receive AHA Course Completion Certification, a Certificate of Attendance. Additional, each student will be awarded 13.5 CPD Hours by the Dubai Health Authority.
How Long is PALS Certification Valid?
By most guidelines, PALS certification expires after two years. Once this happens, trainees will need to complete a PALS recertification class. Both certification and recertification PALS training programs can be custom tailored to meet specific criteria for workplace environments.
Whether you work in a hospital or work with children, Pediatric Advanced Life Support training can prepare you to handle severe medical emergencies. Not only will PALS certification and recertification help participants brush up on their pediatric life saving medical skills, PALS training also empowers students with the tools to provide children medical care until an ambulance arrives. Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. The PALS training course provides peace of mind for participants in knowing they are ready to administer medical care in a life-threatening situation.
If you are interested in conducting a PALS certification course for your employees, contact the training professionals at HSS. We can customise PALS training and live simulations directly onsite within your company. We look forward to working with you.