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The AHA’s PEARS (Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. In this classroom-based, Instructor-led course, students learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, recognize the cause, and stabilize a pediatric patient in an emergency situation.

During PEARS, students interact with real patient cases, and realistic simulations and animations to assess and stabilize pediatric patients experiencing respiratory and shock emergencies, and cardiopulmonary arrest. PEARS prepares students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until a child can be transferred to an advanced life support provider.

PEARS is for healthcare providers and others who might encounter pediatric emergency situations during their work, including:

  • Physicians and nurses not specializing in pediatrics
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • EMTs,
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Prehospital and in-facility healthcare providers (outside of critical-care areas)
  • Outpatient clinic staff
  • School-based providers
  • Any other healthcare provider who infrequently sees critically ill or injured infants and children

 Features

  • Improves competency in pediatric basic life support
  • Uses realistic, clinical scenarios that encourage active participation – delivered through actual pediatric patient videos and lifelike animations
  • Includes AHA’s systematic approach to assess, recognize, and stabilize pediatric patients in emergency situations
  • Uses a hands-on class format to reinforce skills proficiency
  • Enhances skills in recognizing respiratory emergencies, shock emergencies, and cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Purchase Options

AHA Training Centers

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AHA Approved Distributors

Visit one of our Distributors to purchase course materials.

Channing Bete Company Inc.

Laerdal Medical Corporation

WorldPoint

AHA eBooks

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Course Content

  • Systematic pediatric assessment
  • Recognition and stabilization of respiratory emergencies
  • Recognition and stabilization of shock emergencies
  • Recognition and stabilization of cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Resuscitation team concept

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

AHA PEARS Instructors and PALS Instructors are authorized to teach the AHA’s PEARS Course.

15-1055 PEARS DVD
15-1054 PEARS Instructor Manual
Also available in eBook (product 15-3125)

OR

15-1057 PEARS Instructor Package (includes PEARS instructor and provider manuals, Course DVD, and PEARS posters)

OPTIONAL:

15-1052
 PEARS Provider Manual, includes 15-1053 PEARS Pocket Reference Card
Also available in eBook (product 15-3123, includes access to PEARS Digital Reference Card)
15-1053 PEARS Pocket Reference Card

OPTIONAL:
15-1056
PEARS Posters
 

AHA Instructor Network (opens new window)

Student Materials

15-1052 PEARS Provider Manual, includes 15-1053 PEARS Pocket Reference Card
Also available in eBook (product 15-3123, includes access to PEARS Digital Reference Card)
15-1053 PEARS Pocket Reference Card

PEARS is a classroom-based, Instructor-led course.

Course Time:

Full course (with optional lessons): 7 hours 45 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch
Full course (without optional lessons): 7 hours 10 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch

Students who successfully complete the PEARS Course will receive a PEARS Provider course completion card (print or eCard), valid for 2 years. Course completion requirements include:

  • Active participation in the case discussions
  • Active participation in the rescue breathing skills station and cardiac arrest case simulations
  • Pass the skills tests in 1- and 2-rescuer child BLS with AED and 1- and 2-rescuer infant BLS
  • Pass the video-based written exam with a minimum score of 84%

This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 7.25 Advanced CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F2-0024.

**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after six months of attending. This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 7.25 Advanced CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F2-0024.

**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after six months of attending.

Change Notice: August 30, 1917

2015 PEARS Instructor CD (PDF opens new window)
AHA Product Number KJ-1209

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