Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)® is updated to reflect the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, PEARS helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children.

PEARS teaches providers how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest, and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider. The goal of PEARS is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.

PEARS is for healthcare providers such as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and any other healthcare provider who infrequently sees critically ill infants and children.

Features
  • Improves competency in pediatric basic life support
  • Learning stations and practice reinforce essential skills
  • Course video allows students actually see and hear critically ill children
  • Enhances skills in recognizing shock, respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary emergencies
     
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Course Content

  • Pediatric assessment
  • Assessment and management of respiratory problems
  • Recognition and management of shock
  • Identification and management of cardiac arrest
  • Resuscitation team concept

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

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

90-1064   PEARS DVD Set
90-1063   PEARS Instructor Manual

OR

90-1066  PEARS Instructor Package (includes PEARS instructor and provider manuals, 2 DVD sets, PEARS posters and stop watch)

OPTIONAL:

90-1065  PEARS Posters

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Student Materials

90-1061  PEARS Provider Manual, includes:     Available in eBook 
  • 90-1062 PEARS Pocket Reference Card

90-1062   PEARS Pocket Reference Card

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

Course Times*

Full course:
Option 1, following the BLS Competency Lesson = approximately 6 hours
Option 2, with CPR testing during Team Dynamics practice = approximately 6.5 hours 

Update Course:
Option 1 = approximately 5 hours
Option 2 = approximately 6 hours

*Additional time for breaks and lunch should be added to all course times

Students who successfully complete this course will receive an AHA PEARS Provider course completion card, valid for two years.

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS®) Provider Course, ECC Training Centers:

DESCRIPTION:

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS®) is a classroom, instructor-led course that helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children.  PEARS® teaches providers how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest, and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider.  The goal of PEARS® is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.  

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the timely recognition and interventions required to prevent respiratory and cardiac arrest in any pediatric patient.
2. Understand the elements of the systematic approach to pediatric emergencies.
3. Describe priorities and specific interventions for infants and children with respiratory and/or circulatory emergencies.
4. Explain the importance of effective team dynamics during a pediatric resuscitation.
5. Use the equipment for management of respiratory and circulatory emergencies. 
6. Perform high-quality CPR.
7. Perform effective respiratory management within your scope of practice.
8. Understand the evaluate-identify-intervene sequence.
9. Demonstrate effective communication and team dynamics both as a team member and as a team leader. 

TARGET AUDIENCES:
Primary Audience:
• Physicians
• Nurses
• Pharmacists
• EMTs/Paramedics
• Respiratory Therapists
• Hospital Technicians

ACCREDITATION TERMS:

  • CAPCE (EMS Practitioners) – June 13, 2015 – June 12, 2018

ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS:

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education), for 6.0 Basic CEHs, activity number 15-AMHA-F2-0271.

By claiming CAPCE** credit, the claimant acknowledges the following: I understand that the American Heart Association, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation, will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records maybe be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected, need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.

**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.

Disclosures for PEARS® Provider Course:
I. Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Participation in the classroom course, including completion of all learning stations.
(2) Complete the written exam with a minimum score of 84%.
(3) Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit.

II. There is no additional fee for CME/CE credits for this activity. 

Disclosure Statement:
As a sponsor accredited by the CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education), the American Heart Association must ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its individually sponsored or joint sponsored educational activities.

Therefore, all faculty and authors participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the American Heart Association must disclose to the audience: (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of products from the commercial supporter(s) and/or the manufacturer(s) of products or devices discussed in the activity, and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in the activity.  The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent an author with a significant financial or other relationship from contributing but rather to provide participants with information with which they can make their own judgments.  It remains for the participants to determine whether the author’s interests or relationships may influence the content.

I. The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) or affiliations:
 Mary Fran Hazinski, RN, MSN
 Ricardo Samson, MD
 Steve Schexnayder, MD
 Leon Chameides, MD
 Sallie Young, PharmD, BCPS
 Marc Berg, MD
 Allan DeCaen, MD
 Sharon Mace, MD
 Cheryl Gooden, MD
 Mark Terry, NREMT-P
 Cindy Tuttle, RN
 Kelly Kadlec, MD
 Jennifer Ashcraft, RN, BSN, EMT
 Lana Gent, PhD

Unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices included in this activity:
None

Students with Special Needs:
The American Heart Association does not provide advice to Training Centers on ADA requirements or any other laws, rules or regulations.  Training Centers must determine accommodations necessary to comply with applicable laws.  AHA recommends consultation with legal counsel. 

Core curriculum change requests for accessibility purposes must be scientifically based and approved in advance in writing by the AHA ECC Science & Product Development department; otherwise a student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills and written tests as indicated) to receive a course completion card.  Reasonable accommodations may be made, such as placing the manikin on a table at the height necessary for wheelchair-bound individuals. However the skills must be satisfactorily completed during the testing sessions.

Guidelines for accommodating students with special needs or disabilities may be found in the Program Administration Manual.

 



Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS®) Update Course, ECC Training Centers:

DESCRIPTION:
Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS®) is a classroom, instructor-led course that helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children.  PEARS® teaches providers how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest, and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider.  The goal of PEARS® is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.  

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the timely recognition and interventions required to prevent respiratory and cardiac arrest in any pediatric patient.
2. Understand the elements of the systematic approach to pediatric emergencies.
3. Describe priorities and specific interventions for infants and children with respiratory and/or circulatory emergencies.
4. Explain the importance of effective team dynamics during a pediatric resuscitation.
5. Use the equipment for management of respiratory and circulatory emergencies. 
6. Perform high-quality CPR.
7. Perform effective respiratory management within your scope of practice.
8. Understand the evaluate-identify-intervene sequence.
9. Demonstrate effective communication and team dynamics both as a team member and as a team leader. 

TARGET AUDIENCES:
Primary Audience:

  • • Physicians
  • • Nurses
  • • Pharmacists
  • • EMTs/Paramedics
  • • Respiratory Therapists
  • • Hospital Technicians
ACCREDITATION TERMS:
  • CAPCE (EMS Practitioners) – June 13, 2012 – June 12, 2015
ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS:

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education), for 5.50 Basic CEHs, activity number 12-AMHA-F2-0154.

Disclosures for Pediatric Advanced Life Support Update Course:
I. Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Participation in the classroom course, including completion of all learning stations.
o Option 1 = approximately 5 hours
o Option 2 = approximately 6 hours
(2) Complete the written exam with a minimum score of 84%.
(3) Pass the BLS Competency Lesson or complete CPR testing during Team Dynamics practice. 
(4) Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit.

II. There is no additional fee for CME/CE credits for this activity. 

Disclosure Statement:
As a sponsor accredited by the CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education), the American Heart Association must ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its individually sponsored or joint sponsored educational activities.

Therefore, all faculty and authors participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the American Heart Association must disclose to the audience: (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of products from the commercial supporter(s) and/or the manufacturer(s) of products or devices discussed in the activity, and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in the activity.  The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent an author with a significant financial or other relationship from contributing but rather to provide participants with information with which they can make their own judgments.  It remains for the participants to determine whether the author’s interests or relationships may influence the content.

I. The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) or affiliations:
 Mary Fran Hazinski, RN, MSN
 Ricardo Samson, MD
 Steve Schexnayder, MD
 Leon Chameides, MD
 Sallie Young, PharmD, BCPS
 Marc Berg, MD
 Allan DeCaen, MD
 Sharon Mace, MD
 Cheryl Gooden, MD
 Mark Terry, NREMT-P
 Cindy Tuttle, RN
 Kelly Kadlec, MD
 Jennifer Ashcraft, RN, BSN, EMT
 Lana Gent, PhD

Unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices included in this activity:
None

Students with Special Needs:
The American Heart Association does not provide advice to Training Centers on ADA requirements or any other laws, rules or regulations.  Training Centers must determine accommodations necessary to comply with applicable laws.  AHA recommends consultation with legal counsel. 

Core curriculum change requests for accessibility purposes must be scientifically based and approved in advance in writing by the AHA ECC Science & Product Development department; otherwise a student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills and written tests as indicated) to receive a course completion card.  Reasonable accommodations may be made, such as placing the manikin on a table at the height necessary for wheelchair-bound individuals. However the skills must be satisfactorily completed during the testing sessions.

Guidelines for accommodating students with special needs or disabilities may be found in the Program Administration Manual.

PEARS Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


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