The AHA’s PEARS (Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) Course has been updated to reflect 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
- 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
- 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)
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- Systematic pediatric assessment
- Recognition and stabilization of respiratory emergencies
- Recognition and stabilization of shock emergencies
- Recognition and stabilization of cardiopulmonary arrest
- Resuscitation team concept