Who should take this course?
The American Heart Association PEARS Course is designed 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
What does this course teach?
- Systematic pediatric assessment
- Recognition and stabilization of respiratory emergencies
- Recognition and stabilization of shock emergencies
- Recognition and stabilization of cardiopulmonary arrest
- Resuscitation team concept.
Students who successfully complete the American Heart Association 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%
Reference: American Heart Association