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 and would like to be certified in Pediatric Emergencies 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 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