The AHA’s PEARS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This classroom, Instructor-led, video-based course teaches healthcare providers caring for pediatric patients the foundational skills needed to assess, recognize, and participate in the initial management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest. During the course, case-based instruction will be used to teach students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider.
The goal of the PEARS Provider Course is to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers in assessment, early recognition, prompt communication, and initial intervention in patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest by using high-performance team dynamics.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to
· Perform BLS consistent with the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)
· Evaluate a seriously ill or injured child by using the pediatric systematic approach
· Apply effective team dynamics
· Demonstrate initial stabilization of a seriously ill or injured child, including a child with cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, or shock
Students who successfully complete the PEARS Course (including achieving a score of 84% or higher on the course exam) will receive a PEARS Provider course completion card (print or eCard), valid for two years.
The PEARS Instructor Manual eBook is the electronic equivalent of the AHA’s PEARS Instructor Manual. It offers an alternative to the printed manual and includes essential information and Lesson Plans that AHA PALS and PEARS Instructors need to teach the PEARS Course.
Please note: Separate supplementary tools such as guides, rosters, etc., are not included within the eBook, but are all available electronically on the AHA Instructor Network.
The AHA’s eBook Store provides 24/7 access to browse, purchase, view, and download AHA CPR, first aid, and advanced cardiovascular care materials. The AHA’s eBooks Store supports online access via Internet browser or offline access on mobile devices using the AHA eBooks app or the offline reader, iPublishCentral.
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The PEARS Instructor Manual eBook is for use by PALS and PEARS Instructors teaching the PEARS Course, Each Instructor must have his/her own copy of the Instructor manual (either in print or electronic format) for teaching the PEARS Course.
The AHA’s PEARS Course 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
· Emergency medical technicians
· Respiratory therapists
· Prehospital and in-hospital healthcare providers (outside of critical-care areas)
· Outpatient clinic staff
· School-based providers
Continuing Education (CE) Information:
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 7.25 Advanced CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F2-0024.