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 includes essential information and Lesson Plans PALS and PEARS Instructors need to teach the PEARS Course.
Following are the specifications for this manual: · 8.375” x 10.875” manual
· Contained within a full-color soft cover
· Includes 200 total pages of text, Lesson Plans, and full-color images (includes blank pages): o PEARS Lesson Plans: 58 pages/12 Lesson Plans · Includes 2 appendices: o Appendix A: 2 Skills Testing and Competency Checklists o Appendix B: 10 Practice Case Scenarios with Debriefing Tools
· Includes 6 divider page tabs
· Includes the PEARS Instructor CD, containing the following supplemental and administrative information and tools:
Precourse Materials o Equipment List
o PEARS Course Sample Agenda o Sample Precourse Letter—Student o Sample Precourse Letter—Instructor
Course Materials o PEARS Lesson Plans
o Child CPR and AED Skills Testing Checklist o Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist
o PEARS Practice Case Scenarios o Team Dynamics Debriefing Tool o Team Role Labels
o Pediatric Systematic Approach Algorithm o Pediatric Systematic Approach Summary
o Pediatric Management of Respiratory Emergencies Flowchart o Pediatric Management of Shock Flowchart
o BLS Healthcare Provider Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm o for the Single Rescuer—2015 Update
o BLS Healthcare Provider Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm o for 2 or More Rescuers—2015 Update
o Vital Signs in Children o Life Is Why™ Activity Page3-hole drilled; loose-le af
The PEARS Instructor Manual is for use by PALS and PEARS Instructors 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.
Replaces old part #90-1063