Pediatric Advanced Life Support
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Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Learn PALS entirely online - anywhere, anytime! Created by physicians and adheres to 2010 AHA guidelines.
4.6 (94 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5,497 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2016
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the certification examination for Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
  • Learn the theories and techniques required to respond to life threatening emergencies in the pediatric population
  • Understand the AHA guideline derived algorithms
  • Be familiar with advanced lifesaving interventions such as advanced airway management, medications, and therapies
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  • Current basic life support certification helpful (required for certification)
  • Experience providing advanced life support, such as ACLS helpful but not required
  • Experience caring for a pediatric population helpful but not required
  • No special equipment or materials required

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) will prepare you to respond to life-threatening emergencies in the pediatric population with advanced interventions. This PALS course is based on the latest guidelines which focus on doing several tasks simultaneously with a group process that enables efficiency and minimization of error.

This course will teach participants how to perform advanced emergency interventions as well as review foundation theories including Basic Life Support, Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart, the Resuscitation Team, a Systematic Approach, Life-Threatening Issues, Medical Devices, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, and much more.

The course package includes:

- PALS Self-Assessments and Review Questions

- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Handbook

- Numerous PALS Lectures and Video Presentations

NOTE - This course is for training in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). 

Optional FREE Certification Available: This course is for training in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). If you would like to be certified please visit us online at NHCPS and complete your PALS certification test. Udemy students receive the certification for FREE by using coupon code: mu717bp

Who is the target audience?
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Medical Students
  • Nursing and Allied Health Students
  • Emergency Responders
  • Caregivers in pediatric settings, especially critical care
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
1 Lecture 00:00
1 page
PALS Manual
1 Lecture 00:00
PALS Manual
66 pages
1 Lecture 00:49

A brief introduction to PALS. This introductory chapter provides an overview of PALS guidelines and what will be covered in the course. This initial chapter also explains how the PALS Series of Protocols was developed. 

Basic Life Support (BLS)
1 Lecture 06:51

The third chapter in the PALS series covers Basic Life Support. Known as BLS, the information in this chapter explains the proper administration of basic life support. The use of CPR and defibrillators is highlighted. BLS provides a temporary solution while waiting for Emergency Medical Responders to arrive, who can provide more intensive care.

Basic Life Support

Self Assessment: BLS
4 questions
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
5 Lectures 10:03

The first lesson in Chapter 4, covering Normal Heart Anatomy. This lesson covers the anatomy of the heart, which can be broken down into four specific chambers. There are definitions provided for each chamber. As the lesson continues, the heart is discussed in greater detail, with definitions and relevant information about the heart’s various parts provided throughout. 

Normal Heart Anatomy

It is important, in any situation involving risk, to remain calm. It is also vital to have a plan, which is referred to here as A Systematic Approach. Part 3 of chapter 4 provides diagrams and descriptions of necessary assessments when dealing with an infant. 

A Systematic Approach

This lesson covers Initial Diagnosis and Treatment. The ABCDE method consists of five components, which are introduced here. This method is to be used after you have reached the Initial Diagnosis and Treatment phase of care, which means the child or infant faces no immediate danger of death.

Initial Diagnosis and Treatment

This lesson covers secondary diagnosis as well as treatment. It includes a more thorough survey of the brief ABCDE method. When conducting a focused exam, the acronym SPAM has been followed consistently. The key point is that it’s best to work from head to toe to complete a comprehensive survey.

Secondary Diagnoses and Treatment

This lesson covers life-threatening issues and the appropriate actions to take in a life-threatening emergency. Many different situations can lead to life-threatening issues. It is important to maintain breathing and circulation for a child while attempting to determine a specific problem. 

Life-Threatening Issues

Self Assessment: PALS
3 questions
Resuscitation Tools
5 Lectures 07:23

This lesson discusses how to appropriately perform bag-mask ventilation. Proper use requires proper fit, making sure to tightly cover the mouth and nose, but not the eyes. Clear masks are best, as they allow you to see the color of the person’s lips and any condensation indicating exhalation. Other guidelines and important information such as bag size and style of mask are explained. 

Bag-Mask Ventilation

This video discusses when to use Endotracheal Intubation, otherwise known as ET Intubation. It is a safeguard against the failure of more commonly used equipment. As ET Intubation requires specialized training, a complete description is beyond the scope of this video.

Endotracheal Intubation

This lesson covers basic airway adjuncts. There are three basic airway adjuncts, which are introduced here. Their uses and relevance are explained, according to the situation. Each serves a different purpose in treating a patient and it is important to monitor the individual’s heart rate when these adjuncts are in use. 

Basic Airway Adjuncts

This lesson introduces the Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Designed to be user-friendly, the AED is both sophisticated and easy to use. The criteria on when to use an AED is explained, and the entire process from accessing an AED to its use and the corresponding CPR is discussed in detail. 

Automated External Defibrillator

This lesson briefly discusses Pharmacological Tools. Table 9 in the corresponding PALS manual provides a brief reminder for those already knowledgeable in the use of medications. Although cited for reference, routine administration of drugs via an ET tube is discouraged as drug absorption from the ET tube route is unpredictable.

Pharmacological Tools

Self Assessment: Resuscitation Tools
2 questions
Respiratory Distress
1 Lecture 02:33

This lesson discusses the definition of respiratory distress or failure and how they are recognized. Respiratory distress proves challenging when an individual is breathing, but not actually breathing effectively. The PALS manual has corresponding tables. Signs and symptoms are also explained. 

Recognizing Respiratory Distress

Self Assessment: Respiratory Distress/Failure
3 questions
1 Lecture 02:39

This lesson is the second of two parts about Bradycardia. Once an event has been recognized, it is time to respond and administer care. Guidelines are provided and there are different protocols to be followed, according to the severity of the situation. 

Responding to Bradycardia

Self Assessment: Bradycardia
3 questions
1 Lecture 02:35

This lesson covers Recognizing Tachycardia. It is a potentially life-threatening issue depending on whether it compromises the heart’s ability to perfuse effectively. Signs and symptoms are listed and appropriate actions for specific tachycardic events are explained.

Recognizing Tachycardia

Self Assessment: Tachycardia
3 questions
1 Lecture 06:13

The beginning of chapter 9, Shock, is introduced in this video. The general definition for shock is provided. It is also broken down into four, more specific groups, with each group being listed. The causes of each type of shock are also mentioned as a preview to upcoming, more in depth lessons. 


Self Assessment: Shock
3 questions
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About the Instructor
National Health Care Provider Solutions
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National Health Care Provider Solutions (NHCPS) is the premier online provider of ACLS, PALS, BLS and CPR, AED & First Aid certification and re-certification.

All proceeds from the NHCPS support the efforts of the Disque Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission of advancing health care education to the under-served in the US and abroad. With the support of NHCPS, life support training has been made possible to the underserved in areas such as Haiti, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Panama, and the United States.