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.
4.8 (105 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.
5,941 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2017
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Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours 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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Requirements
  • 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
Description

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: mu917bp

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
57 Lectures
02:37:09
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Introduction
1 Lecture 00:00
Introduction
1 page
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PALS Manual
1 Lecture 00:00
PALS Manual
66 pages
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Introduction
1 Lecture 00:57

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. 

Introduction
00:57
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Resuscitation Team
1 Lecture 01:45

Chapter two in the PALS course. This chapter discusses The Resuscitation Team and the roles within the team in detail. Each team member’s role is outlined, as it is important to have a clear understanding of the responsibilities associated with each specific role. This chapter also discusses the importance of respect in a team environment.

Resuscitation Team
01:45
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Basic Life Support (BLS)
5 Lectures 08:10

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
01:08

This is a lesson about the administration of basic life support specifically in situations involving children. It provides a step-by-step overview of what to do in one-rescuer scenario involving children. There are important adjustments which must be made when administering CPR to a child, which are highlighted here, along with important information about maintaining the situation until EMS arrives on the scene.

One-Rescuer BLS in Children
01:45

This lesson is an extension of the focus on BLS. The emphasis in this lesson is on situations with two rescuers involving children. In these critical situations, it is important to know the responsibilities of each rescuer in order to provide the best possible outcome. 

Two-Rescuer BLS in Children
01:26

Chapter 3, Part 4 continues with the coverage of BLS. The information provided is specific to one-rescuer situations involving infants. There are a number of appropriate actions to take depending on the state of the infant, which is explained in detail during the lesson.

One-Rescuer BLS in Infants
02:11

Chapter 3, Part 5 addresses BLS in infants, this time in two-rescuer situations. This in-depth explanation provides knowledge concerning the role of each rescuer. As BLS is different with infants in comparison to children or adults, this lesson also emphasizes the necessary changes to ensure a safe administration of BLS.

Two-Rescuer BLS in Infants
01:40

Self Assessment: BLS
4 questions
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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
11 Lectures 14:48

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
01:58

The second lesson of Chapter 4 explains the physiology of a normal heart. This lesson explains how we use this knowledge of a normal heart to better understand and identify abnormal functions. Also discussed is the QRS complex, and the type of abnormality that registers as such. 

Normal Heart Physiology
01:49

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
01:59

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
01:09

This lesson covers Airway, the first component of the ABCDE method. In particular, this lesson discusses how to assess a child or infant’s airway. When conducting an airway assessment, there are three possibilities for which steps to take next, depending on the status of the airway in question. An airway must first be established and maintained before moving on to breathing. 

Airway
00:55

Breathing, the second component of the ABCDE method, is discussed in this lesson. These events can be handled in diagnosed in two possible ways, as either abnormally fast breathing or abnormally slow breathing. When assessing for effective breathing, it is important to check for increased respiratory effort and its accompanying signs.

Breathing
01:06

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. 

Circulation
01:23

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.

Disability
01:03

Exposure is the fifth and final component of the ABCDE method. Classically, exposure is most important when responding to a child or infant who may have experienced trauma. It has relevance in PALS evaluations as well. Depending on time constraints, the PALS provider in this case will be able to find signs of trauma or clues as to what led to the current problem. As infants and children lose core body temperature faster than adults, be sure to cover and warm the individual after concluding a diagnostic survey. 

Exposure
01:08

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
01:15

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
01:03

Self Assessment: PALS
3 questions
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Resuscitation Tools
7 Lectures 11:46

This lesson is a brief overview of the resuscitation tools and its importance in PALS. Understanding the availability of resuscitation tools is essential. There are two categories, medical devices and pharmacological tools, with the differences between the two being explained here. 

Resuscitation Tools
00:57

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
01:52

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
00:41

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
02:20

This video discusses Basic Airway Techniques. There are three basic airways, oropharyngeal airway, nasopharyngeal airway and suctioning. Choosing the right device is important, so as to prevent any damage to the throat and to prevent accidental suffocation. Each devices use is explained from insertion to removal.

Basic Airway Techniques
02:27

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
02:23

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
01:06

Self Assessment: Resuscitation Tools
2 questions
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Respiratory Distress
3 Lectures 04:36

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
01:58

This lesson discusses Causes of Respiratory Distress. The four categories generally referring to distress are listed. Descriptions of each category and potential causes are explained, although the list is not comprehensive. 

Causes of Respiratory Distress
01:15

This lesson covers management of respiratory distress, regarding airway, breathing and circulation. Management is adjusted based on the severity of the current condition, and the responsibilities of the care provider are explained. 

Responding to Respiratory Distress
01:23

Self Assessment: Respiratory Distress/Failure
3 questions
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Bradycardia
2 Lectures 03:34

This lesson is the first of two parts about Bradycardia. The first step being its recognition. Bradycardia is defined and the various signs and symptoms it may cause are discussed. The different kinds of Bradycardia are also explained, as well as what happens during the specific event. 

Recognizing to Bradycardia
01:55

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
01:39

Self Assessment: Bradycardia
3 questions
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Tachycardia
4 Lectures 05:45

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
01:52

This lesson covers the Narrow QRS Complex, one of two divisions for pediatric tachyarrhythmias. The tachycardias which are classified as Narrow QRS are introduced. Their relevance to PALS providers and the likeliness of encountering each is also explained.

Narrow QRS Complex
01:24

This lesson covers the Wide QRS complex, the second of two divisions for pediatric tachyarrhythmias. Wide QRS complex involves only two tachycardias, ventricular and unusual SVT. Each is explained along with identifying signs and characteristics. 

Wide QRS Complex
01:28

This video discusses how to respond to tachycardic events. It provides a step-by-step approach to a given event, from identifying the cause to treatment administration. The corresponding PALS manual also has figures providing details on drug dosages. 

Responding to Tachycardia
01:01

Self Assessment: Tachycardia
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.