The goal of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) activity is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved medical outcomes.

This classroom-based, instructor-led activity teaches the important concepts of a systematic approach related to pediatric advanced life support. The PALS activity is conducted by an American Heart Association (AHA) PALS Instructor in a classroom setting, supported by video. The activity uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics.

. The activity offers life-like skills animations, team dynamics role play, and scenarios appropriate to different types of providers (pre-hospital and in-hospital). During the activity, skills are taught in a combination of large-group sessions with videos and through instructor direction, and in small-group learning and testing stations using case-based scenarios with a mannequin and instructor feedback. During skills practice and testing, students are required to function as both a team leader and a team member to learn team dynamics. The activity is designed to include both the cognitive portion of training and the psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing.

Target Audience: 

All healthcare practitioners

Major Topics:

  • Basic Life Support Skills
  • Recognition and Early Management of Cardiac Arrest
  • Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
  • Respiratory Distress and Failure
  • Airway Management
  • Advanced Airway Placement
  • Pediatric Shock
  • Pediatric Arrhythmias
  • Post Cardiac Arrest Care
  • Team Dynamics

Activity Duration:

Two days