Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)
The AHA’s PEARS® Course has been updated to reflect science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This Instructor-led classroom course aims to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by teaching students to assess, recognize, and manage respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest until the child or infant is transferred to an advanced life support provider.
You should prepare for the course by doing the following:
- Review the course agenda and note course activities where you might need to supplement your knowledge before attending the course.
- Be prepared to pass the Child CPR and AED Skills Testing Checklist and Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED during the course. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current. Review and understand all 2015 BLS guidelines, especially as they relate to pediatric patients. You may find this information in the BLS Provider Manual or in other publications based on the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (see www.heart.org/cpr).
- Review and understand the information in your PEARS Provider Manual and on the Student Website. Pay particular attention to the systematic approach to pediatric assessment, the evaluate-identify-intervene sequence, and the management of respiratory and circulatory abnormalities.
- Be familiar with the PEARS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PEARS Course does not present the details of each algorithm.
What This Course Does Not Cover
The PEARS Course does not teach CPR, PEARS pharmacology, or algorithms. If you are not proficient in CPR, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the PEARS Course. You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECG rhythm strips in the course, nor will you be taught details about PEARS pharmacology.
It is essential that you bring your PEARS Provider Manual to class; you will need it during each lesson in the course.
You may refer to the 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (ECC Handbook) (optional), and you may bring it to the course to use as a reference during some of the stations in the course.
*All INHS is completely Tobacco/smoke-free, both indoors and outdoors-for all employees, customers and patients. This includes our parking areas and the vehicles parked there. This covers all tobacco products including e-cigs and chewing tobacco, and extends to everyone - patients, visitors, employees, students and vendors.