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EMS 190 Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Credit Hours:  1
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 1 Lecture
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only

Description: Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that 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 goal of the PALS course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

Prerequisites: Advanced Life Support Provider (ALS)-AEMT, Paramedic, Nurse, or MD.

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Application Level) Apply pediatric assessment triangle in rapid assessment of ill and injured patients.
2. (Knowledge Level) Describe components of Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and its role in injury prevention.
3. (Application Level) Apply airway adjunct devices noting the percentage of oxygen delivered to patient.
4. (Application Level) Using basic and advanced techniques according to level of certification, demonstrate the removal of foreign body airway obstruction.
5. (Application Level) Demonstrate techniques of intravenous (IV) and intraosseous access and IV monitoring to standard level of certification.
6. (Synthesis Level) Perform and document pediatric medical emergencies to include application of automated defibrillation for specific age groups.
7. (Application Level) Apply the principles of the basic pediatric toxidromes.
8. (Synthesis Level) Perform and document care of pediatric trauma patient including identification of mechanism of injury, triage/transport decision, and spinal immobilization.
9. (Knowledge Level) Recite approaches to managing and documenting a submersion event.
10. (Knowledge Level) Identify the characteristics of children with special needs.
11. (Application Level) Initiate care, transport, and complete documentation for children who require specialized pediatric equipment and/or technological support.
12. (Analysis Level) Identify signs and apply interview approach and care techniques in the instance of suspected child abuse and neglect, and explain resources, reporting and documentation of abuse.
13. (Knowledge Level) Identify the components of medical-legal considerations affecting the care of children including do-not-resuscitate orders, advanced directives, and consent issues.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Complete written exam with no less than 80% proficiency and skills evaluation at 100% proficiency.
2. Outcomes measured by the established standards of the American Heart Association