Pediatric Training for Healthcare Providers

If you work as a healthcare professional and would like to receive pediatric training that will enable you to better respond to medical emergencies involving a pediatric patient then the PALS certification classes offered at EA Certs are an ideal choice for you. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about becoming PALS certified as well as where to find PALS certification in Los Angeles. 

What Content is Taught in the PALS Classroom Course?

Upon completing their PALS certification, healthcare students can look forward to learning a broad range of skillsets geared toward providing life support to pediatric patients, including skillsets such as: 

  • Performing child and infant CPR
  • Differentiating between respiratory distress and respiratory failure
  • Performing early interventions for respiratory distress and respiratory failure
  • Differentiating between compensated shock and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
  • Performing early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Implementing post cardiac arrest management 
  • Applying effective team dynamics 
  • Quickly diagnosing cardiopulmonary arrest so that CPR can be administered within ten seconds
  • And much more… 

In essence, the PALS course teaches the same vital skills taught in other life support classes but in a manner that is geared toward pediatric patients. If you are a healthcare professional that is working with child or infant patients, this pediatric training is invaluable. 

Do I Need to be Recertified if I Have Already Completed a PALS Course?

Upon receiving your PALS certification, you will remain certified for two years. Once two years have passed, you will be required to complete a PALS recertification course in order to maintain your certification for another two years. This recertification course, however, is more abbreviated than the initial PALS course that you will have already taken.

Who is the PALS Course Designed for? 

The PALS course is specifically designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in treating pediatric patients who are suffering from a respiratory or cardiovascular emergency. In terms of prerequisites that are required before completing a PALS course, students hoping to receive PALS certification should be able to demonstrate a mastery of child and infant BLS skills as well as demonstrate proficiency in areas such as recognizing a variety of heart rhythms, using airway management tools, familiarity with the drugs used in the PALS flowcharts and algorithms,  and understanding the Systematic Approach Algorithm and the “evaluate-identify-intervene” sequence.

What Resources are Available to Help Students Prepare for a PALS Course?

The best resource for students wanting to prepare ahead of time for a PALS course is the PALS Student Website that was created by the American Heart Association. This helpful website offers students access to a wide range of resources, including videos, articles, practice tests, and more. 

In terms of resources that are required once you are actually taking the class, meanwhile, you will need to have access to your own PALS Provider Manual, which comes available in both print and ebook formats.

Where to Find Pediatric Training in Los Angeles 

If you have decided that becoming PALS certified is the right choice for you and your career, we at EA Certs are able to help. At EA Certs, we provide students throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding area with access to the best CPR certification available taught by only the most helpful and knowledgeable instructors. To learn more about signing up for PALS certification through EA Certs, be sure to contact us today.