PEARS – Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization

PEARS is the lifesaving solution for healthcare, and allied healthcare, professionals who may encounter pediatric emergencies or who infrequently see critically ill or injured infants and children. This new program provides the skills to deliver appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes, until the child is transferred to advanced life support.

Intended Audience

PEARS is the lifesaving solution for healthcare, and allied healthcare, professionals who may encounter pediatric emergencies or who infrequently see critically ill or injured infants and children. This may include Emergency Medical Services staff, paramedic and nursing students who have completed their clinical rotation, medical and surgical nurses, school nurses, community nurses, respiratory therapists who work in pediatric centers, general practitioners, physiotherapists, and any other healthcare providers who infrequently see critically ill infants and children.

Course Overview

Skills:

  • child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • oxygen delivery use of airway management equipment
  • shock management giving rapid fluid boluses

Pediatric assessment: A systematic approach

Medical management:

  • 4 types of acute respiratory problems
  • 2 types of acute circulatory problems
  • 2 types of cardiac arrest

Leadership: Communication and other important elements of team dynamics as they relate to resuscitation

When presented with a critically ill or injured pediatric patient, students who successfully complete the course will be able to independently:

  • Perform BLS consistent with the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)
    • Perform high-quality CPR
    • Demonstrate safe, proper use of an AED
  • Evaluate a seriously ill or injured child by using the pediatric systematic approach
    • Describe the evaluate-identify-intervene sequence
    • Demonstrate the Pediatric Assessment Triangle to form an initial assessment of patient status
    • Implement the primary assessment of the pediatric patient
    • Identify the patient requiring immediate intervention
    • Identify pediatric emergencies, including cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, and shock
    • Demonstrate patient reassessment after each intervention
  • Apply effective team dynamics
    • Describe roles and responsibilities of team members
    • Describe elements of effective team dynamics
    • Demonstrate effective team dynamics in case scenarios
  • Demonstrate initial stabilization of a seriously ill or injured child, including a child with cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, or shock
    • Differentiate between mild and severe respiratory distress
    • Perform early interventions for mild and severe respiratory distress
    • Differentiate between compensated and hypotensive shock
    • Perform early interventions for the treatment of shock
    • Identify bradycardia and tachycardia in the pediatric patient

Course Prerequisites

PEARS students must have a current (taken within the last 12 months and current to the most recent Guidelines) Heart & Stroke BLS provider course completion card. You will need to bring a copy of your current BLS provider card to your course.

Course Duration

Approximate course duration: 8 hours

Course completion cards for individuals who successfully complete the PEARS course are valid for 2 years.

Upcoming Courses

We do not currently have any upcoming sessions of this course scheduled.

Prerequisites

None

Required Materials

Student Materials may be purchased at The Heart And Stroke Foundation’s Heart Shop.

  • Provider Manual- print or eBook (RE7110E or RE7110ED)
  • Provider Bundle (RE7160E) – Includes RE7110E & RE0120E (ECC Handbook)
  • 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers – print (RE0120E) or eBook(RE0120ED)
  • Pocket Reference Card – print (RE7170E) or digital (RE7170ED)

Ancillary Products

  • Poster Set (RE7190E)

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