PALS Provider Course

PALS Provider Course

Two day course open for employees and non-employees.

Wed, Sep 11, 2019 -  Thu, Sep 12, 2019
08:30:00 am -  05:00:00 pm
The registration period is from Thu, Dec 6, 2018 08:00:00 am to Mon, Sep 9, 2019 08:00:00 am

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Non-employees must bring copy of current CPR card

PALS Provider Course will be:

   Date: September 11 & 12, 2019

   Time: 0830-1700 both days

   Location: Prairie Lakes Healthcare in the MOB Conference Center

Please plan to arrive on time, because it will be difficult for late students to catch up once we start. Students are expected to attend and participate in the entire course.

How to Get Ready

The PALS Course is designed to teach you the lifesaving skills required to be both a team member and a team leader in either an in-hospital or out-of-hospital setting. Because the PALS Course covers extensive material in a short time, you will need to prepare for the course beforehand.

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System prepares participants to be effective and efficient when caring for patients in emergent situations. Participants must be prepared and complete the pre-course requirements. Successful completion of the course requires participants to demonstrate the required skills as you would in a real life scenario without the resource of an open book.

Pre-course Requirements

You should prepare for the course by doing the following:

Complete the pre-course checklist copy that came with your PALS Provider Manual.

  1. Review the course agenda and note course activities where you might need to supplement your knowledge before attending the course.

  2. 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.

  3. Review and understand the information in your PALS 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.

  4. Review, understand, and complete the Pre-course Self-Assessment (mandatory) on the Student Website you will find the code to access the Student Website in the beginning of the PALS Provider Manual. This test consists of 3 sections: ECG rhythm identification, pharmacology, and practical application. Use this assessment to identify areas where you need to increase your knowledge.

  5. Print your Pre-course Self-Assessment score: A passing score of 70% or above is required for the Pre-course Self-Assessment. You can take the Pre-course Self- Assessment as many times as needed to achieve a passing score. Bring the printout of your score with you to the PALS Course.

  6. Be familiar with the PALS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PALS Course does not present the detail of each algorithm.

What This Course Does Not Cover

The PALS Course does not teach CPR, ECG rhythm identification, PALS pharmacology, or algorithms. If you do not review CPR and if you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Pre-course Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the PALS Course. You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECG rhythm strips in the course, nor will you be taught details about PALS pharmacology.

It is essential that you bring your PALS 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 (optional), and you may bring it to the course to use as a reference during some of the stations in the course.

What to Bring and What to Wear

Bring your PALS Provider Manual to each class, may be purchase/rented from Dory Gassman for $46.00.  You will need it during each lesson the course. You may wish to purchase the AHA’s 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional), which you may bring to the course to use as a reference guide during some of the stations in the course.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. You will be practicing skills that require you to work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday, September 11th.  If you have any questions about the course, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

Non-employees must bring copy of current CPR card

Direct questions to;
Dory Gassman RN,BSN,CEN
AHA Training Center Coordinator
Staff Development Coordinator

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