American Heart Association
Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, & Stabilization (PEARS) Courses

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  • Introduction: American Heart Association PEARS courses teach appropriate lifesaving interventions for critically ill children and infants awaiting transfer to an advanced life support provider.  

  • Audience: PEARS courses are designed for healthcare providers who infrequently see critically ill or injured infants and children.  Such providers include school nurses, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), medical and surgical nurses. (PEARS training is not intended for healthcare providers who routinely provide pediatric care and are required to have PALS certification.)

  • Content: Recognition of respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest and how to provide appropriate life - saving interventions. Emphasis on the resuscitation team concept. 

  • Instruction: "Practice While Watching" skills teaching with Instructor & video in a classroom setting.

  • Testing: Skills practice, skills testing, and written exam with Instructor in classroom setting.

  • Certification: PEARS course completion card provided upon successful course completion.

  • CE credit: The AHA offers Continuing Education (CE) credit for EMS students.