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AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Course Participant Instructions

Dear PALS Course Participant:

Thank you for taking your PALS course at Rogue Community College. We a planning a great course and hope we meet all of your learning needs. Please read the course information below; this should answer any question you might have about course requirements.

  • Purchasing Text(s): Both the required and the optional texts are available at this RCC Bookstore, $45.75 for the required PALS Provider Manual (c2012), [AHA item # 90-1052], and $29.70 for theoptional ECC Handbook (c2010), [item #90-1000]. However, they are also available from these suppliers. Channing Bete Company, Laerdal Medical Corporation, Worldpoint ECC, Inc.
  • Preview and prepare using the PALS Provider Manual (c2012) and the supplementary material found online at www.heart.org/eccstudent. The access code for the website is found at the bottom of page ii of your PALS Provider Manual. (Access code: palsprovider)
  • Complete the Pre-Course Self-Assessment (pre-test) found online at, www.heart.org/eccstudent. Upon completion, print out your score sheet (or take a picture of it showing your name and score) and bring it to class. If you do not complete this pre-test, you will not be eligible for any needed remediation at the end of the course.
  • Please make the most of the course by arriving well prepared and before the start time to check-in. The course will start promptly at the published time. If you arrive too late, you will not be allowed to stay for the course.. AHA guidelines state that attendees must attend and successfully complete the entire course to be awarded the completion card.
  • You will have the option to renew your AHA BLS (CPR) - Healthcare Provider card. Per the AHA, you must provide proof of a current BLS card at Check-in to be eligible. (American Red Cross cards are not recognized by AHA for renewal.) Adult CPR skills with AED will be evaluated during the ACLS course. Child CPR, Infant CPR and obstructed airway, using 2010 BLS/CPR guidelines will be evaluated in a review/practice/demonstrate format upon completion of the ACLS course. Come practiced and prepared to demonstrate 2010 BLS skills!

What to Bring:

  • Your copy of the PALS Provider Manual (c2012). Per the AHA book policy, the current manual is required for course participation. You may bring your own copy, but make sure it is the ACLS Provider Manual (c2012) [AHA item # 90-1052].

  • The ECC Handbook (c2010) [item #90-1000] is optional, but strongly recommended. You can purchase it from the RCC bookstore, or order the handbook from one of these suppliers. Channing Bete Company, Laerdal Medical Corporation, Worldpoint ECC, Inc.

  • A copy of your current AHA PALS card if you are registered for an PALS Renewal course. If you are not current, you are not eligible for the Renewal version and must take a full Provider course.

  • A copy or original of your current AHA BLS Healthcare Provider card.

  • Proof that you completed the Pre-Course Self-Assessment.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as you will be asked to demonstrate several skills including CPR. We suggest you dress warmly with layers to accommodate temperature variations from cold to very warm.
  • Lunch is on your own.

Course Information

Location:
Rogue Community College - Table Rock Campus, 7800 Pacific Ave., White City, OR 97503, Room 117C.

Time:
Check-in: 15 minutes before start time.
PALS Provider (Day 1 of 2): 8:00 a.m. - approx.. 5:00 p.m.
PALS Provider (Day 2 of 2): 8:30 a.m. - approx.. 2:00 p.m.
Until approx. 3:30 pm for the BLS renewal option.

PALS Renewal 8:00 a.m. - approx. 5:00 p.m.

Successful Course Completion

According to the guidelines of the AHA, for you to successfully complete an PALS Course, you must:

    • Be able to identify (on an ECG monitor) the core PALS rhythm  disturbances, including ventricular fibrillation (VF), ventricular tachycardia (VT), asystole, bradycardia, tachycardia, ST-segment elevation, and artifact.

    • Complete the PALS 33-question multiple-choice written evaluation with a passing score of 84% or better.

    • Demonstrate the ability to lead a team of healthcare providers and implement the PALS algorithms in two pediatric scenarios, one cardiac and on respiratory or shock. You will have opportunity for instruction and practice in the mock patient situations prior to testing.

The course director will make the final decision on successful completion of the course.

Upon successful completion, you will receive an AHA PALS card (and an AHA BLS card, if applicable). An AHA card is good for two years and will expire the last day of the month in which you took your course. The AHA does not recognize a grace period after expiration.

If you have any questions: Please contact Kenton Gould, kgould@roguecc.edu, 1-541-245-7707