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PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)

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The PALS for Healthcare Providers course is designed to teach the skills needed to assess and administer care within the first 10 minutes of a pediatric cardiac arrest. Providers learn the skills needed to manage advanced cardiac life support scenarios: respiratory emergency, various types of cardiac arrest (simple VT/VF, complex VT/VF, PEA (Pulseless Electrical Activity) and asystole), pre-arrest emergencies: stable and unstable bradycardia and tachycardia.

Course Schedule, Fees, and Registration Info

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To obtain your PALS certificate, the Heart & Stroke Foundation requires a valid Heart & Stroke BLS course completion card taken within the past 12 months. If you do not have a current Heart & Stroke BLS card, please register for our combination courses (BLS+PALS) where you can obtain your BLS certification on the same day as your PALS course.

Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
E Wing, 3rd Floor, Room # TBA

Course Time

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

PALS Weekend Course Schedule

2019 

  • DECEMBER 14-15

2020 

  • Jan 25-26
  • Mar 21-22
  • May 23-24
  • June 20-21
  • Aug 22-23
  • Sep 12-13
  • Nov 14-15
  • Dec 5-6

Course Fees

  • Resident, RN, PA, Paramedic: $400
  • MD / Dentist: $585
  • 2015 PALS Manual:   $80

Please note to be successful, you must review the manual prior to the course.

Course Overview and Design

The PALS Provider Course emphasizes 5 major concepts:

  1. Identification and treatment of problems that place the child at risk for cardiac arrest
  2. Application of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  3. Use of the evaluate-identify-intervene sequence
  4. Use of PALS algorithms and flowcharts
  5. Demonstration of effective resuscitation team dynamics

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire, practice, and demonstrate proficiency in the assessment and management of critically ill pediatric patients.

Students will have the opportunity to learn, practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills:

  • Perform high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) per Heart and Stroke
  • Foundation basic life support (BLS) recommendations
  • Differentiate between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
  • Recognize cardiopulmonary arrest early and begin CPR within 10 seconds of recognition
  • Apply team dynamics
  • Differentiate between respiratory distress and failure
  • Perform early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
  • Differentiate between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
  • Perform early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Differentiate between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
  • Describe clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Implement post–cardiac arrest management

Students will practice the application of these and other skills in simulated cases and will practice both Team Leader and team member roles.

Intended Audience

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients.
  • This course is designed for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for their job or other requirements.

PALS Provider Course Prerequisites

  1. Must have a current Heart & Stroke Foundation BLS Provider certification- taken within the past 12 months
    We offer same day BLS+PALS combo courses.  If you do not have a valid Heart & Stroke BLS, sign up for same day BLS.  BLS offered at PALS course is essentially a renewal course.  Heart & Stroke therefore requires you to complete the BLS Renewal Challenge prior to in-class BLS portion. Visit Heart & Stroke for more information (opens in a new window)

  2. Complete the pre-course self-assessment. Requires a passing score of 70% or higher to print certificate.

Be Proficient in the following:

  • Performing high-quality BLS skills through the use of the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • Be able to identify rhythms associated with bradycardia, tachycardia, and pulseless arrest (ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, asystole).

Course Completion Card

  • PALS Course Completion card is issued by the Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Completion card valid for 2 years from date of issue
  • Completion card is accessible by logging onto student account on Heart & Stroke Portal

CME Credits

MAINPRO Credits (CFPC)

Eligible for 0.5 Mainpro-C credits per hour of participation. A copy of your certification card needs to be submitted. For more details, visit the College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro website.

MAINPORT Credits (RCPSC)
Eligible for credit under Section 2 (Self-Learning Activities) “Traineeship”. Enter the number of hours you participated in the course (these will be doubled in your credits). For more details, visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Mainport website.


PALS Recertification Course

Course Schedule, Fees, and Registration Info

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Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
E Wing, 3rd Floor, Room # TBA

Course Time

Saturday or Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2020 PALS Recert Schedule

  • Feb 29
  • Apr 25
  • Jul 18
  • Oct 17

Course Fees

  • Resident, RN, PA, Paramedic: $320
  • MD / Dentist: $490
  • 2015 PALS Manual:  $80

Course Prerequisites

  1. Must have a current Heart & Stroke Foundation BLS Provider certification- taken within the past 12 months
    We offer same day BLS+PALS combo courses.  If you do not have a valid Heart & Stroke BLS, sign up for same day BLS.  BLS offered at PALS course is essentially a renewal course.  Heart & Stroke therefore requires you to complete the BLS Renewal Challenge prior to in-class BLS portion.Visit Heart & Stroke for more information(opens in a new window).
  2. Must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation PALS provider certification (a grace period of 3 months post-expiry is accepted)
  3. Complete the pre-course self-assessment. Requires a passing score of 70% or higher to print certificate.

Be Proficient in the following:

  • Performing high-quality BLS skills through the use of the2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • Be able to identify rhythms associated with bradycardia, tachycardia, and pulseless arrest (ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, asystole).

Course Completion Card

  • PALS Course Completion card is issued by the Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Completion card valid for two years from date of issue
  • Completion card is accessible by logging onto student account on Heart & Stroke Portal

CME Credits

MAINPRO Credits (CFPC)
Eligible for 0.5 Mainpro-C credits per hour of participation. A copy of your certification card needs to be submitted. For more details, visit the College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro website.

MAINPORT Credits (RCPSC)
Eligible for credit under Section 2 (Self-Learning Activities) “Traineeship”. Enter the number of hours you participated in the course (these will be doubled in your credits). For more details, visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Mainport website.


Contact us:

Sandhya D'Souza, ALS Program Manager
Email: als.educators@sunnybrook.ca
Phone: 416-480-4943
Fax: 416-480-5325

ALS Program Office

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
H-wing, 2nd floor, Room H-265
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M5