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What is Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

The AHA’s PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization) Course has been updated to reflect science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. In this classroom-based, Instructor-led course, students learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, recognize the cause, and stabilize a pediatric patient in an emergency situation.

During PEARS, students interact with real patient cases, and realistic simulations and animations to assess and stabilize pediatric patients experiencing respiratory and shock emergencies, and cardiopulmonary arrest. PEARS prepares students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until a child can be transferred to an advanced life support provider.

What Is The Length Of an AHA PEARS Training Course?

When a patient suffers from a medical emergency, PALS provides crucial tools for The length of a PEARS training course is approximately nine hours, including skills practice and testing. Some training may take less time depending on the competency level of the student. The nine-hour class time includes breaks so depending on how your instructor utilizes break times, the course could take less time as well. It’s common for instructors to lunch and learn and instead of pausing for lunch, they will continue to teach while students eat lunch.

Who should take this course?

The AHA’s PEARS Course is designed for healthcare providers and others who might encounter pediatric emergency situations during their work, including:
● Physicians and nurses not specializing in pediatrics
● Nurse practitioners
● Physician assistants
● EMTs,
● Respiratory therapists
● Prehospital and in-facility healthcare providers (outside of critical-care areas)
● Outpatient clinic staff
● School-based providers
● Any other healthcare provider who infrequently sees critically ill or injured infants
and children


What does this course teach?

● Systematic pediatric assessment.
● Recognition and stabilization of respiratory emergencies.
● Recognition and stabilization of shock emergencies.
● Recognition and stabilization of cardiopulmonary arrest.
● Resuscitation team concept.

Course Completion Card

If training with us at Code Blue Training or another authorized AHA training location Upon completion of all course requirements, participants receive a PEARS Provider Course Completion Card which is valid for two years from the American Heart Association (AHA). Continuing education or continuing medical education, CE/CME may be available for your profession.

What Classroom Formats are available for PEARS Certification?

AHA PEARS is taught only in person. There are currently no online or classroom;
online blended training options. Attending a PEARS course in the classroom is a tried a true class format where you get maximum interaction with an instructor that can meet you at your level. At the same time, you
will likely be in class with others and the instructor will have to teach to everyone’s learning style. The opportunity to learn from others can be very enriching and bring a unique perspective and insight to the skills learned.

Continuing Education

PEARS is currently approved for Continuing Education Accreditation—Emergency Medical Services. The Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) accredits the AHA to approve PEARS provider education for 7.25 Advanced Continuing Education Hours for EMS personnel under activity number 17-AMHA-F2-0024. However, some state nursing boards count PEARS training and other life support courses toward their required CE hours.

Ready to take an American Heart Association PEARS class?

Sign up for a PEARS course – and gain the skills you need to help your community and reach your career goals. From CPR administration and AED usage to critical thinking and problem-solving, our best-in-class instructors will help you understand how to use the latest techniques in Pediatric training. To join one of our programs, click the class link below.