Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®)
The PEARS course helps non-pediatric-specialist healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children, helping to improve the quality of care provided for improved outcomes. The course takes approximately 7.5 hours of classroom time (not including breaks) to complete.
Pediatric specialists who want certification in advanced pediatric emergency care should take the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course.
Available languages: English, Spanish
Who should take PEARS?
PEARS training is intended for any healthcare provider and others who might encounter pediatric emergency situations in the course of their work but who not specialize in pediatrics.
PEARS is the pediatric lifesaving course for:
- physicians and nurses not specializing in pediatrics
- nurse practitioners
- physician assistants
- emergency medical
- respiratory therapists
- prehospital and in-hospital healthcare providers (outside critical-care areas)
- outpatient-clinic staff
- school-based providers.
Concepts and skills covered in the PEARS course include:
- review of BLS and AED for infants and children
- initial assessment and response
- primary airway and circulation assessment
- identification and management of respiratory emergencies
- use of equipment for managing respiratory emergencies
- identification and management of shock
- identification and management of cardiac arrest
- pediatric algorithms.
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
- perform BLS consistent with the 2015 AHA guidelines for CPR and ECC
- evaluate a seriously ill or injured child by using the pediatric systematic approach
- apply effective team dynamics
- demonstrate initial stabilization of a seriously ill or injured child, including a child with cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, or shock.
PEARS is a credentialed course
Students who successfully complete the PEARS course (including achieving a score of 84% or higher on the video-based course exam) will receive a PEARS provider course completion card, valid for two years.
PEARS is available as a classroom-based course.