American Heart Association updates course materials to treat Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS®)

June 13, 2012 Categories: Program News
DALLAS, June 13, 2012 — The American Heart Association has updated its PEARS® Course with new science and key changes from its 2010 AHA Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.
Developed in coordination with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), this instructor-led, video-based classroom course helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and management of seriously ill and injured infants and children. Key topics covered are:
  • PEARS Systematic Approach to the seriously ill or injured child
  • Primary assessment, identification, and management of respiratory problems
  • Primary assessment, identification and management of shock and circulatory emergencies
  • Identification and management of cardiac arrest
  • Case discussions
  • Effective team dynamics
Through unique learning tools, such as video-based simulation, providers can see and hear critically ill children with whom they do not typically come in contact, equipping them to recognize the signs and symptoms of pediatric emergencies, and thus begin stabilization. PEARS® is intended for healthcare providers such as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and any other healthcare provider who infrequently see seriously ill infants and children.
The PEARS® course was developed because AHA recognized a gap in the number of healthcare providers who see pediatric patients, but do not take Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) because it is too advanced.
The new course can help improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.
New PEARS® Course materials are available through AHA's Distributors ( beginning June 13.
Course materials include:
90-1061        PEARS Provider Manual
90-1062        PEARS Pocket Reference Card
90-1063        PEARS Instructor Manual
90-1064        PEARS DVD Set
90-1065        PEARS Posters
90-1066        PEARS Instructor Package
90-1819        PEARS Provider Course Completion Card
The updated course is based on guidelines published in the Nov. 2, 2010 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, which is available at
For more information about PEARS® or any of AHA's courses for healthcare providers, go to
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