Q: What does PEARS stand for?
A: PEARS stands for Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization.
Q: What is taught in the PEARS course?
A: The PEARS course teaches students how to evaluate an emergency and how to provide initial stabilization of seriously ill or injured children and infants. PEARS teaches students how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest, and the ability to provide the appropriate lifesaving intervention within the initial minutes of arrival. Once the course is complete, students would be able to provide initial care before an advanced life support provider arrives.
Q: What are the skills taught to students in PEARS?
A: Students will learn pediatric assessment skills, recognition and management of respiratory problems, recognition and management of shock, recognition and management of cardiac arrest, and proper resuscitation methods.
Q: What is the main goal of PEARS?
A: The main goal of the course is to improve the outcome and care provided to seriously ill or injured children and infants.
Q: What is the difference between PEARS and PALS?
A: PEARS refers to the initial recognition, assessment, and care given to seriously ill or injured children and infants during the initial minutes of response. The lessons teach how to care for respiratory and circulatory pediatric emergencies before advanced care providers have arrived. PALS teaches students how to treat and care for seriously ill or injured children and infants using advanced life support methods.
Q: Who is the PEARS course targeted for?
A: PEARS is recommended for EMTs, medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and any other healthcare provider who does not frequently see seriously ill or injured children and infants.
Q: Are there any prerequisites for taking the PEARS course?
A: Students are recommended to have a mastery of infant and child BLS skills, including how to perform CPR and use an AED.
Q: How long does it take to complete the PEARS course?
A: The full course (not including the optional skills testing) takes approximately 6 hours to complete.
Q: Do students receive a course completion card after completing the PEARS course?
A: Yes, students who successfully complete the requirements of the course will receive a PEARS course completion card that is valid for 2 years.
American Heart Association 2012 Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization: http://cpr.heart.org/idc/groups/ahaecc-public/%40wcm/%40ecc/documents/downloadable/ucm_441823.pdf