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Paediatric Emergency Care & Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PEC + PALS)
Designed for nurses, paramedics, and doctors, the interactive, practical PEC + PALS course covers knowledge and clinical skills essential to the emergency management of children in low-resource settings.
- About this course
The CRANAplus Paediatric Emergency Care and Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PEC + PALS) course is an interactive, practical course that covers aspects of the emergency management of children. As with all CRANAplus courses, it is contextualised to Australian remote and isolated settings.
Our PEC + PALS course content is consistent with both the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation (ANZCOR) Guidelines and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Guidelines, and facilitates a standard approach to best practice in Australia. The PEC+PALS course aims to provide the health workforce with a structured approach to:
- Emergency paediatric care that is crucial in the first few hours of a life-threatening illness or injury
- The continuum of care from paediatric basic life support through to the use and availability of more advanced skills and resources allowing provision of paediatric advanced life support.
CRANAplus encourages clinicians to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in accordance with professional and individual scope of practice, and as defined by their employing health service’s policy, procedures and guidelines.
- Who is this course for?
The course is recommended for nurses, paramedics and doctors looking to increase confidence, knowledge and clinical skills in paediatric emergencies in low-resource settings.
If you have any queries about the course or its relevance to your practice, submit an enquiry here.
- Course delivery
The PEC course uses a blended learning approach:
- Online pre-course modules to be completed one week prior to the course
- Attendance of a two-day face to face workshop that is designed to build on the content covered in the pre-course modules
- Practice of skills in a supportive learning environment to apply understanding through guided discussions, practical, hands-on skill stations and context-based scenarios led by experienced facilitators.
- On successful completion of this course, clinicians will be able to…
- Demonstrate a comprehensive and systematic approach to the assessment and management of the ill and/or injured infant and child using a structured approach.
- Demonstrate an understanding of clinical deterioration and apply this knowledge to the early identification and management of the seriously ill and/or injured infant and child
- Demonstrate early management and practical skills required to manage an ill and/or injured child who has presented with a life-threatening emergency
- Demonstrate effective and accurate clinical handover
- Demonstrate key elements of Paediatric Advanced Life support including:
- Human factors and resource management
- Causes of cardiac arrest
- Basic and advanced airway management and ventilation
- Cardiac arrest and defibrillation management
- Post resuscitation care.
- To achieve a certificate you must complete…
- PEC online modules (10) + PALS online modules (8 + 1 quiz; requiring a 90% pass). It is expected that all online modules will be completed at least one week prior to the workshop.
- A two day face-to-face workshop consisting of guided discussions, skill stations and practical scenarios.
- Two practical scenario-based assessments.
- On successful completion participants will be awarded…
- A CRANAplus Paediatric Emergency Care certificate (valid for 2 years)
- A CRANAplus Paediatric Advanced Life Support certificate (valid for 2 years).
- Catering information
Given the remote location of many of our courses, we are sometimes restricted to Vegetarian and Gluten Free dietary options. While we always supply fresh food and fruit, particular foods may not be easily accessed in remote areas. Should you have quite specific restrictions we encourage you to bring some basics and then pick and choose from the fresh food offered on the day. You should also inform us of any allergies you may have so we can advise the caterer and be aware of the situation.
- Financial support to attend
CRANAplus Members receive a discount on face-to-face course registration and are eligible to apply for various CRANAplus professional development grants to meet the costs associated with course attendance. You can also find a list of grants and scholarships offered by external providers, such as the Health Workforce Scholarship Program, on our Pathway Incentives page.
- Additional FAQs
View the answers to other frequently asked questions about CRANAplus face-to-face courses.