Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®)
The PEARS course helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children. Targeted toward healthcare providers who infrequently see critically ill or injured infants and children, the goal of this course is to improve the quality of care provided, resulting in improved outcomes.
The PEARS course covers:
- recognition of respiratory distress, shock, and cardiac arrest
- appropriate lifesaving interventions to take within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider
- resuscitation team concept
PEARS training is intended for any healthcare provider and others who might encounter pediatric emergency situations in the course of their work, including:
- physicians and nurses not specializing in pediatrics
- nurse practitioners
- physician assistants
- respiratory therapists
- prehospital and in-hospital healthcare providers (outside of critical-care areas)
- outpatient clinic staff
- school-based providers
PEARS training is not intended for those with staff members who routinely provide pediatric care and are required to have PALS certification.
Course length is approximately 6.5 hours and is given in an instructor-led training session. Passing a video-based written exam and skills test is required for the awarding of a PEARS Provider Course Completion Card.