Pediatric Emergency Assessment,
Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)
What is the PEARS Course?
This classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and initial stabilization of seriously ill infants and children. PEARS teaches students how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider. It also emphasizes the resuscitation team concept.
The goal of the PEARS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Once a child is in cardiac arrest, even with optimal resuscitation efforts, outcome is generally poor. According to the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, only 4% to 13% of children who have a cardiac arrest in the out-of-hospital setting survive to hospital discharge. The outcome is somewhat better for children in the in-hospital setting: about 27% survive to hospital discharge.
Who is the target audience for the PEARS course?
PEARS is for healthcare providers who provide pediatric care but infrequently see critically ill infants and children. Examples include: Home health/private duty nurses, school nurses, EMT's, and medical-surgical nurses.
Why become PEARS certified?
PEARS training helps healthcare providers improve their emergency assessment and intervention skills resulting in improved outcomes.
The PEARS certification also demonstrates to employers and prospective employers the provider's commitment to increased standards in emergency patient care.