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Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support (PALS): Provider

Life Support Classes
Contact: Rose More or Stan Goettel
Phone: 315 464-4851

Peter D. Sadowitz

Peter D. Sadowitz, MD
Course Director


Tyler C Greenfield, DO

Tyler Greenfield, DO
Assistant Course Director

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Course Overview

PALS, developed by the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, focuses on critical issues in pediatric resuscitation for health care providers. There is a very clear emphasis on priorities in assessment and management of the ill or injured child. The practical application of cognitive and psychomotor skills in pediatric resuscitation situations is emphasized in case presentations.

Participants in the PALS course will have an opportunity to practice emergency techniques such as intraosseous needle insertion, ventilating a child with a bag valve mask, intubation, umbilical line insertion and cardioversion/defibrillation of a child.

This two-day course is designed for professionals who are completing the course for the first time - pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who are responsible for the well-being of infants and children.

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  • "This course shall help me immensely in recognizing warning signs early and to be able to apply essential measures early."
  • "Increased my understanding of how to appropriately & effectively treat my patients...help me to anticipate sicker patients, improve my assessments and my ability to anticipate the next step when working with pediatric patients."

Registration Deadline

Registration forms and payment must be received no later than 14 days prior to the selected class date. Registration fee must be sent with the registration form to confirm attendance. All registrations are accepted and confirmed on a first come/first pay basis. Early registration is recommended although not guaranteed, as classes are limited in attendance. In the event that a class will accept registrations less than 14 days prior to the class date, registrations will only be accepted with a credit card payment.

*UH Hospital State Employee Fees May Be Covered Under Contract; $50 No Show Fee will be assessed to individual

Refunds/Cancellation Policy

In order to process refunds for course withdrawals, cancellations must be received in writing to the EM-STAT Center or via e-mail at [email protected] postmarked no later than 14 days prior to the selected class date. A refund will be issued minus a $25.00 administrative fee for all cancellations made more than 14 days prior to class date; no refunds will be issued thereafter.

A $25.00 administrative fee will be charged to any participant who has registered for a class but then requests to move to a different class. A person will not be allowed to start the class until this fee is paid.

SUNY Upstate Medical University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course at any time due to any unforeseen circumstances or limited attendance. A minimum of 12 confirmed registrants are required to hold a class. In the event of cancellation or postponement, SUNY Upstate Medical University will refund the registration fee associated with the class, but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, and travel agencies.

Learning Objectives

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Cognitive and psychomotor skills are evaluated as recommended by the AHA. The information is presented in lecture format and small group discussions.

At the conclusions of these courses, each participant should be able to:

  • Recognize the infant or child at risk of cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Identify strategies for prevention.
  • Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitating and stabilizing the infant or child in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Demonstrate the use of the various airway and oxygen adjuncts and methods for optimum ventilation & airway control.
  • Identify normal vs. abnormal cardiac rhythms and the appropriate pharmacologic and electrical therapies.
  • State the indications & dosages of medications used in cardiopulmonary arrest and the effects on the cardiovascular system.
  • Perform techniques to obtain vascular access in infants, children and newborns including peripheral, central and intraosseous cannulation.
  • Perform advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest in the pediatric patient.

PALS Provider Manuals

Please note: When registering for a PALS Provider or Refresher class, you will be required to purchase the American Heart Association PALS Course Guide and Provider Manual. (The PALS Course guide includes PALS Student CD, PALS Pre-course Checklist, and a PALS Pocket Reference Card.

  • Books are not included with your course registration fee.
  • Books are available at the Upstate book store (315 464-5560), located in the Campus Activities Building.
Use of American Heart Association materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.