PEARS Description

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) Course Description
 
The PEARS Provider Course prepares healthcare providers caring for pediatric patients with foundational skills to assess, recognize, and participate in the initial management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest. Active case-based instruction will be used to teach students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes after response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider.
 
The Heart and Stroke Foundations PEARS Course offers:

  • The latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes
  • Enriched course content, including simulations, state-of-the-art 3-D animations, video scenarios and thought-provoking examples of real pediatric emergency cases, engaging students in robust dialogue and confirming their understanding of the educational material they have received.
  • Enhanced features that provide course flexibility, by allowing instructors to incorporate local protocols into their training, while still ensuring that all learning objectives are met.

The goal of the PEARS Provider Course is to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers in assessment, early recognition, prompt communication, and initial intervention in patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest by using high-performance team dynamics.

 

Intended Audience:
 
The Heart & Stroke Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) Course is for healthcare professionals and others who might encounter pediatric emergency situations during their work, including Physicians and nurses not specializing in pediatrics, Nurse practitioners, Physician assistants, EMS, Respiratory therapists, Prehospital and in-facility healthcare providers (outside of critical-care areas), Outpatient clinic staff, School-based providers and any other healthcare professional who infrequently sees critically ill or injured infants and children

 
Course Overview and Design:
 
The Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®) Provider

Course is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire, practice, and demonstrate proficiency in the assessment and management of critically ill pediatric patients.

The primary educational methodology used in the course is that of simulation, whether for skill acquisition, complex medical decision-making, or teamwork. Other modalities used are video demonstration and group discussion.

 

Students will have the opportunity to learn the following:

Skills:

•       Performing child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

•       Using oxygen delivery and airway management equipment

•       Using shock management equipment and a method for giving rapid fluid boluses

Pediatric assessment: A systematic approach

Medical management:

•       4 types of acute respiratory problems

•       2 types of acute circulatory problems

•       2 types of cardiac arrest

Leadership: Communication and other important elements of team dynamics as they relate to resuscitation

 

Students are required to be tested for competency in child and infant basic life support (BLS). 
 

PEARS Course Duration: Course durations provided are based upon a student-instructor ratio for learning stations of 6:1, and does not include additional times needed for breaks or transitions, or additional students. There are optional lesson plans that Instructors may use, this will add to this time.

 
Provider Course - Approximate course duration: 8 hours with breaks.  
PEARS Renewal Course – There is No Renewal course for PEARS. The PEARS course is designed for those students that do not see sick or injured children on a frequent basis, therefor to ensure students acquire, practice, and can demonstrate proficiency; PEARS students must complete the provider course every two years.
 
Course completion card expiration date:
 All Heart & Stroke PEARS course completions cards have an expiration date of two (2) years from the date of completion

PEARS Provider Course Prerequisites:
Students must prepare adequately to enable successful completion of the PEARS Provider Course. This course does not teach BLS skills. Thus, before taking the course, students must have a current (taken within the last 12 months and current to the most recent Guidelines) Heart & Stroke BLS course completion card. 

 

 
Required Student Materials:

Only Heart and Stroke branded PEARS materials are accepted for use in courses where a Heart and Stroke Foundation PEARS completion card is issued.

Student resources can be conveniently purchased at Heart Shop, our online store: https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca/heartshop. You can shop as a guest or log into your Resuscitation portal account to set up a Heart Shop account.

Required Student Materials:

  • Provider Manual- print or eBook (RE7110E or RE7110ED)
  • 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers –

Print (RE0120E) or eBook(RE0120ED) (Optional but highly recommended)

  • Provider Bundle (RE7160E) Includes Provider Manual & ECC Handbook  
  • Pocket Reference Card – print (RE7170E) or digital (RE7170ED) – Included in Provider manual and sold separately.

Optional General Materials:

  • Poster Set (RE7190E)

 
PEARS Instructor Course

The PEARS Instructor course is currently under development. Heart & Stroke anticipates the release in mid 2018. At this time all current Heart & Stroke Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructors, who have purchased the PEARS Instructor Materials and have completed the PEARS Product and Course Orientation, can teach the PEARS course.

 
Mandated Instructor-Candidate Materials:

Only Heart and Stroke branded PEARS materials are accepted for use in courses where a Heart and Stroke Foundation PEARS completion card is issued.
 
There are three Instructor kits available or you can purchase the products separately.  All materials for Heart & Stroke PEARS instructors are currently available through the Heart & Stroke’s  e-Store Heart Shop. Instructor materials must be ordered for Instructor-Candidates by the Course coordinator of your Instructor course.
 
Required Instructor-Candidate Materials:

  • Provider Manual- print or eBook (RE7110E or RE7110ED)
  • 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers – print (RE0120E) or eBook(RE0120ED) (Optional but highly recommended)
  • Instructor Manual- print (RE7120E) or eBook (RE7120ED)
  • Course DVD Set (RE7130E)

Optional General Materials:

  • Poster Set (RE6105E)
  • Pocket Reference Card – print (RE7170E) or digital (RE7170ED) – Included in Provider manual and sold separately.

Optional Instructor Kits:

  • Instructor Kit Gold (RE7140E-Gold)

2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers |PEARS Instructor Manual |PEARS Provider Manual |PEARS Pocket Reference Card |PEARS DVD |PEARS Poster Set

  • Instructor Kit Silver (RE7140E-Silver)

Instructor Manual |Provider Manual| PEARS DVD

  • Instructor Kit Bronze (RE7140E-Bronze)

Instructor Manual |Provider Manual
 
PEARS Instructor Guidelines Update
 
The Instructor Guideline Update is a requirement by all active, registered Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructors and Instructor-Candidates (BLS, First Aid, ACLS,ACLS EP,PALS and PEARS) to complete. The Instructor Guidelines Update process occurs in conjunction with the Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care updates (approximately every 5 years). The Instructor Guidelines update introduces instructors to changes in the guidelines and the rationale for those changes, and the revised educational delivery techniques used in new course materials.