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Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Hendrick Medical Center provides two types of learning experiences to obtain PALS certification. The options consist of a "live" traditional PALS provider class (two-day class for original certification or one-day class for recertification) and the HeartCode PALS course. The HeartCode PALS system is a computerized program that also requires skill demonstration with a PALS instructor in a live setting for successful completion.

PALS is an American Heart Association course that focuses on advanced life support techniques for infants and children. These techniques are taught using lecture, videos and interactive skill stations. The course strives to integrate knowledge and skills into a clinically useful discipline while providing a relaxed learning environment. The PALS instructors represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences including critical care, paramedicine and pediatric nursing. Continuing education credit is provided for both physicians and nurses, although nurses may only be awarded credit for the two-day class in keeping with Texas Nurses Association (TNA) guidelines.

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