PALS ManikinsPEARS (Paediatric Emergencies Assessment Recognition and Stabilisation) training provides a structured learning environment for multi-disciplinary groups to develop the skills, teamwork, and organisation necessary to recognise paediatric emergencies.

The earlier you detect respiratory distress, respiratory failure or shock and start appropriate actions, the better chance the child has for a good outcome.

The PEARS provider course is designed for front-line healthcare providers who must recognise life-threatening paediatric conditions and enlist the help of advanced paediatric providers. The course focuses more on assessment and recognition than on management.


It is intended for healthcare professionals who provide critical care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and pre-hospital locations.

These healthcare providers may include (but are not limited to) Consultants, Registrars, Senior House Officers, Interns, Medical Students, General Practitioners, Dentists, Clinical Nurse Managers, Nurses, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Cardiac Technicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff, Respiratory Therapists, Physiotherapists and other Allied Healthcare Personnel.


Eligibility Checklist
Healthcare professional
Basic Life Support Certification eg. BLS Healthcare Provider or equivalent

Course content

  • Structured paediatric assessment (ABCDE approach)
  • Recognition and stabilisation of respiratory distress/failure
  • Recognition and stabilisation of compensated/hypotensive shock
  • Oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation
  • IV/IO access and fluid therapy
  • Child and infant CPR with AED
  • Team management of cardiac arrest
  • Putting it All Together Practice Sessions
  • Running a Code

What are the criteria for successful completion?

  • Actively participate in, practice, and complete all skills and learning stations
  • Demonstrate competence in the performance of Basic Life Support (BLS) skills such as one and two rescuer CPR, incorporating the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Score a minimum grade (84% or higher) on the final Video-based Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper.

What certification do I get?

Participants, who successfully complete the course, including the written examination and skills evaluation, will receive an American Heart Association PEARS provider course completion card (credential). This accreditation is recognised in over 50 countries throughout the world.

Who instructs the course?

Our highly-experienced Instructors come from an Irish healthcare setting and all remain in day-to-day clinical practice. They are regarded as experts in their field and have a proven ability to teach. CODE BLUE is a registered and approved Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association training site. Course certificates can only be issued to approved and registered training sites where the currently certified Instructors carry full public and professional liability insurance.

What materials/textbooks do i get?

The following materials are delivered to the candidate’s work address by registered courier.

  • PEARS Provider Manual
  • Course Programme
  • Criteria for Successful Completion

Is this course eligible for CPD/CME points?

All Code Blue courses are eligible for CPD/CME points. The exact number of points you can claim depends on what your occupation/speciality is.

This course is eligible for up to 8 hours of face-to-face CPD.

More information on Medical Council and An Bord Altranais

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