European Paediatric Advanced Life Support Course (EPALS)
The European Paediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) course is a collaboration between the European Resuscitation Council and the Resuscitation Council (UK). The EPLS course and was launched in 2003 but was rebranded as EPALS in 2016. The course is intended to provide training for multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals in the early recognition of the child in respiratory or circulatory failure and the development of the knowledge and core skills required to prevent further deterioration towards respiratory or cardiorespiratory arrest.
Who is this course suitable for?
The EPALS course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. Appropriate participants include doctors, nurses and paramedics working in direct contact with children. All applicants must hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification. Medical students in their final year of training can be accepted as candidates.
Undertaking the EPALS course should enable you to:
- use the structured ABCDE approach for rapid assessment of the seriously ill child;
- manage the sick child until the arrival of expert assistance;
- facilitate the development of resuscitation team members and team leaders;
- use a structured approach to communication amongst team members during an emergency situation
EPALS courses are held at centres throughout the UK and we are approved and certified by the Resuscitation Council (UK). This ensures uniformity of content and standard regardless of the centre.
The course is run over two days. All candidates will be registered on the Learning Management System (LMS) to access the pre-course multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ), course evaluation and post course certificates.
The course programme consists of lectures, workshops, skill stations and teaching simulations.