PACTS (Pediatric Advanced Cardiorespiratory and Trauma Support) for Life was created by Anthony Scalzo, MD, in conjunction with staff at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) is the result of a collaboration between the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
These courses are combined to offer the health care provider the latest and most comprehensive curriculum available.
Whether seeking initial PACTS for Life/PALS Provider certification or re-certification, the PACTS for Life/PALS courses are the best source for health care training in advanced emergency care of children.
Contact the PACTS for Life/PALS office
PACTS for Life/PALS Provider Certification Courses for 2014
View a sample agenda [PDF] for the provider course
- Jan. 20 - 22
March 3 - 5
June 23 - 25
PACTS for Life/PALS Renewal Certification Courses for 2014
View a sample agenda [PDF] for the renewal course
- Feb. 19
- April 16
- May 13
- June 2
- Sept. TBD
- Nov. TBD
- Dec. TBD
To register, download the appropriate registration form and follow the directions:
PACTS for Life/PALS general registration form
PACTS for Life/PALS registration form for SSM employees
For registration assistance, contact the PACTS for Life/PALS office at 314-577-5385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Heart Association PALS Guidelines Update
Because cardiovascular and respiratory care is a dynamic science, guidelines are periodically changed to reflect the most recent studies. The present PALS course textbooks are in the process of being updated with the new AHA guidelines. However, the PACTS/PALS courses cover these new recommendations now. Click on the following links to download PALS updated guidelines:
Pediatric Basic Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Neonatal Resuscitation Guidelines
You can also visit www.americanheart.org and type "new guidelines" in the search box to access further information.
The course is designed to provide caregivers with skills which will enable them to both recognize the potential for respiratory and/or cardiac arrest in infants and children, and intervene in an appropriate manner by providing a systematic approach to these patients.
The course is offered to pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who are responsible for the well-being of infants and children.
PALS Online Course
As of October 31, 2006, PALS Online is no longer available for purchase. If you have purchased the course prior to this date, you will have until Dec. 31, 2006, to complete the online portion. Please direct customer service questions/issues to AHA Customer Service at 888-242-2453.
Our course is taught by outstanding faculty who are not only experienced PACTS/PALS instructors, but most also practice full-time in pediatric emergency, critical care and transport settings. Our course evaluations consistently reflect their expertise and dedication.
Continuing Education Credits
American Medical Association - Saint Louis University School designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Missouri Nursing Association, which is accredited by the Central Regional Accrediting committee of the American Nurses' Association, designates this continuing education activity for 18.5 contact hours for nurses and paramedics.
American Medical Association - Saint Louis University School designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Missouri Nursing Assocation, which is accredited by the Central Regional Accrediting committee of the American Nurses' Association, does not offer CEU's for renewal courses.