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CPR and Resuscitation Training
CPR and Resuscitation Training

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

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.

Intended Audience

The Heart and 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.

  1. Skills
    • Performing child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    • Using oxygen delivery and airway management equipment
    • Using Shock Management and airway management equipment
  2. Pediatric Assessment 
    • A systematic approach
  3. Medical Management
    • 4 types of acute respiratory problems
    • 2 types of acute circulatory problems
    • 2 types of cardiac arrest
  4. Leadership
    • Communication and other important elements of team dynamics as they relate to resuscitation

Course Completion and Expiry Date

All Heart & Stroke PEARS course completions cards have an expiration date of two (2) years from the date of completion.

Course Prerequisites

  1. Current Heart and Stroke BLS course completion card (within previous 12 months)

Course Duration and Fees

SickKids Staff & Public: $269.00
Course Duration: 8:00am-5:00pm

Required Materials

PEARS Materials are not included in the course fee.  The following materials are necessary to bring to the course:

    • PEARS Provider Manual 2015, print (RE7110E) or eBook (RE7110ED)
    • PEARS Pocket Reference Card 2015, print (RE7170E) or digital (RE7170ED) – Included in Provider Manual and sold separately.

Materials are available for purchase from:

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

Optional Materials

    • HSFC Handbook of Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (2015) Print (RE0120E) or eBook (RE0120ED)
    • Provider Bundle (RE7160E) Includes Provider Manual & ECC Handbook


For registration of a PEARS Course please complete the following steps:

    • Register for the PEARS Course.
    • Register with Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF).  Must have an HSF account. (Please do not create a duplicate account, if you have taken BLS Provider Course through Heart and Stroke then you already have an account. If you are having difficulties please contact rsc@hsf.ca or call 1-877-473-0333).
    • Proof of BLS Provider Completion within previous 12 months. (You will be required to present this at the start of your class).

Please Note:
If you do not provide documentation of HSF ID, BLS Completion, you will not be permitted to take the course.

Key Contacts

Carrie Mendolia
Administrative Assistant
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital for Sick Children
(416) 813-7654 ext. 228772