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Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course


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Advanced Paediatric Life Support


  • The APLS course provides the knowledge and skills necessary for recognition and effective treatment and stabilisation of children with life threatening emergencies, using a structured, sequential approach.
  • The seriously ill and or injured child needs to be treated as an individual; there are four key differences that determine treatment: weight, anatomy, physiology, and psychology.
  • The structured approach focuses the clinician on resuscitation, emergency treatment followed by continual stabilisation and then transfer to a definitive care environment.
  • APLS aims to teach, practice and test the acquisition and use of these technical skills. In addition, the human factors that generate the highest quality and safest health care provision are considered.

Candidate criteria and eligibility

This advanced paediatric life support programme is for those from:

  • A medical, nursing, ECP, ODP or RTO background
  • Physician’s Assistants for which APLS is relevant to their working practice.
  • RTOs from any background who work in a paediatric hospital are eligible to take the programme. However, RTOs who work in a non-paediatric hospital, with any other background to those already listed, can send an application to the Working Group detailing their paediatric practice and each of these cases will be considered individually. The Working Group also recommend that nurses are senior staff nurses and above.
  • Experienced level 5 staff nurses
Assessment and certification

Assessment takes place continuously throughout the course. If you are successful, APLS certification is valid for four years and includes access to our VLE and a paediatric e-Library.

Recertification options

Either undertake an ALSG-approved 1-day recertification course within six months of expiry, or repeat the full ALSG APLS course.

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