PALS Practice Test
Planning on renewing your Pediatric Advanced Life Support card soon? Test your knowledge with our free PALS Practice Test provided below. The practice exam consists of 10 multiple-choice questions that are derived from the PALS provider handbook and adhere to the latest ILCOR and ECC guidelines.
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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Manual
PALS Introduction – Get a glimpse of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course. Familiarize yourself with the elements of the course, including guidelines and protocols according to the ILCOR to help children and infants.
PALS Resuscitation Team – Learn the importance of teamwork, communication, and roles and responsibilities of team leader and team members during resuscitation.
PALS Basic Life Support – Familiarize yourself with Basic Life Support (BLS) for children and infants. Learn about the set protocols for one-rescuer and two-rescuer BLS for both children and infants.
PALS BLS for Children (Age 1 to Puberty) – Get your hands on step-by-step procedures for one-rescuer and two-rescuer BLS for children.
PALS BLS for Infants (0 to 12 months old) – Learn about the major differences between BLS for children and BLS for infants. Additionally, get your hands on step-by-step procedures for one-rescuer and two-rescuer BLS for infants.
PALS Pediatric BLS Algorithm – Utilize a detailed infographic to further your knowledge about the pediatric BLS algorithm.
Normal Heart Anatomy and Physiology – By understanding the normal electrical function of the heart, it will be easier to understand abnormal functions.
PALS A Systematic Approach – Learn what to do when you find an unresponsive child. Access the algorithm for the systematic way of handling the situation.
PALS Initial Assessment: Diagnose and Treat – Become an expert in the Diagnose and Treat phase by following the ABCDE (airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure) protocol as part of your initial assessment. Further, familiarize yourself with neurological assessments including the AVPU (alert, voice, pain, unresponsive) Pediatric Response Scale and the Glasgow Coma Scale (GSC).
PALS Second Assessment: Diagnose and Treat– Become an expert in the second assessment of the Diagnose and Treat phase by following the acronym SPAM (Signs and symptoms, Past medical history, Allergies, Medications). Further, familiarize yourself with life-threatening issues that may interfere with perfusion and oxygenation during treatment.
PALS Life Threatening Issues – Determine if the patient is experiencing respiratory distress/arrest, bradycardia, tachycardia, shock or cardiac arrest.
PALS Intraosseous Access – Learn the step-by-step procedure with the given algorithm and video to perform intraosseous access.
PALS Bag-Mask Ventilation – Learn how and when to perform the two types of bag-mask ventilation: self-inflating mask and flow-inflating masks.
PALS Endotracheal Intubation – Learn the circumstances under which to use endotracheal intubation.
PALS Basic Airway Adjuncts – Learn the circumstances under which to use the following basic airway adjuncts: oropharyngeal airway (OPA), nasopharyngeal airway (NPA), and suctioning.
PALS Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Use – Learn the importance of and criteria for using an AED and the step-by-step procedure on how to use it in children and infants. Further, familiarize yourself with the 2020-2025 ILCOR guidelines for defibrillation and AED use.
PALS Pharmacological Tools – Refresh your memory on PALS medication. Review the provided table to reference information about pediatrics drug dosage, routes, and uses of common drugs.
PALS Resuscitation Tools – Learn to diagnose, treat, and facilitate care through various medical devices, including intraosseous access, bag-mask ventilation, endotracheal intubation, basic airway adjuncts, basic airway tech, and automated external defibrillator
PALS Basic Airway Technique – Learn the step-by-step procedures of inserting OPAs and NPAs as well as get some tips on suctioning.
PALS Recognize Respiratory Distress or Failure – Know how to recognize respiratory distress and failure through the given list of signs and symptoms. In addition, learn the causes of respiratory distress and failure in the pediatric population.
PALS Respond Respiratory Distress or Failure – Know how to respond to and manage respiratory distress and failure in children and infants. Further, learn about treatment for croup, foreign body, anaphylaxis, bronchiolitis, asthma, pneumonia, pneumonitis, pulmonary edema, overdose, and trauma.
PALS Recognize Bradycardia – Know how to recognize bradycardia, in particular the following types: sinus bradycardia, first degree AV block, type I second degree AV block (Mobitz I), type II second degree AV block (Mobitz II), and third degree AV block (complete).
PALS Respond to Bradycardia – Know how to respond to symptomatic bradycardia by checking the heart rate, performing the ABC survey, checking for signs and symptoms, providing drugs, and considering expert consultation in case drugs are unsuccessful.
PALS Bradycardia Algorithm – Utilize a detailed infographic to further your knowledge about the pediatric bradycardia with pulse/poor perfusion algorithm.
PALS Recognize Tachycardia – Know how to recognize tachycardia through the listed signs and symptoms and learn about several types of tachycardia, including sinus tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and ventricular tachycardia. Further, learn the differences between narrow and wide QRS complexes of tachyarrhythmia.
PALS Respond to Tachycardia – Know how to respond and manage tachyarrhythmia by assessing pulse and perfusion. Utilize a detailed infographic to further your knowledge about tachycardia.
PALS Recognize Shock – Learn the difference between compensated and uncompensated shock. Further, familiarize yourself with the types of shocks: hypovolemic, distributive (includes septic, anaphylactic, and neurogenic shocks), cardiogenic, and obstructive. Study the description, signs, and symptoms of the shocks to be able to recognize them.
PALS Respond to Shock – Know how to respond to the following shocks: hypovolemic, distributive (includes septic, anaphylactic, and neurogenic shocks), cardiogenic, and obstructive.
PALS Recognize Cardiac Arrest – Know how to recognize cardiac arrests by studying its reversible causes (the H’s and the T’s). Further, learn to recognize cardiopulmonary failure by assessing the ABCDE (airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure); and learn to recognize arrest rhythms such as asystole, pulseless electrical activity (PEA), ventricular fibrillation (VFiB), and pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VTach).
PALS Respond to Cardiac Arrest – Know how to respond to cardiac arrest in pediatrics. Utilize a detailed infographic to further your knowledge about the pediatric cardiac arrest algorithm.
PALS Post-Resuscitation Care – Learn to provide post-resuscitation care in case of a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). Study the post-resuscitation systematic approach to care for the following systems: respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, renal, gastrointestinal, and hematological.
PALS Post-Resuscitation Care Algorithm – Utilize a detailed infographic to further your knowledge about the pediatric post-resuscitation care algorithm.