PILS - Paediatric Immediate Life Support

The Resuscitation Council (UK) Paediatric Immediate Life Support (PILS) course was launched in 2007.

It was developed in response to a demand from healthcare professionals who may have to act as first responders and treat seriously ill children or children in cardiac arrest until the arrival of a cardiac arrest team/ambulance services.

Who is this course suitable for?

The PILS Course is appropriate for the following candidates: doctors, medical students (final year), nurses, health visitors, school nurses,  nursing students (final year), midwives, ODPs , cardiac technicians, resuscitation officers, physiotherapists, dentists, dental nurses, ambulance technicians/paramedics.

The PILS course addresses the needs of staff who need more advanced skills than those taught during basic life support (BLS), but who do not require the more comprehensive two-day European Paediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) course.

Learning outcomes

The PILS course teaches the knowledge and skills to:

  • understand the structured ABCDE approach that facilitates rapid recognition of seriously ill children;
  • provide appropriate initial treatment interventions to prevent cardiorespiratory arrest;
  • treat children in respiratory or cardiorespiratory arrest until the arrival of a resuscitation team or more experienced assistance;
  • promote active  membership of a paediatric resuscitation team.

Please contact Resuscitation Services on resesser@addenbrookes.nhs.uk for questions, booking and costing.

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