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PILS (Paediatric Immediate Life Support)

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 paediatric basic life support (pBLS), 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.

Course structure

The pILS course is run over one day and the course programme consists of one lecture, skill stations and simulation practice. 

Pre-course preparation

The manual is sent to candidates two weeks before the start of the course. Candidates are expected to have prepared for the course by reading the manual.

Course Documents

pILS programme (65KB)


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