Our Lady of Victory Hospital Staff Receive Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification

Four registered nurses at Our Lady of Victory Hospital recently received their Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification. The nurses, who frequently work in the emergency room, are:

  • Jessica Schwark, RN
  • Jen Kuester, RN
  • Barb Lato, RN
  • Scott Turenne, RN

According to Cindy Eichman, president of OLVH, “We are very proud of these RNs as they join other clinicians and physicians who are making an ongoing commitment to receiving excellent training and providing life saving skills in the area of emergency medicine.”

The American Heart Association helps design the certification exam, and provides training for healthcare professionals in pediatric life support. According to the AHA, “The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.”

People who typically receive PALS certification include pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies.

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