Our Lady of Victory Hospital staff receive Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification
Eight 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:
- Deanne Gintner, R.N.
- Cindy Kroeplin, R.N.
- Deb Lewan, R.N.
- Stephanie Nichols, R.N.
- Casey Dorn, R.N.
- Jen Mincoff, R.N.
- Mary Chaplinski, R.N.
- Cindy Frese, R.N.
According to Roxie Green, Vice President of Clinical Services for OLVH, "Because they don't communicate like adults, sometimes when a child is ill, it can be more difficult to diagnose the problem. Our staff's PALS certification confirms that they will be able to recognize respiratory failure and shock and to identify risk factors for cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children, which should be a great comfort to area parents."
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.