How Can I Use the APLS Materials?

Think of APLS as a "curriculum," as the "body of knowledge" in pediatric emergency medicine. Yes, it covers the initial recognition and treatment of respiratory distress and shock, but then it does so much more. It really is the "total package" of what you need to learn-and what you need to teach-about diagnosing and treating a wide variety of illness and injuries in pediatric patients.

Independent Study
If you do nothing more than purchase the student resource manual, APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, Fifth Edition, for your own personal review and study, you will learn from some of the best-known experts in pediatric emergency care-the authors and editors whose names you will recognize from across the United States and Canada. Read the chapters and assess your learning by answering the "Check Your Knowledge" questions at the end of each chapter.

Augmenting Emergency Medicine Education
For teachers, residency program directors and faculty, CME directors, and other physician educators-You do not have to conduct an "official" APLS Course to take advantage of the APLS teaching tools. Any physician, nurse, physician assistant, or allied health audience will benefit from APLS education. Do you need to teach your students, residents, or colleagues about pediatric airway management, cardiovascular disorders, or orthopedic emergencies? The materials are modular-you can pick one, two, three, or several topics from the curriculum, then present them using the presentations in either Lecture or Small Group Discussion format, and you can provide your students with a terrific student resource manual for their own continuing education. The Image Bank and Table Bank also allow you to customize and update your own presentations. The hands-on Skill Stations include step-by-step instructions, equipment lists, and student handouts. You will also find two 30-item multiple-choice exams on the ToolKit, and a bank of questions you can use to create your own exams.

APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, Fifth Edition is a valuable resource for pediatric residents in training. It covers a broad range of pediatric conditions and is case-based, which makes for more interesting, real-life learning. Many of the topics covered are among the requirements for residency education in pediatrics:

  • Acute episodic medical illnesses such as meningitis, sepsis, dehydration, pneumonia, diarrhea, renal failure, seizure, coma, hypotension, hypertension, and respiratory illness.
  • Problems associated with chronic disease such as diabetic ketoacidosis, status asthmaticus, status epilepticus, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, gastrointestinal, metabolic and neurologic disorders.
  • Over 90 step-by-step procedures such as endotracheal intubation, placement of I/O and IV lines, umbilical artery and vein catheter placement, thoracic procedures, conscious sedation and pain management, surgical airway techniques, wound care, suturing, splinting, and casting.

APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource and the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM are a complete teaching-and-learning system commonly used independently of the traditional APLS Course conducted for CME.

Traditional APLS Courses
First, some history-the first APLS Course was implemented in 1984 and a lot has changed since the AAP and ACEP began collaborating on the first edition of APLS. Through the years, the dedication and expertise of task force and committee members, editors, course directors, and instructors continually enriched the course and related materials.

One of the goals of the APLS Steering Committee is to provide APLS Course Directors with the freedom to make the choices that will best meet their needs. What is your preferred delivery format? What will work best for the size of your student group? You can decide whether to present a module as a Lecture or Small Group Discussion. How much time do you, your faculty, and your students have to spend in the classroom? You can follow the recommended 2-day schedule or you can design your own course using the APLS curriculum. You can even explore the new 1-day course option with prescribed self-study, designed to help reduce the time and expense of conducting a multi-day course in the classroom. Completion of either course entitles your students to receive an APLS Course Completion Card after fulfilling the requirements of the APLS Course Completion Examination. You can conduct APLS Courses for 10, 20, 50, 100 participants, as many students as your resources can support.