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History of APLS

In the late 1970s, Martha Bushore-Fallis, MD was working with Jerry Foster, MD at the Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio to find other physicians who were providing emergency care to children, in an effort to establish dialogue, share concerns, and set some goals. From their efforts evolved the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Emergency Medicine. And when Dr. Bushore-Fallis became the Chair of the Section, the pursuit of a course for physicians in this "new" field of pediatric emergency medicine became her mission-and her passion.

Armed with a concept, but no endorsement and no funding, not to mention a lack of accepted clinical guidelines for many critical conditions, Dr. Bushore-Fallis and several colleagues began working on a manual based on the courses they had been teaching for several years. When all of the chapters were finished, and with a bit of grant money, the books were printed and bound. She then presented them to the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Hospital Care for its endorsement. Eventually, the course was approved by the AAP and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

In 1983, pediatric life support education evolved into two groups. One group became the forerunner of the American Heart Association Subcommittee on Pediatric Resuscitation, focusing on pediatric resuscitation, and the development of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course (PALS). The other-"the rest of us, established as the critical condition recognition and stabilization group," according to Dr. Bushore-Fallis-was the forerunner of the Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) Joint Task Force, now the APLS Steering Committee, responsible for the development of the APLS program.

The first APLS course was implemented in 1984. Five years and thousands of hours of development work later, the first edition of the APLS course student manual was published by the AAP and ACEP. Dr. Martha Bushore-Fallis, along with Gary Fleisher, MD, James Seidel, MD, and David Wagner, MD, were the editorial board for the original edition. The first edition was published in 1989, a second edition in 1993, and a third edition in 1998, all guided by the APLS Joint Task Force, and all built on the foundation laid by Dr, Brushore-Fallis and her colleagues.

APLS Steering Committee



Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FAAP, FACEP
David Geffen School of Medicine
Director, EMS and Ped Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
Torrance CA

Michael Gerardi, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Morristown Memorial Hospital
Department of Emergency Medicine
Morristown, NJ

Brent R. King, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Houston, TX


Susan Fuchs, MD, FAAP, FACEP
2741B N Janssen
Chicago, IL

Stephen R. Karl, MD, FAAP, FACS
Department of Surgery
University of South Dakota School of Medicine
Sioux Falls, SD

Loren Yamamoto, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP, FACEP
Department of Pediatrics
John Burns School of Medicine
Honolulu, HI


Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
Francois P Belanger, MD, FRCP(C)
(Pediatric Director, CAEP)
Division Head, Emergency Department
Alberta Children's Hospital
Calgary, AB, Canada T2T 5C7

Canadian Pediatric Society
Anna Jarvis, MB,BS, FAAP, FRCP(C)
Director of Emergency Services
Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON, Canada


Jones and Bartlett Publishers
Kimberly Brophy
40 Tall Pine Drive
Sudbury, MA 01776


Marta Foster
Director and Senior Editor
Educational and Professional Publications
PHONE: 800-798-1822, ext.3255
EMAIL: mfoster@acep.org

Tom Werlinich
Associate Executive Director
Educational and Professional Products Division
PHONE: 800-798-1822, ext. 3250
EMAIL: twerlinich@acep.org

Mary Ostrowski
Publications Assistant
PHONE: 800-798-1822, ext 3251
EMAIL: mostrowski@acep.org

Ginger Westbrook
CME Approval Coordinator
PHONE: 800-798-1822, ext 3292
EMAIL: gwestbrook@acep.org

American College of Emergency Physicians
1125 Executive Circle
Irving, TX 75038-2522

PO Box 619911
Dallas, TX 75261-9911
FAX: 972-580-2816


Eileen Schoen
Manager, Life Support Programs
PHONE: 800-433-9016, ext 4340
EMAIL: eschoen@aap.org

Wendy Simon, MA
Director, Division of Life Support Programs
PHONE: 800-433-9016, ext 7659
EMAIL: wsimon@aap.org

Tina Patel
Life Support Assistant
PHONE: 800-433-9016, ext 4795
EMAIL: tpatel@aap.org

American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Blvd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

PO Box 927
Elk Grove Village, IL 60009-0927
FAX: 847-228-1350


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