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Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) is a program created by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians to teach health care providers how to take care of sick children.[1]

Pediatric assessment triangle

The pediatric assessment triangle is one of the core components of the APLS instruction course. Assessment of a sick child is based on a quick examination of their appearance, breathing, and circulation.[2] The appearance is determined by an examination of tone, how interactive the child is, if they are consolable, their gaze, and the quality of their speech or cry.

Topics discussed

  • Pediatric Assessment
  • Pediatric Airway in Health and Disease
  • Shock
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Central Nervous System
  • Trauma
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Nontraumatic Surgical Emergencies
  • Nontraumatic Orthopedic Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Neonatal Emergencies
  • Procedural Sedation and Analgesia
  • Children With Special Health Care Needs

  • PALS Essentials
  • ED and Office Preparedness for Pediatric Emergencies
  • Metabolic Disease
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Toxicology
  • Interface With EMS
  • Disaster Management
  • Preparedness for Acts of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism
  • Ambulatory Orthopedics in the ED
  • Medical-Legal Considerations
  • Imaging Strategies and Considerations
  • Office Procedures
  • Critical Procedures

See also

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Air Postal Locator System (APLS)


Further reading