The PALS 2022 Drug Doses Chart: What You Need to Know

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The PALS 2022 Drug Doses Chart: What You Need to Know

Introduction: What is the PALS 2022 Doses Chart?

The PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) drug doses chart is a tool that provides guidelines for the appropriate drug dosing for children and infants in case of a cardiac emergency. The American Heart Association (AHA) provided updated recommendations for these protocols for PALS providers in early 2020, and they extend into today.

Although delivery of high-quality CPR and early defibrillation are the first priorities during cardiac arrest, PALS providers will likely also administer life-saving medications and fluids during a rescue attempt. Medications used in PALS must be administered according to type, indications, dose, and route of administration (IV, IO or ET tube). The PALS drug doses chart provides this information at-a-glance for providers working in an emergency situation, but should be studied in advance by providers who are regularly involved in emergency resuscitation events.

You can read up on common drugs used in PALS to treat cardiac arrest, such as atropine, by searching “PALS” in our blog.

What are the Key Changes and Implications of the New Updated Pediatric PALS Protocol?

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Some of the updated AHA pediatric PALS protocols include recommendations in the following areas:

  • Updates on weight-based dosing of resuscitation medications
  • Updates on Epinephrine administration and drug routes
  • Important updated recommendations on the use of sodium bicarbonate and calcium in pediatric cardiac arrest

plus more recommendations, retired practices and information that is critical for all PALS providers to know and recall rapidly when handling pediatric emergencies. These changes are publicly available in the AHA’s PALS guidelines updates on their website. However, the research is quite comprehensive, and it is often more feasible for healthcare workers to obtain this information through a learning course, as provided by a qualified AHA-compliant training organization.

You can also read more about the most recent ACLS drug doses chart in this article.

It’s Time to Prepare for the New Dosing Changes by Re-certifying (or Certifying) in Pediatric Advanced Life Support

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The new dosing changes in the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course are applicable to all healthcare providers who care for children and infants. To prepare for these changes, it is imperative that all pediatric healthcare providers re-certify or certify in the PALS course.

Medical ProCerts has created an AHA-compliant PALS certification course and exam that is taken entirely online. The course materials include up-to-date algorithms, dosing chart, study materials, instructional videos and practice tests — all to help you prepare for the final exam. The exam is also online, and a successful completion means you are immediately issued your PALS certification provider card!

Sign up and get certified today!

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