The European Resuscitation Council's paediatric life support course 'Advanced Paediatric Life Support'

Resuscitation. 2000 Nov;47(3):329-34. doi: 10.1016/s0300-9572(00)00323-3.


The poor outcome for resuscitation from cardiopulmonary arrest in childhood is widely recognised. The European Resuscitation Council has adopted the Advanced Paediatric Life Support course (originating in the UK and now available in a number of countries) as its course for providers caring for children. This paper outlines the course content and explains its remit, which is to reduce avoidable deaths in childhood by not only resuscitation from cardiac arrest but, more effectively, by recognising and treating in a timely and effective fashion life-threatening illness and injury in infants and children. Two related courses Paediatric Life Support, a less intense course for less advanced providers, and Pre-Hospital Paediatric Life Support for immediate care providers are also described.

MeSH terms

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support / education*
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support / standards
  • Child
  • Curriculum
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Quality Control
  • Resuscitation / education*
  • Resuscitation / standards
  • Teaching / methods
  • Workforce