Pre-Hospital Paediatric Life Support (PHPLS)

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Knowledge and Practical Procedures

The PHPLS course is delivered by BASICS Scotland and accredited by ALSG. It provides the knowledge and practical procedures necessary for assessment and effective treatment of childhood emergencies prior to hospital admission.

The focus

The focus is on situations such as major injury or life-threatening acute illnesses and how prompt recognition and immediate effective treatment improves the survival rates of these children. The course looks at how these seriously ill and/or injured children need to be treated considering the four key differences that determine treatment:

  • Weight
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology

The course shows

  • The use and importance of a structured approach to assessment
  • Triage skills
  • How to recognise and effectively manage the treatment of a seriously ill and/or injured child
  • Appropriate life-saving treatments
  • How to assess the most appropriate form of transportation
  • The ASHICE format for pre-hospital communication (age, sex, history, injuries/illness, current condition, expected time and mode of arrival at an ECD)

PHPLS curriculum and key information

The programme comprises of 12 online e-modules followed by a 2.5-day face-to-face course.

E-module topics:

  • Recognition and management of the seriously ill child
  • Airway and breathing
  • Packaging and transport
  • Recognition and management of the seriously injured child
  • Chronic conditions
  • Child and the law
  • Pain
  • Special circumstances
  • Dealing with major incidents
  • Child with breathing difficulties
  • Shock
  • Child with convulsions and decreased conscious level

Face-to-face course:

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Skill stations/workshops
  • Simulations
  • Interactive sessions

Assessment and certification

Assessment is continuous and takes place throughout the 2.5- day course. If you are successful, PHPLS certification is valid for four years and includes access to ALSG’s VLE.

Candidate criteria and eligibility

The Pre-Hospital Paediatric Life Support programme’s objective is to improve the emergency care of children, concentrating on the initial critical minutes prior to arriving at hospital and is suitable for those from the following backgrounds:

  • Medical
  • Paramedic
  • Nursing


Either complete the PHPLS assessment sessions, or repeat the full PHPLS course.


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