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Course Description

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescent, and young adults. The AAP produces several pediatric first aid courses. One of these courses is Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs). This course is designed for caregivers, teachers, and others who care for children.

The PedFACTs course focuses on what to do if a child in your care suddenly becomes ill or gets injured. After completing the course caregivers, teachers, and others will be better able to:

  • Apply the 4Cs of Pediatric First Aid to medical situations
  • Recognize an ill or injured child
  • Identify specific types of medical problems and give appropriate first aid care
  • Know when to call emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Know how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Understand what an automated external defibrillator (AED) does and how to use one
  • Know what to do when a child is choking
  • Give rescue medication for a breathing problem
  • Use an epinephrine auto-injector for a severe allergic reaction

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Course Format

The PedFACTs course is available as onsite course or a hybrid course.

Onsite Course
  • Students take an online pretest before the course.
  • Students attend a 4-hour classroom course.
  • All content is presented by a PedFACTs instructor.
  • Students take a written final examination.

Hybrid Course
  • Students take an online pretest before the course.
  • Students learn course content by self-directed online modules (about 2 hours).
  • Students take an online final examination.
  • Students attend a 2-hour classroom course for hands-on skills practice and instructor interaction.

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Course Requirements

To successfully complete the PedFACTs course, students must:

  • Print out and bring required online certificates to the course
  • Successfully complete the CPR and Choking Relief Skills Stations
  • Correctly answer 80% of the questions on the final examination

Students who successfully complete a course taught by a PedFACTs instructor are eligible to receive a PedFACTs Course Completion Certificate. Many students give their employers a copy of the course completion certificate for personnel records. The course completion certificate is valid for 2 years.

After the course, go to the PedFACTs website ( to complete a Course Evaluation Form. Your feedback is valuable and used to plan future PedFACTs updates and new courses.

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Preparing for the Course

Read the Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers, Second Edition Manual First

The most important thing that you can do to prepare for the course is to read and study the manual. The manual contains 18 PedFACTs topics. These topics include common first aid situations that one might encounter when caring for a child. It also includes what to do for some serious emergencies while waiting for medical care. All content presented in both the onsite course and hybrid course is discussed in detail in the manual. Read and study this material before attending the course or taking the online modules.

Print Out the Pretest Certificate (Onsite Students Only)

All students must take the pretest and print out the Pretest Certificate. Logon to the PedFACTs website at Redeem your unique access code. Then take the pretest. At the end of the pretest, you will be able to print out the Pretest Certificate. Bring this certificate with you to the course. Use the pretest to identify topics that you need to review from the manual prior to attending the onsite or hybrid course.

Print Out the Final Examination Certificate (Hybrid Students Only)

Hybrid students take the final examination online. After you have read the manual and taken the pretest, work through the 3 self-directed online modules. The content of each module is also discussed in detail in the manual. After completing the modules, take the online final examination. Print out the Final Examination Certificate. Bring this certificate with you to the course.

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