Overview

The PedFACTs course is designed to help those who care for young children provide pediatric first aid to a child who suddenly becomes ill or injured.

All caregivers need to know what to do for minor injuries as well as for emergency situations. In this course, we use the term caregivers to include child care providers, teachers, school nurses, relatives, and others who care for children. Usually first aid involves simple, commonsense procedures. First aid is intended to keep the child’s medical condition from becoming worse. It does not take the place of proper medical treatment. In some situations caregivers may need to provide first aid until emergency medical services (EMS), a medical provider, or the parent/guardian assumes responsibility for the child’s medical care.

After participating in the PedFACTs course, students 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 EMS
  • Know how to do CPR
  • Know what to do when a child is choking
  • 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

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Course Format

PedFACTs courses are structured to meet the needs of students with different learning styles and scheduling demands. The PedFACTs course is available in two formats:

Onsite course—for students who prefer to learn course content by attending a traditional instructor-led classroom course

Hybrid course—for students who prefer to learn course content through self-directed online learning

Students from both course formats will attend class at a training facility for hands-on skill practice and skills evaluation. Onsite students should bring their pretest certificates with them to the course. Hybrid students should bring their final examination certificates with them to the course.


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Course Materials

The PedFACTs Course includes the following materials:



  • Instructor CD
  • Instructor DVD
  • PedFACTs Participant Manual

The Instructor CD contains the instructor manual, PowerPoint presentations for PedFACTs topics, selected PedFACTs algorithms, and other materials. The PedFACTs DVD contains all video needed for the course.


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Course Schedules


The PedFACTs course is available as an onsite course or hybrid course:

The onsite course is a 4-hour course, conducted entirely in the classroom. This course is taught by a PedFACTs instructor. It consists of Session 1 and Session 2.

The hybrid course is a combination of online learning, followed by hands-on practice in the classroom. Instead of attending Session 1 of the onsite course, students learn this material in self-directed online modules. After completing all of the online modules, students take the online final examination. Then students attend Session 2 of the course for hands-on practice and instructor interaction.

Onsite Course Schedule

Session 1

TopicsActivity TimeCourse Time
Introduction10 minutes10 minutes
Topic 1.What is Pediatric First Aid?10 minutes20 minutes
Topic 2. 4Cs of Pediatric First Aid10 minutes30 minutes
Topic 3. Difficulty Breathing10 minutes40 minutes
Topic 4. Loss of Responsiveness, Fainting, and Head Injuries10 minutes50 minutes
Topic 5. Seizures10 minutes60 minutes
Topic 6. Poisoning and Ingestions10 minutes1 hour 10 minutes
Topic 7. Controlling Infection, Bleeding, and Swelling10 minutes1 hour 20 minutes
Topic 8. Bone, Joint, and Muscle Injuries10 minutes1 hour 30 minutes
Topic 9. Eye Injuries10 minutes1 hour 40 minutes
Final Examination20 minutes2 hours
Wrap-up

Session 1: Total Instruction Time: 2 hours*

Session 2

TopicsActivity TimeCourse Time
Introduction5 minutes5 minutes
Skills Station:
Medication Administration
15 minutes20 minutes
Skills Station:
CPR and Choking Relief
60 minutes1 hour 20 minutes
Instructor chooses 2 Scenarios:
Allergic Reaction
Seizure
Unwitnessed Fall
40 minutes2 hours
Wrap-up

Session 2: Total Instruction and Practice Time: 2 hours*

Total Course Time: 4 hours*
*Total times do not include time for student registration before the course or breaks during the course.

Hybrid Course Schedule

Online Modules

TopicsEstimated Activity Time
Module 1. What is Pediatric First Aid?30 minutes
Module 2. Injuries 30 minutes
Module 3. Illnesses30 minutes
Online Final Examination 20 minutes

Online Module (estimated time): 1 hour 50 minutes

Session 2

TopicsActivity TimeCourse Time
Introduction5 minutes5 minutes
Skills Station:
Medication Administration
15 minutes20 minutes
Skills Station:
CPR and Choking Relief
60 minutes1 hour 20 minutes
Instructor chooses 2 Scenarios:
Allergic Reaction
Seizure
Unwitnessed Fall
40 minutes2 hours
Wrap-up

Session 2: Total Instruction and Practice Time: 2 hours*

Total Course Time: 4 hours*
*Total times do not include time for student registration before the course or breaks during the course.


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Course Completion Requirements

To earn an AAP PedFACTs course completion certificate, 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

Pretest and Final Examination Certificates

All students must go online, print out their certificates, and bring them to the course.


How Students Get Their Pretest and Final Examination Certificates
1Students logon to www.pedfactsonline.com.
2Each student will select a course from the list of courses taught by approved instructors and register. During the registration process, each student will choose a preferred course format: onsite or hybrid. Registration for a course requires an email address.
3Each student will locate the access code card in the front of the PedFACTs Participant Manual. The card has instructions for redeeming the unique code.
Onsite students
  • Take the pretest.
  • Print out the pretest certificate.

Hybrid students
  • Take the pretest.
  • Work through the 3 online modules.
  • Take the final examination.
  • Print out the final examination certificate.
4 Students must bring their certificates with them to the course.

Course completion certificates are sent by email after a student has successfully met all course requirements. Each student must provide an email address during the registration process to receive a course completion certificate.

CPR and Choking Relief Skills Stations

To successfully complete the course, each student must demonstrate competency in CPR and choking relief skills. The instructor will validate each student’s proficiency by individual testing using skills performance checklists. The following skills will be evaluated:


  • CPR for a Child/Adult Who is Unresponsive and Not Breathing
  • CPR for an Infant Who is Unresponsive and Not Breathing
  • First Aid for a Child With a Blocked Airway
  • First Aid for an Infant With a Blocked Airway

Final Examination

A student must pass the final examination to successfully complete the course. The final examination is an important part of determining whether students have mastered the material and course objectives. The exam has 30 questions. The minimum passing score is 80%. Students must answer 24 questions correctly to receive a passing score.

The exam is administered as follows:

Onsite—Students take the exam at the end of Session 1, and the instructor grades them.

Hybrid—Students take the exam online after they have completed all online modules.

The PedFACTs instructor is responsible for the security of the exams. Students in a PedFACTs course should not be permitted to leave the classroom with a copy of a PedFACTs exam or answer sheet.


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