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Simulation & Outreach Program

Welcome to the Simulation and Outreach Program. The purpose of this program is to support excellence in simulation-based education and research at McMaster Children’s Hospital and in the surrounding region.

Learn more about our courses below.

Contact Us:

905-521-2100, ext 73378

CPR Training for Families - HeartSaver® CPR AED

McMaster Children’s Hospital is pleased to support parents, family members, and caregivers with CPR training in order to prepare for the unexpected emergency, whether at home or in the community. We offer the Heartsaver® CPR AED course, developed and fully accredited by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

The Heartsaver® CPR AED course focuses on developing life-saving techniques that may be needed during an unexpected emergency. During this course, participants will learn how to perform high-quality CPR and how to respond to choking emergencies. Participants will also learn how to use an Automated External Defibrillator effectively. The course is approximately 4 hours long.

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Basic Life Support (BLS)

Guided by the Heart & Stroke’s 2020 Guidelines, The Basic Life Support (BLS) program offers an engaging and interactive hands-on learning experience. You will learn single and multi-rescuer basic life support skills, focusing on high-quality CPR and team dynamics in a wide variety of settings.

BLS is a prerequisite for advanced resuscitation courses and many healthcare-related training programs. Current certification is often required for employment in the healthcare field.

The BLS course is ideal for healthcare professionals and trained first responders.

We offer both the BLS Provider and the BLS Renewal Courses.

Upon successfully completing the course, participants are eligible for a BLS Provider certificate from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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Course Materials

Mandatory BLS Renewal Prerequisites

Fundamentals of Tracheostomy Care

This full-day course provides community-based health care providers with up-to-date knowledge and essential skills regarding tracheostomy management and care. Emphasizing a hands-on approach, course participants will develop skill and gain confidence in providing safe and effective care of the patient with tracheostomy, as well as practice in responding to emergency situations. This course addresses the needs of infants, children, and adults, and includes a combination of didactic lessons, skills stations, and simulation-based learning.

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Course Manual 

Management of Ventilation for Patients in the Community

Building on the knowledge and skills from the Fundamentals of Tracheostomy Care course, this full-day course aims to provide home health care providers with up-to-date knowledge and skills regarding community-based invasive and non-invasive ventilatory support. This course will cover ventilatory support of infants, children and adults, and will address essential care considerations for those who are medically fragile and technology dependent.

Course Prerequisite: Completion of Fundamentals of Tracheostomy Care course within the past 2 years.

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Course Manual 

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program is an educational program that introduces the concepts and skills of neonatal resuscitation.

During our NRP courses, participants learn and work together as members of a neonatal resuscitation team.

Training in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program is a three-step process including:

(1) A self-directed learning component,
(2) Successful completion of an on-line knowledge exam, and
(3) Attendance at a day-long classroom session for hands-on skill development, practice, and testing.

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NRP Course Materials
Mandatory Online Exam

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Program is an advanced course for health professionals that focuses on a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, high-quality basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics.

During our PALS courses, participants learn and work together as members of a pediatric resuscitation team.

Upon successful completion, course participants are eligible for PALS Provider status from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Our PALS courses include BLS Provider certification, at no additional charge.

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Course Materials
Mandatory PALS Pre-course Assessment

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

PEARS is a 1-day interactive and hands-on course developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. The PEARS Provider course helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and initial stabilization of seriously ill infants and children. After meeting the course prerequisites and successfully completing this course, participants are eligible for official PEARS Provider status through the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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