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migraine12

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migraine12 said:
What is the difference and which is better?
and for those of u in residency where are u and which one are u taking?
 

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Excellent question! I just assumed APLS was the new name for PALS until I read your question. The following website offers an excellent explanation of the differences though:

http://www.upstate.edu/emergency/medstar/apls_pals_comparison.pdf

And straight from the horse's mouth:
http://www.aplsonline.com/palsdif.cfm?opensection=3

In short, it appears the APLS is geared towards Emergency Physicians specifically, while PALS is more towards other specialties, paramedics, etc. On a side note, we took a BDLS course (Basic Disaster Life Support)yesterday. It was somewhat helpful, although a very long day....

And to answer the OP's other question: UT Houston takes APLS.
 

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We do APLS at Indiana. More accurately, we're in the process of doing it now. I had the same question until today when it was explained to us. Apparently ACEP and the AAP have taken the stance that the only people qualified to care for critically ill children are EPs and critical care peds folks, so they developed their own, "more etiology-based" program. I guess an analogy would be ACLS vs what you learn/do in EM and CC training.
 

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At Texas Tech we do APLS too, along w/ all the other required cert courses...acls, instructor, atls..etc...


Hawkeye Kid said:
We do APLS at Indiana. More accurately, we're in the process of doing it now. I had the same question until today when it was explained to us. Apparently ACEP and the AAP have taken the stance that the only people qualified to care for critically ill children are EPs and critical care peds folks, so they developed their own, "more etiology-based" program. I guess an analogy would be ACLS vs what you learn/do in EM and CC training.