Life Support

Life Support Programs

The Division of Life Support Programs works to advance science and research in pediatric life and create and collaborate on innovative and life-saving products that support diverse audiences in the first line of response.

  • APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource™

    APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource is a continuing medical education program developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). APLS features an innovative modular curriculum designed to present the information physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals need to assess and care for critically ill and injured children during the first few hours in the emergency department or office-based setting.

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program™ (NRP)™

    The Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP®) course conveys an evidence-based approach to care of the newborn at birth and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery. NRP utilizes a blended learning approach, which includes online testing, online case-based simulations, and hands-on case-based simulation/debriefing that focus on critical leadership, communication, and team-work skills.

  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)™

    Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) represents a complete source of prehospital medical information for the emergent care of infants and children. Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, PEPP is an exciting curriculum designed specifically to teach prehospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children.

  • Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs)™

    PedFACTs is a course designed to inform caregivers and teachers what they need to know and do when a child is injured or becomes suddenly and severely ill. Basic first aid principles are discussed as well as how to access EMS.

  • Helping Babies Breathe®

    Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)® is an evidence-based neonatal resuscitation course designed for training birth attendants in developing countries the essential skills of newborn resuscitation. It was developed on the premise that every baby deserves proper assessment at birth and simple newborn care. The initial steps taught in HBB can save lives and give a much better start to many babies who struggle to breathe at birth.


    The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) provides a forum for principal international resuscitation organizations. Its mission is to identify and conduct a rigorous evidence-based review of science to educational methodology, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) and then to generate a consensus on science treatment recommendations.

  • Simulation Resources

    Simulation training affords the opportunity for realistic, interactive educational experiences, while simultaneously fostering healthcare team communication and improving patient care. The Academy, in an alliance with Laerdal Medical, has developed high and low fidelity pediatric simulators and scenarios that compliment the learning objectives of pediatric life support curriculum and help improve technique, communication and team work skills. With the advent of advanced simulator technology, physicians can now become competent performing procedures they would otherwise rarely encounter, such as umbilical vein catheterization, or needle decompression of a tension pneumothorax. Thereby, errors in technique or judgment become teachable moments rather than incidents of patient morbidity and mortality.

  • First Aid for Families™

    The ability to provide basic care for an injured or ill child is essential information that every parent or guardian should have. First Aid for Families: A Parent’s Guide to Safe and Healthy Kids provides vital first aid information on a range of common childhood illnesses and emergencies.

  • BLAST!™

    BLAST! (Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training) is a course for potential babysitters and parents considering hiring a babysitter. The BLAST! course is exciting and interactive, providing extensive training in pediatric first aid, household safety, and the fundamentals of childcare.

  • CPR Anytime™

    The Infant CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program is a self-directed learning product that allows families, friends, grandparents, siblings, and others caring for infants to learn the core skills of infant CPR and relief of choking in just 22 minutes.