Pediatric Care After Resuscitation

PCAR Program Description

PCAR (Pediatric Care After Resuscitation) is the pediatric-specific version of the adult focused TCAR course, ideal for both nurses who occasionally or primarily care for injured children.

The PCAR course offers emergency, perioperative, critical care, acute care, and rehabilitation providers the foundational, evidence-based information and critical thinking skills necessary to address the needs of the hospitalized, injured child. PCAR does not focus on specific psychomotor skills, which vary greatly by practice location and practice level.

PCAR covers a wide range of pathophysiologic and patient care concepts and is designed to be a broad, core-level program, rather than an advanced or specialty-specific course. Although registered nurses are PCAR's primary audience, the information contained in this program has proven useful to physical therapists, paramedics, social workers, dietitians, respiratory therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, LVNs/LPNs, and others who interact with the injured child.

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Course Content

Part 1:

An introduction to basic topics relevant to the care of the hospitalized pediatric trauma patient:

  • The trauma care spectrum
  • The biomechanics of trauma
  • The body's response to injury

Part 2:

Learners participate in interactive expanding case scenarios that address the care of hospitalized pediatric patients with injuries to specific body systems. Each module introduces specific trauma care concepts including pathophysiology, patient assessment, and complications. Surgical, medical, and nursing management options and outcome criteria are introduced while analyzing cases of children with:

  • Thoracic injury
  • Abdominal injury
  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Craniocerebral injury
  • Spine and spinal cord injury

Each interactive expanding case scenario promotes critical thinking, knowledge synthesis, and clinical reasoning skills by inviting learners to:

  • Incorporate injury biomechanics information
  • Analyze clinical assessment data
  • Suggest appropriate care interventions
  • Identify individuals at risk for deterioration
  • Prevent, recognize, and manage complications
  • Understand current trends and issues in pediatric trauma patient care
  • Predict each child’s care trajectory
  • Set realistic goals and evaluate outcomes

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: