PCAR (Paediatric Care After Resuscitation) is the paediatric-specific version of the adult focused TCAR course, ideal for 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 hospitalised, 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 programme, rather than an advanced or specialty-specific course. Although nurses are PCAR’s largest audience, the information contained in this programme has proven useful to physiotherapists, paramedics, social workers, dieticians, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and others who interact with the hospitalised trauma patient.
An introduction to basic topics relevant to the care of the hospitalised paediatric trauma patient:
Learners participate in interactive expanding case scenarios that address the care of hospitalised paediatric 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 analysing cases of children with:
Each interactive expanding case scenario promotes critical thinking, knowledge synthesis, and clinical reasoning skills by inviting learners to:
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: