Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course

The Nairobi Surgical skills Centre is continuously aiming at fostering sustainable continuous education both to local and regional healthcare providers. This compares well with Operation Smile’s commitment to create training programs including the advanced PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) targeting nurses selected from healthcare facilities throughout the country. 


Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a healthcare provider course designed to aid the paediatric health care provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved patient outcomes.

The Nairobi Surgical skills Center added to its ever increasing list of academic activities the PALS course to its 2013 calendar. The course was successfully conducted at the facility from 24th- 25th June which saw a total of 12 participants certified as PALS providers. Participants were drawn from local medical organizations including Karen Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Agakhan Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, University of Nairobi, Thika District Hospital, and the United Nations.

 The course involved lectures, video-based presentations, a series of simulated pediatric emergencies, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. All the activities were conveniently carried in the dry lab section. 

The Course was facilitated by   Dr. Thomas DiDonna, Dr. Eric Kibet, and Diana Gathiga with technical assistance from the NSSC staff. 

The facility aims partnering with the operation smile in more training courses to create sustainable change within the medical sector.

By Priscilla Waitimu