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Old 03-01-2014, 12:21 PM   #1
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PALS testing... anyone take this?

If you have taken the PALS test recently, do you have any helpful hints?

I know to memorize the algorithms and learn the meds, any other hints?

How is the testing? Other than the megacode and the written test/rhythm strip test is there other testing?

Do they still do the station testing... CPR, Shock treatment, airway, etc or is it all combined into the megacode?

anything that I should put particular emphasis on studying?
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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If you have taken the PALS test recently, do you have any helpful hints?

I know to memorize the algorithms and learn the meds, any other hints?

How is the testing? Other than the megacode and the written test/rhythm strip test is there other testing?

Do they still do the station testing... CPR, Shock treatment, airway, etc or is it all combined into the megacode?

anything that I should put particular emphasis on studying?
Im due to take mine again in March.
Have u ever taken the test?

Last time I took it as well as ACLS has done away with the megacode.
Thank goodness! That stressed me out more than anything.

We did stations then took a written test at the end.

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Old 03-01-2014, 06:43 PM   #3
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I've never taken it and we still have to do Megacode for ACLS and PALS
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My DH is a PALS instructor (along with several other 'letter' classes), and I think they do written, stations and the megacode. Not sure if the stations are part of the test or just the class requirement. I am not medical/EMS and can't keep it all straight.

Good luck to both of you with your classes!
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I took PALS in December, ACLS in February - both have the written test and megacode. For PALS we had "teaching stations" for IO information, airway info and we each inserted a nasal and oral airway but it was not a testing situation. We reviewed the Broslow tape and talked as a small group about scenerios and lastly we were checked off on infant and child CPR. The second day was the written test and megacode.

ACLS was pretty much the same since it was run by the same people - airway teaching station, adult CPR/defib checkoff and rhythm/drug practice on day one, day two was written test and megacode working as a team.

Every course is different in the way its run but the basics are similar. I have taken both courses where the megacodes were done as a group without any equipment, as a team with a mannikin/code cart etc with everyone going thru all the roles until every one had been a team leader and I have done testing alone until "a code" occurs and others come in to help me! I will say that compared to the "old days" the courses are much less stressful now! I go back to when there were about 6-7 testing stations, a rhythm test and a written test.

Read your provider manual, do the precourse test and repeat it a few times, look online for some free practice tests, and look at the various algorhythms but most importantly...DON'T stress out over either of the courses! Ask questions, pay attention to the videos you will be shown and you will do fine.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:54 PM   #6
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thanks for the helpful info! I've been reading the materials, memorizing, and am now ready for the practice tests to see what I should study more. Can't help stressing out though... it is in my nature!
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