• Fact Sheet
  • June 27, 2019

Caring for the Pediatric Patient in Shock - PLS Detail Course


Shock is a complex process characterized by decreased tissue perfusion resulting in an inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells. Many hospitalized children may be at risk for developing shock. Because children have strong compensatory mechanisms, hypotension is often a late and ominous sign of shock. Consequently, clinicians must be able to recognize the pediatric patient at risk for development of shock, differentiate the various types of shock and their associated clinical indicators, and utilize current clinical guidelines to manage the identified shock state.

Key Features: 

  • Scenarios and knowledge checks throughout
  • Coverage of septic shock


  • Recognize and differentiate obstructive, cardiogenic, hypovolemic and distributive shock.
  • Explain the management strategies for each type of shock.
  • Follow the pediatric-specific national guidelines for septic shock management.

Quick Facts:  

  • 0.6 of CNE available
  • 41 minutes to complete
  • Appropriate for clinicians working in critical care settings
  • This is an Introductory PICU course

NOTE: This course is only available to staff at PLS Participating Hospitals through their Learning Management Systems. If you are interested, please check with your organization’s learning staff or contact Patty Kohn to learn more.