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Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs, 2nd Ed) What’s New?

Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs, 2nd Ed) What’s New?

Have you ever taken the Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs) workshop? The 2nd edition course content has excellent updated information provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP.) The PedFACTs course meets PA Facility Licensing Regulations and Keystone STARS requirements. In addition to updated content, the procedures for using PedFACTs have changed. You can no longer use the PedFACTs, 1st Edition content and procedures to take the course.

You can still take a 4-hour in-person PedFACTs workshop course. Now, you have a new option. You can take a “hybrid” course with two components. The first is entirely online. It consists of three self-directed modules and a final exam. The second component is a 2-hour in-person session. You can use either option for your first PedFACTs course, or to renew any previous pediatric first aid certification. Successful completion of the online component generates a Final Examination Certificate. Both the onsite and hybrid courses include an instructor-led hands-on station to practice CPR and management of choking on manikins.

The procedures for any PedFACTs course are:

Register at the PedFACTs website: www.pedfactsonline.com. This is a new step. Each person must register. On the registration pages, select a course by location or instructor. Choose the type of course as either onsite or “hybrid”. If more than one person is taking the course at the same time and same place, be sure to select the same instructor for everyone. After the registration is complete on the PedFACTs website, the instructor will send an e-mail to the registrant’s e-mail address to confirm the registration and give additional instructions.

Purchase a PedFACTs Participant Manual and Access Code: Each facility should purchase at least one copy of the PedFACTs Participant Manual. The manual costs $18.95 and includes one access code. Each person must have an access code to take the course. Separate access codes cost $5.95. They are valid for one year. The fee for the access code covers the online registration, online evaluation and Course Completion Certificate. It is in addition to any instructor fee set by the PedFACTs instructor, or by an organization such as a Regional Key that provides the instructor. Purchase the PedFACTs manuals and separate access codes on the Jones and Bartlett Learning (J&B) website or call J&B at 800-832-0034. To locate the course materials on the J&B website, enter PedFACTs in the search box.

Take the Pretest: Go to the PedFACTs website. Each person must take the online PedFACTs pretest. Redeem the access code found in the front of each PedFACTs Participant Manual or one that you purchased separately. Create a user name and password. Take the pretest, and then print the Pretest Certificate. Bring the Pretest Certificate to the in-person PedFACTs workshop for the 4-hour all in-person or the 2-hour hybrid course. Users of the hybrid course must bring their Final Examination Certificate to show successful completion of the online component.

After successful completion of either the 4 hour or the hybrid PedFACTs course, students will receive a PedFACTs Course Completion Certificate. It will be sent to the email address the student provided when registering at the PedFACTs website. PedFACTs no longer provides wallet cards. The AAP Course Completion Certificate states it is valid for two years. Pennsylvania received permission from the AAP to allow a 3 year renewal period to be valid, the maximum allowed for facility persons according to Pennsylvania’s child care regulations.

If you have questions regarding the PedFACTs course, materials or other issues, contact the Division of Life Support programs at the American Academy of Pediatrics: 800-433-9016 x 4798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..