Life Support Programs

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Division of Life Support Programs works to advance science and research in pediatric life support and create and collaborate on innovative and life-saving products that support diverse audiences including healthcare providers in the hospital setting and developing world, pre-hospital professionals, and lay providers.

The Division of Life Support Programs manages the following programs:

Neonatal Resuscitation Program™ (NRP) TMT

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is an educational program jointly sponsored with the American Heart Association (AHA). The course has been designed to teach an evidence-based approach to resuscitation of the newborn to hospital staff who care for newborns at the time of delivery, including physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. Since the inception of the NRP in 1987, over 3 million individuals in the United States and a countless number of individuals abroad have been trained in NRP. The 6th Edition, released in 2011, is based on simulation methodology, enhancing development of critical leadership, communication and team work skills.

The NRP 6th Edition has been translated into the following languages:

If you are interested in utilizing one of these translations, or to request permission to translate into another language, contact lifesupport@aap.org.

The Spanish edition of NRP is available for purchase through the AAP Bookstore in the ebooks Web site.

The French Canadian translation is available through the Canadian Pediatric Society. For more information contact Jackie Millette at jackiem@cps.ca.

Helping Babies Breathe®

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is an evidence-based neonatal resuscitation initiative designed for training birth attendants in developing countries the essential skills of newborn resuscitation. It was developed on the premise that every baby deserves proper assessment at birth and simple newborn care. The initial steps taught in HBB can save lives and give an optimal start to babies who struggle to breathe at birth.

HBB is being implemented through a Global Development Alliance between the AAP, USAID, Save the Children, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Human Services, Laerdal Global Health, Johnson and Johnson, and Latter Day Saints Charities.

HBB has been translated into the following languages:

If you are interested in utilizing one of these translations, or to request permission to translate into another language, contact hbb@aap.org.

For more information on how to connect with existing HBB efforts or identify opportunities for training, please visit the Helping Babies Breathe Web site.

APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource™, 5th Edition

APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource is a continuing medical education program developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). APLS features an innovative modular curriculum designed to present the information physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals need to assess and care for critically ill and injured children during the first few hours in the emergency department or office-based setting.

APLS has been translated into the following languages:

Visit the APLS Web site for more information.

Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)™, 2nd Edition Revised

Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) represents a complete source of prehospital medical information for the emergent care of infants and children. Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, PEPP is an exciting curriculum designed specifically to teach prehospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children.

PEPP has been translated into the following languages:

If you are interested in utilizing one of these translations, or to request permission to translate into another language, contact lifesupport@aap.org.

For more information visit the PEPP Web site.

Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs)™

PedFACTs is a course designed to inform caregivers and teachers what they need to know and do when a child is injured or becomes suddenly and severely ill. Basic first aid principles are explained as well as how to access EMS. PedFACTs has been translated into the following languages:

If you are interested in utilizing one of these translations, or to request permission to translate into another language, contact lifesupport@aap.org.

For more information go to the PedFACTs Web site.