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Broselow Tape is a complete system used by healthcare providers in critical situations with pediatric patients. Paramedics, nurses, doctors, and others who treat infants and children are trained on how to use the tape. The use of Broselow tape is also covered in the American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Class.

Broselow Tape is a color coded system that helps clinicians decide what doses of medications to administer and what size medical equipment is needed. These recommendations are based an the infant or child’s estimated height and weight. The color coded system is present on the actual tape along with all of the charts and other medical material that comes in the complete system. The American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support ( PALS ) class teaches healthcare providers how to treat and manage different clinical emergencies.



Clinicians learn how to handle respiratory distress, shock, respiratory failure, and cardiopulmonary arrest cases. Learning how to use Broselow tape is key in this critical situations. If a child goes into shock the Broselow tape is rolled out flat parallel next to the child. There is a red arrow at the top of the tape with a line below it. The child or infant’s head should be lined up there. Then you make sure the patient’s knees are not bent and feet are at a 90 degree angle. Once the patient is lined up correctly with the tape the healthcare provider helping the child can look at the color coded areas directly below the feet. This information will help them decide how to treat based on the estimated height and weight of the child.

Broselow tape has been used in the clinical setting now for over 12 years. It has been sited in several medical journals and research reports as being accurate in determining treatment. If you are a healthcare provider who works in critical care or with the pediatric population you should be certified in PALS and familiar with how the Broselow tape color coded system works.

In St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas CPR St. Louis is offering one day PALS certification class and a PALS re-certification class. The American Heart Association instructors at CPR St. Louis are friendly and make sure each and every student has a stress free learning experience. CPR St. Louis serves healthcare providers in Missouri and in Illinois. Visit their website today at CPR classes in St. Louis or you can call their office anytime at 314.662.3670.


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