A systematic and consistent approach is essential for the effective assessment and resuscitation of a traumatized patient. ATLS® uses the “ABCDE” approach to define an orderly progression of evaluation and intervention.
Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
- Demonstrate concepts and principles of primary and secondary assessment.
- Establish management priorities, treating the greatest threat to life first.
- Initiate resuscitative measures needed for the emergent care of life-threatening and potentially life-threatening injuries.
- Demonstrate the practical skills used in the initial assessment and management of patients with multiple injuries.
The course consists of the following:
- Pre-course Test - completed online prior to the course.
- Interactive Discussions of Core Content.
- Practical Skill Stations.
- Triage Scenarios.
- Initial Assessment and Management Skill Stations (simulated patients).
- Post-course Test.
Successful completion of the course requires full attendance, passing grades in the skill stations and IA station and a post course test mark of 70% or higher. A verification card indicating successful completion of the course will be issued.
Overview of Core Content:
- Initial Assessment and Management
- Airway & Ventilatory Management
- Thoracic Trauma
- Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma
- Head Trauma
- Spine and Spinal Cord Trauma
- Musculoskeletal Trauma
- Thermal Injuries
- Pediatric Trauma
- Geriatric Trauma
- Trauma in Pregnancy & Intimate Partner Violence
- Transfer to Definitive Care
Practical Skill Stations:
- Basic and Advanced Airway
- Pediatric Airway and Cricothyrotomy
- Secondary Survey
- Initial Assessment Team Training
This is a 2-day course for any physician involved in the care of the trauma patient. Registration is limited.
VERIFICATION IN ATLS®:
The card verifying successful completion of the ATLS® course is valid for 4 years from the date of issue. Registrants will need to retake the course every 4 years to maintain their ATLS® verification status.
The treatment of seriously injured patients requires rapid and accurate assessment plus timely resuscitation.
The ATLS® course provides physicians with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage the trauma patient.