Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS ®) Provider Programme is a multidisciplinary course enabling a standardised language of trauma care across the specialties. The aim of The ATLS® is to teach a simple systematic approach to the management of trauma patients through interactive tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios. Attendance at the course also exposes the candidate to a network of motivated colleagues with an enthusiasm for trauma management. The ATLS® course was developed by the American College of Surgeons and has now been adopted in over 60 countries worldwide.

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Content

ATLS® teaches a safe reliable method for immediate management of the injured trauma patient. ATLS® is a multidisciplinary course enabling a standardised language of trauma care across the specialties.

The ATLS® course covers a range of procedures and topics including:

  • Initial assessment and management
  • Airway and ventilatory management
  • Abdominal and pelvic shock
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Trauma – head, spine, musculoskeletal
  • Spinal Immobilisation
  • Secondary survey, head to toe exam, patient transfer
  • Spinal assessment/x-rays
  • Primary survey x-rays
  • Cricothyroidotomy/chest decompression/pericardiocentesis
  • Application of pelvic binder

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the concepts and principles of the primary and secondary patient assessments.
  • Establish management priorities in a trauma situation.
  • Initiate primary and secondary management necessary within the golden hour for the emergency management of acute life threatening conditions.
  • In a given simulated clinical and surgical skills practicum, demonstrate a range of skills, which are often required in the initial assessment and treatment of patients with multiple injuries