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Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider Programme


ATLS® 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.

ATLS course information designed to assist regional centre coordinators can be found here.

Information for ATLS Instructors

Information for ATLS providers with instructor potential

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Regional course dates and locations

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

Target Audience / Suitability

FY2, CT1-2 (ST1-2) and SAS Grades.

FY1 are not eligible to attend this course.

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Format

This is a highly-interactive course combining lectures, discussions, interactive tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios (moulage).

There are continual assessments throughout the course. Pre-course reading is essential to be able to participate fully in the course. Candidates receive the ATLS® manual.

Additional Information

ATLS course information designed to assist regional centre coordinators can be found here.

ATLS is a multidisciplinary course enabling a standardised language of trauma care across the specialties. Attendance at the course also exposes the candidate to a network of motivated colleagues with an enthusiasm for trauma management.

Delegate Feedback

‘This is a good course for junior trainees to get a handle on the issues related to the management of trauma. The ABCDE approach attaches logic and structure. For myself the orthopaedic aspects and x-ray interpretation stations were very useful as these have not been covered since I was at medical school.’

‘The faculty were wonderful at demystifying the intricacies of trauma life support and I feel the skills learnt on the course are ones I can definitely use in my everyday career, particularly when on call’