Damage Control Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery (DCOTS)
This practical two day course teaches the strategies and skills needed to manage severely injured patients with life-threatening musculoskeletal injuries, often in challenging and time-critical circumstances.
Using unembalmed cadavers, you will practice a range of techniques with an emphasis on rapid control of exsanguinating haemorrhage and resuscitation. Techniques include the use of external fixators, multiple limb fasciotomy and responses to ballistic injuries.
Led by an experienced faculty, by the end of this course will be able to perform damage control with major polytrauma trauma.
This course is supported by:
- 2 days
- 12.00 CPD Points
This course is suitable for: ST6-8, consultants, SAS grades and anyone working in trauma and orthopaedic surgery, trauma centres or working with patients with polytrauma.
If you are an SAS grade, we strongly recommended ensuring you have a valid ATLS certificate before taking this course.
After attending this course, you should be able to:
- Manage severely injured patients in difficult and time-critical circumstances
- Demonstrate knowledge in the resuscitation of the severely injured patient
- Safely practice state of the art techniques to establish haemostasis and perform damage control
- Perform primary surgical stabilisation of complex open fractures in cadaveric simulation
- Gain rapid vascular control in the actively bleeding patient in cadaveric simulation, both in terms of first aid and in actively assisting other members of the team
- Work effectively and efficiently in the trauma team with other specialists, such as general and vascular surgeons and anaesthetists
This course centres on practical workshops using unembalmed cadavers. There will also be a range of interactive seminars.
You will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:
- Surgical management of polytrauma
- Latest surgical techniques in managing life threatening musculoskeletal injuries
- Rapid control and resuscitation of exsanguinating haemorrhage
- Establishing haemostasis and damage control
Mapped to the ISCP syllabus and OCAP framework
The Damage Control Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery (DCOTS) course provides broad coverage of the ISCP T&O curriculum.
It also has strong links to the Orthopaedic Competence Assessment Project framework (OCAP).
10% discount on this course for RCS members
Members, Fellows and Associates benefit from a 10% discount on this course when held at our Education Centre in London.
Your discount will be applied automatically when booking.
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