Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) is a nationally recognized course offered through the American College of Surgeons. The course teaches a systematic approach of assessment, intervention and evaluation in caring for the acutely ill trauma patient. ATLS instructs physicians to assess, intervene and evaluate treatments of the trauma patients they will care for. Surgical and trauma residents are required to attend the course as they enter residency for an initial education on what types of patients they will be expected to treat. It is an expectation of emergency physicians to be ATLS certified. The need for the program and for sustained, aggressive efforts to prevent injuries is as great now as it has ever been, and to ensuring our physicians and residents are treating patients with the newest information will ensure better outcomes for our patients.
This course is intended for Continuing Education Credit (CME/ONA).
The ATLS course emphasizes the rapid initial assessment and primary treatment of injured patients, starting at the time of injury and continuing through initial assessment, lifesaving intervention, reevaluation, stabilization, and, when needed, transfer to a trauma center. The course consists of precourse and post course tests, core content lectures, and interactive case, presentations, discussions, development of lifesaving skills, practical laboratory experiences, and a final performance proficiency evaluation. Upon completion of the course, participants should feel confident in implementing the skills taught in the ATLS course.
The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course provides its participants with a safe and reliable method for the immediate treatment of injured patients and the basic knowledge necessary to:
Upon completion of the ATLS student course, the participant will be able to:
Currently there is no repeat assessment performed. The certification is good for four years, at which time the participant may renew the certification at a 1/2 day refresher class. Students who do not successfully complete either or both of these phases of the course, the written posttest and the Initial Assessment Skills test, should be given the opportunity to retest at the course, time permitting. If time does not allow for retesting, the student has 3 months in which to complete the remedial testing.
Outcome measures will be monitored by how well they are able to pass the post course exam as well as how well they perform in the case scenario, with the provided assessment tool.
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