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ATLS Mobile App Captures Early Success

Mobile trauma services app now used in 116 countries

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CHICAGO (November 30, 2012): MyATLS, the mobile trauma services app developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT), ranked in the top 100 of all medical apps only a month after its September 29 debut.  MyATLS ranked as the 89th top grossing iPad application in the Apple store’s medical category and was also the 176th top grossing iPhone application in the same category during that time period.

To date, MyATLS has been downloaded in 116 countries, reaching some areas of the world—such as Morocco, the Philippines, and Turkey—where ATLS training content has previously never been available. The total number of current downloads is 8,885 for IOS and Android devices.

“The impact of MyATLS has been unquestionable, providing a first rate mobile ATLS reference tool for all providers of trauma care in both the rural and developing world setting, as well as in the busy emergency room. We’re very encouraged by the enthusiastic interest and positive feedback from over 8,000 IOS and Android users in over 100 countries and hope to see this demand continue to grow,” according to trauma surgeon Dr. George Brighton, Barnstaple, United Kingdom, a MyATLS content developer.

MyATLS content comes from the 9th edition of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Student Course Manual, just released September 29 in tandem with the app. “We look forward to seeing MyATLS play its key educational role as a companion for students on ATLS courses across the world, in line with the launch of the new 9th edition manual,” Dr. Brighton said. 

My ATLS marks the first time that physicians and first responders to emergency medical situations have access to a mobile app ready for use—at the patient’s bedside, in areas of the hospital with restricted internet access, or in the field—that provides up-to-date content from the Advanced Trauma Life Support Program (ATLS®) developed by the ACS COT. “MyATLS puts information needed by trauma practitioners at their fingertips,” explained trauma surgeon Karen Brasel, MD, FACS, ATLS Committee Chair, Milwaukee, WI. “It’s organized according to the familiar ATLS concepts and chapters, supplemented with several high quality videos demonstrating life-saving procedures. Helpful to both the novice and experienced provider, it allows proven ATLS concepts to be delivered beyond the traditional structure of an in-person ATLS course.”

The MyATLS mobile app further enhances the educational content and visual presentation of the printed version of its highly regarded ATLS manual. It can be downloaded by users in advance via the Web for use in the hospital or in the field. The app is native to the device on which it is downloaded, so users do not need Internet access to use the app in the field. It is available at no extra cost to all users who purchase the 9th edition course manual. It also is available for purchase as a stand-alone product via MyATLS.com.

The mobile app consists of interactive algorithms, calculators, animations, Just in Time videos demonstrating key skills, and features chapter summaries and key components of the 9th edition course manual, such as skill station guides.

By providing the ATLS course and maintaining its high quality, the COT offers a tool to help reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with trauma. The ATLS course teaches a set of established treatment methods using a systematic, concise approach to the early care of trauma patients. The ATLS program is the premier training course for the care of trauma patients. ATLS has become a mainstay in the trauma care community through the work of the ACS COT, which establishes guidelines for the care of injured patients.

“The impact of this app on surgical residency education worldwide is amazing—with favorable responses and constructive feedback—we feel this app is truly a game changer,” said vascular surgeon Wesam Abuznadah, MBChB, FRCSC, FACS, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a MyATLS content specialist, and ATLS National Educator.

For more information on ATLS, visit: http://www.facs.org/trauma/atls.

About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.

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