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Advanced Trauma Life Support

The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program can teach you a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient. ATLS was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and was first introduced in the US and abroad in 1980.  Its courses provide you with a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients.  The course teaches you how to assess a patient’s condition, resuscitate and stabilize him or her, and determine if his or her needs exceed a facility’s capacity. It also covers how to arrange for a patient’s inter-hospital transfer and assure that optimum care is provided throughout the process. If you don’t treat trauma patients frequently, an ATLS course provides an easy method to remember for evaluation and treatment of a trauma victim.

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Clinicians use the MyATLS app to access and use critical references and resources regarding trauma care—by the patient's bedside or in the field.

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Building a Team with ATLS

Dr. Kortbeek on ATLS Creates a Community

John Kortbeek, MD, FACS, FRCSC, discusses how the ACS Advanced Trauma Life Support course can effectively form teams and improve patient care around the world.