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Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Trauma Education

Advanced Trauma Life Support

The right care at the right time

Advanced Trauma Life Support

Trauma Doesn’t Wait

Every minute counts in trauma care. This is why Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) provides a method for immediate management of injured patients. The approach is systematic and concise as well as safe and reliable. First introduced in 1980, ATLS has now been taught to more than 1 million doctors in more than 80 countries around the world.

ATLS At-a-Glance

Need

  • Injury is precipitous and indiscriminate
  • The doctor who first attends to the injured patient has the greatest opportunity to impact outcome
  • The price of injury is excessive in dollars as well as human suffering

Program

  • CME program developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma
  • One safe, reliable method for assessing and initially managing the trauma patient
  • Revised every four years to keep abreast of changes

Benefits

  • An organized approach for evaluation and management of seriously injured patients
  • A foundation of common knowledge for all members of the trauma team
  • Applicable in both large urban centers and small rural emergency departments

Objectives

  • Assess the patient's condition rapidly and accurately
  • Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
  • Determine if the patient's needs exceed a facility's capabilities
  • Arrange appropriately for the patient's definitive care
  • Ensure that optimum care is provided

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Trauma Evaluation and Management (TEAM)

An introductory course for medical students, TEAM includes a three-segment, initial-assessment video demonstration; clinical trauma case scenarios for small group discussion; and skills sessions. Easily adapted to a medical school’s curriculum.

Questions?

If you have course-related questions, please view the Advanced Trauma Life Support FAQs.

If you have technical questions, contact learning@facs.org.