Jargon Buster - Diploma in advanced trauma life support

WHAT IS IT?

The diploma in advanced trauma life support has been developed by the American College of Surgeons. It teaches a simple systematic approach to the management of trauma patients and how to treat the most life-threatening injuries.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

The course lasts two and a half days and is a mixture of lectures, scenarios and practical demonstrations. There is a 45-minute multiple choice paper and a simulated trauma scenario.

HOW USEFUL IS IT?

The skills learnt during the course will came in handy when attending emergencies, either in the surgery or outside your practice. It will also come in handy if you ever provide medical cover at an event, for example during a football match.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

www.facs.org/trauma/atls/information.html

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