The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course is an American College of Surgeons programme developed by clinicians and educators to teach the principles of early trauma management. It is an intensive course intended to teach a simple, systematic approach to the management of trauma patients through interactive tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios.
ATLS® is a highly-interactive course combining lectures, discussions, interactive tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios (moulage). There are continual assessments throughout the course.
ATLS® is taught by clinicians who are experienced in trauma care and who have themselves undergone the course and a special educational course to optimise their teaching skills. Each student will have the benefit of a mentor and the faculty will be present throughout the course to help with any queries.
An ATLS® provider card is awarded on successful completion, which is valid for four years.
National Director, ATLS Ireland
- Mr Fergal Hickey MB BCh NUI, Consultant in Emergency Medicine