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 certificate 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