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Advanced Trauma Life Support

Advanced Trauma Life Support

ADVANCED TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT

Some interns take the ATLS course

Some newly minted doctors have to take the ATLS course before internship. ATLS stands for Advanced Trauma Life Support.

For example, Surgery and Emergency Medicine residents have to take the exam before their intern year.

TOPICS

The ATLS course covers several topics you will need to know to manage trauma victims. The topics include:

  • Initial assessment and management
  • Airway and ventilatory management
  • Shock
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Abdominal and pelvic trauma
  • Head trauma
  • Spine and spinal cord trauma
  • Musculoskeletal trauma
  • Thermal injuries
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Geriatric trauma
  • Trauma in women
  • Transfer to definitive care
  • The ATLS book also includes summaries on: injury prevention, biomechanics of injury, trauma scores, sample trauma flow sheet, tetanus immunization, ocular trauma, military casualty care, trauma care in underdeveloped areas, trauma care following catastrophes, disaster management and emergency preparedness, triage scenarios

QUICK TIPS

Things to do before the course

  • Review the ATLS book
  • Complete the pretest
  • Review the case scenarios

Things to keep in mind

  • Please take the course seriously as some people end up failing it.
  • You cannot get access to the old exams because they are well guarded.
  • You must read ahead of time if you plan to pass the written exam at the end of the course.

 

ADVANCED TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Trauma Evaluation

– Primary survey

 – Airway

 – Breathing

 – Circulation

 – Disability

 – Exposure and Environmental control

 – Primary survey multiple choice questions

– Secondary survey

Chapter 2: Topics for surgeons in training

– Abdominal Compartment Syndrome

– Abdominal trauma

– Air embolism

– Aortic injury

– Bladder injuries

– Burns

– Cardiac Contusion

– Cardiac tamponade (Pericardial tamponade)

– Chest trauma

– Compartment Syndrome

– Cricothyroidotomy

– CT Scan Indication

– Diaphragmatic injuries

– Diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL)

– Duodenal Hematoma

– Emergency Department Thoracotomy (EDT)

– Esophageal perforation

– Exploratory laparotomy indications

– Facial trauma

– Femur Fractures

– Flail chest

– Falls

– Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST exam)

– Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)

– Head trauma

– Head trauma and ICP monitoring

– Hemothorax

– Hypotension

– Intubation

– Liver injuries

– Neck injury

– Hemorrhagic shock

– Liver Trauma, Liver Injury, Liver Lacerations

– Nutrition

– Pelvic Fracture

– Pneumothorax

– Posterior knee dislocations

– Pulmonary contusion

– Rib fractures

– Scalp laceration

– Spinal injuries (Cervical spine injuries)(Spinal fractures)

– Splenic Trauma

– Tracheostomy

– Transfusions

– Ureteral injuries

– Vascular injuries

 

Extras

– Most popular books

– Free access to our online question bank

 

 

ADVANCED TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT

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