Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)


The History of ATLS

The Tulane Trauma Education Institute (TTEI) is an accredited provider of ATLS courses, a CME program developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT). ATLS provides a safe and reliable set of protocols for assessing and initially managing trauma patients. The ACS introduced the ATLS courses in the U.S. in January 1980, in Canada in 1981, and several other countries adopted ATLS in Latin and South American in 1986. 

Through education programs like those provided by Tulane, ATLS has been taught to over 1 million physicians around the world. ATLS has become the foundation of care for injured patient by teaching a common language and a common approach. The ATLS curriculum is reviewed and revised every 4 years in order to keep abreast of changes in the management of trauma patients. The current 10th edition was created using an international, multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach that resulted in an ATLS education program that is contemporary and meaningful in the global community.

What to Expect in an ATLS Course

Tulane offers monthly Provider and Refresher courses and annual Instructor courses each year. All ATLS courses are taught using an educational format that is conducive to training physicians (and physician extenders) the concepts, skills and techniques required in initial patient resuscitation. The course encompasses multiple modalities, including core didactic lectures, interactive skills demonstrations, small group discussions, simulation techniques and practical skills tests. 

The objectives of ATLS training are to:

  • 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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