The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Program, designed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT), aims to improve the care of trauma patients. The 2-day course includes didactic lectures, practical skill stations and real-time trauma simulation sessions. Doctors will be taught a systematic, concise method of establishing assessment and management priorities in the care of the trauma patients.
The ATLS Program aims to provide the participants with a safe, reliable method to assess the patient's condition rapidly and accurately, resuscitate and stabilize them according to priority, determine if there's a need to transfer the patient to another facility, arrange for inter-hospital transfer and ensure that optimal care is provided.
There are 3 course centres in Singapore that conduct the ATLS Program, namely Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
- Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
- Demonstrate concepts and principles of primary and secondary patient assessment.
- Establish management priorities in a trauma situation.
- Initiate primary and secondary management necessary within the "golden hour" for the emergency care of acute life-threatening emergencies.
- Demonstrate, in a given simulated clinical and surgical skill practicum, the following skills used in the initial assessment and management of patients with multiple injuries:
- Primary and secondary assessment of a patient with simulated, multiple injuries
- Established a patent airway and initiating one- and two-person ventilation
- Orotracheal and nasotracheal intubation on adult and infant manikins
- Pulse oximetry and carbon dioxide monitoring
- Assessment and management of the patient in shock, including initiation of percutaneous venous access and recognition of life-threatening hemorrhage
- Venous cutdown (optional)
- Pleural decompression via needle thoracentesis and chest tube insertion
- X-ray identification of thoracic injuries
- Peritoneal lavage, ultrasound, and CT evaluation of the abdomen
- Head and neck trauma assessment and management with GCS scoring
- Identification of intracranial lesion by CT scan
- X-ray identification of spine injuries
- Neurotrauma evaluation
- Musculoskeletal trauma assessment and management