The course builds upon each participant’s current knowledge base and skills to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, stresses teamwork between providers with diverse levels of knowledge, skills, and resources, and offers a safe environment in which students can practice trauma assessment and treatment skills.
Stressing that it’s crucial to deliver the patient 1) to the right facility 2) using the right mode of transport 3) in the right amount of time, and 4) as safely as possible, the curriculum covers the following in depth:
- Secondary survey/Reassessment
- Team approach
- Potential pitfalls
- Breathing, ventilation and oxygenation
- Circulation, haemorrhage control and shock
- Central nervous system trauma
- Special considerations
Assessment is by way of a Multiple Choice Question examination and a practical moulage.
This 2-day course is a comprehensive and intensive experience designed for pre-hospital doctors, nurses, and paramedics. Students are expected to have a good level of medical knowledge prior to the course and are encouraged to read the manual before attending.
On completion of the Pre-Trauma Hospital Life Support Course (PHTLS) course students will receive a certificate from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).