Trauma strikes down its many victims swiftly and indiscriminately. In that first critical hour after someone has been severely injured it is vital that doctors, nurses and paramedics act with speed, knowledge and skill to provide appropriate Advanced Life Support to the patient.
The ATLS Program is designed for medical staff who may not have immediate access to sophisticated emergency facilities and those working in emergency or surgical departments who have to treat victims of major trauma. The program emphasises the first hour of initial assessment and primary management of the injured patient, starting at the point of injury and continuing through initial assessment, life saving intervention, re-evaluation, stabilisation, and when needed, transfer to a facility in which the patient can receive specialised care.
Based on well established principals and objectives of trauma management, the course is intended to provided doctors, nurses and paramedics wit one acceptable method for safe management and the basic knowledge necessary to:
The two and a half day student course consists of core content lectures, case presentations, discussions, development of life saving skills, practical laboratory experience and a final performance proficiency evaluation. For the doctors this process also includes pre and post course tests. Upon completion students and auditors should feel confident in implementing the trauma skills taught in the course.
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma developed the current ATLS Course in accordance with the college s long-standing dedication to improvement of care for the surgical patient. The Trauma Society of South Africa respects these principles and has undertaken to promulgate this course according to the American College of Surgeons doctrine and to the benefit of the victims of trauma in South Africa.
Please note that the closing date for applications is presently four weeks prior to the commencement of a course. Each course is limited to 20 Doctors, 10 Registered Nurses or C.C.A. Paramedic participants. The courses are heavily oversubscribed and currently there is a waiting list of approximately four months. It would also help us, therefore, if you could indicate on the form your involvement in trauma care.
The Trauma Unit is the co-ordinating point for the ATLS course in the Witwatersrand area, and courses take place in the Department of Surgery.
Course Details 2006
This fee covers all aspects of the course, including the course manual, all course materials, meals, etc. Course fees are payable to ATLS,either directly at the ATLS Office or into our Bank Account.
Standard Bank of South Africa
Course Dates 2005
Other Course Centres are:
Further details of the above centres can be reached via the National Office or via the ATLS home page: