PHTLS Provider Course – The Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support course is designed to provide healthcare providers with a pre-hospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the need to treat the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This scenario-based course focuses on trauma patients in the prehospital environment, understanding the importance of a rapid assessment, rapid extrication, treatment of multi-system trauma patients. Upon completion of this course students will be able to recognize, identify and treat multi-system trauma patients, relate pathophysiology of injuries, and have a more comprehensive understanding of pre-hospital trauma interventions.
Course Prerequisites: Students must bring the following materials to the course:
Topics covered include - kinematics of trauma, identification of the mechanism of injury, patient assessment, airway management, shock,specific traumatic injuries (including head, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, musculoskeletal, burns, blunt and penetrating trauma) pediatric trauma, geriatric trauma, environmental trauma (including heat/cold emergencies, drownings, lightning, diving injuries and altitude emergencies) pediatric assessment, rapid extrication, traumatic brain injuries, spinal immobilization (adult and pediatric), and special considerations such as disaster management and weapons of mass destruction.