Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®)
The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program can teach you a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient. ATLS was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and was first introduced in the US and abroad in 1980. Its courses provide you with a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients. The course teaches you how to assess a patient’s condition, resuscitate and stabilize him or her, and determine if his or her needs exceed a facility’s capacity. It also covers how to arrange for a patient’s inter-hospital transfer and assure that optimum care is provided throughout the process. If you don’t treat trauma patients frequently, an ATLS course provides an easy method to remember for evaluation and treatment of a trauma victim.
For more information about ATLS from the American College of Surgeons, visit: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/trauma/atls
If you wish to take a course you must contact the Coordinator directly in the area you wish to take the course. They will have a list of the dates of courses in their area.
List of ATLS Coordinators in Canada (updated June 25, 2021)
Please see ATLS Coordinators of Canada Contact List for updated contact information in your province.
COVID-19 ATLS Education Resources from American College of Surgeons
During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that everyone is in need of additional resources and looking for alternate ways to address their individual needs. In an effort to develop an equitable solution for all of our ATLS Partners and health care professionals that care for injured patients, we have made the following Basic Trauma Care “Just in Time” education materials available free of charge.
The 9th edition of the ATLS Student Manual is available for download. Hard copies can be shipped upon request. (Please note: Requests are contingent upon shipping availability and the requestor will pay shipping cost.)
Specific videos from the 10th edition mATLS modules are available for free.
- Hospital Preparation
- Initial Assessment
- Secondary Survey
- Nasopharyngeal Airway
- Oropharyngeal Airway
- Adult Orotracheal Intubation
- Endotracheal Intubation with BURP
- Needle Cricothyroidotomy
- Surgical Cricothyroidotomy
- Needle Decompression
- Open Pneumothorax
- FAST – Pericardial
- Pelvic Blood Loss
- Pelvic Binder
- Chest Tube
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For how long is an ATLS student status current?
How do I find out if I have a current ATLS provider status?
I have not received my ATLS provider card yet. Who do I contact?
How many continuing medical education (CME) and self-assessment credits (MOC part 2) can be awarded following the completion of an ATLS course?
How do I obtain a new student card if mine has been lost or damaged?
For how long is an ATLS faculty status current?
How do I obtain a new instructor card if mine has been lost or damaged?
I recently moved to another Province. What steps do I take to continue my involvement in the program?
How do I know who to contact at the ATLS program office if I have a question?