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Advanced Trauma Life Support Courses Open to Medical Staff

Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) is an international course that teaches participants the basic skills necessary for timely management of traumatic injury through instruction and practical sessions.

ATLS® participants will learn to identify injuries associated with major trauma, management of skills required for early resuscitation, and treatment of injured patients.

The ATLS® course provides its participants with a safe and reliable method for the immediate treatment of injured patients and the basic knowledge necessary to:

1. Assess a patient’s condition rapidly and accurately.

2. Resuscitate and stabilize patients according to priority.

3. Determine whether a patient’s needs exceed a facility’s resources and/or a doctor’s capabilities.

4. Arrange appropriately for a patient’s interhospital or intrahospital transfer (what, who, when, and how).

5. Ensure that optimal care is provided and that the level of care does not deteriorate at any point during the evaluation, resuscitation, or transfer processes.


The Island Health Trauma Program is coordinating ATLS courses across the Vancouver Island on the following dates:

  • April 4-5, 2020 - ATLS®  10th edition hybrid course at West Coast General Hospital  (possible 1 seat available)
  • September 26-27, 2020 - 10th edition course at Comox Valley Hospital (limited seats available)

For those who are interested in or are required to take this course, please contact Erik.Esleyer@viha.ca for Central and North Island, Beth.Romeril@viha.ca for South Island, or ATLS@viha.ca for more information about course dates and locations.