PHTLS courses provide a pre‐hospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the need to treat the multi‐system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs.
The PHTLS course is designed to provide the practicing pre‐hospital care provider with a specific body of knowledge related to the pre‐hospital assessment and care of the trauma patient. It is stressed that this is a continuing education program and contains information that may be a review for some or all participants. The uniqueness of this program rests not with an entirely new body of knowledge but instead with advances in pre‐hospital trauma intervention techniques. We are using new combinations and application of existing skills and knowledge to better our patients' chances at surviving traumatic events.
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The primary goals of Pre‐Hospital Trauma Life Support are as follows:
- To provide a description of the pathophysiology and kinematics of injury
- To provide an understanding of the need for a rapid assessment of the trauma patient
- To advance the participant's level of knowledge in regard to examination and diagnostic skills
- To enhance the participant's performance in the assessment and treatment of the trauma patient
- To provide an overview and establish a management method for the pre‐hospital care of the multi‐system trauma patient