The ATLS® Moulage – A quick guide

George Alex

Abstract


The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) Course1 teaches a systematic, concise approach to the early care of the trauma patient. This course is vital to guiding care for the injured patient in emergency department trauma rooms as well as in the prehospital environment. Essentially, the course training provides a common language between emergency health professionals, and is designed to save lives in critical situations.

On the last day of my ATLS® Course when we had to participate in a trauma moulage, I considered the feasibility and benefits of a summary guide listing the most important things to do, and the correct order in which they should be performed. The following is based on the ATLS Course Manual2 and is intended as a guide to assist both novice and expert emergency health professionals in the moulage exercise, or when faced with a real life trauma event.

The eighth edition of the ATLS® Course Manual released in late 2008 has suggested changes3 in management with regards to Initial Assessment, Airway, Shock, Thoracic, Abominal, Head and Musculoskeletal trauma as well as trauma in Pregnancy and the Paediatric age group. The main changes have been incorporated in the summary below.

Keywords


airway ATLS; breathing; circulation; trauma moulage; triage

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.33151/ajp.7.2.159

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