International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

Course Length:
2 days
Course Size:
Up to 8 participants per course
CPD Accreditation:
23 Continuing Education Units, including 1 CEU for Ethics
Aims and Objectives:
The ITLS course teaches a systematic approach to the assessment and management of trauma victims. The course covers the following topics:

• Scene safety and initial triage;
• Assessment and initial management of trauma victims;
• Airway management in trauma;
• Shock and control of bleeding;
• Head and spinal trauma;
• Chest trauma;
• Abdominal trauma;
• Extremity trauma;
• Burns;
• Trauma in various populations (Pregnant, children, and elderly);
• Trauma cardiac arrest.
Target Audience:
The ITLS course has a basic and advanced version and any registered medical professional is welcome to attend the training.

ITLS and ATLS are different courses in that they are accredited with different international bodies (ITLS being accredited with the American Academy of Emergency Physicians) but both courses teach a systematic approach to trauma and trauma management. ATLS however does teach additional advanced surgical skills not included in the ITLS course and so potential candidates should consider their requirements prior to registration as the Academy does not offer ATLS (Candidates who intend specialising in Surgery, or who work in a Level 1 trauma centre should consider completing ATLS).

ITLS is sufficient for all levels of providers (Doctors, Nurses, and EMS staff) who are expected to assess and manage acute trauma in any setting.
Course Structure:
The course manual is provided ahead of the training for pre-study. The classroom sessions focus on the practical implementation of the theory learned prior to the course and consists of many simulated scenarios and the following skill stations:

• Control of life-threatening bleeding using various techniques including tourniquets and haemostatic agents;
• IV and IO access;
• Decompression of tension pneumothorax;
• Spinal motion restriction and extrication of patients in various settings using various items of equipment; and
• Stabilisation of extremity trauma.


Assessment and Preparation:
Candidates are provided with the most recent edition of the ITLS manual prior to the course allowing for pre-study together with a pre-test that will assist with preparation. The course is completed successfully when candidates pass the written assessment with a minimum of 74% and complete a simulated scenario using the systematic ITLS approach within a team setting.
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NEW: Starting February 2023!! ITLS teaches a systematic approach to the assessment and management of patients experiencing an acute traumatic event using latest evidence-based guidelines.