ATLS: Archaic or advanced trauma life support?

This is a copy of the slides I used during a talk I gave at the 2016 RCEM Annual Scientific Meeting in Leeds. The full programme of the meeting can be found here.

The talk was part of a debate of ATLS: Advanced or Archaic Trauma Life Support?

I have included my slide set and that from a similar talk then I have delivered previously that contains a greater number of references.

The talk was designed to look at the history leading to the development of the ATLS course and how it fits in with the management of trauma in the 21st century. I also made some suggestions as to how trauma training could be improved in the UK.

The pdf of my presentations can be downloaded by clicking the link below:


ATLS RCEM/RCoA Trauma 2015

I published an editorial on the same topic earlier this year in Anaesthesia. The article is open access and can be found at the link below:

ATLS: Archaic Trauma Life Support?