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Southern Illinois Trauma Center Continuing Education Events

Advanced Trauma Life Support

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) is a training program for medical providers (MD/DO/DPM/PA/NP/CO) in the management of acute trauma cases, developed by the American College of Surgeons. Similar programs exist for nurses (ATCN) and paramedics (PHTLS). Its goal is to teach a simplified and standardized approach to trauma patients. Originally designed for emergency situations where only one doctor and one nurse are present, ATLS is now widely accepted as the standard of care for initial assessment and treatment in trauma centers. The premise of the ATLS program is to treat the greatest threat to life first. It also advocates that the lack of a definitive diagnosis and a detailed history should not slow the application of indicated treatment for life-threatening injury, with the most time-critical interventions performed early

Trauma Nurse Specialist

Trauma Nurses treat patients in a state of emergency and handle urgent situations where the cause of injury or disease isn’t yet known. They can work in hospital emergency rooms and other chaotic environments, and often need to coordinate with doctors, family members and other nurses. As a Trauma Nurse, you’ll be saving people’s lives every day.

Trauma Nurse Core Course

The purpose of Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) is to present core-level knowledge, refine skills and build a firm foundation in trauma nursing. The TNCC is a 16-hour course designed to provide the learner with cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills to better assess and treat the pediatric or trauma patient. This course includes lecture and hands-on skill stations covering assessment and treatment of the severely injured patient. This certification is valid for four years and successful completion of the TNCC course includes passing a multiple-choice examination and demonstrating critical steps of the skill stations. Recommended for emergency room and intensive care unit floor nurses. Nurses in other clinical areas would benefit and should be encouraged to attend a TNCC course.

These courses are held in conjunction with Memorial Medical Center.

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support

P-HTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care in your area and decrease mortality. The program is based on a prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities. P-HTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The P-HTLS course is continuously updated and revised to keep up with the advances in the field, ATLS Guidelines and feedback from P-HTLS participants.

Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse

A PHRN performs advanced Emergency Medical Service (EMS), and may perform additional nursing skills as a member of the crew of ground ambulance or Quick Response Service (QRS) Avanced Life Support (ALS) services.

Function as a Prehospital Registered Nurse (PHRN). Emphasis is on the role of the PHRN, the recognition, assessment, and management of medical and traumatic emergencies. The PHRN primarily provides prehospital care to a variety of patients with medical and trauma related illnesses and injuries.

The Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse Program provides supplemental education to licensed RNs to practice within an EMS System as emergency medical services personnel for pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency care and non-emergency transports in accordance with the guidelines set forth in Section 515.730 of the Illinois EMS Act.