The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Ninth Edition was released in September, and through its enhanced presentation of quality educational content, the Ninth Edition offers another example of the College’s commitment to improving the care of surgical patients over the last 100 years. Designed to serve as both a bedside reference tool and supplemental educational resource, the mobile app for the new ATLS Ninth Edition has both Universal iOS and Android compatibility and consists of interactive algorithms, calculators, animations, Just in Time videos demonstrating key skills, and an interactive pdf version of the Student Manual. Application teasers and resources for course faculty also are available on MyATLS.com.
Every four years, the ATLS course is revised to ensure that users can stay abreast of the latest medical knowledge and practical skills. This edition comes with an improved visual presentation of content that has been revised and that comprises updated references.
Content changes include new information on the concept of balanced resuscitation, an emphasis on the pelvis as a source of blood loss, more advanced airway techniques for the difficult airway, optional expanded content on heat injury, and team training.
Format changes include a new focused assessment sonography in trauma skill station, the optional use of diagnostic peritoneal lavage and pericardiocentesis, seven new initial assessment scenarios, and new instructor course content.
Other Ninth Edition features include newly written multiple-choice exam questions, new images and skills videos, and an ATLS companion application, which is available as a free download with the purchase of an ATLS Ninth Edition Student Manual or as a stand-alone product for purchase via MyATLS.com.
Visit the ATLS website at www.facs.org/trauma/atls to purchase the Ninth Edition Student Manual. To order a Ninth Edition Faculty Manual, access your local course site.
In addition, the ATLS e-course is expected to be released in the coming months. Students eventually will have the option of completing the didactic portion of the course online and will be required to attend a live, hands-on skills course, offered in both one-day and two-day formats.
To date, ATLS has trained more than one million health care professionals in 63 countries. The committee members and staff proudly launch this new edition, and are appreciative of everyone who has helped make the course successful. ATLS will continue to serve the ongoing mission of providing a common language for the early care of trauma patients worldwide.