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Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure of anatomic structures that when injured may pose a threat to life or limb. The one-day course covers surgical exposures in the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. The low student-to-faculty ratio allows for extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students. The student assesses their ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills. The intended audience includes mid-level and senior surgical residents, trauma and acute care surgical fellows, or any surgeon who wishes to undertake a review of this anatomy.

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Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program can teach you a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient. ATLS was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and was first introduced in the US and abroad in 1980. Its courses provide you with a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients. The course teaches you how to assess a patient’s condition, resuscitate and stabilize him or her, and determine if his or her needs exceed a facility’s capacity. It also covers how to arrange for a patient’s inter-hospital transfer and assure that optimum care is provided throughout the process. If you don’t treat trauma patients frequently, an ATLS course provides an easy method to remember for evaluation and treatment of a trauma victim.

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Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST)

In Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST), participants learn endovascular techniques such as arterial access and resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta to temporize life-threatening hemorrhage. There is a simulator-based workshop, as well as a course that offers more hands-on training with perfused cadavers including ultrasound-guided common femoral arterial (CFA) access, percutaneous and open cannulation of the CFA, and CFA repair.

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Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)

The Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) emphasizes a team approach to the initial evaluation and resuscitation of the trauma patient at a rural facility. The course assists health care professionals in determining the need to transfer the patient to a higher level of care. The one-day course includes interactive lectures on medical procedures and communication strategies as well as three team performance scenarios. Our UAB team can bring this training to you.

Reach out to Holly Waller, Senior Director of Trauma, Burn and Inpatient Wound Services, to express your interest.