What exactly is ATLS®?
It is an intensive training seminar the American College of Surgeons (ACS) established back in 1980 in the USA. It has been tailored-made to specifically train physicians to act properly, administer the right techniques and undertake due action with a view to duly providing immediate assistance to injured parties right then and there, right after injury, i. e. providing on the spot care.
ATLS® training methods emphasize on the active involvement trainees who interact with the instructors during both the practical and theoretical part of their training.
Moreover, trainees practice on dummies and mannequins simulating a wide range of trauma cases while there is also an Experimental (dummy) Operating Room. Last but not least, at the program’s end trainees sit through a series of written and oral exams to have knowledge and competence acquisition in managing heavily injured patients properly evaluated and certified.
What is the program’s duration?
Who does it concern?
Physicians, upon successfully completing the course, shall receive a certificate (Verification Card) which is valid for four (4) years; upon its expiration renewal is imperative (Reverification).
ATLS® courses are currently delivered in 43 countries the world over, in several of which it is a prerequisite for specialty training (e.g. the US, the UK, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands etc).
ATLS® was first introduced to Greece in 1993 by Dr. Ioannis Androulakis, Professor of Surgery at the University of Patras, in charge of the Greek ATLS section at the time.
The National ATLS® Centre, i.e. the Controlling Body for Greece, is located in Patras, Dr. Androulakis is Head of the Centre which is in charge of qualitative control for all seminars held as well as for accrediting new course providers throughout the country. Currently there are 10 accredited course providers in Greece.