Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
NAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education. PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.
The PHTLS Provider course is designed to be an intensive 16 hour course for emergency medical responders, EMTs, Paramedics, nurses, physician assistants and physicians. This course is offered at Basic, Advanced or Combined levels, and Military Provider courses are also available. PHTLS training is a continuing education program authored and administered by the PHTLS division of the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) in conjunction with the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. Comprehensive, evidenced-based coverage incorporates the latest research across all aspects of prehospital trauma in one convenient resource. The PHTLS credential is good for 4 years and offers 16 hours for continuing education credit. Students are expected to participate in lecture, learning stations, review stations and skills testing scenarios.
Skills labs will include out ballistic wound packing lab
Lung and Airway lab
Hands on skills stations for patient assessment
Scenarios with high fidelity manikin in the field environment.
PHTLS 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. PHTLS 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 PHTLS course is continuously updated and revised to keep up with the advances in the field, ATLS Guidelines and feedback from PHTLS participants.
- Assessment & Scene Management
- Traumatic Injuries
- Head Trauma
- Spinal Trauma
- Thoracic Trauma
- Abdominal Trauma
- Musculoskeletal Trauma
- Treatment of Burns
- Special Populations
- Geriatric Trauma
- Pediatric Trauma
- Environmental Emergencies
- Civilian Tactical EMS Support (TEMS)
Although PHTLS originated in the United States, it has evolved and now serves as an international education program available to EMS providers in countries around the world.