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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.

For information on upcoming ATLS Courses at UC San Diego Health, please contact the Trauma Program Manager’s Office by email at

You can also search for courses at ACS ATLS Course Search