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EMS 2004 - International Trauma Life Support Provider

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture 0.5 Lab 1
Course Description: The International Trauma Life Support course (ITLS) is a comprehensive course for EMTs, paramedics, registered nurses, physicians and other EMS personnel. The ITLS course covers the skills necessary for rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of trauma patients. The course emphasizes evaluation steps and sequencing and techniques for resuscitating and packaging a patient. Upon completion of this course the student will be issued either a Basic ITLS or Advanced ITLS Provider card depending on whether they are certified/licensed to provide basic or advanced life support. This course requires students to possess current certification or licensure as an emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, registered nurse (RN), medical doctor (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), or physician’s assistant (PA).
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Scene Size-Up
  2. Assessment and initial management of the trauma patient
  3. Initial airway management
  4. Thoracic trauma
  5. Shock evaluation and management
  6. Head trauma
  7. Spinal trauma
  8. Abdominal trauma
  9. Extremity trauma
  10. Burns
  11. Trauma in special populations
  12. Patients under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  13. The trauma cardiopulmonary arrest
  14. Standard precaution in the prehospital setting
  15. Airway management skills
  16. Spine management skills
  17. Emergency rescue and rapid extrication skills
  18. Traction splint skills
  19. Helmet management
  20. Chest decompression/fluid resuscitation

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. discuss the steps of the scene size-up.
  2. discuss major mechanisms of injury, associated trauma, potential complications, and management of injury.
  3. describe types of burns as a function of burn depth
  4. estimate depth of burn based on skin appearance.
  5. estimate extent of burns using the rule of nines.
  6. identify which patients may require transport to a burn center.
  7. describe effective techniques for gaining the confidence of children and their parents.
  8. differentiate equipment needs of pediatric patients from those of adults.
  9. describe the changes that occur with aging, and explain how these changes can affect your assessment of the geriatric trauma patient
  10. identify which patients have critical conditions and how they should be managed
  11. describe the anatomy and physiology of various body systems.
  12. demonstrate the Sellick maneuver.
  13. identify signs and symptoms of various trauma related injuries.
  14. discuss the current indications for the use of IV fluids in the treatment of hemorrhagic shock.
  15. explain the difference between primary and secondary brain injury.
  16. describe the assessment of patients with various trauma injuries.
  17. describe the prehospital management of the patients with various trauma injuries.
  18. explain the difference between Emergency Rescue and Rapid Extrication.
  19. estimate blood loss from pelvic and extremity fractures.
  20. identify mechanisms of traumatic injury
  21. discuss trauma prevention in pregnancy.
  22. describe situations in which you would restrain patients, and tell how to handle an uncooperative patient.
  23. identify appropriate use of personal protective equipment.
  24. perform the various manual methods of opening the airway
  25. demonstrate how to suction the airway.
  26. demonstrate how to insert an airway adjunct.
  27. ventilate using the pocket mask.
  28. ventilate using the bag-valve device.
  29. describe the preparations necessary to perform endotracheal intubation.
  30. perform an endotracheal intubation
  31. use capnography to confirm correct tube placement.
  32. describe the possible complications of using a traction splint.
  33. demonstrate how to apply the most common traction splints.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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