PHTLS - Prehospital Trauma Life Support

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Audience: NAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and other prehospital providers. PHTLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

Course ContentNAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized worldwide 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. NAEMT develops PHTLS in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.

PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. 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.

Topics include

  • Physiology of life and death
  • Scene assessment 
  • Patient assessment 
  • Airway
  • Breathing, ventilation, and oxygenation
  • Circulation, hemorrhage, and shock
  • Patients with disabilities
  • Patient simulations

Course Format / Time:  Full Course:  16 hours over two days.   Hybrid: 8 hours online & 8 hours in the classroom.  Refresher Course:  8 hours  Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

Course Materials:  Students must have the PHTLS manual for class.  This can be purchased during enrollment.

Hybrid Materials:  Students enrolled in the Hybrid class must purchase and complete the online modules before attending the class.

 Enrollment Cut-off: Enrollment closes when the class is full.  Those that enroll within a few days of the class may have their book held until the day of the class.

Certification: Upon completing this course, students receive a wallet card recognizing them as PHTLS providers for four years and 16 hours of CAPCE credit.

NCCR Hours:  This course satisfies many hours of the NREMT National hours requirement.  CLICK HERE to see what NCCR subjects you can satisfy with PHTLS.

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