About This Course

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. PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma.

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.

PHTLS is the global gold standard in prehospital trauma education and is taught in 64 countries. PHTLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and other prehospital providers. PHTLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

Course utilizes classroom, skills sessions and scenario-based training to deliver material, and foster confidence in critical decision making and skills. This course is designed for all levels of pre-hospital emergency medical practitioners, from EMTs and paramedics to nurses, PAs and physicians. 16 hours of CAPCE CEUs provided upon completion.

The course is for Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Military.

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$ 325.00 / 2 days San Diego, CA
Includes a certificate of completion.
Rental equipment available.
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Course Details
  • Topics
  • Principles of PHTLS
    • Physiology of life and death
    • Scene assessment; patient assessments
    • Managing hemorrhage
    • Airway management
    • Understanding and managing breathing, ventilation and oxygenation
    • Assessment and treatment of circulatory compromise and shock
    • Patients with disabilities
  • Gear
  • None

  • Ammunition requirements
  • None

  • Skill prerequisites
  • None