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The ATLS course, a survey of 228 ATLS providers
  1. D W G Kennedy1,
  2. D Gentleman2
  1. 1Maxillofacial Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Swansea
  2. 2Dundee Royal Infirmary
  1. Correspondence to: Mr Kennedy, Specialist Registrar (DWGKENNEDY{at}


Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses teach a system for the initial assessment and management of trauma patients that aims to optimise initial care and reduce mortality and morbidity, and have been adopted worldwide. This questionnaire survey characterised those who took up this particular educational resource in Scotland during a four year period after its introduction, and analysed how they felt it had affected their clinical competence. Irrespective of their previous level of training and experience, nearly all surgeons and anaesthetists who took this course felt that it had improved their clinical skills and other professional attributes. The significance of these results is discussed in the context of postgraduate surgical and anaesthetic training in Scotland.

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