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Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®): The ninth edition
Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
2013; 72(5): 1363–1366

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  • 1. Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®): The ninth edition Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 2013; 72(5): 1363–1366
  • 2. Major Changes In The ATLS® 9th Edition 1. Content Changes 2. Format Changes 3. MyATLS
  • 3. CONTENT CHANGES
  • 4. Team Training
  • 5. Preparation of the team, along with team dynamics and debriefing, are important parts of team- based care that are highlighted in the Initial Assessment chapter.
  • 6. Airway
  • 7. The use of additional advanced airway techniques is highlighted, along with the use of videolaryngoscopy. For pediatric patients, the use of cuffed endotracheal tubes for all children (with the exception of infants <1 year of age) is suggested.
  • 8. Balanced Resuscitation
  • 9. The concept of balanced resuscitation is further emphasized, and the term aggressive resuscitation has been eliminated. The standard use of 2 L of crystalloid resuscitation as the starting point for all resuscitation has been modified to initiation of 1 L of crystalloid. Early use of blood and blood products for patients in shock is also emphasized, without mandating or suggesting any specific ratio of plasma and
  • 10. Heat Injury
  • 11. There is optional expanded content on heat injury provided for those courses that are taught in areas where heat injury is either a primary problem or has the potential to significantly compromise the care of injured patients.
  • 12. FORMAT CHANGES
  • 13. Pelvis
  • 14. More emphasis is placed on the pelvis as a source of blood loss. This has been done by moving all of the content to the abdomen and pelvis chapter and the shock and surgical skills stations.
  • 15. Skills Stations
  • 16. Both diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) and pericardiocentesis have been made optional skill stations. If the course director chooses not to teach DPL, the new Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) skill station must be taught; one way of assessing the abdomen as a source of potential blood loss remains mandatory. The FAST skill station is only to introduce the concept of the use of FAST to evaluate the abdomen and to provide example images for the student to recognize.
  • 17. Initial Assessment Scenarios
  • 18. There are several new initial assessment scenarios, emphasizing geriatric patients, blunt trauma, rib fracture treatment, and pelvic fractures.
  • 19. MYATLSAPP