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Trauma Programs and Courses

Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to empower individuals to act quickly to save lives. No matter how rapid the arrival of emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene in the event of a disaster, shooting or other act of violence.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within 5 minutes; therefore, it is important to quickly stop the blood.

However, excessive bleeding isn’t tied exclusively to acts of violence. Lawn mower incidents, traffic collisions, boating accidents, farming or industrial events, hiking, hunting, and other home events are just as likely to result in life-threatening bleeding.

Deaconess Trauma Services provides regional training for this program so anyone can know how to give potentially lifesaving care while waiting for first responders to arrive. This training is offered at no charge to groups and organizations. “Stop the Bleed” is a combination of brief lecture and “hands on” skills. It is appropriate for any age group.

If you would like to schedule a training, visit  For more information, you contact the Injury Prevention Coordinator at 812-450-2961.
Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) 
The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program is designed for physicians or advance practice clinicians and teaches a concise, systematic approach to the care of a trauma patient. Developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and first introduced in the US and abroad in 1980, the Deaconess offering of the ATLS course remains true to its core mission - to provide health care professionals with access to education that will enhance their ability to care for the trauma patient. The content and skills taught in the course allow participants to rapidly and accurately assess the patient; stabilize and resuscitate by priority; determine the needs of the patient and whether those needs exceed the resources of the treatment facility; arrange for appropriate definitive care; and
ensure that optimal care is provided.

In short, ATLS is a measureable, reproducible, comprehensive system of trauma care. 

The ATLS 10th Edition is one of the most transformational editions in ATLS history and includes these improvements:
  • Traditional lectures have been replaced with interactive discussions, fostering increased student engagement
  • Skills stations are now taught through unfolding case scenarios that allow the students to apply the skills learned in the course to real life situations
The ACS designated this continuing medical activity as meeting the criteria for 16 AMA PRA Category I Credits (TM) hours and 16 Self-Assessment Hours (must receive a 75% or greater on the post-test to claim self-assessment hours).

Deaconess offers both the traditional 2-Day course and the 1/2 day recertification course. To find a course, visit our Professional Calendar.
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) is an advanced course designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing his or her knowledge in management of the multisystem trauma patient. Taught concurrently with ATLS®, the ATCN program has been operational for over 15 years and has an excellent record of offering superb trauma education.
The nurse attendee participates in the ATLS® interactive discussions. During the ATLS® skills and testing stations, the ATCN participants are separated from the physician group and directed through ATCN skill stations that include:
  • Initial Assessment and Management
  • Airway and Ventilatory Management
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Hemorrhagic Shock
  • Musculoskeletal & Spinal Trauma
  • Head Trauma
The skill stations are based on an interactive “hands-on, scenario-based approach” to adult education. The practical testing stations allow the ATCN students to demonstrate the application of ATLS® and ATCN information on a moulaged patient.
Accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education, the Society of Trauma Nurses awards 18.5 contact hours for completion of the ATCN course.
To find a course visit our Professional Calendar
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for pre-hospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of pre-hospital care. PHTLS is developed by National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (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 pre-hospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities.

PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that given a good base of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The PHTLS course is continuously updated and revised to keep up with the advances in the field and ATLS®.

Deaconess offers the PHTLS Provider Course, a 16 credit-hour course for any interested pre-hospital provider.
To find a course visit our Professional Calendar
Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)
TNCC, widely recognized as the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide, empowers nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients.
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) developed TNCC to establish a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge and to improve the care of all trauma patients. The course combines interactive learning with scenario-based assessments to give nurses a comprehensive learning experience.
To find a course visit our Professional Calendar.
To request a course in your area - Contact the Deaconess Trauma Team.

American College of Surgeons
Society of Trauma Nurses
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
Emergency Nurses Association

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