Prehospital Trauma Life Support

PHTLS

Course Length

16 Hours

CEU Information

16 CEUs through CAPCE

Target Audience

First Responders. Course is taught at the advanced life support level.

Prehospital Trauma Life Support

Instructor

Penn Tactical Solutions Cadre

Our team is comprised of a cadre of instructors with diverse backgrounds including military, emergency medicine, and public safety who understand that everyone has to start somewhere, but isn't afraid to push you to your highest level of greatness. We utilize a crawl-walk-run methodology so that we set you up for success, both in our classes and where it matters most: out in the real world.

About the course

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. The course utilizes the internationally recognized PHTLS textbook and covers the following topics:

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