Prehospital Trauma Life Support - PHTLS (NAEMT)

Instructional Hours: 16.00

Course Objective: To provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully assess and manage a trauma patient. Upon successful completion of this course, the practicing pre-hospital care provider will be able to apply specific knowledge related to the pre-hospital assessment care of the trauma patient. Students will learn to use new combinations and applications of existing skills and knowledge to better the patient's chances at surviving traumatic events.

Course Description: This course provides a pre-hospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the need to treat the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs that requires an approach to treatment that varies from traditional treatment modalities. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and team-focused practical exercises.

Successful Completion: Students must attend all class sessions, demonstrate proficiency in the four evaluation stations, and obtain a minimum score of 76% on the written examination. Successful completion of the course provides certification in PHTLS. To maintain these credentials, renewal training is required every four years.

Continuing Education: The continuing education hours are approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) and the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and are recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)


Students must be a current, licensed Maryland basic or advanced life support clinician.

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