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Basic Trauma Skills

Survival of trauma patients is often determined quick response of the providers and followed definitive care. The course includes trauma scenarios such as gunshot wounds, stab wounds, blast wounds and life threatening external bleeding.


All Medical / Nursing professionals


4 hours


The course is tailor made for the candidate so as to increase their proficiency with specific aspect of trauma emergencies. It focuses on the kinematics of trauma and initial assessment of trauma patient. A delegate may select any three tables as per their choice of speciality:

Table A: Trauma Assessment Skills
  • Needle Decompression: Needle decompression is a life saving procedure in tension Pneumothorax. Failure to identify and act promptly will lead to cardiac arrest.
  • Sealing a sucking chest wound: Open chest wound with bubbles emanating is a sign of open Pneumothorax. A special sealing is need be applied.
  • Chest Tube Insertion: Definitive treatment of Pneumothorax / hemothorax.
Table B: Vascular Access

Access to the vascular system must be obtained promptly in all trauma patients to maintain circulation

  • Intraosseous Puncture/Infusion: This procedure is appropriate for all ages when venous access is impossible because of circulatory collapse or when percutaneous peripheral venous cannulation has failed on two attempts.
  • Central Line: A health care provider must be proficient when everything else fails to get venous access central venous Routes (femoral, int. jugular, or subclavian vein).
Table C: Shock &Fluid Resuscitation
  • When to use Crystalloid / Colloid / blood products.
  • How to administer fluids, which canula to use.
  • What is the optimum Blood pressure
  • Vasopressor drugs?
Table D: Trauma Assessment Skills
  • Log Roll Skills (Prone/Supine Victim).
  • Helmet Removal
  • Cervical Collar
  • Spine Board with Head Motion Restrictor
  • Scoop Stretcher
  • Assess and manage Life threats simultaneously
Table E: Trauma Radiology

Reading an X-ray in an Emergency Department is a must by all residents.

  • Reading a plain X-ray
  • Chest X-ray
  • Pelvic X-ray
  • Cervical Spine X-ray.



The faculty who are certified instructors of International Trauma Life support and Advance Trauma Life support courses.