Basic trauma life support

Howard A. Werman, Richard N. Nelson, John E. Campbell, Raymond L. Fowler, Patricia Gandy

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The impact of traumatic injuries on modern society in terms of morbidity, mortality, and economic cost is enormous. Studies have shown that both advanced life support skills and rapid stabilization and transport of the trauma victim have a beneficial effect on the patient's ultimate outcome. The Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) course was designed to provide prehospital care providers with the skills necessary to provide a thorough assessment, initial resuscitation, and rapid transportation of the trauma victim. Early studies suggest that the material is easily learned by prehospital care providers and that the on-scene time for trauma cases is reduced following training in BTLS. More widespread training in BTLS may have a significant effect on the mortality and morbidity associated with traumatic injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1240-1243
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1987


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  • Emergency Medicine


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