Advanced Trauma Life Support laboratory: pilot implementation and evaluation

JACEP. 1979 Apr;8(4):150-3. doi: 10.1016/s0361-1124(79)80342-1.


Selected invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques were taught to emergency physicians through modular Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) animal laboratory courses presented in the fall of 1977. Thirty-seven emergency physicians participated in the four pilot ATLS laboratories in which the average trainee:animal:instructor ratio was 2:1:0.75. The animals consisted of 15 large baboons and five large rhesus monkeys. Cost accounting on these pilot ATLS courses revealed that the total program cost was $15,581.86, for an average of $3,895.46 per trauma laboratory course and $421.13 per emergency physician trained. The ATLS concept is ready for development into a nationally-standarized ATLS series.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Catheterization
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Haplorhini
  • Hawaii
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Laboratories*
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Papio
  • Pilot Projects
  • Wounds and Injuries*