Advanced trauma life support, 8th edition, the evidence for change

J Trauma. 2008 Jun;64(6):1638-50. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3181744b03.


The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma's Advanced Trauma Life Support Course is currently taught in 50 countries. The 8th edition has been revised following broad input by the International ATLS subcommittee. Graded levels of evidence were used to evaluate and approve changes to the course content. New materials related to principles of disaster management have been added. ATLS is a common language teaching one safe way of initial trauma assessment and management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Curriculum / standards*
  • Curriculum / trends
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Emergency Treatment / standards
  • Emergency Treatment / trends
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Life Support Care / standards*
  • Life Support Care / trends
  • Male
  • Resuscitation / education
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Traumatology / education*
  • Traumatology / trends
  • United States
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*