International Trauma Life Support Courses give you the knowledge and hands-on skills to take better care of trauma patients. The ITLS framework is a global standard that enables you to master the latest techniques in rapid assessment, appropriate intervention and identification of immediate life-threatening injuries.
About ITLS Courses ITLS Instructor Courses
ITLS Basic and Advanced Enrolling in an ITLS Course
ITLS Access Course Protocol
ITLS Pediatric Course Medical Director Policy
ITLS Military Course Fees
About ITLS Courses: Focused Content That Delivers
ITLS is accepted internationally as the standard training course for prehospital trauma care. It's used as a state-of-the-art continuing education course — and as an essential curriculum in many paramedic, EMT and first-responder training programs.
ITLS courses combine classroom learning and hands-on skill stations. Scenario assessment stations enable you to put your learning to work in simulated trauma situations. ITLS courses are designed, managed and delivered by course directors, coordinators and instructors experienced in EMS, prehospital care and the ITLS approach.
Each ITLS course includes a comprehensive manual sent to you in advance. The manual enhances your learning experience with in-depth content, photos and illustrations. ITLS manuals are written by trauma care experts and edited by the ITLS editorial board. After the course, you can turn to the manual as a valuable recap of what you've learned.
To be certified, a course must be taught by registered ITLS instructors under the sponsorship
of ITLS International , an ITLS chapter, or an ITLS training centre.
The course does not certify future performance nor does it confer
license of any kind upon successful completion.
ITLS empowers EMS personnel with the knowledge and skills to provide optimal care for the injured in the prehospital setting. We offer a variety of training options to suit the requirements of all levels and backgrounds of prehospital emergency personnel around the world.
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ITLS Provider: Basic and Advanced
These comprehensive courses are designed for providers who are first to evaluate and stabilize the trauma patient. The courses provide complete training in the skills needed for rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of trauma patients.
The ITLS Basic course provides the core of knowledge and skills appropriate for all levels of EMS personnel, including EMT-Bs, first responders and other technicians.
The ITLS Advanced course builds on this knowledge, emphasizing evaluation steps and sequencing as well as techniques for resuscitating and packaging patients. ITLS Advanced is appropriate for advanced EMTs, paramedics, trauma nurses, physicians and other advanced EMS personnel. Hands-on stations include:
- Patient assessment and management
- Basic and advanced airway management
- Needle chest decompression and fluid resuscitation
- Spinal motion restriction — rapid extrication, short back board, helmet managment, log roll, and long back board/ scoop stretcher utilization
- Extremity immobilization and traction splint application
ITLS Basic and Advanced courses use the 7th edition ITLS for Emergency Care Providers (published October 2011).
About ITLS for Emergency Care Providers, 7th Edition
Internationally recognized at the forefront of trauma education for all levels of emergency care, the 7th edition of International Trauma Life Support has been updated and refined to reflect the latest research and the most effective approaches in trauma patient care.
New material has been added including information on hemorrhagic shock, blast injuries, and tourniquet procedures as well as updates to the assessment sequence. This new edition now features key terms, updated art and photos, as well as new case presentations and conforms to the most recent AHA/ILCOR guidelines for artificial ventilation and CPR. Delving deeper into emergency trauma skills by providing the “how” and the “why” behind all methods, this new edition continues ITLS’s tradition of excellence to ensure learners get the most out of the few minutes they have to save their patients’ lives.
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ITLS Access give EMS crews and first responders
the training they need to reach, stabilize and extricate trapped
patients. The updated course includes techniques for hybrid vehicles, trucks, buses and small aircraft in addition to its primary focus on traditional vehicles. The eight-hour course is built around the concept of using hand tools commonly carried on an ambulance or first responder unit.
ITLS Pediatric continues the training of the Basic and Advanced courses with an emphasis on understanding and responding to trauma in children. The eight-hour course teaches the proper assessment, stabilization and packaging of pediatric trauma patients. It also highlights techniques for communicating with young patients and their parents. Hands-on stations include:
- Patient assessment and management
- Airway management and chest decompression
- Fluid resuscitation
- Spine motion restriction — pediatric immobilization device
ITLS offers a custom edition of a stand-alone military edition text, edited by a military surgeon. The scenarios are military based and cater to military personnel.
The 2nd edition of the ITLS Military provider manual is in development and is expected to be released in late summer 2013. It will correspond to the 7th edition ITLS provider manual.
ITLS Instructor Courses
Instructor courses prepare EMS professionals to teach ITLS courses. To participate, potential instructors must successfully complete the course they want to teach, demonstrate instructor potential, and meet local chapter requirements.
ITLS International's policies regarding achieving instructor status are:
- Obtain at least 86% on the written test in a provider course
- Obtain an excellent on the practical test in a provider course
- Be recommended to take an instructor course by an affiliate faculty
If these items are accomplished, the following must be satisfied:
- Attend an ITLS instructor course
- Be monitored in a skills station, testing station, and giving a lecture, resulting in a “favorable evaluation"
Instructor materials available for the ITLS Provider course include PowerPoint slides, an Instructor Guide (PDF), and pre- and post-test exams.These materials are available free of charge but must be obtained from your local Chapter.
Enrolling in an ITLS Course
ITLS provides its courses through its chapters and training centres. Each chapter is based on a geographic region, with the exception of the U.S. military. ITLS establishes training centres that enable proprietary training organizations to education their own personnel in ITLS.
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For ITLS provider courses, the instructor-to-student ratio
is 1:6 due to the skills stations. The usual course size is 16-20
students. Students who achieve instructor potential at the provider
course may attend an instructor course.
Course Medical Director Policy
ITLS International strongly recommends on-site involvement
of physician instructors in ITLS courses to integrate material into
the local emergency medical service systems, as well as to provide
Each course must have
a medical director who is available for consultation during the
course. The course medical director acknowledges accountability
by being familiar with all course content and ensuring the course
is taught per guidelines of the chapter's policy and procedures
and ITLS International.
When the course medical director is not on-site, each course must have a designated affiliate faculty who is on-site and accepts responsibility for overall quality assurance.
The participation of both the course medical director and affiliate faculty provide the necessary quality assurance, overall responsibility, and assures adherence to ITLS International standards.
ITLS charges an assessment fee of $10.00 US per student taught pass or fail. All Instructor Recertifications are conducted on line at the cost of $25 USD per student.
ITLS chapters usually also assess a fee which includes the ITLS International fee. Most course organizers charge students $100-$300 (US) per student for the course. This is to cover instructor expenses, food for the “victims”, any disposable equipment, etc. There would also be the need to allocate funds for the provider books.