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Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)


Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) is an international course that teaches participants the basic skills necessary for timely management of traumatic injury.

Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) is an international course that teaches participants the basic skills necessary for timely management of traumatic injury.

The course includes didactic and practical sessions.

Please visit this link for more information on the Trauma Guidelines for ATLS Course Directors and Participants due to COVID-19.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to identify injuries associated with major trauma, management of skills required for early resuscitation, and treatment of injured patients.

The ATLS® course provides its participants with a safe and reliable method for the immediate treatment of injured patients and the basic knowledge necessary to:

  1. Assess a patient’s condition rapidly and accurately.

  2. Resuscitate and stabilize patients according to priority.

  3. Determine whether a patient’s needs exceed a facility’s resources and/or a doctor’s capabilities.

  4. Arrange appropriately for a patient’s interhospital or intrahospital transfer (what, who, when, and how).

  5. Ensure that optimal care is provided and that the level of care does not deteriorate at any point during the evaluation, resuscitation, or transfer processes.

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Vancouver General Hospital. If you would like to register for a course, please email us at TraumaEduc@vch.ca.

2021 Courses – Vancouver Coa​stal Health

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Vancouver General Hospital. If you would like to register for a course, please email us at TraumaEduc@vch.ca.

  • Nov 17-18, 2021

  • November 18 Refresher course *** FULL ***

2021 Courses ​​– Fraser Health Authority

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. If you would like to register for a course, please email atlsfha@gmail.com.

  • November 5-6, 2021

2022 Courses – Vancouver Coa​stal Health

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Vancouver General Hospital. If you would like to register for a course, please email us at TraumaEduc@vch.ca.

  • January 25-26, 2022 

  • February 22-23, 2022

  • April 11-12, 2022

  • May 16-17, 2022

  • June 13-14, 2022

  • November 21-22, 2022

  • Refresher courses may be run in conjunction with the above dates. Please contact the course coordinator for inquiries.

2022 Courses ​​– Fraser Health Authority

Below is a list of upcoming ATLS® courses being held at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. If you would like to register for a course, please email atlsfha@gmail.com.

  • January 28-29, 2022

  • April 22-23, 2022

  • June 17-18, 2022

  • September 9-10, 2022

  • November 4-5, 2021​

2022 ATLS Instructor Courses – Vanco​uver Coastal Health

If you have interest in becoming an ATLS Instructor, please contact the the VGH course coordinator at glen.purcell@vch.ca. If you would like to register for a course, please email us at TraumaEduc@vch.ca.​

  • January 10-11

  • September date tbd

For additional course listings in British Columbia, please visit the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) website. To access a list of the ATLS Coordinators located in Canada, please click here​.​