Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses

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Both are flagship programs of American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma and are currently run in more than 83 countries. ATLS was started in 1979 in Nebraska and due to its simple and effective approach, it was immediately adopted by ACS. India is in Region XVI for ATLS and ATCN. National Coordinator for ATLS India, Mr Suresh Sangi, is also the Region Director for ATCN (Region XVI) for over 14 South East Asian countries. With over 20 sites in India currently running ATLS, India has become a global force to reckon with respect to Trauma training and education of both doctors and nurses.

AIIMS Rishikesh became the 16th site for conducting ATLS & ATCN on June 29, 2019 under the visionary leadership of Padmashri Prof Ravi Kant, Director & CEO AIIMS. Setting up a world-class Simulation lab prior to launching ATLS was pivotal in successful and uninterrupted run of ATLS ATCN program at AIIMS Rishikesh. It is to be noted that as ATLS ATCN are resource intensive courses, majority sites in India conduct it only 3-4 times and year, whereas AIIMS Rishikesh is conducting this life-saving workshop every month. As such, AIIMS Rishikesh has become one the top favored sites for ATLS ATCN by doctors and nurses, both across India and Asia. These courses are exclusive due to hands-on training on moulages patients in management of life-threatening emergencies, with provision of intensive real-time mentors who are continuously over-watching the participants. AIIMS Rishikesh is only the second site in the country (after MGMUST Jaipur) conducting regular ATCN. AIIMS Rishikesh is the first site in India to launch both ATLS & ATCN concurrently. It also has the distinction of being the fastest site to train more than 100 doctors and 80 nurses since inaugural course.

With a vision for preparedness for natural disasters, these life-saving courses are being done by all doctors and nurses from clinical branches. Expert faculties from all over India participate in these courses to impart state-of-art trauma care to doctors and nurses. As a result of a shining ATLS & ATCN program, AIIMS Rishikesh has been conferred the responsibility to organize the coveted Regional Meeting for ATLS, where experts from over 14 countries would sit together to chalk out plans for upcoming year regarding promulgation and improvisation of ATLS & ATCN. (Nov 20-21 2020) Till date, AIIMS Rishikesh had done 8 ATLS & 6 ATCN courses, thus training more than 120 doctors and 95 nurses in trauma care. Waitlist for these courses typically run for 3-4 months.