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Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Course

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The basic premise of the Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) – in cooperation with the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons – is to promote critical thinking, particularly under stress, and use enrollees' technical skills to deliver excellent patient care, based on an excellent foundation of knowledge. By design, it links to Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) for physicians. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.

Training includes a 2-day, tri-service, continuing medical education course for emergency healthcare professionals.  The training is based on prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs.  Training includes lectures and patient simulated skill stations.  Lectures cover:  Physiology of Life and Death, Scene Assessment, Patient Assessment and Special Considerations, Airway and Ventilation Management, Shock Management, and Trauma.  The target audience is DOD medical personnel trained to the level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or above in one of the uniformed services.  Students must also be registered in 6A-C4, Combat Casualty Care Course (C4).   The course awards 16 CEUs.

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Upcoming Courses

All courses are located in San Antonio. The C4 and associated professional courses are taken together. They may not be taken separately.

All course dates may be rescheduled if the minimum student quota requirement has not been met.  In the rare event of course cancellation or date change, DMRTI will notify all students as soon as changes are confirmed.  Confirmed registered students will have priority in the next course.

*Course dates cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.  Dates may be rescheduled once approved.

Class Report Date Start Date End Date
219 16 Sep 2021  17 Sep 2021  19 Sep 2021  
220 28 Oct 2021 29 Oct 2021 31 Oct 2021
221  09 Dec 2021 10 Dec 2021 12 Dec 2021
222  06 Jan 2022 07 Jan 2022 09 Jan 2022
223  10 Feb 2022 11 Feb 2022 13 Feb 2022
224  24 Mar 2022  25 Mar 2022 27 Mar 2022
225  07 Apr 2022 08 Apr 2022 10 Apr 2022
226  28 Apr 2022 29 Apr 2022 01 May 2022
227  19 May 2022 20 May 2022 22 May 2022
228  09 Jun 2022 10 Jun 2022 12 Jun 2022
229 15 Sep 2022  16 Sep 2022 18 Sep 2022

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