We offer several certification courses, each taught by skilled practitioners through hands-on training. The following courses are designed to improve emergency responder skills, quality of care, and patient outcomes:

Stop the Bleed

The purpose of the STOP THE BLEED® campaign is to make our nation more resilient by better preparing the public to save lives if people nearby are severely bleeding. This preparation is being done by raising awareness and teaching people how to learn three quick actions to control serious bleeding. Through our STOP THE BLEED® course, you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and intervene effectively. The person next to a bleeding victim may be the one who’s most likely to save him or her. Take the course and become empowered to make a life or death difference when a bleeding emergency occurs. STOP THE BLEED®. Save a Life!

TNS—Trauma Nurse Specialist Course

Trauma Nurse Specialist course is a standardized program presented at the graduate level focusing on the care of the trauma patient across the continuum, including  prehospital, resuscitative, perioperative and intensive care phases with a strong emphasis on pathophysiology and multidisciplinary coordination.

TCCC—Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) aims to resource the individual warfighter/operator as well as the tactical healthcare professional with the right tools to significantly decrease preventable death. TCCC distinguishes itself from the norm by focusing primarily on the intrinsic tactical variables of penetrating trauma compounded by prolonged evacuation times.

We offer TCCC-MP (TCCC for Medical Personnel), a 16-hour course for medical and military personnel including EMTs, paramedics, medics, corpsmen, and pararescue personnel deploying in support of combat operations.

PHTLS—Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support

Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs.

PHTLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and other prehospital providers. PHTLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

ATLS—Advanced Trauma Life Support

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) teaches a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient. Developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT), ATLS provides a safe and reliable method for the immediate management of injured patients. Participants learn how to assess a patient’s condition, resuscitate and stabilize him or her, and determine if patient needs exceed facility capacity. It also covers arranging for an interhospital transfer with optimum care provided throughout the process. 

ABLS—Advanced Burn Life Support

Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) programs provide knowledge for immediate care of the burn patient up to the first 24-hours post injury. ABLS programs also support emergency preparedness and mass casualty incidents focusing on triage, burn survivability, prioritizing transport of patients, and patient treatment. ABLS is available for a wide range of burn care professionals.

ASSET—Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure of anatomic structures that when injured may pose a threat to life or limb. The one-day course covers surgical exposures in the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. The low student-to-faculty ratio allows for extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students. 

The intended audience includes mid-level and senior surgical residents, trauma and acute care surgical fellows, or any surgeon who wishes to undertake a review of this anatomy.

For more information or to register for a course, please contact our Education Coordinator or Trauma Manager.

Education Coordinator

Brandi DeLoatch
education@cookcountytrauma.org
312-864-2731

Trauma Manager

Justin Mis
phtls@cookcountytrauma.org
312-864-2753