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Trauma Programs and Courses

Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to empower individuals to act quickly to save lives. No matter how rapid the arrival of emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene in the event of a disaster, shooting or other act of violence.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within 5 minutes; therefore, it is important to quickly stop the blood.

However, excessive bleeding isn’t tied exclusively to acts of violence. Lawn mower incidents, traffic collisions, boating accidents, farming or industrial events, hiking, hunting, and other home events are just as likely to result in life-threatening bleeding.

Deaconess Trauma Services provides regional training for this program so anyone can know how to give potentially lifesaving care while waiting for first responders to arrive. This training is offered at no charge to groups and organizations. “Stop the Bleed” is a combination of brief lecture and “hands on” skills. It is appropriate for any age group.

If you would like to schedule a training, visit  For more information, you contact the Injury Prevention Coordinator at 812-450-2961.
Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) 
The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program is designed for physicians or advance practice clinicians and teaches a concise, systematic approach to the care of a trauma patient. Developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and first introduced in the US and abroad in 1980, the Deaconess offering of the ATLS course remains true to its core mission - to provide health care professionals with access to education that will enhance their ability to care for the trauma patient. The content and skills taught in the course allow participants to rapidly and accurately assess the patient; stabilize and resuscitate by priority; determine the needs of the patient and whether those needs exceed the resources of the treatment facility; arrange for appropriate definitive care; and
ensure that optimal care is provided.

In short, ATLS is a measureable, reproducible, comprehensive system of trauma care. 

The ATLS 10th Edition is one of the most transformational editions in ATLS history and includes these improvements:
  • Traditional lectures have been replaced with interactive discussions, fostering increased student engagement
  • Skills stations are now taught through unfolding case scenarios that allow the students to apply the skills learned in the course to real life situations
The ACS designated this continuing medical activity as meeting the criteria for 16 AMA PRA Category I Credits (TM) hours and 16 Self-Assessment Hours (must receive a 75% or greater on the post-test to claim self-assessment hours).

To find a course, visit our Professional Calendar
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) is an advanced course designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing his or her knowledge in management of the multisystem trauma patient. Taught concurrently with ATLS®, the ATCN program has been operational for over 15 years and has an excellent record of offering superb trauma education.
The nurse attendee participates in the ATLS® interactive discussions. During the ATLS® skill and testing stations, the nurses are separated from the physician group and directed through ATCN skill stations that include:
  • Initial Assessment and Management
  • Airway and Ventilatory Management
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Hemorrhagic Shock
  • Musculoskeletal & Spinal Trauma
  • Head Trauma
The skill stations are based on an interactive “hands-on, scenario-based approach” to adult education. The practical testing stations allow the ATCN students to demonstrate the application of ATLS® and ATCN information on a moulaged patient.
Accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education, the Society of Trauma Nurses awards 18.5 contact hours for completion of the ATCN course.
To find a course visit our Professional Calendar
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for pre-hospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of pre-hospital care. PHTLS is developed by National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (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 pre-hospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities.

PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that given a good base of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The PHTLS course is continuously updated and revised to keep up with the advances in the field and ATLS®.

Deaconess offers the PHTLS Provider Course, a 16 credit-hour course for any interested pre-hospital provider.
To find a course visit our Professional Calendar
Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)
TNCC, widely recognized as the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide, empowers nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients.
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) developed TNCC to establish a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge and to improve the care of all trauma patients. The course combines interactive learning with scenario-based assessments to give nurses a comprehensive learning experience.
To find a course visit our Professional Calendar
Illinois Trauma Nurse Specialist (TNS) Course
Co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Division of EMS and Highway Safety, TNS is designed for nurses working in an emergency department or ICU setting. The course is presented at the graduate level and focuses on the care of the trauma patient across the continuum, including pre-hospital, resuscitative, perioperative and intensive care phases. There is a strong emphasis on pathophysiology and multidisciplinary coordination.
This 80-hour course is offered during the fall and meets weekly on Thursdays from 0800 – 1700. The pre-requisites include a minimum of one year experience as an RN, ACLS certification, and current BLS certification.

Requirements for completion include required attendance (with a maximum of 2 absences), successful completion of the practical exam, and successful completion of the state written exam (80% pass rate with two attempts at success).
The TNS course, jointly sponsored by Deaconess and St. Vincent Evansville, is offered at Deaconess in even years and at St. Vincent Evansville in odd years.
To find a course visit our Professional Calendar
Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)
The Rural Trauma Team Development Course(RTTDC), developed by the ad hoc Rural Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and revised in 2016 (4th edition), was designed for the rural (or smaller community) hospital.

RTTDC™ 4th Edition provides physician learners with up to 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit hours. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will recognize these credits, so nurses who complete RTTDC will receive a certificate to claim CEUs from the ANCC. Pre-hospital providers will also earn a certificate so they can claim CEs.

The goal of the RTTDC is to improve the quality of care in rural communities by developing a timely, organized, rational response to the care of the trauma patient by focusing on a team approach that addresses the common problems in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured. It is the purpose of RTTDC™ to increase the efficiency of resource utilization and improve the level of care provided to the injured patient in the rural environment.
RTTDC is provided to area hospitals, at no charge, as part of our long-standing commitment to community outreach for our partner hospitals within the region. Led by a trauma surgeon, the basic premise of the course is the assumption that, in most situations, rural hospitals can provide three individuals to form the core of a trauma team. These three people include a team leader (a physician or advance practice clinician), team member one (a nurse), and team member two (an additional individual who could be a nurse, aide, technician, pre-hospital provider, or clerk). Therefore, the rural hospital should have those individuals who will perform in these roles attend the course along with other individuals such as respiratory, radiology, and laboratory technologists, additional nurses, pre-hospital personnel, etc. who might be involved in supportive roles to the trauma team.
To request a course in your area - Contact Deaconess Trauma Team

Annual Deaconess Trauma Conference
Held annually in November since 1997, the Deaconess Trauma Conference has stood the test of time. Designed for all levels of health care provider, from pre-hospital through the emergency department, to the ICU or floor and on to rehabilitation, the trauma conference focuses on mechanisms of injury and current treatment options.

To view information about this year's conference, visit our Professional Calendar.

American College of Surgeons
Society of Trauma Nurses
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
Emergency Nurses Association
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