CHICAGO, IL – The American College of Surgeons (ACS) released new subspecialty-focused primary survey guidelines for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) this week after a panel review at the recent national meeting.
“We have found that subspecialty residents and attendings, moonlighters, and emergency department physicians have difficulty remembering the basic ABCs because they are inclined to jump straight to evaluation within their fields of expertise. However, the increasing multidisciplinary involvement in trauma evaluations at major trauma centers provides an unprecedented opportunity for comprehensive and expert patient care.”
Based on the traditional “ABCs” format for easy recall, here is a summary of the recent guidelines, listed by subspecialty:
Ask open-ended questions
Accels and decels
Defer to outside slide review