Despite the global acceptance that the ATLS management principles appear to represent a gold standard in trauma management, there are few data that suggest ATLS training has meaningfully reduced trauma-related morbidity and mortality in the developed world - M. D. Wiles


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There is no doubt that the ATLS course principles added some much needed structure to the initial management of multiply injured patients. Before the well-known ‘ABCDE’ stepwise approach, trauma patients had been managed similarly to general medical patients, with a focus on history and examination before any intervention. This was particularly important in trauma management before the advent of major trauma centres (MTCs), with immediate management provided in multiple different regional hospitals.

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