New York ACEP ITLS State Medical Director
Jeremy T. Cushman, MD MS EMT-P FACEP
International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) is a global organization dedicated to preventing death and disability from trauma through education and emergency trauma care. New York ACEP is the state coordinator for ITLS in New York State.
ITLS is accepted internationally as the standard training course for prehospital trauma care. It is used as a state-of-the-art continuing education course — and as an essential curriculum in many paramedic, EMT and first-responder training programs.
ITLS courses combine classroom learning and hands-on skill stations. Scenario assessment stations enable you to put your learning to work in simulated trauma situations. ITLS courses are designed, managed and delivered by course directors, coordinators and instructors experienced in EMS, prehospital care and the ITLS approach.
Each ITLS course includes a comprehensive manual sent to you in advance. The manual enhances your learning experience with in-depth content, photos and illustrations. ITLS manuals are written by trauma care experts and edited by the ITLS editorial board. After the course, you can turn to the manual as a valuable recap of what you have learned.
To be certified, a course must be taught by registered ITLS instructors under the sponsorship of ITLS International, an ITLS chapter, or an ITLS training center. The course does not certify future performance nor does it confer license of any kind upon successful completion.
ITLS empowers EMS personnel with the knowledge and skills to provide optimal care for the injured in the prehospital setting. A variety of training options are offered to suit the requirements of all levels and backgrounds of prehospital emergency personnel around the world.
ITLS Basic and Advanced
These comprehensive courses are designed for providers who are first to evaluate and stabilize the trauma patient. The courses provide complete training in the skills needed for rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of trauma patients.
The ITLS Basic course provides the core of knowledge and skills appropriate for all levels of EMS personnel, including EMT-Bs, first responders and other technicians.
The ITLS Advanced course builds on this knowledge, emphasizing evaluation steps and sequencing as well as techniques for resuscitating and packaging patients. ITLS Advanced is appropriate for advanced EMTs, paramedics, trauma nurses, physicians and other advanced EMS personnel. Hands-on stations include:
Patient assessment and management
Basic and advanced airway management
Needle chest decompression and fluid resuscitation
Spinal motion restriction — rapid extrication, short back board, helmet management, log roll, and long back board/ scoop stretcher utilization
Extremity immobilization and traction splint application
ITLS Basic and Advanced courses use the 6th edition ITLS for Prehospital Care Providers manual