September 13, 2009
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Remember the principle of homeostasis from first-year physiology the idea that the human body has self-regulating processes to maintain a desirable internal state? What were we taught to do when disease disrupted the self-regulating processes, and physiologic parameters were abnormal? Use medical treatments to restore them to normal values. Well, now we know that this may not be the best way to enhance survival.
The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course for doctors was introduced in Nebraska in 1978 and given nationally for the first time in 1980 by the American College of Surgeons. The goal of ATLS is to serve as a safe and reliable method for managing patients with traumatic injury and provide a "common baseline for the continued innovation and challenge of existing paradigms in trauma care."
Emergency Medicine Reports - Full September 14, 2009 Issue in Streaming Audio/Downloadable MP3 Format