Training in advanced trauma life support

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7036.976 (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:976

All aspects of life support should be part of undergraduate curriculum

  1. T F Beattie
  1. Consultant in accident and emergency Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh EH9 1LF

    EDITOR,—A J Price and G Hughes remind us of the inadequacy of training in resuscitating patients with trauma for senior house officers in Britain.1 However, all aspects of resuscitation skills, including cardiac and paediatric life support, are sadly lacking. The authors' proposed solution—of increasing training in trauma life support for senior house officers in accident and emergency early in their career—is surely the wrong answer. Advanced life support skills should be a mandatory part of the undergraduate curriculum, with doctors …

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