There’s an interesting, important, editorial in Anaesthesia. It is a fair criticism of ATLS. It starts with the historical background, details it’s modern weak points and concludes with how ATLS should be regarded as an entry level course for clinicians who won’t frequently manage trauma.
The article also concludes that ATLS is a concept that over and over fails to evolve and how it doesn’t meet the requirements of today’s cutting edge trauma centres. The paper is open access and a must-read. Find it here.