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The Polytraumacourse covers content from the injury site to rehabilitation

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The Polytraumacourse provides different modules

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About the Polytraumacourse

Like the introduction of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLSĀ®), it covers the trauma room phase of serious injuries and improves the treatment of these patients. However, the shock room phase is very complex and still controversially discussed. Historically, it was a collaboration between Prof. Pape, (previously University Aachen and Hannover), and the University of Leeds University (Prof. Giannoudis). Later the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Prof. Peitzman) joined as a partner, and the course is intended to connect the knowledge of different disciplines (visceral surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and intensivists) and to improve the quality of treatment. The Polytrauma Course introduced a quality management system and to have it externally evaluated (by 05/2014). As means of the project management, a quality management system is created and externally verified (credentials of ISO 9001: 2008/2015). Since 2002 more than 30 international courses were held world wide. This course is endorsed by numerous surgical societies and international conferences.


After the widespread implementation of courses that cover the emergency treatment of severely injured patients (ATLS, ETC, DSTC), a course that covers the care during the entire hospitalization was missing. This is the goal of the Polytrauma Course (PTC).

PTC is an interdisciplinary course that aims to combine the knowledge of general surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic trauma surgeons, intensivists, and emergency physicians. Moreover, this course covers the entire management of a polytraumatized patient (rescue, emergency room, ICU, ward, rehabilitation)

PTC is led an international group of experts and certified for quality management. It covers lectures, case discussions, and practical exercises, depending on the modules selected the participant. The PTC App (available for iPhone and Android) provides a quick and compact overview of surgical knowledge helpful for the management of severely injured patients.

We hope that you will enjoy the group teaching and discussions in one of our international courses.