Dear colleagues and readers,

Welcome to the official website of the Cooperative course for Polytrauma Management.

The idea of this course was initiated by Drs. Giannoudis and Pape in 2002 with the first course being held in 2002 in Leeds, GB. Since then, it has circulated and part of it has also been implemented in the philosophy of the AO.

The organizers feel that the widespread implementation of the ATLS algorithm has tremendously improved the acute treatment of severely injured patients. Following the initial resuscitation phase, controversies and ongoing changes have occurred that are worth reviewing. Therefore, these courses address the issues "Beyond ATLS".

In cooperation with Aachen University Medical Center (Prof. Pape), Hannover Medical School (Prof. Krettek), University Hospitals in Leeds (Prof. Giannoudis) and Pittsburgh University Medical Center (Prof. Peitzman) we intend to unite the knowledge of general surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic trauma surgeons, intensive care and emergency physicians.

We hope that you will enrich these courses with your participation and infatigable intention to improve trauma care.


H.-C. Pape, MD, FACS



UniversitätsSpital Zürich
University of Leeds
University of Pittsburgh