Polytrauma Course (PTC)


a.  Aims of the course

To cover the whole chain of treatment and to unite the knowledge of general surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic trauma surgeons, intensive care, and emergency physicians to provide an interdisciplinary approach.

b.  Course Concept and Modules


The courses consists of different modules that can vary according to a course location. The modules are as follows:

WET LAB/Live Video

  • These modules include live demonstrations of emergency interventions (e.g. thoracotomy, laparotomy pelvic packing, external fixations etc.). Interventions are broadcasted directly to the lecture hall.  Experts discuss with participants critical steps of procedures. Moreover, hands-on courses allow to practice surgical emergency interventions on bones.

Case Session / Interactive Voting

  • Real Polytrauma cases are presented by our team. Surgical interventions, decision making and strategies are critically discussed by experts and participants. Interactive voting allows critical discussion and  communication with the audience.

Trauma Bay Simulation

  • Trauma Bay Simulation takes place at our simulation center at the University Hospital Zürich. Polytrauma cases are introduced to the participants, strategies and interventions are discussed between an interdisciplinary team. Participants are evaluated according to team-interaction, decision-making and team-performance.

Military Session

  • Military situations and terrorist attacks require a special consideration and treatment strategies. Treatment of shot-gun wounds, blasts and explosion wounds are discussed by military experts and military surgeons.

Online Courses

  • After COVID-19 pandemic on-site courses were cancelled. Therefore, new concepts and course formats for online courses were developed by the steering board. Above mentioned modules were also implemented to online courses.

Main Content

General considerations
  • Epidemiology
  • Prevention
  • Education
  • Definitions

Emergency Phase

  • Controversies in diagnostic
  • Role of emergency interventions
  • Identification patients at risk for complications
  • Triad of deaths
  • Video sessions
Priority of care of multiple injured patients
  • Priority in treatment in multiple trauma
  • Indication for Damage Control Surgery
  • Time point of definitive surgery
  • Decision making and criteria

Reconstruction and Outcome

  • Bone defects
  • Soft tissue management
  • Rehabilitation and challenges
  • Outcome and quality of life

Special problems

  • Brain injuries and polytrauma
  • Thorax Injuries and polytrauma
  • Abdominal injuries and polytrauma
  • Pelvic Injuries and polytrauma
  • Vascular Injuries and polytrauma
  • Spine Injuries and polytrauma