Trauma Team Training: A cross-walk of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATL), Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC), the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Program, and the Basic Life Support (BLS)

Author: National Rural Health Resource Center

The purpose of this cross-walk is to provide State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) with an overview of each course so they can determine which courses will best meet the needs for trauma training in their hospital and state. While Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) remains the gold standard for personnel working on a daily basis in high volume, high acuity trauma centers, there are other courses emerging that hold promise in providing educational support for rural and non-urban emergency department practices.