This one day course provides candidates with the knowledge and practical experience (using human cadavers) to perform emergency surgical procedures in the emergency department or pre-hospital setting. The course covers the emergency surgical skills of surgical cricothyroidotomy; lateral canthotomy; open and tube thoracostomy; emergency thoracotomy and humeral intra-osseous vascular access.
For each procedure the relevant anatomy will be presented by a Professor of Anatomy using human surface anatomy, plastinate models and cadaveric specimens.The theory including the indications, complications, post-procedural care and tips for trouble-shooting will be covered in lecture format. There will then be a demonstration in real time followed by practical experience using whole human cadaveric specimens, under instructor supervision. Finally real cases will be discussed to put the theory and practical difficulties into context.