The Procedures Course

Overview & Objectives

The Procedures Course will teach you how to confidently perform a wide range of basic and complex resuscitative procedures. It is a collaboration between The Alfred Trauma Unit, Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre, National Trauma Research Institute and Monash University. It comprises phase 1 of the Alfred Shock, Trauma & Resuscitation Program (A-S.T.A.R) which focuses primarily on procedural skills.

The course will be taught on fresh, un-embalmed, donor cadavers, and held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, & Adelaide.

Sessions will have a heavy emphasis on acquiring hands-on skills for the management of the multiply injured complex trauma patient.

Procedures will include:

  • Surgical Airway
  • Orbital decompression
  • Pleural Decompression
  • Resuscitative Vascular Access
  • Temporary trans-venous pacing
  • Pericardial decompression (including resuscitative thoracotomy)
  • Retrieval limb amputation
  • Escharotomy
  • Resuscitative Hysterotomy
  • Haemorrhage control
  • Advanced suturing / wound closure

This course is led by highly skilled faculty of surgeons and emergency medicine physicians, all experienced in performing and managing resuscitative thoracotomy.


2 days cadaver-based practical session

Who should apply?

Clinicians and surgeons frequently managing reception and resuscitation of major trauma will find this course provides them with specialist resuscitative knowledge, skills and confidence in their algorithm of the management of the critically ill trauma patient.

How to apply?

Contact Education Team for 2021’s schedule for the Resuscitative Thoracotomy Course

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