Definitive Surgical Trauma Care
The Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) course was developed by the International Association for Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC) of the International Surgical Society. The Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills Course (DSTS) was developed independently by the Royal College of Surgeons of England with the Royal Defence Medical College and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the United States. There is a great deal of cooperation and overlap between the two courses and organisations.
"The DSTC is a course for surgeons, designed for the demanding and specific aspects of definitive surgical management of torso and head trauma. Life threatening surgical conditions are discussed in a decision making matrix and hands-on surgical expertise is obtained both in cadaver and live anaesthetised animal skill stations. The University of Witwatersrand Trauma Unit has a more detailed course breakdown and synopsis on their web site.
The parent organisation of DSTC, and the world's biggest trauma organisation outside of the United States is the International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC). This is part of the International Society of Surgery, based in Basel in Switzerland. It was founded in 1988 and serves as a forum for Trauma Surgeons world-wide. It is developing a leading role in education, and besides being the owner of the DSTC course, has also instituted the National Trauma Management Course which is a course designed for developing (resource challenged countries) who cannot afford either the equipment required, nor the instructor student ratio, of more advanced courses. It was originally developed for Africa, but has now taken place several times on the Indian subcontinent as well. "
Prof. Ken Boffard
Further information can be obtained from the International IATSIC Administrator, Miss Cara Macnab.
t: +44 (0) 20 7679 4517
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