The CALS Trauma Module was designed to provide physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and paramedics with the opportunity to learn and practice infrequently used lifesaving skills. It expands upon the skills covered in the two-day CALS Provider Course, satisfying Minnesota state trauma committee education requirements for level III or IV trauma designation.
Specific skills taught include:
- Needle thoracostomy for tension pneumothorax
- Chest tube insertion, adult
- Percutaneous pericardiocentesis
- Helmet removal
- Leg traction splint
- Tourniquet application and care
- FAST Exam: introduction to the use of ultrasound in trauma care
CALS Trauma Modules are usually held immediately prior to the Provider Courses, although they can be arranged as a stand-alone course.
Accreditation: The CALS Trauma Module has been reviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) CME Accreditation Department and the Commission on Continuing Professional Development and is acceptable for up to 3.5 Prescribed credit hours. AAFP prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association (AMA) as equivalent to AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1. When applying for the AMA PRA, prescribed hours earned must be reported as prescribed hours, not as Category 1.