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DSTC™ is the course beyond ATLS for the senior doctors who need to take the operative and treatment decisions about the care of the trauma patient beyond the resuscitation period. It is currently open to mainly senior surgical registrars and qualified surgeons and runs in three provinces of South Africa. It is an internationally accredited course with both didactic and hands-on training teaching best-practice surgical technique and surgical critical care of the major trauma patient. For more information contact the National DSTC office on e-mail Shabina.Reddy@wits.ac.za
ATLS is a 3-day course for doctors and that can be “audited” (attended but not certified) by paramedics and nurses, which teaches evidence-based initial assessment and resuscitation of the injured. It is an internationally accredited course. See also FAQ6.
Full membership (voting rights at AGM) is currently R150 per annum and Associate membership (Students and Prehospital providers not wanting voting membership) is R100. Corporate sponsorship can be provided as the society is a non-profit organization and registered for tax-concession for companies providing funding for projects.
Trauma Society membership is open to Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics (EMS) and practitioners of the Allied Health Professions (OT / Physio) whose passion is the treatment and rehabilitation after trauma. Membership is by application and payment of an annual membership fee, which covers a quarterly journal and reduced rates at CPD meetings and certain local congresses.
We are a non-profit organization of medical and prehospital professionals involved with the care of victims of trauma due to mechanical injury. We do not primarily undertake Crisis Counseling, nor do we primarily deal with “loss” trauma from a psychological aspect, however we do attempt to network with organizations that perform these aspects of post-traumatic stress care. The society aims to train and accredit people and facilities for the improved care of the injured and guide best-practice in trauma care.
Trauma referred to here is the effects of mans interaction with man and his environment resulting in unintended or intentional physical injury. It obviously includes emotional effects, but this is not the primary focus of the trauma that the society is aimed at addressing.