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 life-saving 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
- 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 Trauma Module has been reviewed by the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) CME Accreditation Department and the Commision on Continuing Professional Development and and is acceptable for up to 3.0 prescribed credit hours. AAFP prescribed credit is accepted by the AMA (American Medical Association) as equivalent to AMA PRA (Physician’s Recognition Award) Category 1. (When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed hours earned must be reported as Prescribed hours, not as Category 1).