This intensive one-day course focuses on the resuscitative thoracotomy and how to apply this technique in trauma resuscitation.You will be able to practice surgical skills using animal tissue as well as learning approaches to decision-making and damage control, with an emphasis on working as part of the trauma team.This course is led by a highly skilled faculty of surgeons and emergency medicine physicians, all highly experienced in performing and managing resuscitative thoracotomy.After attending this course, you should be able to:Manage the arrested patient, working with the trauma team pre-thoracotomy and during resuscitative thoracotomyDemonstrate knowledge of the anatomy specific to resuscitative thoracotomy including cardiac anatomy and the anatomy of the hilum and chest wallCarry out treatment of injuries to the heart including opening the pericardium, control of bleeding and internal massageUnderstand the management of the post-operative patient, including internal defibrillation, drainage and closing the chestCourse contentYou will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:Resuscitative thoracotomyClosing up and managing post-operative patientsInternal defibrillationRepairing a hole including:Suturing inside the chestPledgeted suturesSkin staplesNon-cardiac injury including:Mobilising a lungLung twistInjuries to the heart:Basic tissue handling techniquesImproving access