The Trauma Life Support Society of India initially started by
a group of like minded doctors in Cochin who were handling trauma cases decided
that there is an urgent need to train doctors who handle trauma with a uniform,
reproducible method of training.
The trauma life support society was founded in October 1999.
On that day a group of like-minded clinicians from various disciplines like
Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia, Plastic Surgery, Urology etc. met in Cochin,
Kerala and mooted the idea that a society dedicated to the training of Trauma
Handlers in India be formed. All members then solemnly affirmed to dedicate
their services free of charge to such training programmes. The formal
inauguration of the Trauma Life Support Society was conducted on 24th November
1999 by Prof. Sambashivan, the President of the International Neurolosurgical
Society. Dr. Mohan Mathew was elected the Founding president of the society and
Dr. Mahesh the founding secretary. The articles of the association were
promulgated and the future course of action charted out. The Kerala Orthopaedic
Association and the Cochin Surgical Society have lent their joint support to the
Society. Based on these guidelines the society has been conducting 2 ITLS
courses every year for physicians. A new programme for nursing personnel - the
ATNC course, has been initiated from 2003 onwards and is proposed to have 2
programmes every year. It has also been proposed to train paramedical personnel,
fire force, civil defence organizations and the police in emergency care of
trauma victims in the near future.
The ITLS courses have been very warmly received by the medical fraternity of the
state and is usually booked well in advance. In recent years the number of
delegates from neighbouring Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Andhra pradesh have been
increasing. The training programmes being bio-skills hands-on practise, and
faculty-delegate ratio close to 1:1, it was considered prudent not to dilute the
course intensity by enrolling more than 27 participants in each course.