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Paediatric Advanced Cadaveric Trauma Surgery (PACTS) Course for Surgeons

Do you work in a Major trauma centre? Could you cope with a mass casualty incident like the 2017 Manchester concert bombing? Have you completed a surgical skills trauma course (more than just ATLS /APLS). We have taken the adult cadaveric trauma course and tailored it for children’s surgeons - this is the fourth course of this type following the excellent reviews of our previous years.

14 Nov

Newcastle Surgical Training Centre

Newcastle, 14th November 2019 - 15th November 2019


This course is a two day hands on cadaveric operative workshop for surgeons likely to be involved in the operative management of major trauma in children. The operative techniques focus on management of truncal and junctional zone injuries. The lectures, discussions and case studies explore the principles of damage control surgery in children, working in multispecialty surgical teams and the human factors of managing under extreme pressure. Experience is shared from military and humanitarian surgeons as well as recent major incidents in the UK.


  • Exanguinating haemorrhage
  • Traumatic cardiac arrest
  • Penetrating trauma
  • Damage control principles
  • Damage control approach to vascular injuries
  • Clamshell thoracotomy
  • Pericardial tamponade and penetrating cardiac injuries
  • Management of zone 1 to 3 neck injuries especially with regard to vascular injuries
  • Trauma laparotomy and abdominal packing
  • Management of liver injury
  • Laparostomy
  • Fasciotomies
  • Paediatric major trauma case scenarios
  • Human Factors lectures & decision making under pressure
  • Lessons from Manchester Children’s Hospital of the Ariana Grande concert bombing

Please speak to Suren Arul for more information ( or to book places please contact the Newcastle Surgical training – Gail Russell on 0191 213 8628 or email


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