About / History
Life Support (now International Trauma Life Support "ITLS") was initiated in 1986 in the state of Tennessee
with the help of the Tennessee Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Tennessee Department of
Public Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services. The realization of the need to improve training
for individuals involved in all aspects of emergency patient management to enhance patient care, decrease both out of
hospital and in hospital morbidity from trauma and cardiac related problems, and improve overall communication between
members of the emergency health care community.
Tennessee’s ACEP, EMS, and numerous others dedicated to this caused led to the introduction of the Basic
Trauma Life Support course, now ITLS. The ITLS course is designed to teach physicians, paramedics,
flight nurses, emergency nurses, physician assistants, all levels of EMTs and First Responders a systematic and orderly
approach to treating the trauma patient. The ITLS TN Inc. Chapter of International ITLS provides support for the organization and instruction of
ITLS courses within the State. ITLS TN Inc. is also actively involved in developing the Tennessee network
and upgrading and ensuring standardization of the instructional programs.
The overall goal of ITLS TN Inc. is to improve patient care through the education of emergency
health care providers. The primary goal is to support the development and management of a centralized ITLS
program that will provide a mechanism by which to build and extend ITLS training throughout the State.
of ITLS TN Inc. include developing a system of education and a mechanism for conducting, approving and certifying ITLS courses;
establishing and ensuring standardization of instruction and certification; distributing course materials, and collecting
assessment fees, as well as assisting local organizations in conducting courses within their own areas.