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Damage Control Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery (DCOTS)

This practical two-day course at the well-resourced and modern anatomy department of Brighton Medical School teaches the strategies and skills needed to manage severely injured patients with life-threatening musculoskeletal injuries, often in challenging and time-critical circumstances.

Using unembalmed cadavers, you will practice a range of techniques with an emphasis on rapid control of exsanguinating junctional haemorrhage and resuscitation. Techniques include the use of external fixators, multiple limb fasciotomy, pelvic packing, rib plating and dealing with ballistic and blast injuries.

Led by an experienced faculty, by the end of this course you will be able to more confidently perform damage control or early appropriate care in those with major life and limb threatening injuries.

RCS membership entitles you to a 10% discount on this course at partner centres. Find out if you're eligible to join or transfer.

RCS England Faculty are entitled to a 20% discount.

This course is supported by:

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  • £1,499.00
  • 2 days
  • 12.00 CPD Points
2 days
12.00 CPD Points


This course is suitable for: ST6-8, consultants, SAS grades and anyone working in trauma and orthopaedic surgery, trauma centres or working with patients with polytrauma.

If you are an SAS grade, we strongly recommended ensuring you have a valid ATLS certificate before taking this course.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Manage time critical problems in severely injured patients.
  • Explain the practical application of damage control resuscitation emphasising control of catastrophic haemorrhage.
  • Safely practice proven techniques in haemostasis and damage control in cadaveric simulation.
  • Gain rapid vascular control in the actively bleeding patient in cadaveric simulation, both in terms of first aid and in actively assisting other members of the team.
  • Perform primary surgical stabilisation of complex open fractures in cadaveric simulation.
  • Apply these learning outcomes in order to work more efficiently and effectively in the multi-disciplinary trauma team.


This course centres on practical workshops using unembalmed cadavers. There will also be a range of interactive seminars.

Additional Information

Course content

You will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:

  • Surgical management of polytrauma  
  • Latest surgical techniques in managing life threatening musculoskeletal injuries 
  • Rapid control and resuscitation of exsanguinating haemorrhage
  • Establishing haemostasis and damage control

Take a look at a sample Damage Control Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery (DCOTS) programme.


Mapped to the ISCP syllabus and OCAP framework

The Damage Control Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery (DCOTS) course provides broad coverage of the ISCP T&O curriculum.

It also has strong links to the Orthopaedic Competence Assessment Project framework (OCAP).

10% discount on this course for RCS members

Members, Fellows and Associates benefit from a 10% discount on this course when held at our Education Centre in London. 

Your discount will be applied automatically when booking. 

Find out more about joining today.

Booking Options

Royal College Of Surgeons Courses

BRIGHTON, United Kingdom

10 Dec 2024
11 Dec 2024

Here is an overview of the programme

DCOTS Programme.pdf


Pricing notes:

Full price: £1499.00
All Current ATLS Instructors: £1199.20
All Current Surgical Faculty: £1199.20
RCS England Members/Fellows: £1349.10

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

For regional and international course payments and terms & conditions, please contact the relevant centre.

BRIGHTON, United Kingdom


94 N - S Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PX
University of Sussex
United Kingdom
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