Kampala Advanced Trauma Care Course

KATC Video library: trauma lecture Series

These are free, publicly available lectures given by our own KATC instructors. Each video covers an essential component of trauma care, with emphasis on the initial resuscitation. 

Patient Assessment

In traumas, providers must constantly ask themselves, “What is killing the patient right now.” Dr. Ronald Kiweewa, general surgeon, begins our series with a discussion on the initial assessment.


The initial assessment is the foundation of a systematic, comprehensive resuscitation effort. This structured approach allows providers to quickly identify and address immediate life-threatening conditions. Stabilization of a patient’s airway, breathing, circulation should be prioritized over any other clinical action. 

Airway management

Dr. Cornelius Sendagire, anesthesiologist and intensive care specialist, discusses airway management in trauma. 

Head trauma

Dr. Juliet Sekabunga, neurosurgeon, discusses the principles of managing traumatic brain injury. 

Chest trauma

Abdominal trauma

Dr. Alexander Bangirana, general surgeon and head of the Mulago Hospital Emergency Department, discusses abdominal trauma. 

Musculoskeletal trauma

Shock - Part 1

Shock - Part 2

Shock is a life-threatening state of hypo-perfusion. In this two part series, Dr. Martha Namugga, general surgeon and co-lead course coordinator of KATC, discusses the pathophysiology, types, and management of shock.

Trauma in pregnancy

Dr. Carolyne Oleo, obstetrician/gynecologist, discusses the management strategy for traumatic injuries in pregnant women. 

Pediatric trauma

Injury is the most common cause of death and disability in children worldwide. In contrast to adults who tend to show a predictable clinical decline after traumatic injury, children’s vital signs “fall off a cliff.” Providers must be especially vigilant when managing children, as clinical appearance may not accurately represent the severity of injury. 

Burn management

90% of burn injuries occur in low and middle income countries. Despite a vastly different mechanism of injury, the initial assessment, along with the prioritization of Airway-Breathing-Circulation stabilization, remains the same.