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This annual Las Vegas Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery Conference has become the best attended such course in the world, being oversubscribed the last 14 years.  In 2020, the COVID pandemic ultimately caused us to cancel, so we are now set to resume record breaking meetings!  Of the more than 1300 attendees, over 80% have been physicians.  Our faculty are physicians in active practice who continue “in the trenches” day after day, night after night, dealing with the most complex surgical challenges.   Each year, new “rising stars” join seasoned expert faculty.  As you visit the Scientific Program section of our site, you will be impressed that such a stellar faculty has been assembled and how so much practical surgical information has been incorporated into two and one-half days.  Past attendees have aptly described the conference content as an, “Incredible journey in surgical knowledge, with “tour guides” whose expertise and personalities make every excursion a uniquely exceptional experience,” “Amazingly wonderful, fast paced experience – like drinking water from a fire hose; it blew me away!” No other course like this in the world; can’t wait to return next year.”

As we enter our 54th record-breaking year, it is appropriate that the continued focus be TRAUMA, CRITICAL CARE, & ACUTE CARE SURGERY.  For every community, there continues to be a need for surgical and medical teams to evaluate and treat the sickest of the sick and the severely injured.  With many graduates going into practices based primarily in minimally invasive surgical subspecialties, it is appropriate that this course take a leadership role in providing a continuing education venue for the complex operative and critical care surgical challenges, with major trauma continuing to be the epitome of such challenges.

Along those lines, we are excited to introduce a “Virtual Vegas” option in 2021.  This trend was necessitated in the early months of COVID, and is now recognized as an excellent option and way to get Mattox Vegas TCCACSTM to an even larger audience.



The program offers comprehensive continuing education in the treatment of critically ill and injured patients, stressing current basic and cutting edge guidelines and technology for evaluation, diagnosis, and management.  The course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those caring for ill and injured patients in rural, urban, and suburban hospitals.


1)Describe innovative, appropriate techniques and technology for optimal care of the injured or seriously ill patient in urban and rural environments, 2) Apply concepts from urban and rural trauma and acute care surgery cases to the practice setting, 3) Describe practical exposure techniques and guidelines for management and early control of injuries and acute surgical conditions, 4) Identify the dilemmas, ethics, and solutions relative to managing critically ill and injured patients, 5) Discuss care issues particular to the surgical intensive care unit, including use of steroids, advanced rescue strategies, sepsis, vasopressors, nutrition, and non-hemorrhagic shock,  6) Address issues relative to trauma and acute care surgery evolution, including managing TBI, rib fractures, bowel obstruction, appendicitis, and peripheral vascular trauma. 7) Discuss ongoing advances and the controversies surrounding them, including appropriate use of REBOA, opioids for trauma patients, nonoperative management, and endovascular management of trauma, 8) Discuss how to manage complications of missed injuries, difficult stomas, and injuries in the presence of incorporated mesh, 9) Discuss the COVID-19 challenges presented to surgeons, and 10) Discuss evolving nonclinical issues, including the acute care surgery model,  proliferation of trauma centers, ICU bundles, burnout, guidelines vs good judgement, and the challenges of training emergency surgeons.


Didactic lecture, panel discussions, audiovisual aids, and course syllabus.


The course is designed primarily for trauma surgeons working in Level I-IV trauma centers.  in addition, general surgeons, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, trauma coordinators, surgical residents, thoracic surgeons, trauma nurses, PAs, and NPs administrators, and EMS coordinators will benefit from this course.


CME credit has been awarded.  Please visit the ACCREDITATION PAGE of the site for accreditation designation.

For the purposes of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 creditstm issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.


Attire for the meeting is business casual. Every effort will be made to provide a comfortable learning environment; however, meeting room temperatures are variable and may be difficult to control. The temperature is occasionally cool in the meeting rooms; therefore, a jacket or sweater is recommended.


All registrants will be provided a name badge for use during the meeting. For security purposes, name badges are required at all times in the convention area. Individuals without a badge will not be permitted into the course rooms or exhibit hall. Lost badges will be replaced for a $20 fee.


For show and other entertainment information, visit the Las Vegas convention and visitors website at: call 1-877-847-4858.

As the meeting dates draw closer, more show information will be available on this site. Also, check our conference website for late breaking show information.


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