AIS Training Courses

AIS and Injury Scoring: Uses and Techniques course is offered as an onsite or online course depending on your learning preference and is available around the world. A minimum of 15 students is required for all courses, regardless of being onsite or online. The topics covered include:

  • a brief history of injury scaling methods;
  • the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS), uses;
  • coding rules and conventions;
  • methods for assessing the multiply injured patient.

The course is divided into lectures and work sessions in which actual hospital charts are used for coding exercises. The course does NOT teach how to use ICD. The online course, in addition to the actual course work online, can have students spending anywhere from 2 to 6 hours per week on homework. There are deadlines for homework assignments that are due a minimum of 24 hours prior to each live classroom session. The student will need to have knowledge of how to maneuver through an independent learning environment on the Internet.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the structure, organization, and contents of the Abbreviated Injury Scale
  • Abstract injury data from medical charts
  • Rule out information that is not codeable
  • Distinguish between injuries and outcomes
  • Apply injury coding rules and guidelines specific to each body region
  • Apply rules for calculating the Injury Severity Score (ISS) for multiple body region injuries

Pre-Requisites/Recommended Knowledge

The following recommendations are for both onsite and online course participants.  This is intended to help in your successful completion of the Injury Scaling Course and will provide you with a solid foundation from which to build your AIS coding understanding.

  • Minimum of 6 months (1 year or more suggested) experience working with AIS either in a trauma registry or coding of injury cases
  • Basic anatomy course or equivalent
  • Basic medical terminology course or equivalent

Who Should Take the AIS Course?

The course is designed for trauma nurses, coordinators, registrars, physicians, hospital records personnel, researchers, or engineers who are responsible for injury databases.

Onsite vs. Online vs. On-Demand Courses

AAAM offers both on-demand and instructor-led courses in varying formats: 

On-demand courses give the participant thirty days (30) to complete the materials at their own pace, at the time of day that is convenient with their schedule.  The scheduling of 1:1 time with a faculty member to discuss course materials that were not fully understood is an option to consider at registration.

Onsite courses are instructor-led courses that are fast-paced over two (2) eight-hour days.  The minimum class size is fifteen (15). This course style is great for networking and peer interaction.

Online courses are divided into two types, virtual with instructor-led classes that are just like the onsite, only instead of two (2) eight-hour (8) days, it is spread over four (4) days. There is limited peer interaction through a Zoom® platform.

There is also a hybrid version where the students watch the videos and work through their homework, with two (2) live classroom sessions, twice a week with the instructor who reviews the homework responses and formulates discussion based on areas of need. This is a slower pace than virtual or onsite with deadlines for coursework completion.

CE Credits

There are contact hours awarded when the participant passes the post-test with 70% or better. Failure to pass with 50% or less, results in the participant having to retake the course. Grades of 51% to 69% allow the faculty to conduct a remediation, and if the participant can work through the remediation providing accurate answers to random coding questions, the faculty has the authority to pass or fail the student.

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