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ACS Releases Monthly National Trauma Data Bank Reports


CHICAGO (March 14, 2011): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) issues monthly data reports analyzing various aspects of trauma care and injury in America. These reports entitled, NTDB® Data Points, are now available to the media prior to print distribution in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

This month’s report analyzes why obese persons increase their risk of death and injury in motor vehicle crashes by not wearing seat belts. “Trauma is not immune to the obesity rates,” the authors explain citing “a linear decrease in seat belt use as an individual’s [body mass index] BMI increases.”

The full text report, “Tighten Your Belt” by Richard J. Fantus, MD, FACS and Michele M. Mellett, MD, FACS, can be viewed online.

NTDB® Data Points are developed by practicing trauma surgeons who extract and analyze data from the College National Trauma Databank (NTDB), which is the largest aggregation of U.S. trauma registry data ever assembled.

In addition, ACS releases an NTDB annual adult and pediatric report each fall. These reports contain descriptive information about trauma patients, including demographics, injury information, and outcomes.

Members of the media who wish to receive these reports on an ongoing basis, should email their contact information to[.]

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