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Injury Prevention

ACS COT Supports Proposal of New ICD-10-CM Codes for Electronic Micro-Mobility Devices

The ACS COT was invited to co-sponsor a proposal to develop new ICD-10-CM codes for e-scooters and other micro-mobility devices. Research into e-scooter injuries and fatalities is limited due to the difficulty of identifying these incidents in medical records and other health data sources without specific standardized reporting mechanisms or ICD-10-CM codes. With the popularity of e-scooters on the rise, the number of riders is only expected to increase. Co-sponsors and collaborators of the proposal include the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Atrium Health, and the Vision Zero SF Injury Prevention Research Collaborative between Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. COT member Doug Schuerer traveled to Baltimore on behalf of the collaborators to present the proposal to the CDC/CMS ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee during their September meeting. The decision whether to adopt the new codes will be made after public comment is closed, and if approved, the codes will be implemented in October 2020.

Firearm Injury Prevention

In October, the COT announced a two-year onsite Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence Fellowship, for a term beginning in July/August 2020 through June 2022. This fellowship is offered in partnership with the ACS COT, American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM), American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), and Western Trauma Association (WTA). This opportunity is a fully funded, mentored research experience in injury prevention, research, and health policy that is available to applicants who have completed a minimum of two years of surgical residency. In addition, the Clinical Scholar will complete a master's degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Applications were accepted through December 15.

Drs. Bulger and Stewart published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on September 14, 2019, titled "A public health approach reduced death from car crashes. It can do the same for gun violence," which outlined the ACS COT's inclusive approach to the firearm crisis in the lay press for the first time. The article highlighted the way "we can change the conversation from a polarized debate about 'gun control' to a common effort to address 'firearm injury prevention.'"

Two new versions of the Gun Safety and Your Health brochure, with the option to add your own logo, are available for free download on the ACS website in multiple press-quality formats, including a PowerPoint version. These new versions allow you to add your hospital/organization/etc. branding to both digital and print formats so that the brochure can be incorporated into your center's resources display, viewed on TV monitors in patient waiting rooms, and included in PowerPoint presentations for grand rounds or other outreach activities. Stay tuned for the release of the Spanish translation.