The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed the ACS COVID-19 Registry, which is now available to all hospitals seeking to capture meaningful data about the COVID-19 patients they treat. The overarching priority of this registry is to collect important clinical patient data for a disease about which little is known.
This registry will collect data on COVID-19 patients who did not undergo surgery as well as COVID-19 patients who did.
The ACS COVID-19 Registry was developed with the input of several experts who are currently treating COVID-19 patients. They have advised as to what key variables should be collected. The final set of variables is based on the expected availability of relevant information and ease of data collection, as well as other factors.
Included data variables cover demographics, severity predictors, admission information, hospitalization information, therapies used, and discharge information. Participating hospitals will be able to capture all patients ages 18 and older and tracked from hospital admission through discharge.
The ACS has a long history of developing and maintaining clinical data registries for trauma, cancer, surgical quality improvement for adult and pediatric hospitals, and bariatric surgery. Relying on the decades of experience the ACS has with data collection and improving patient care, we also acknowledge the registry was created in an expedited timeframe because of the immediate crisis. We will continue to monitor the variables that are collected, the definitions of the variables, and iterate as needed. We are using REDCap as the data collection platform for the ACS COVID-19 Registry since it is a known system and easily accessible to all hospitals.
All hospitals can contribute. We ask that you help to advance our collective knowledge and understanding by participating in this important initiative. There is no fee to participate. We only request your commitment to collecting and submitting data.