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Trauma

Since 1922, when it formed a Committee on Fractures, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has waged a continuous effort to improve care of injured patients. 

Today our trauma activities are administered through our 83-member Committee on Trauma (COT), overseeing a field force of more than 3,500 Fellows working to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care in local, regional, national, and international arenas.

We strive to improve the care of injured patients before, during, and after hospitalization. Our trauma-related activities—aimed at education, advocacy, professional development, standards of care, and assessment of outcomes—are disseminated through a variety of programs and subcommittees. Examples include ATLS®, TQIP®, trauma systems consultation, and trauma center verification.   

If you’re a trauma care professional, learn more about all that ACS trauma programs has to offer you, your trauma center, and the patients you serve.

Trauma News

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Researchers have found that pregnant trauma patients receiving care at a designated trauma center fare better than those treated at a non-trauma hospital. The study was published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in advance of print publication.

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Stop the Bleed at the White House

Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, FACS, ACS Regent and Chairman of the Hartford Consensus (second from the left), was among the featured speakers Tuesday, October 6 at a “Stop the Bleed” event at the White House.

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2015 Scudder Oration

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, delivered the 2015 Scudder Oration on Trauma, “If Charles L. Scudder Could See Us Now” at Clinical Congress. Use the link below to watch the full-length speech, including how well trauma care is positioned for the future.

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Course Search

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Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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Trauma Paper Winners

Trauma Paper Competition Winners

The ACS Committee on Trauma awarded its first- and second-place winners of the annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition during the COT Annual Meeting on March 12. Submissions describe original research in the area of trauma care or prevention in basic laboratory research or clinical investigation.

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NTDB Data Points

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2015 Pediatric Report: Pediatric regional trauma

The 2015 Annual Pediatric Report of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®)—which outlines a variety of issues regarding the current state of care for injured pediatric patients in the U.S. and Canada—is highlighted in this month’s column.

  Past NTDB Data Points