American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


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 Awards Recipients

Dr. Maier

On Monday, October 5, Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS (pictured), received the 2015 National Safety Council Surgeons’ Award for Safety, and Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS, received the Meritorious Achievement Award Monday night at the annual Committee on Trauma Dinner for their contributions to trauma care.

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Bleeding Control Course

The Bleeding Control (B-Con) Course has been developed in response to the call from the Hartford Consensus for direct training of immediate responders (lay personnel) and professional first responders in external hemorrhage control. The course teaches participants fundamental life-saving medical interventions, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packets and topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway properly to allow the injured patient to breathe. The course is cosponsored by the ACS COT and the NAEMT PHTLS.

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New ACS Statement

Statement on Trauma Center Designation Based upon System Need

Read the new ACS position statement developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma’s Trauma Systems Evaluation and Planning Committee.

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Course Search


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

Fireworks Injuries


This month’s column examines the occurrence of firework-related injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

  Past NTDB Data Points