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.

Course Search

Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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Firearm Safety Brochure

Just released by the ACS Committee on Trauma, Gun Safety and Your Health, can help you talk with patients about how to keep themselves, family members, and friends safe from firearm injuries and death.

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NTDB Data Points

Trauma at Thanksgiving

November’s Bulletin examines National Trauma Data Bank records on the occurrence of injuries sustained during the 24 hours of Thanksgiving Day 2017.

  Past NTDB Data Points