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.

2016 Scudder Oration on Trauma

Susan Briggs, MD, FACS, delivered the 2016 Scudder Oration on Trauma, “Responding to Crisis: Surgeons as Leaders in Disaster Response,” at Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC.

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The Next Evolution

Optimal Care for the Trauma Patient

Trauma System News interviewed Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, and Rosemary Ann Kozar, MD, PhD, FACS, about trauma centers’ early experience with the Orange Book standards and upcoming changes for the next edition.

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Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma

The ACS Committee on Trauma has introduced the Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) course, a surgical skills course that aims to teach participants standardized methods for critical care of time-sensitive injuries.

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Helmet Use Statement

Statement on General Helmet Use

Just released! Statement on General Helmet Use to educate surgeons about the effectiveness of helmet usage in preventing severe traumatic brain injury and to encourage surgeons to support appropriate legislation in their respective states. Developed by the ACS COT Subcommittee on Injury Prevention and Control and approved by the ACS Board of Regents.

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Course Search


Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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NTDB Data Points

January 2017 Datapoints

Annual Report 2016: Almost a 10

The 2016 Annual Report of the National Trauma Data Bank—an updated analysis of the largest aggregation of U.S. and Canadian trauma registry data—is highlighted.

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