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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.

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Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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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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Exhibit at the ACS COT Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce that the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) will hold its 93rd Annual Meeting March 12–14, 2015, at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL.

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Residents Trauma Paper Competition

The ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) is pleased to announce the 15 regional winners in the 2015 COT Residents Trauma Papers Competition. The regional winners will present their papers at the 2015 COT Annual Meeting. At the meeting, first- and second-place winners will be chosen in two categories: basic laboratory science and clinical research.

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Trauma News

Dr. Tom Foley Iowa Trauma System Achievement Award

At the 2014 Advances in Trauma Course in Kansas City, MO, ACS Iowa Committee on Trauma Chair Richard A. Sidwell, MD, FACS, announced the creation of the Dr. Tom Foley Iowa Trauma System Achievement Award. The award is a memorial to Thomas M. Foley, MD, FACS, who was posthumously named as its first recipient.

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Research News

In-Flight Blood Transfusions Increase Survival Rates

Largest civilian study published in Journal of American College of Surgeons confirms effectiveness of transfusion protocol used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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