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.

Putting Pieces Together

U.S. Air Force 43rd Medical Company training exercise in Iraq

In Part 2 of our digital series, “Putting the Pieces Together: A National Effort to Complete the U.S. Trauma System”: Innovations shared between military and civilian trauma systems have saved lives on the battlefield and on the homefront. These lessons are serving as a model for one national trauma system inclusive of military and civilian care.

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Committee on Trauma Research News

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Trauma centers with ACS-COT verification have fewer complications among pediatric, elderly, and severely injured patients compared with centers not verified by the ACS-COT, according to study results using data from National Trauma Data Bank and published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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Course Search


Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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NTDB Data Points

NTDB Data Points for July 2017Amusement park injuries are not amusing

This month’s column examines the occurrence of amusement park-related injuries in the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) research dataset.

  Past NTDB Data Points