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 Systems Conference

Achieving Zero Preventable Deaths Trauma Systems Conferece

The Achieving Zero Preventable Deaths Trauma Systems Conference, April 18–19, in Bethesda, MD, will bring together multidisciplinary professionals across the full spectrum of the trauma care system. The goal is to build a National Trauma Action Plan designed to achieve zero preventable injury deaths. Register by April 9 to participate in this exciting conference!

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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 March 2017

What you don’t see can kill you

This month’s column examines the occurrence of injured patients with retroperitoneal hematoma from a blunt mechanism reported in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

  Past NTDB Data Points