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 News

COT Releases Consensus Strategy
To reduce firearm-related injury and death by making the ownership of firearms as safe as reasonably possible, leaders of the ACS Committee on Trauma have released a consensus-based injury prevention strategy with the hope of achieving common ground and identifying solutions that address the safe handling of firearms and addressing the violence that drives their misuse.

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Early Bird Registration

Register by May 31 to receive the reduced rate for the ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 21–24. The conference brings together nurses, surgeons, administrators, and trainees from ACS Quality Programs to discuss the latest in quality initiatives, data collection and utilization, and best practices in the field of surgery. 

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Call for Abstracts

Submit your abstracts for the 2018 TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training on internal performance improvement efforts you have embarked on and how you have been using the Trauma Quality Improvement Program in your center. Submissions are due by June 15.

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New COT Chair

Eileen Metzer Bulger, MD, FACS, has been appointed the next chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Bulger is chief of trauma at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, where she serves as trauma medical director for adults and pediatrics.

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NTDB Data Points

A slice in time: Lower extremity compartment syndrome

This month’s Bulletin examines the occurrence of lower extremity compartment syndrome in the NTDB research dataset.

  Past NTDB Data Points

Course Search

Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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