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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Call for Data

Annual Call for Data Now Open!

The ACS COT Annual Call for Data is now open and will end October 1, 2018. During this call we are calling for Admission Year 2017 Data. This year we are excited to announce that Call for Data participants will have access to our enhanced data validation tools available on the Trauma Quality Programs Data Center after your data is submitted. To begin the process of joining the Annual Call for Data, please review the instructions on our website.

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Register Today

Register today for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, November 16–18 in Anaheim, CA. The meeting brings together trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals.

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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

Breaking the cage: Rib fractures

This month’s Bulletin examines the occurrence of patients with rib fractures in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

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Course Search

Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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