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.

The Next Evolution

Optimal Care for the Trauma Patient

Trauma System News interviewed Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, and Rosemary Ann Kozar, MD, PhD, FACS, about trauma centers’ early experience with the Orange Book standards and upcoming changes for the next edition.

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Trauma News


Researchers have found that pregnant trauma patients receiving care at a designated trauma center fare better than those treated at a non-trauma hospital. The study was published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in advance of print publication.

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COT Membership Call

The call to nominate an ACS Fellow for membership in the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) for 2017 is now open. To be eligible for consideration, an ACS Fellow or trauma association must nominate an ACS Fellow by sending a nomination letter.

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2015 Scudder Oration

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, delivered the 2015 Scudder Oration on Trauma, “If Charles L. Scudder Could See Us Now” at Clinical Congress. Use the link below to watch the full-length speech, including how well trauma care is positioned for the future.

  Watch the full speech

Course Search


Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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NTDB Data Points

NTDB: Mechanism of injury

Look up and die

This month’s column examines the occurrence of orbital floor blowout of fractures in the NTDB research dataset for 2014.

  Past NTDB Data Points