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.

News Update

Bleeding Control Course Released

ACS has partnered with NAEMT in the development and release of a civilian training course on hemorrhage control techniques, following a recommendation by the Hartford Consensus.

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In Memoriam

Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS 

The staff and volunteers of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) were saddened to learn that Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS, the most senior active member of the ACS Committee on Trauma, passed away Tuesday, July 28.

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New ACS Statement

Statement on Trauma Center Designation Based upon System Need

Read the new ACS position statement developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma’s Trauma Systems Evaluation and Planning Committee.

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Course Search


Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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Trauma Paper Winners

Trauma Paper Competition Winners

The ACS Committee on Trauma awarded its first- and second-place winners of the annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition during the COT Annual Meeting on March 12. Submissions describe original research in the area of trauma care or prevention in basic laboratory research or clinical investigation.

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NTDB Data Points

Datapoints Clothing Burn Injuries

A hot mess: Clothing-related burn injuries

This month’s column examines the occurrence of clothing-related burn injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

  Past NTDB Data Points