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.

TQIP Research News

New TQIP guidelines on the use of  a new rapid-deployment protocol enable trauma teams to effectively treats patients quicker in the emergency room. Published in Transfusion (June 2015).

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Call for Abstracts

We invite you to submit an abstract for the 2015 TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training, November 15–17 in Nashville. This is your chance to share with other TQIP centers all the interesting initiatives you have put in place at your hospital. Abstracts will be reviewed and considered for poster and oral presentation. The submission deadline is June 15 at 11:59 pm (Central).

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HL7 Trauma Symposium

We are excited to announce our upcoming symposium on Trauma and Injury Informatics being held at the HL7 Working Group Meeting on May 13, 2015 in Paris, France! Come discuss the future of data standardization and interoperability and learn about international efforts in trauma data standardization.

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Course Search


Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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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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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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