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

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for people in the U.S. ages 1 to 44. However, there are simple steps you can take to avoid unintentional injury at home and on the road, among other areas of daily life, reports CNN.

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Firearm Safety Brochure

Just released by the ACS Committee on Trauma, Gun Safety and Your Health, can help you talk with patients about how to keep themselves, family members, and friends safe from firearm injuries and death.

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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

2017 research dataset: Pediatric component

In this month’s Bulletin the 2017 pediatric research dataset and its potential uses in the areas of epidemiology, injury control, research, and resource allocation are described.

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Course Search

Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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