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Injury Prevention and Control

The purpose of the Subcommittee on Injury Prevention and Control is to become a centralized national resource for injury prevention for the membership of the American College of Surgeons (ACS); to develop cooperative efforts with other organizations dedicated to injury prevention; to increase recognition of injury prevention within the Committee on Trauma (COT); and to nominate candidates for the National Safety Council Surgeons Award for Service to Safety.


Family Fire is Preventable

This public education video, produced by Laurie Punch, MD, FACS and Joseph Sakran, MD, FACS, was released in September 2019, through a social media campaign to educate the general public about safe firearm storage in the home. Video appears courtesy of its creators.

Firearms Survey Results Released

Survey findings published in JACS show strong consensus for policy initiatives and safe firearm storage among 11,147 members of the American College of Surgeons.

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Violence Intervention Primer

A group from the ACS COT Injury Prevention and Control Committee was tasked with outlining a comprehensive approach to institute a sustainable hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP). The committee has developed a step-wise guide to establishing a working HVIP. 

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