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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.

Annual IVP Professionals Symposium

Trauma Prevention Coalition 6th Annual Injury and Violence Prevention Professionals Symposium
May 3–4, 2020 | Savannah, GA

Join hospital injury and violence prevention (IVP) professionals for the 6th Annual Injury Prevention Professionals Symposium emphasizing professional development, focused education, and peer networking. This year's symposium takes a practical approach to the work of hospital IVP professionals through an interactive format immersing participants in some of the most pressing issues and innovative strategies for IVP. Register today.

The IVP Professionals Symposium is sponsored by the Trauma Prevention Coalition, a collaboration of 13 national trauma, health care, emergency medicine, and prevention organizations dedicated to the support and development of effective strategies for IVP.

COT Member and COT Injury Prevention and Control Committee Chair, Deborah Kuhls, MD, FACS, FCCM, serves as Chair of the Trauma Prevention Coalition.

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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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