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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.


  1. Promote and update an injury prevention and control slide set
  2. Coordinate and maintain an injury prevention and control booth at the Clinical Congress
  3. Collaborate and develop cooperative ties with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations involved in prevention activities for distribution of appropriate program materials
  4. Promote injury prevention and control topics for trauma CME courses
  5. Maintain and update an injury prevention and control Web page linked with other prevention sites
  6. Promote a template for injury prevention and control programs
  7. Encourage updating of the current position paper on firearm violence
  8. Provide media training on injury prevention and control
  9. Encourage inclusion of injury prevention and control in medical school curriculum and residency training programs
  10. Develop an interactive prehospital outreach program


Survey of American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma members on firearm injury: Consensus and opportunities
Published in the Journal of Trauma Acute Care Surgery

COT Firearms Injury Prevention Survey Results

The ACS COT Injury Prevention and Control Committee designed a survey to evaluate COT member attitudes about firearm ownership, freedom, responsibility, physician-patient freedom, and policy with the objective of using survey results to inform firearm injury prevention policy. The following slides and accompanying document summarize the results. 

Download the COT Firearms Injury Prevention Slideset

Summary of Final Survey Results Handout: COT Firearms Injury Prevention Survey

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Slide Shows

Injury Prevention

English: Presentation | Full text
Spanish: Presentation | Full text

Alcohol and Injury

English: Presentation | Full text
Spanish: Presentation | Full text

The Case for Graduated Licensing

Presentation | Full text



Additional Resources

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) for Trauma Patients

Keeping Kids Safe in and Around Cars English | Spanish

Selected Readings on Injury Control

Injury Prevention Websites

Injury Prevention Honors/Awards to ACS Members

Prehospital Home Safety Checklist

Prevention Spotlights