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National Trauma Data Bank

The National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®)  is the largest aggregation of U.S. trauma registry data ever assembled. Participation is voluntary and is one of the leading performance improvement tools of trauma care. You will find the operational definitions for the NTDB in the National Trauma Data Standard (NTDS) Data Dictionary, which is designed to establish a national standard for the exchange of trauma registry data. Registry data that is collected from the NTDB is compiled annually and disseminated in the forms of hospital benchmark reports, data quality reports, and research data sets.  

NTDB Data Points

Datapoints Clothing Burn Injuries

A hot mess: Clothing-related burn injuries

This month’s column examines the occurrence of clothing-related burn injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

  Past NTDB Data Points


NTDB collects trauma registry data from participating trauma centers on an annual basis. Data are aggregated and used to produce annual reports, hospital benchmark reports, and data quality reports.

Research Data Sets

NTDB Research Data Set and National Sample Program 

The National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) may be used for informational and research purposes with approval from the ACS Committee on Trauma. If you would like to request permission to reproduce NTDB tables or graphs or use the NTDB dataset for scientific analysis, you may request Research Data Set (RDS) products. The NTDB RDS contains all records sent to NTDB for specified admission years. The NTDB National Sample Program (NSP) RDS are based on the nationally representative sample of NTDB.

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