American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Continuing a Tradition of Improving the Quality of Care

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) has been dedicated to improving the quality of care for injured patients for more than 80 years. Since 2009, the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) has continued this focus on improving quality care by providing validated, risk-adjusted benchmarking for Level I and II trauma centers. The risk-adjusted data, combined with training and collaboration with other TQIP participants, allows TQIP participants to track outcomes and improve patient care.

Start-Up Year

  • In an effort to improve data quality and ensure that reports are useful to centers from their first report cycle on, all TQIP centers will participate in the Start-Up Year. During this Start-Up Year centers will:
    • Have the opportunity to identify and resolve data quality issues using TQIP tools before receiving their first risk-adjusted benchmark report
    • Participate in on-going TQIP education
    • Begin quarterly data submissions
  • Education is a key component of the program, particularly during the Start-up Year. Educational opportunities available to TQIP centers include:
    • The TQIP Online Course, which covers updates to the NTDS Data Dictionary, understanding and using data quality information, and the roles of the TQIP team at your hospital
    • Monthly quizzes
    • Regular TQIP webinars for registry staff
    • Sessions for new centers at the TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training
    • Participation in the TQIP Google Group

Ongoing Participation

  • Following the Start-Up Year, TQIP centers will be eligible to receive two risk-adjusted benchmarking reports per year.
  • Centers will continue to receive all of the TQIP educational opportunities described above.

Turning Information into Action

  • TQIP provides standardized data collection and risk-adjusted reports that compare hospitals to other Level I and Level II trauma centers
  • Identification and sharing of best practices
  • Tools that help programs review data quality and completeness and understand the impact that data issues may have on their results
  • An online tool that allows hospitals to drill down into their data
  • Participants benefit from site visits for external data validation and ongoing performance monitoring

Use the Right Data

  • Training for registry staff to increase data quality and consistency, resulting in meaningful benchmark reports
  • An online course available at the user’s convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Monthly quizzes to educate registry staff on vital data elements
  • Conference calls and web conferences to share information and answer questions
  • External data validation to measure accuracy and address data quality

Learning from Other Trauma Centers

  • TQIP gives trauma centers the opportunity to learn from one another while developing best practices that help improve quality
  • Best Practice Guidelines presented at the TQIP Annual Meeting
  • Collaboration with other centers on a national, state, or regional basis

Make an Investment in the Future of Your Trauma Center

The annual fee for adult TQIP participation is currently $12,000 and entitles the center to all the features listed as well as Annual Meeting registration for two attendees per hospital. The annual fee for Pediatric TQIP is also $12,000. For more information about TQIP fees, please visit our TQIP Fees and Invoices webpage.

We all have the same goal—to improve care of the injured patient. Joining TQIP is an investment, not just an expense.