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

Annual Call for Data: National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB)

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.  

Introducing TQP PUF

The 2017 Trauma Quality Program is now available for purchase.

The ACS Committee on Trauma is pleased to announce our newest deliverable for trauma research, the Trauma Quality Program Participant Use File (TQP PUF). The PUF is available to all TQP Participants free of charge and contains admission year data from 2007–2017. The PUF is available to non-profit researchers for a fee of $500 per admission year. The PUF has replaced the previously available NTDB Research Dataset and National Sample Program as the source for informational and research purposes available from the ACS Committee on Trauma. 

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External Cause Codes

NTDB/TQIP Mapping of Trauma Type to ICD-10-CM External Cause Codes

For information on NTDB/TQIP mapping of trauma type to ICD-10-CM Cause Codes, please download the following documents.

These resources provide the assignment and rationale for injuries based on their mechanism, including motor vehicle injuries, firearm, suffocation, and falls.

NTDB Data Points

Fall from grace: Balcony-related trauma

This month’s Bulletin examines the occurrence of injuries in patients younger than 21 years old resulting from falling off a balcony in the National Trauma Data Bank.

  Past NTDB Data Points