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

The Additional Benefits of the NTDS

In addition to standardizing trauma data, the National Trauma Data Standard (NTDS) offers a variety of other benefits.

Business Structure and Management Assistance

The dataset will provide a business model for the injury community. This model will help develop:

  • Protocols that are justified by factual evidence
  • Budgets that can be defended by actual data
  • A method to analyze performance of trauma services
  • State-to-state comparison models
  • Benchmarks for standards of care

Drive Policy and Funding

The dataset will allow hospitals to:

  • Determine areas for potential QA intervention
  • Provide data to justify new funding or support existing programs
  • Provide a basis for ongoing funding support

Education—Trauma Training and Curricula

The dataset promotes the importance of trauma care in the health care system by:

  • Providing a better understanding of injury trends
  • Improving the quality of trauma treatment
  • Modifying the existing injury prevention education and other programs

Evaluating Patient and Injury Outcomes

The dataset will help:

  • Establish reliable outcome measures
  • Monitor trauma systems
  • Determine which treatments are effective
  • Identify and reduce errors
  • Identify unmet needs and priorities
  • Focus on data driven decision making
  • Evaluate patients throughout the spectrum of care

Evaluating Resources for Disaster and Domestic Preparedness

The dataset will provide opportunities for improvement of current disaster policies, procedures, and preparedness by:

  • Providing further analysis tools for FEMA and other organizations
  • Providing better data for disaster research

Facilitating Research Efforts

The dataset will provide access to a national trauma database and Trauma Quality Improvement Program, which will:

  • Identify national trends
  • Provide a large sample of standardized data
  • Allow opportunities to generate research hypotheses
  • Facilitate national benchmarking