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


The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) aims to develop and implement programs that support injury prevention and ensure optimal patient outcomes across the continuum of care. These programs incorporate advocacy, education, trauma center and trauma system resources, best practice creation, outcome assessment, and continuous quality improvement.

Maintaining Access

The ACS COT has developed a document to advise trauma medical directors and trauma program managers on factors to consider as the public health and healthcare sectors prepare for an anticipated surge of critically ill patients related to COVID-19 infection.

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Educational Resources

During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that everyone is in need of additional resources and looking for alternate ways to address their individual needs. In an effort support our ATLS partners and health care professionals, we have made select ATLS educational materials available free of charge.

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FTL100 Campaign

Show your appreciation for your mentor by making a donation to the Future Trauma Leaders Program in their name. Celebrate and honor someone who has inspired you to ensure the work in advancing trauma care goes on!

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VRC Clarification

In response to the COVID-19 trauma verification extension announcement, we have received many questions and concerns regarding your reporting year. Please see the following document to help you better understand what the reporting year will be for your rescheduled site visit.

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Reporting COVID-19

COVID-19 has the potential to affect trauma patients, so the National Trauma Data Standard (NTDS) has established an approach to reporting COVID-19. Watch a short presentation about why and how COVID-19 should be reported for trauma patients.

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ATLS Sites Guidance

The ACS COT fully supports the directives urging social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and strongly encourages ATLS sites to cancel Courses planned in the near future.

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Stop the Bleed

May 2020 marks the second annual National STOP THE BLEED® Month, and May 21, 2020, marks the third annual National STOP THE BLEED® Day. Help get the word out about STOP THE BLEED® by adding a National STOP THE BLEED® Month frame to your Facebook profile picture.

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Call for Data Update

We have received feedback from several TQIP centers regarding their data submission during this Call for Data window. Amid growing concerns regarding staff availability and shifting resources, we have adjusted our data submission deadlines.

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Stop the Bleed Update

The ACS COT fully supports the directives urging social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and strongly encourages all instructors to cancel STOP THE BLEED® Courses planned in the near future. 

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