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

Background

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), trauma is the leading cause of death for children and adults under age 44, killing more Americans than AIDS and stroke combined. Unfortunately, nearly 45 million Americans do not have access to a Level I or II trauma center within one hour. Ensuring access to trauma care requires many crucial components; trauma centers, physicians, and nurses must dedicate extensive resources around the clock so that seriously injured patients have the best possible chance for survival.

Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the ACS Committee on Trauma 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT). Since its inception in 1922, the COT has played a pivotal role in advocacy and education efforts, leveraging trauma center and trauma system resources, creating best practices, providing outcome assessment, and prioritizing continuous quality improvement. For example, in the past 30 years, the Committee developed the Consultation/Verification Program to assist hospitals in the evaluation and improvement of trauma care and provide objective, external review of institutional capabilities and performance. Additionally, the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) was created to elevate the quality of care for trauma patients by collecting data from trauma centers, providing feedback on performance compared to national benchmarks, and identifying institutional characteristics for optimal patient outcomes. And, most recently, the STOP THE BLEED® campaign launched in 2015 to prepare people to save lives by teaching three quick actions to control serious bleeding. To date, over one million Americans, including several members of Congress, have received this training.

With traumatic injury being the most common cause of death for individuals aged 1-45 years and the cause of nearly 200,000 deaths per year in the United States, robust trauma systems and the teams who treat trauma patients, have never been more critical to our health care system.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the CoC, Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Mike Kelly (R-PA), Co-Chairs of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus, introduced H.Res. 997, Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the importance of Commission on Cancer-accredited programs in ensuring comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered cancer care. The resolution is a testament to the laudable work of the CoC, and ACS looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to advance cancer research, prevention, education, and treatment.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the COT, lawmakers have introduced H.Res. 951/S. Res. 532, Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the importance of preventing injury and saving more lives from injury around the globe. The resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and in the U.S. Senate by Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

Congressional Efforts

Take Action: Contact Congress in Support of ACS Trauma Priorities

MISSION ZERO Funding

Learn more about ACS efforts to fully fund a grant program to cover the administrative costs of embedding military trauma professionals in civilian trauma centers.

Stop the Bleed

Learn more about ACS efforts to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations.

Firearm Morbidity and Mortality Prevention Efforts

Learn more about ACS efforts to advocate for and promote a nonpartisan public health approach to firearm injury prevention.

Cyclical Violence Efforts

Learn more about ACS efforts to combat the interpersonal violence epidemic.