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.

Trauma Centers Survey Results in JACS

New survey results show US trauma centers routinely perform screenings and interventions for patients with alcohol and substance abuse, but there is opportunity to enhance screening and support for PTSD and violence prevention

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The ACS Board of Regents has confirmed Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS, as the next Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT). Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kerby on this new position. 

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Vice Chair-Elect

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Col. (Ret) Warren C. Dorlac, MD, FACS, as the next Vice Chair of the COT and Chair of the Regional Committees of Trauma. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dorlac on this new position. 

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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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ATLS Extensions

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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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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Course Site Guidance

The emergence of the Delta and other variants of the virus necessitate that we continue to exercise caution as we resume/continue our educational efforts.

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