available to approved researchers via the ACS website. The ACS continues to receive frequent requests
from researchers to use NTDB records in their investigations. A bibliography of publications based on the
NTDB is available on the ACS website. The ACS provided 279 individual data files to requesters in 2014.
A total of 340 hospitals participate in the Trauma
Quality Improvement Program (TQIP). At press time,
Adult TQIP had 313 participants; 68 hospitals were
enrolled in Pediatric TQIP, and 10 hospitals were in
the process of joining the program.
The ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) continues
development of TQIP for Level III hospitals, includ-
ing 200-plus hospitals enrolled in the pilot program.
In the pilot year, TQIP will offer hospitals tailored
online educational opportunities and reporting on
data quality and outcomes. The Level III Pilot Proj-
ect Team, with feedback from the trauma centers,
will work to develop a robust Level III program over
the next year.
The most recent TQIP benchmark report series
was delivered in March 2015 for Adult TQIP and May
2015 for Pediatric TQIP, and reported on the outcomes of mortality; major complications; and major
complications including death, pneumonia, and acute
kidney injury. The well-received 2015 TQIP annual
conference took place November 15–17 in Nashville.
More than 26 representatives from various constituencies participated in a Consensus Summit August
24–25 in Chicago. The discussion represented the
viewpoints and concerns of systems, state and federal agencies, trauma centers, legislators, and so on.
The achieved goal was to create convergence around
standards that lead agencies could use in designating
centers while developing their systems, resulting in
a tool or broad template with metrics and processes.
Several COT leaders participated in the Hartford
Consensus III meeting led by ACS Regent Lenworth
M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS. An outgrowth of
this meeting, Strategies to Enhance Survival in Active
Shooter and Intentional Mass Casualty Events: A Com-
pendium, mailed with the September Bulletin. A press
release was issued, and COT staff helped to coordi-
nate a demo of the related Bleeding Control course at
the Clinical Congress 2015.
The Injury Prevention and Control Committee offered
statements on the following issues for the Board of
Regents’ approval at Clinical Congress: Safety Belt
Laws and Enforcement Position (revision), Non-traffic
Vehicular-Related Injuries in Children (revision), and
Geriatric Burn Position (new).
There is interest in encouraging trauma centers to
discuss criteria for screening, intervention, and violence
prevention and establishment of programs to address
firearm injury. Because the community most at risk
is gun owners themselves, the COT seeks to involve
these individuals in a dialogue regarding sensible gun
policy. The COT will reach out to different groups to
talk about gun violence and to determine the ACS’
position on gun violence and the level of COT involvement going forward.
The COT Membership Committee’s Mentoring
for Excellence in Trauma Surgery (METS) program
launched this year with the goal of engaging young
surgeons and acute care surgery fellows in COT
activities and preparing them for future leadership roles. METS welcomed two liaisons from the
Resident and Associate Society (RAS), one from
the Young Fellows Association (YFA), and the first
two participants in the Future Trauma Leaders
The International Injury Care Committee (I2C2)
continues to focus on data, education, and standards for
trauma systems and trauma centers. The Latin American region is making significant progress in adopting
principles in Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured
Patient in their region.
The Trauma Evaluation and Management course
is disseminated at no charge throughout sub-Saharan
Africa, and a similar arrangement will be piloted in
The COT Membership Committee’s Mentoring for Excellence in
Trauma Surgery (METS) program launched this year with the goal
engaging young surgeons and acute care surgery fellows in COT
activities and preparing them for future leadership roles.