ACS Trauma Program reaches milestone: 400 center verifications

The Verification, Review, and Consultation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Trauma Programs recently reached a milestone with the accreditation of the 400th trauma center in the U.S. The ACS Verification, Review, and Consultation Program reviews facilities’ capabilities and resources and verifies Trauma Centers at three levels—Levels I, II, and III. To achieve verification, a trauma center must meet more than 200 standards related to resources, processes of care, and continuous performance improvement. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, a Level II trauma center and a flagship of U.S. military medicine, was among the institutions verified in recent months. The Verification, Review, and Consultation Program continues to grow, with more than 200 site visits being conducted annually.

“While the 400th verified trauma center represents a true milestone in growth for the program, there is still much more work to do, and we hope to one day see all hospitals that are trauma centers become verified,” said Chris Cribari, MD, FACS, Chair of the Verification, Review, and Consultation Program. “The expansion of the network of trauma centers across the U.S. into a true national trauma system is a goal that will provide continued improvement in outcomes for patients injured in motor vehicle crashes, victims of violence, and other serious injury events.”

The ACS program, developed in 1987, involves on-site reviews conducted by teams of trauma surgeons and other health care professionals that determine whether a center is in compliance with the College’s guidelines and should be verified. For more information, contact Nels D. Sanddal, PhD, Manager, Verification, Review, and Consultation Program, at 312-202-5469, or nsanddal@facs.org.

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