The National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) is the largest aggregation of U.S. trauma registry data ever assembled. In fact, the NTDB now contains more than 11 million records. The 2017 research dataset is based on 1,002,924 records with valid trauma diagnoses from the single admission year of 2017 and were submitted by 754 facilities. These facilities include 219 Level I trauma centers, 270 Level II trauma centers, 184 Level III or IV trauma centers, and 50 Level I or Level II pediatric-only centers.
The research data may be used for informational and research purposes with approval from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT). If you would like to request permission to reproduce NTDB tables or graphs or use the NTDB dataset for scientific analysis, you need to complete the online data application and agree to the Terms and Conditions (see the screen shot below).*
The mission of the ACS COT is to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care. In keeping with this mission, the NTDB is committed to being the principal national repository for trauma center registry data. Use of this dataset can be instrumental in informing the medical community, the public, and decision makers about a variety of issues that characterize the state of health care for injured persons. It has implications in many areas, including epidemiology, injury control, research, education, acute care, and resource allocation.
Many dedicated individuals on the ACS COT, as well as at trauma centers around the country, have contributed to the development of the NTDB and its rapid growth in recent years. Building on these achievements, the goals in the coming years include improving data quality, updating analytic methods, and enabling more useful interhospital comparisons.
Throughout the year, we will be highlighting these data through brief reports that are published monthly in the Bulletin. To apply for use of the NTDB Research Dataset 2017, visit the ACS website. If you are interested in submitting your trauma center’s data, contact Melanie L. Neal, Manager, NTDB, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statistical support for this article was provided by Ryan Murphy and James Lynch, Data Analysts, NTDB.
*NTDB online data application. American College of Surgeons. Research dataset application process. Available at: facs.org/~/media/files/quality%20programs/trauma/ntdb/research%20dataset%20application%20process.ashx. Accessed October 30, 2018.