The National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) is the largest aggregation of U.S. trauma registry data ever assembled. In total, the NTDB now contains more than 11 million records. The 2017 research dataset pediatric component contains 142,625 admission year records from 754 facilities, including 50 Level I or Level II pediatric-only centers, 34 standalone Level I pediatric centers, and 16 standalone Level II pediatric centers. The NTDB classifies pediatric patients as individuals who are younger than 20 years old.
The NTDB research data may be used for informational and research purposes with approval from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT). To request permission to reproduce NTDB tables or graphs or use the NTDB dataset for scientific analysis, complete the online data application and agree to the Terms and Conditions (see the screen shot on this page).*
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 care for injured pediatric patients in our nation. It has implications in many areas, including epidemiology, injury control, research, education, acute care, and resource allocation.
Many dedicated individuals on the ACS COT, including the Pediatric Surgery Subspecialty Group, along with dedicated individuals caring for pediatric patients at trauma centers around the country, have contributed to the early 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 highlight these data through brief reports published monthly in the Bulletin. To apply for the NTDB Research Dataset 2017, go to the ACS website. If you are interested in submitting your trauma center’s data, contact Melanie L. Neal, Manager, NTDB, at email@example.com.
Statistical support for this column 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.