Trauma System Resources

National Trauma Data Bank

This resource from the American College of Surgeons offers the largest aggregation of U.S. trauma registry data ever assembled. Learn More

Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma has developed the 2022 edition of this guide, detailing the principles regarding resources, performance improvement patient safety processes, data collection, protocols, research, and education for a trauma center. The Verification, Review, and Consultation program evaluates the care, aligned to the standards and expected scope of practice at each institution. 
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Traumatic Brain Injury
REAP (Remove/Reduce Educate Adjust/Accommodate Pace) Concussion Manual
This manual offers guidance on how families, schools and medical professionals can implement a Community-Based Concussion Management Program.

​REAP Videos Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund
The TBI Trust Fund was established to provide flexible funding and support to those with brain injuries. The fund supports supplemental community-based efforts to meet the special needs of each individual with a brain injury.
  • Visit Website (includes links to the REAP Manual and videos, eligibility, and related forms.)
  • Brochure
Other Resources
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

What is CTE and Why Athletes Need to Know About It
CTE is a a brain disease caused by repeated head injuries that may include concussions. It mostly happens in athletes who play contact sports like football and ice hockey. Doctors first identified it under a different name in the 1920s in aging boxers. CTE results from cumulative damage and usually happens years later. Although there’s no cure, you or your child can take steps to avoid getting CTE. Even if your “bell has been rung” a few times, it doesn’t mean you’ll get the disease. But you should know what to watch out for.
Visit WebMd to learn about:
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Who’s at Risk?
  • How to Play It Safer

Check the related Wikipedia reference to dive deeper into CTE, and learn a lot more.

Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed® is the result of a collaborative effort led by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) to bring knowledge of bleeding control to the public. The ACS COT, and specifically the EMS subcommittee with its many collaborative relationships, provided the perfect environment for this program to grow into the critical success that it is today. 

If you’d like to learn more about the origins of Stop the Bleed® , read the proceedings from the Hartford Consensus, a group of concerned trauma specialists who met following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, to develop expert recommendations on how to improve survival for people with severe bleeding.  It is called Strategies to Enhance Survival in Active Shooter and Intentional Mass Casualty Events: A Compendium.

Take a STOP THE BLEED Course: Through the Stop the Bleed® course you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and intervene effectively. Stop the Bleed®. Save a Life!
Check with a nearby Trauma Center or Emergency Department, or your local EMS organization, to see if they have program coming up.

Stop the Bleed® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency. All rights reserved. © DoD.  The American College of Surgeons’ STOP THE BLEED® program is operated pursuant to a licensing agreement granted it by the Department of Defense.

Pediatric Trauma


Safe Kids Kentucky is led by Kentucky Department of Health, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. In-State Coalitions
University of Louisville Burn Center Referral and Transfer Guidance