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Trauma Registry
The trauma registry is an essential component of any trauma program… The trauma registry should function to drive an efficient and effective performance improvement program for the care of the injured patient.
-American College of Surgeons, Resources For Optimal Care of the Injured Patient
Since 1987 the American Trauma Society has been the leader in Trauma Registry education around the country. Beginning with a primer for professionals new to the area of trauma data collection, the ATS’ Trauma Registry Course (TRC) has expanded to provide a deeper look into the issues that affect a trauma registrar. The TRC provides a more standardized understanding of the specialty and approach to the task of maintaining a trauma register for the seasoned registrar. Lectures are designed to build upon experience, program maturity, and institutional needs. In this manner the TRC is designed and appropriate for trauma registrars / data managers of all levels of experience. The TRC provides the student with national standard definitions, and methodologies essential to a comprehensive trauma registry. The TRC has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient since 1999 as an avenue for comprehensive trauma registry training.
Upon completion of the Trauma Registry Course, the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify the fundamental elements of a trauma registry,
  2. Identify the fundamental elements of the National Trauma Data Standard dataset patient inclusion criteria,
  3. Achieve familiarity with the National Trauma Data Standards, their definitions, field values, and required associated elements,
  4. Achieve familiarity with anatomical and medical terms frequently used in trauma, and understand their relevance to injury data collection,
  5. Identify the basic principles for various scaling and scoring tools such as the ICD-10-CM, Trauma Score, Revised Trauma Score, Abbreviated Injury Scale, Injury Severity Score, TRISS, etc.,
  6. Understand the assignment of injury severity values using the tools listed above, and their importance,
  7. Identify the process of reviewing and abstracting medical records of seriously injured trauma victims,
  8. State the assignment of e-codes and their significance,
  9. Utilize ICD-10-CM coding of complex multiple trauma patients with solid organ injuries in practice,
  10. Identify various methods of data presentation,
  11. Identify the basic principles of Inter-Rater Reliability audits,
  12. Identify areas related to DRGs to potentially increase financial reimbursement,
  13. Describe the differences between coding for reimbursement versus injury severity,
  14. Identify multidisciplinary members of a trauma quality and process improvement committee and discuss methodology for process and quality improvement,
  15. Achieve familiarity with computer hardware and software commonly used in trauma registers,
  16. Understand the significance of confidentiality concerning patient data and be able to develop safeguards to maintain these standards in the safe use of Trauma Register data and reports,
  17. Verbalize the importance of complete and comprehensive documentation as it relates to injury severity and reimbursement and imbursement
The comprehensive course agenda includes the following:
  1. Trauma Registry Basics
  2. Anatomy and Terminology
  3. General Coding Principles
  4. E-Coding
  5. Scoring Principles
  6. ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines
  7. Chart Abstraction and Data Procurement
  8. Reports
  9. Performance Improvement / Patient Safety
  10. Computer and Electronic Technology
  11. Confidentiality and Security
  12. Data Validation
  13. DRG, Financial Implications and the Trauma Registrar
  14. American College of Surgeons – National Trauma Data Bank
  15. Marketing Strategies and the Trauma Registry


Course Locations - 2016 


October 29th & 30th - Phoenix, AZ 

December 10th & 11th- Kansas City, KS

2017 Course Locations Coming Soon!


Make sure to check the ATS calendar for additional details.



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