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Trauma System/Injury Prevention Program Home > Trauma Registry > Trauma Registrar Resources Trauma Registrar Resources

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Assigning Trauma Type

  • NTDS Method - The National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) auto-calculates the trauma type by the E-code (Eternal Cause of Injury Codes) and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) matrix of E-codes and trauma type. Click here for the CDC E-code matrix, which is also found in the National Trauma Data Standard (NTDS) 2010 data dictionary.
  • Blunt vs. Penetrating vs. Thermal - Colorado Trauma Registry Manual


Assigning Injury Location Type

Colorado Trauma Registry Manual



ICD-9 to ICD-10 Conversion

Convert ICD-9-CM Codes to ICD-10-CM/PCS, or Convert ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes to ICD-9-CM

Please Note: approximate conversions between ICD-9-CM codes and ICD-10-PCS codes may require clinical interpretation in order to determine the most appropriate conversion code(s) for your specific coding situation.


Transition Infographic

ICD-10 Exercises

Please Note: ICD-10 has been postponed until 2015.  At this time, the Indiana trauma registrars are not practicing through organized group exercises on ICD-10.  When the group exercises resume, we will continue to post on this webpage. 


Mechanisms of Injury

Mechanisms of Injury

Medication Coding

NTDS Edit Checks

  • Level I & II errors must be resolved before sending data to the NTDB
  • Level III & IV errors do not have to be resolved, but may be a data quality issue


Patient Registry Cheat Sheets for Patients Transferred Out of the ED and Direct Admits


Coding Procedures

Procedure Codes - ICD-9

Training Milestones



Training Registry Guide

September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Trauma Registry Validation Review Tool


Undertriage / Overtriage Calculator


Performance Improvement (PI)


Co-Morbid Conditions - Explanation


Hospital Forms (used in case Registry goes down)


    Training Opportunities

    ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program

    American Trauma Society - Trauma Registrar Course - Distance Learning 

    The American Trauma Society Trauma Registrar Course (TRC) introduces the student to the specialty of the trauma registrar and provides a standardized approach to the task of maintaining a trauma registry.  The TRC provides the student with national standard definitions and methodologies essential to a comprehensive trauma registry.  This course is available via distance learning.  The benefits of becoming a nationally trained trauma registrar include a standardized approach for valid data collection for use in supporting the trauma programs efforts in research, performance improvement & patient safety, and injury prevention.

    • Trauma Registrar courses are developed by a group of trauma registrars, trauma surgeons, trauma coordinators, and epidemiologists.  Online and distance learning courses are available. 

    American Trauma Society - Trauma Program Manager Course

    The American Trauma Society Trauma Program Manager Course covers the role and importance of the Trauma Program Manager.  The course covers essential components of a trauma system, key components of the Trauma Program Manager role, planning and preparation for trauma center verification/designation, important elements of the trauma budget, etc.

    Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine - Abbreviated Injury Score Course

    The Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) offers the Abbreviated Injury Score (AIS).  This training covers the history of injury scaling methods, coding rules and conventions, and methods for assessing the multiple injury patient.  The course is designed for trauma nurses/coordinators, registrars, physicians, hospital records personnel and researchers or engineers who are responsible for injury databases.  Participants should have general knowledge of anatomy.  This course does NOT teach how to use ICD.

    • AIS uses; coding rules and conventions; methods for assessing the multiply injured patient. Training includes 14 hours of classroom work divided into lectures and work sessions.           
    • AIS question of the month has answers to common AIS coding dilemmas along with a library of achieved questions at
    • Certification in Abbreviated Injury Scaling Specialist (CAISS) provides formal recognition of AIS coding knowledge and application. Information can be found at

    Indiana Trauma Registry

    • Trauma registry training presentations and calendar of events at website or by contacting Ramzi Nimry, or 317-234-7321.

    Pomphrey Consulting

    • Too many online trauma registry training opportunities to mention.  Go to to view the whole list of  topics.  Everything from Trauma Registry basic, Medical Records Abstraction, Documentation, Confidentiality to Anatomy review. 
    • Trauma Registrar mentoring program


    Society of Trauma Nurses - Optimal Course

    The Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) created the Optimal Course, taught by physicians and nurses, to assist participants in creating strategies, processes, and operations to support trauma center systems based upon their own environments.  This course is highly recommended for truama medical directors, trauma program managers/coordinators, and administrators.

    Society of Trauma Nurses - Trauma Outcomes & Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC)

    The Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) created TOPIC to provide a better understanding of the Performance Improvement process in trauma care.  It focuses on the ongoing assessment of the continuum of trauma care, as well as the strategies used to monitor trauma patient outcomes.

      • Trauma Outcomes Performance Improvement Conference (TOPIC)
      • Optimal Trauma Center Organization and Management Course


    Contact Information

    Ramzi Nimry
    Trauma System Performance Improvement Manager, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention

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