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Hospital Forms (used in case Registry goes down)

ICD-10 Common Codes "Cheat Sheet"

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

Training Milestones



Training Registry Guide

November 2017

Trauma Registry Validation Review Tool


Undertriage / Overtriage Calculator

Performance Improvement (PI)

Co-Morbid Conditions - Explanation

Training Opportunities

The American College of Surgeons offers a wide variety of resources such as conferences, courses, webinars, and training programs for trauma registrars. Visit their website to get more information about membership as well as free resources available to the public.

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 program’s efforts in research, performance improvement and 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 www.aaam1.org/faq/
  • Certification in Abbreviated Injury Scaling Specialist (CAISS) provides formal recognition of AIS coding knowledge and application. Information can be found at www.ptcny.com.

Indiana Trauma Registry


  • Trauma registry training presentations and a calendar of events are available online or by contacting Ramzi Nimry, rnimry@isdh.in.gov or 317-234-7321.

Pomphrey Consulting


  • Search under Professional Education Development for trauma registry training opportunities.

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 and 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 and Injury Prevention Program Director, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention

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