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JTS Mission

The mission of the Joint Trauma System (JTS) is to improve trauma readiness and outcomes through evidence-driven performance improvement. The JTS vision is that every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine injured on the battlefield or in any theater of operations will be provided with the optimum chance for survival and maximum potential for functional recovery.

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Performance Improvement

JTS supports US military performance improvement (PI) initiatives and activities by identifying, tracking and making recommendations on efforts to ensure the appropriate evaluation and treatment of injured Service members across the continuum of care, improve medic training and ensure medical readiness.

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Trauma Registry

The DoDTR is the first and only DoD trauma patient registry to collect combat casualty care epidemiology, treatments and outcomes from point of injury to recovery. The DoDTR contains identified information taken from medical records, expert clinical inference, scoring and coding schematics, probability determination and PI data.

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JTS Operations

As the DoD Center of Excellence for MHS trauma care delivery, JTS directly assists each Combatant Command in trauma system planning, treatment, management, and improvement of casualty outcomes to include battle injuries, disease non-battle injuries and all-hazard settings through evidence-driven performance improvement.

DHA Selects JTS to Verify MTF Trauma Care Readiness

New JTS branch facilitates the trauma center verification process.

The Trauma System Support & Consultation (TSS&C) Branch provides military medical treatment facility (MTF) leadership the support they need to raise their level of readiness and trauma care for both new and existing centers. JTS trauma care experts prepare centers new to the verification process in developing their processes and policies to successfully achieve trauma center status according to American College of Surgeons (ACS) standards. TSS&C works with established trauma centers to assure their programs are continuously up to date with ACS trauma center standards and to assist in preparation for re-verification.

  • Assess optimal trauma care center level.
  • Perform a gap analysis to assess the requirements to elevate an MTF to a trauma care center.
  • Guide the development of the MTF's Performance Improvement Program.
  • Advise the MTF on staffing requirements to meet verification standards.
  • Assess local and regional trauma systems and advise optimal plan.

The Trauma System Support & Consultation branch is led by COL (ret) Stephen Flaherty, MD, FACS and is supported by the breadth of the JTS to include data scientists and the performance improvement branch.


Key JTS Leaders First to Receive Special Operations Medical Hall of Honor Recognition

SOCOM Medical Hall of Fame Honor: "We stand on the shoulders of giants!"

JTS leaders were among the nine medical leaders U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) recognized as part of the inaugural class of the Special Operations Forces Medical Hall of Honor at this year's Special Operations Medical Association's Scientific Assembly. This prestigious award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary medical leadership and selfless service and provided significant medical contributions through sustained superior medical support to the Special Operations Force (SOF) community.

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CAPT (ret) Frank K. Butler,
U.S. Navy, Founder of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines and first director of the JTS Prehospital Care Branch.

MSG (ret) Harold R. Montgomery,
U.S. Army, Joint Program Manager TCCC - Vice Chair, Committee of TCCC

COL (ret) Russ S. Kotwal,
U.S. Army, JTS clinical practice contributor and subject matter expert (SME)

COL (ret) Robert L. Mabry,
U.S. Army, JTS SME/Consultant


New Genitourinary Injury CPG adds ureteral trauma section and updates urologic trauma and renal trauma algorithms.

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New Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism CPG offers recommendations for special populations.

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DoD Trauma Registry
Data in Action

Discover how DoD Trauma Registry (DoDTR) data saves lives on and off the battlefield through innovative techniques, devices, and medical interventions. Check out journal studies authored by data analysts, epidemiologists and prominent combat casualty surgeons and trauma care providers. The studies are based on actionable DoDTR data to improve patient care and close gaps in care. Titles include:

  • Interventions associated with survival after prehospital intubation in the deployed combat setting, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine May 2024.
  • An assessment of clinical accuracy of vital sign–based triage tools among U.S. and coalition forces, Military Medicine, 2024.
  • Traumatic lower extremity amputation as a risk factor for venous thromboembolism, The American Journal of Surgery, Feb 2024.
  • Analysis of the U.S. Military trauma system in accordance with doctrinal levels of warfare, Military Medicine, Feb 2023.

Emergency War Surgery
Course Lectures

Check out the Emergency War Surgery Course lectures, the presentations based off the evidence-based JTS clinical practice guidelines.

The new Altitude Emergencies in the Prehospital Setting covers the three types of altitude illness:

  • Acute mountain sickness
  • High-altitude cerebral edema
  • High-altitude pulmonary edema