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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 provides the overarching organized and coordinated capability for injury prevention, care and rehabilitation in support of DoD trauma initiatives and activities. JTS performs these functions through Trauma Care Operations; the DoDTR; and PI and Education Divisions.

Joint Trauma System Recognized as a 2020 Hero of Military Medicine Ambassador Honoree

Congratulations to Col Stacy Shackelford, Dr. Mary Ann Spott, and the entire DHA Joint Trauma System for being honored with a Hero of Military Medicine Ambassador recognition. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation's annual Heroes of Military Medicine awards honor the outstanding contributions by individuals demonstrating excellence and selfless dedication to advance military medicine. Part of the DHA's combat support mission, the JTS team was recognized for improving trauma care and expanding trauma care focus beyond theater trauma centers - pushing more advanced care into forward resuscitative facilities to save more lives on the battlefield. The team developed the DoD's first-ever Trauma Registry which translated to clinical practice guidelines and more effective care. Because of the JTS team's data-driven vision to improve trauma readiness and outcomes, more warfighters are surviving their wounds. During the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018, JTS updated all of the 37 clinical practice guidelines, providing clinicians in combat zones with the latest information and direction necessary to provide optimum care to battlefield casualties. Military medicine has achieved the highest battlefield survival rates in history, despite more severe injuries overall. JTS played a pivotal role in achieving this accomplishment.

Awards story on the Foundation's page.



Quick Reference Guides for COVID-19 Care in Austere Environments
The JTS has developed a series of infographics and quick guides to supplement the JTS Management of COVID-19 in Austere Operational Environments Clinical Practice Guideline. These resources highlight screening, prevention of COVID-19 spread, ventilator selection, and intubation. You can review the materials on the JTS COVID-19 Resource Page
JTS Launches COVID-19 Clinical Resource Page

JTS has launched the JTS Center COVID-19 Clinical Resources to accommodate the growing collection of guidelines, presentations, COVID conference notes and DoD news. Resources include the new COVID-19 Patient History and Physical Form and the COVID-19 ICD codes to fill out the form.



New COVID-19 Registry to Drive Treatment Improvements

The JTS has officially launched the first COVID-19 registry to serve the Department of Defense (DoD) and Military Health System (MHS). Under DHA guidance, JTS built a COVID-19 registry to collect and aggregate pandemic response data in the Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) in enduring actionable information. JTS was a natural candidate for the job given its established reputation as the leader in trauma data collection, analysis and process improvement. MHS and JTS plan to analyze the data to determine the best responses to evolving public health and clinical care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on risk factors, practice patterns, safety and effectiveness of COVID-19-related treatments, and outcomes.

Working with infectious disease experts from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USU) and MTF care providers JTS identified relevant data points, generated requirements, developed and deployed the COVID-19 registry at an unprecedented speed. JTS designed the COVID-19 infectious disease registry as a module of the DoD Trauma Registry to collect data on all COVID-19 positive and suspected symptomatic cases evaluated by a medical provider whose disposition requires quarantine, isolation or admission to MTFs anywhere across the globe.

The COVID-19 registry is unique in that it establishes the first in-person encounter for the COVID-19 event and tracks the event until 30 days post final discharge (from MTF) after it has been determined that the patient has tested negative, or if the patient dies. Every medical encounter related to a patient's COVID-19 illness episode is captured both – inpatient and outpatient events. The registry also captures initial and ongoing assessment data, diagnostic testing/imaging, interventions and outcome data. Data collection criteria is founded on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's data collection form and the new COVID-19 History and Physical Form developed by JTS, U.S. Central Command and USU. Clinicians will use the JTS COVID-19 form to submit COVID data.



Stop RSI Events with Radio Frequency Identification Technology

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Retained Surgical Item (RSI) events put patients at risk. Find out how to ensure RSI is a "never event."

Check out the latest Hot Topic on the JTS PI Corner. The PI Corner features best practices, important safety notices, and mitigation strategies to ensure optimal care of wounded warriors.

USCENTCOM COVID-19 Pandemic Playbook
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USCENTCOM and JTS have published the USCENTCOM COVID-19 Pandemic Playbook aimed at healthcare and public health providers and staff in USCENTCOM Area of Responsibility. The playbook is a reference for pandemic response based upon the best information available at the time of publication.

COVID-19 Conferences
COVID-19 Conferences

Stay in the know. Join the COVID-19 Conferences. Hear about the latest evaluation and treatment techniques, best practices, and lessons learned as physicians review clinical cases from the COVID frontlines. COVID-19 clinical providers are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences.

DoD COVID-19 Conferences – Audio from past sessions

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