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The NTDB would like to offer the latest version of the Software Developer’s Toolkit to states and developers to implement the NTDS XML into their product. This SDK update was posted on 11/3/2015. Previous versions of the NTDS SDK may be found in the website archive.

Hi Everyone,

It was recently discovered that there were issues in the 2016 Validator related to how we were handling “blanks” in the area of ICD9 vs ICD10 ECode/Mechanism fields. So this update addresses those issues.


One of these issues also affects the 2015 Validator but only for registries in Canada (that use the new icd10=”ICD10CA” attribute). If this affects your products then please also download the following zip file:


Each zip contains updated documentation, XSDs and the usual collection of “channel only” contents. The Release Notes in particular highlights the contents’ actual changes in yellow.

If you are looking for the 2016 Data Dictionary please refer to


And as always, please let me know if you have any issues or concerns.

--Grant Dittmer

Project Manager, NTDS SDK

Digital Innovation, Inc.

Contact Information regarding use of the Software Developer’s Toolkit:
Grant Dittmer
Project Manager, NTDS SDK
Digital Innovation
e-mail: NtdsSdkSupport@dicorp.com


The NTDS and NHTSA 2.2.1 Connection

The XML associated with NTDS is similar to the NHTSA 2.2.1 XML, characterizing standardized pre-hospital variables. The XSDs associated with pre-hospital variables in the NTDS exactly match the same variables in the NHTSA 2.2.1 data standard. This compatibility was designed to promote data exchange. The following link provides a document in which green variables demonstrate direct XML and XSD compatability when moving from NEMSIS to NTDS.  Yellow indicates variables in NEMSIS that could “inform” trauma registry abstractors, but no direct data transfer is possible (i.e., there is non-matching XML and XSDs).

Linked document developed by: David James Harden, JD; Trauma Program Coordinator; Arizona Department of Health Services