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Serving the Texas Trauma &
Emergency Healthcare Community


TETAF has an outstanding team of credentialed surveyors trained to provide trauma, stroke and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) designation surveys throughout Texas.


TETAF offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year and is an approved provider of continuing nursing education and EMS continuing education.


TETAF provides testimony, advises lawmakers and actively pursues legislation to provide the best trauma and emergency healthcare for all Texans.

TETAF Was Created to Help Improve the Trauma and Emergency Healthcare System for All Texans.

TETAF was created to support the development of the state trauma and emergency healthcare system and provides designation surveys, advocacy and educational opportunities throughout the state.

TETAF was granted authority by the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2008 to provide verification surveys for Level III and Level IV designated trauma facilities, and in 2009 the first TETAF staff was hired to begin fully implementing TETAF’s mission. TETAF is now approved to perform trauma, NICU and stroke surveys.

TETAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Austin.

september, 2016

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TETAF Hot Topics & News

National Academy of Sciences Releases Military-Civilian Trauma Systems of Care

The national Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has released recommendations for a national trauma care system to achieve zero preventable deaths after injury.

Hundreds or more U.S. service member lives could likely be saved in future wars if trauma care were optimal. Those potential gains soar into the tens of thousands of lives saved if past and future improvements in military trauma care could be systematically translated into the civilian sector.

The report presents a vision for a national trauma care system driven by the clear and bold aim of zero preventable deaths after injury and minimal trauma-related disability, to benefit those the nation sends into harm’s way in combat as well as every American.

Report in Brief
JAMA Opinion – National Trauma System
Release Webinar

NICU Services Coming Soon! Surveyor applications now accepted.

Approved as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) surveying entity by the Texas Department of State Health Services, TETAF’s perinatal designation survey process is currently under development.

Perinatal Project Manager Holly White and TETAF staff continue to move rapidly to develop a robust NICU survey process. First steps include the identification and credentialing of NICU subject matter experts to provide survey services. The application process is now open and eligible individuals are welcome to apply. More information on TETAF survey services is available here.

Additional NICU resources are also available in the TETAF Resources Library.

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DSHS Stakeholder Webinars for Neonatal Rule Review

The Department of State Health Services recently hosted several webinars to discuss the newly finalized neonatal designation rule.

PowerPoint presentations from these webinars are now available online:

News from the Blog

  • Texas EMS Award nominations are being accepted until September 30. Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a person or organization that best exemplifies what the Texas EMS/T...

  • U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) recently introduced the MISSION ZERO Act, S. 3407, to assist assigning Department of Defense (DoD) trauma surgeons to civilian trauma centers. This ...

  • Archived video of the Sept. 22 Legislative Budget Board hearing is available online. Committee staff met to hear testimony on the Legislative Appropriations Requests for the Health...

  • On Thursday, September 15, TETAF joined with others around the country to celebrate National Neonatal Nurses Day. We are grateful to all the nurses who work tirelessly to help the ...

  • The Perinatal Advisory Council (PAC) will meet Sept. 20 at 10:30 am at the Health & Human Services Commission in Austin. Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting a...

  • Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mike Clements for a term to expire January 1, 2020, and Jeffrey Barnhart, Sheila Faske and Robert Isbell and reappointed Ryan Matthews and Robert...

Program Highlight

Just Drive - End Distracted Driving

Just Drive Social Media Campaign

TETAF has launched a social media campaign as part of the Just Drive injury prevention initiative. Like us on Facebook at: Just Drive TETAF and follow us on Twitter: @JustDrive_TETAF. Check out the social media guide to learn how you can help spread the work via social media. Read more about the campaign and how to get involved and access campaign materials.


Trauma System Areas with RAC Oversight


Designated Trauma Facilities in Texas


Texas Trauma Fatality Rate


National Trauma Fatality Rate Estimate