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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.

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

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

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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.

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26may12:00 pmStroke Scales for LVO Webinar12:00 pm

27may2:00 pmStrokes in Pregnant and Postpartum Populations Webinar2:00 pm


TETAF Hot Topics & News

TETAF Presents 2016 EMS Data Management Course

For the second year, TETAF will present the EMS Data Management Course, designed for team members responsible for abstracting and submitting data to the Texas EMS Trauma Registry. With a focus on the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) and the data dictionary, the planning committee is bringing much-needed education on this topic to Central Texas.

This course is designed for EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians responsible for or with an interest in abstracting and submitting data to the Texas EMS Trauma Registry.

This year’s course will take place in Belton. Registration is now open.

TETAF Board of Director Changes

Our founding TETAF Chair, Jorie Klein, has resigned her position on the board of directors. “Words cannot begin to express our sincere appreciation for her vision and commitment to our organization from its creation through its sustained growth,” said Dinah Welsh, TETAF CEO.

In accordance with TETAF’s bylaws, Brian Eastridge, MD will serve as Acting Chair until the next election of officers. Raj Gandhi, MD has been nominated and ratified by the TETAF Board to serve as the Acting Vice Chair, effective immediately.

In addition, with the untimely passing of RAC Division Chair Shae Watson, Hilary Watt, Executive Director for the Coastal Bend RAC, was ratified by the Board to fill this vacated position.

The Board’s intention is to hold elections immediately following the approval and implementation of organizational changes, which may include organizational structure, board composition and business practices.

News from the Blog

  • GETAC Resources

    Due to problems with the DSHS website, TETAF is hosting various GETAC documents for your convenience: Bicycle Injuries Occupant vs. Non-Occupant Injuries Epi Guidelines: Using EMS ...

  • Legislative Advocacy for the Non-Legislative Profesional

    Engage in this quality, practical learning opportunity regarding the legislative process in Texas and what you REALLY need to know and do to be effective. This class is for the non...

  • TETAF Announces Second Hospital Data Management Course

    Due to the large demand for the February 2016 Hospital Data Management Course, TETAF has partnered with the Panhandle RAC to offer a second course July 27-28 in Amarillo. Registrat...

  • Perinatal Advisory Council Meeting Dates

    Perinatal Advisory Council (PAC) meeting dates for the remainder of 2016 have been announced. All meetings will take place at the Health & Human Services Brown-Heatly Building ...

  • TETAF Brings Trauma Conference to Panhandle RAC

      Targeting the educational needs of the region and current practice guidelines, this conference will provide information on the rising epidemic of human trafficking including...

  • Dr. Ronald Stewart, Eric Epley Testify in Austin

    In March, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety reached out to TETAF to solicit testimony on the Driver Responsibility Program, as well as an interim c...

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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.



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