TETAF Prepares for Future
During a TETAF Board Strategic Planning meeting in July, two workgroups were appointed to help guide the organization as it grows and matures. A group to study TETAF’s current organization structure was named to review options and recommend potential changes. That group is meeting by conference call on the first and third Thursdays of the month.
A legislative advisory group to help develop TETAF’s priorities and advance its legislative agenda is meeting every other Friday by conference call.
For more information on the workgroups or to participate in the conference call meetings, please contact TETAF CEO Dinah Welsh
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With turnover in positions, it is difficult to keep TETAF’s database accurate. If you change jobs or your email address changes, please be sure to notify TETAF’s Kathy Clayton
. Don’t miss out on important information!
Upcoming Educational Events
Click here to view current and past GETAC webcasts
Drug shortage Powerpoint
Welcome to the Texas EMS Trauma & Acute Care Foundation Website. The Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was created to further develop the Texas EMS, trauma and acute care systems. TETAF’s mission is to minimize the human suffering and economic cost created by health related emergencies, traumatic injuries and crisis events in Texas.
TETAF Opens Trauma Surveyor Application Process
TETAF is accepting applications for both nurse and surgeon trauma surveyors. Interested individuals should complete an application electronically
through close of business Dec. 15. Submit the information to Brenda Putz
. Selected candidates must complete the TETAF Trauma Surveyor training course in February 2015 and two observation surveys at their own expense. The time commitment to be a trauma surveyor is significant and includes pre-survey preparation, travel, on-site survey and review time as well as post survey report preparation. A commitment of no less than two days is required for each survey. Additionally, mandatory half-day surveyor continuing education and training is required twice a year in conjunction with GETAC meetings.
Not Too Late to Host 'Just Drive' Pledge Campaign
To raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and to encourage behavior change, TETAF encourages Regional Advisory Council trauma and emergency health care providers to schedule a local “Just Drive” pledge campaign before Nov. 15. Check out the Step-by-Step Planning Guide
and Idea Sheet
as well as downloadable tools, like sample letters, social media messages and the pledge form -- all posted for download on the Just Drive page
Tobacco Contracts Being Finalized
The August TETAF Update distributed by email provided incorrect information about state Tobacco/RAC contracts. The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued the EMS/Regional Advisory Council and EMS/ County contracts for fiscal year 2014. The FY 2015 Tobacco/RAC contracts are finalized, processed and will be mailed out soon. However, TDSHS has announced that funding from the permanent tobacco fund for EMS and trauma care will remain level at $4.7 million for FY 2015, the same as it was for FY 2014, of which $2.4 million is available for the Tobacco/RAC contracts. Read the complete updated story.
Aug. 20 Western Party a Success!
TETAF thanks all the sponsors and individuals who helped make the Aug. 20 fund-raising Western Party a success. Nearly 100 party-goers enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner at the legendary Broken Spoke in Austin, followed by music and dancing.
Just Drive Social Media Campaign Launched
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.
Need Stroke CE?
TETAF’s Acute Care Division
provides information about online and in-person continuing education related to stroke care.
TETAF’s Trauma Division
has posted links to the Society of Trauma Nurses’ trauma lectures
. Files including presentations, self-assessment tests and answer keys and references in four areas: general concepts, clinical concepts, single systems and unique populations.
TETAF Minutes - August 19, 2014
TETAF Agenda- November 22, 2014
TETAF Update - November 2014
PAC Use of RACs
TETAF Update - October 2014
TETAF Agenda - October 1, 2014
TETAF Update - September 2014
TETAF Minutes- June 4, 2014
TETAF Agenda- August 19, 2014
TETAF Update - August 2014
TETAF Update - July 2014
TETAF Letter to Sunset
TETAF Update - June 2014
TETAF Agenda - June 4, 2014
TETAF Minutes - May 14, 2014
TETAF Update - May 2014
TETAF Agenda - May 14, 2014
TETAF Minutes - April 2, 2014
TETAF Update - April 2014
Letter to the Sunset Advisory Commission
TETAF Agenda - April 2, 2014
TETAF Minutes - March 5, 2014
TETAF Update - March 2014
TETAF Minutes - February 11, 2014
TETAF Agenda - March 5, 2014
TETAF Update - February 2014
TETAF Agenda - February 11, 2014
TETAF Minutes - Janurary 8, 2014
TETAF Update - Janurary 2014
TETAF Agenda - January 8, 2014
TETAF Budget Review Minutes - December 12, 2013
TETAF Minutes - November 23, 2013
TETAF Update - December 2013
TETAF Agenda - November 23. 2013