Serving the Texas Trauma & Emergency Health Care Community

SERVICES

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

EDUCATION

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

ADVOCACY

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

TETAF Strengthens the Trauma, Stroke, Neonatal, and Maternal Health Care System for Texans

The Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation (TETAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the development of the state's trauma, emergency, and perinatal health care system. TETAF provides designation surveys, advocacy, and educational opportunities throughout Texas.

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, stroke, neonatal, and maternal surveys.

TETAF Survey Update

TETAF believes on-site surveys are optimal to ensure compliance with the standards of care set forth in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, TETAF has implemented safety precautions to protect surveyors and hospital teams. TETAF always works with each of our hospital partner’s needs and can customize our on-site survey processes to adapt to the unique circumstances for that hospital during this time.

TETAF and our surveyors’ top priority is ensuring healthcare quality in our hospitals.

TETAF News Updates

TETAF Legislative Workgroup Weekly Meetings

TETAF hosts its Legislative Workgroup meetings each week during the legislative session. The calls are every Friday at 10:00 a.m. CST via Zoom. If you are not currently registered to join these calls and have an interest in advocating for trauma, stroke, maternal, or neonatal care you can register via the button below.

Next Meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors

The next quarterly meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors will be held on June 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. CST. Register below to attend the meeting via Zoom.

Next Meeting of the Texas TQIP Collaborative

The next meeting of the Texas Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) will be held virtually.

To attend the meeting, please email TexasTQIP@tetaf.org. This meeting is open to all Level I, II, and III trauma centers as long as a signed confidentially statement is on file.

Texas TQIP will hold all meetings virtually through 2021.

2021 Texas TQIP Virtual Meetings

May 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m. Mountain

August 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m. Mountain

November 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m. Mountain

Upcoming TOPIC Courses

Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course

Interested in attending TOPIC? All courses are virtual.

For more details and to register, click here.

DSHS Releases Timeline for Trauma Rule Revisions

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released a timeline for the trauma rule revisions. View the timeline here.

Visit the Office of EMS-Trauma Systems website for additional information regarding trauma rules and stroke rules.

Certification Extensions

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) strongly encourages Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS) sites to cancel courses planned in the near future.

ACS COT issues the following guidance in this document.

For more information, please contact ATLS@facs.org.

Program Spotlight

“[Our surveyor] was easy to talk to and was very knowledgeable about trauma care. He was willing to answer my questions by helping me to develop some new ideas to improve care to the patient and proactive involvement with our trauma program."

CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial

“Everyone at TETAF was super helpful. I was able to reach out at any time I needed help or had questions throughout the whole survey process, including survey days. This made for a more comfortable survey. Thank you all."

Baylor Scott & White Taylor Hospital

“This was my first survey and I feel like I gained a vast amount of knowledge from [our surveyor], thank you."

Memorial Hermann Greater Heights

“Everyone was professional and caring. Any question I had was answered in a timely manner."

Hardeman County Memorial Hospital

“[Our surveyor] gave great feedback during the survey, explaining his thought processes. We liked the strengths and recommendations. It is nice to hear what we are doing good while making recommendations on things we can improve."

Valley Regional Medical Center

“We had a great team of surveyors. In a short time, I got a sense they really understood who we are as an organization.”

El Paso Children's Hospital

“[Our surveyors] did a great job and were very thorough. We had no potential deficiencies!”

UTMB Clear Lake Campus