Serving the Texas Trauma & Emergency Health Care Community


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.


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 health care
for all Texans.

COVID-19 and TETAF Surveys

As TETAF continues to monitor COVID-19, the needs of our hospital partners and surveyors are our top priority. TETAF and Texas Perinatal Services restarted surveys the first week of May on a case-by-case basis. TETAF will be in contact with hospital teams to determine their desires to move forward with the survey or postpone. Originally assigned surveyors may be replaced based on the surveyor availability.

Surveyors will follow and maintain all requested infection control practices and hospital preferred processes. Agenda changes will occur to limit participants during portions of the survey process. We would like to continue to emphasize that as our surveyors maintain an intensified focus on infection control, we ask that our hospital partners disclose their current situations to ensure all parties involved make an informed decision.

TETAF and Texas Perinatal Services welcome you to contact us personally to discuss your concerns.

Brenda Putz - Vice President of Operations 
Carla Rider - Perinatal Program Director

Kathy Clayton - Survey Coordinator

Additionally, if you are not already receiving updates from TETAF, scroll down to the bottom of this page and sign up in the Keep Me Informed section.

COVID-19 Updates

American College of Surgeons Trauma Verification Program

All Trauma Verification program on site visits scheduled from March through the remainder of 2020 will be postponed as long as one year.

For questions, please contact the Trauma Verification staff at

Texas EMS Conference Goes Virtual

The 35th year of the Texas EMS Conference will be virtual this year.

The conference will be November 23-25.

COVID-19 Resources

Please visit the Resources tab of this website.

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

TETAF supports the development of the state's trauma, emergency, and perinatal health care system by providing 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, maternal, and stroke surveys.

TETAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Austin.

TETAF News Updates

TETAF Hospital Data Management Course Goes Virtual

TETAF is pleased to announce its Hospital Data Management Course (HDMC) will be offered virtually November 2-3, 2020. Register by October 28 to get the best price.

For a closer look at the agenda and to register, click the brochure below.

Next Meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors

The next quarterly meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors will be in December. The date and location will be announced soon.

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.

Texas Perinatal Services Program Now Scheduling Maternal Care Surveys – Save $500!

TETAF's Texas Perinatal Services Program, an approved surveying entity by the Texas Department of State Health Services, is now taking requests for both NICU and maternal care surveys.

We have a large team of surveyors available and will work with your facility to accommodate your preferred dates.

In addition to our already low, nonprofit pricing, hospitals booking their first maternal care survey may be eligible for a $500 discount. Contact TETAF for details.

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.

Download the Latest Impact Report

TETAF has released the 2018-2019 Impact Report, detailing the actions and accomplishments of the foundation over the past few years.

Download the full report for an update on service lines, educational outreach, advocacy and financials.

News Briefs


Six Leaders Elected to TETAF Board of Directors

TETAF welcomes three new individuals and three returning members to the TETAF Board of Directors after an election held by the General Assembly. The General Assembly is comprised of two…

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Affidavit Needed for Emergency Health Care Run Data

The Office of EMS Trauma Systems is asking EMS providers to submit an affidavit to attest that a good faith effort was made to submit calendar year (CY) 2018 emergency…

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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

Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has granted expiration extensions for providers whose certifications expire from March 2020 through July 2020. The new expiration date for those providers is August 31, 2020.

For more information, please visit

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