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.

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.

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TETAF Hot Topics & News

Next Meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors

The next quarterly meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors will be Tuesday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Omni Southpark in Austin.

TETAF is Hiring

TETAF is looking for an exceptional executive assistant/scheduling coordinator. For a job description and to apply, please 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.

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? The next scheduled courses in Texas will be held on May 20 in Austin, July 9 in Arlington, August 19 in Austin, and September 3 in Arlington.

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


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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Governor Appoints Five to the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council

Five Texans accept new roles to the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC). Three of the appointees have served in vital positions with TETAF. Governor Greg Abbott appointed Dudley…

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Upcoming TOPIC Courses

Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Courses February 27, 2019, Austin, Texas with the GETAC Committees Level IV TOPIC, February 18, Austin, with GETAC 8 am – 12 noon May 2,…

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RAC R Trains 700 at Santa Fe ISD to Stop the Bleed!

Member Spotlight: East Texas Gulf Coast RAC In 2016, the East Texas Gulf Coast Regional Trauma Advisory Council (RAC-R) committed grant funds to purchase Stop the Bleed Kits to place…

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Get Ready for the 2019 Legislative Session!

The 2019 legislative session is right around the corner and that means it's time for YOU to get involved! Step 1: VOTE! Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. On Monday,…

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San Antonio Leads the Way in Whole Blood

San Antonio paramedics are now carrying whole blood on their ambulances, making it the first large metropolitan area to do so. Research predicts 200 residents could be saved with whole…

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Program Highlight

“This was my third trauma survey and it was by far the most informative. [The surveyor] really assisted me with understanding the DSHS trauma requirements.”

Childress Regional Medical Center

"The surveyor was great. I learned so much during the survey process from her."

Little River Hospital Rockdale

“Definitely a great educational opportunity with a very knowledgeable surveyor.”

Brownfield Regional Medical Center

“[Our surveyor] was very thorough in her evaluation process; open and honest. Gave feedback that will help our trauma program continue to grow.”

Christus Jasper Memorial

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