ACS announces major changes to trauma center verification:

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced that it will permanently discontinue in-person site visits for trauma center verification. Starting in 2021, all verification visits will be conducted remotely in a virtual format. ACS leaders also reported that they will soon finalize major revisions to the college’s trauma center standards.

All Trauma Verification Site Visits Will Be Virtual:

The upcoming changes were previewed during the 2020 TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training, which took place online December 7-10. During the “New Approach to Verification” session, leaders of the Verification Review Committee (VRC) explained the new site visit process and outlined several changes to trauma center requirements. All trauma verification site visits will be virtual After the ACS suspended verification site visits in March 2020, the VRC developed plans to restructure the review process for remote technology. The VRC then piloted a virtual site visit process at three U.S. trauma centers.

Read the full announcement HERE.

TETAF Newsletter Feb. 2021

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Please visit the TETAF website to learn more.

Texas EMS Trauma & Acute Care Foundation.

Texas EMS Trauma Newsletter Winter 2021

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Please visit the Texas EMS Trauma News website to see more.

Texas EMS Trauma News.

Stop the Bleed Texas Coalition Newsletter Jan. 2021

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Please visit the Stop The Bleed website to see more.

Stop The Bleed Texas.

Texas Perinatal Service Newsletter April 2021

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Please visit the Texas Perinatal Services website to see more.


Texas Perinatal Services Resources.

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"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.


Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. There are some very simple actions anyone can take to help save a life.

What is a RAC?

Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) are the administrative bodies responsible for trauma system oversight within the bounds of a given Trauma Service Area in Texas. Each of the 22 RACs is tasked with developing, implementing, and monitoring a regional emergency medical service trauma system plan.

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Purpose of a Regional Advisory Council

The purpose of a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) is to develop, implement and monitor a regional emergency medical services (EMS) trauma system plan to facilitate trauma system networking within its Trauma Service Area (TSA) or group of TSAs. RAC membership may include hospitals, physicians, nurses, EMS providers, rehabilitation facilities, dispatchers, as well as other community groups.

Omnibus Rural Health Care Rescue Act

The Omnibus Rural Health Care Rescue Act, passed in 1989, directed the Bureau of Emergency Management of the Texas Department of Health to develop and implement statewide emergency medical services (EMS) and trauma care system, designate trauma facilities, and develop a trauma registry to monitor the system and provide statewide cost and epidemiological statistics.

Implementation of the Trauma System

The trauma system was initially adopted by the Texas Board of Health in accordance with Senate Bill 530, Health & Safety Code, Chapter 773 (Emergency Medical Services), whereby the state was divided into twenty-two regions called Trauma Service Areas (Texas Administrative Code § Rule 157.122), provided for the formation of a Regional Advisory Council (Texas Administrative Code § Rule 157.123).

Functions of a RAC

The functions of Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) were to develop and implement a regional EMS/trauma system plan, provide public information and education about prevention of trauma and a trauma system, provide a forum for EMS providers and hospitals to address trauma service area issues, network with other regional advisory councils, and document and report trauma system data that meets trauma service criterion.

Please Read Before Proceeding

If you are new to the assistance request process, the following instructions will assist you with obtaining PPE, Staffing, and Equipment Requests:

  • Download the instructional .PDF "How-To" document HERE.
  • For new users, begin by creating a new User ID HERE.
  • Before submitting any assistance requests, you must have your forms completed, and be able to upload them to the assistance website.
  • The forms are in .PDF format, and may be printed, or filled out electronically. Download to your computer for later use.
  • A new request form must be submitted with each request.
  • Requests must be picked up within 7 days, or the request will be returned to stock.
  • A new request may only be submitted every 4 days after pick up of previous request.

PPE REQUESTS

For all PPE requests through the STAR (State of Texas Assistance Request) Program, please follow the instructions below:

(Be sure you have downloaded and saved a copy of the PPE request form to your computer before proceeding, and that you have created your unique user ID as instructed under the "How To" section above)

  • Download the PPE request form HERE.
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  • Upload your completed PPE request form HERE.
  • Once your request has been received and approved, the warehouse personnel will fill the order and notify you within 48 hours. Once your PPE request has been filled, you have 7 days to pick up your request, or the items will be returned to stock, and you will have to submit a new request. New PPE requests can be submitted 4 days after you have received your previous request. You may submit a request earlier than 4 days if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Details will be provided by warehouse personnel upon arrival.

STAFFING REQUESTS

For all Staffing requests through the STAR (State of Texas Assistance Request) Program, please follow the instructions below:

(Be sure you have downloaded and saved a copy of the STAFFING REQUEST FORM to your computer before proceeding, and that you have created your unique user ID as instructed under the "How To" section above)

  • Download the STAFFING request form HERE.
  • Complete the form.
  • Upload the STAFFING form HERE.

VENTILATOR & O2 CONCENTRATOR REQUESTS

For all Ventilator & O2 Concentrator Equipment requests through the STAR (State of Texas Assistance Request) Program, please follow the instructions below:

(Be sure you have downloaded and saved a copy of the VENT/O2 and PROPERTY AGREEMENT forms to your computer before proceeding, and that you have created your unique user ID as instructed under the "How To" section above)

  • Download the VENT/CONCENTRATOR request form HERE.
  • Download the PROPERTY ASSIGNMENT AGREEMENT form HERE.
  • Complete both forms.
  • (The VENT/O2 and AGREEMENT forms must accompany each other in the request upload)

  • Upload both completed forms HERE.

NOTICE - REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM DSHS

Hospitals and healthcare professionals should follow their normal process of trying to locate emergency medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other healthcare resources with their regular vendors and exhaust all possible options. These options may include contacting any sister facilities for coordination, reaching out to local partners or stakeholders, looking at any possible reallocations within the Public Health Region, Healthcare Coalition, Regional Advisory Council regions, or other medical supply agencies, given established priority groups. If hospitals and healthcare professionals cannot obtain any PPE from their vendor(s) and have exhausted all alternative options, they should send their official requests to their local office of emergency management via the STAR process. Please ensure you provide all relevant details for your request, to include type of item, POC information, and delivery address.

Save The Date

Upcoming Events, Meetings & Trainings

TETAF Legislative Focus Week
Monday, March 22 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

TETAF Legislative Focus Week starts in ONE WEEK. Bills have been filed and now is the time for our voices to be heard as we focus on the needs for trauma, stroke, and perinatal care.
The week will begin with a virtual event on Monday, March 22 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. We will be joined by legislative guests, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) and Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin). TETAF invites you to register for this event in advance.
Throughout the remainder of the week, we will provide helpful talking points, references, links, and important information including bills the TETAF advocacy team is closely following. Be sure to check your emails for ways you can support trauma, stroke, and perinatal care during this legislative session.

Register for the TETAF Legislative Focus Week Virtual Event HERE.

2021 Group Crisis Intervention Course
Date: March 31- April 1, 2021
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings, Crisis Management Briefings (CMG), and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed. Note: This course is a prerequisite to taking the Advanced Group Crisis Intervention Course. This course is designed for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.

Only 10 spots avaliable so sign up soon at the link below

Sign up HERE

Download the announcement HERE.

Download the course outline HERE.

Texas EMS Educators Summit 2021
Friday, April 16 & Saturday, April 17
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel - Corpus Christi, Texas

Registration Fees
EMS Educators Summit: Includes Friday and Saturday sessions. $310; $355 after March 18, 2021
The New F.A.C.E. of EMS Education: Flipped, Asymmetrical, Case-based Education: $125

Important Dates
EMS Educators Summit: April 16, 2021, 1:00pm to 6:35pm; and April 17, 2021, 7:30am to 5:20pm

The New F.A.C.E. of EMS Education:
April 16, 2021, 8:00am to 12:00pm

Register HERE.

Course agenda HERE.

2021 Brain Injury Awareness Month

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, the Texas Brain Injury Programs at the Health and Human Services Commission will offer a FREE virtual 2021 Texas Brain Conference and Webinar Series. The theme is "Bridging Silos: Connecting Systems of Care with a Person-Centered Approach." Click on the respective link to register for each session.
Each Wednesday in March from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central time, the Texas Brain Injury Webinar Series will feature the following topics:
• Session 1 – March 3: Introduction of Person-Centered Thinking Principles and Brain Injury
• Session 2 – March 10: Co-occurring Disorders: Substance Use and Brain Injury
• Session 3 – March 17: Brain Injury among the Veteran Population
• Session 4 – March 24: Correlations with Domestic Violence and Brain Injury
• Session 5 – March 31: Bridging the Silos - National and State Initiatives

In addition, the Texas Brain Injury Conference will feature brain injury-related topics:
• Session 1 – March 25, 2021 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Central time
- Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease
- Brain Injury and Health Disparities/Racial Equity
- Brain Injury and Vocational Rehabilitation

• Session 2 – March 26, 2021 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Central time
- Brain Injury: Criminal and Juvenile Justice
- Mental Health and Emotional Needs Following a Brain Injury
- Acquired Brain Injuries-Educational Needs for Students

We are excited to have state and national experts share information on brain injury, person-centered planning and bridging silos for attendees. All activities will be free and open to the public. Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines will be provided for these events. Full details for the webinar series and conference will be provided soon.

If you need an accommodation or additional information, please contact the Office of Acquired Brain Injury at OABI@hhsc.state.tx.us

2021 Stroke Symposium

Please join us as we present our 2nd annual stroke symposium. Attendees will be able to increase awareness of stroke prevention, risk factors and treatment options, in both acute and post-acute settings. Virtual Conference ONLY. Brought to you by CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council

Upcoming RAC-G FY21 Meetings

April 13, 2021 RAC Stroke Committee Meeting

RAC-G Stroke Committee Meeting @ 10:00pm. Agenda HERE.


April 13, 2021 RAC PI Committee Meeting

RAC-G Performance Improvement Meeting @ 12:00pm. Agenda HERE.

April 14, 2021 RAC STEMI Committee Meeting

RAC-G STEMI Committee Meeting @ 5:00pm. VC information and Agenda TBA

April 15, 2021 RAC Board Meeting

RAC-G Executive Board Meeting & Bylaws Meeting @ 10:00am. Agenda HERE.

April 21, 2021 RAC General-HCC Meeting

Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council General-HCC Assembly Meeting. Agenda TBA.

April 23, 2021 RAC AIRMED & EMS Committee Meeting

RAC-G Airmed/EMS Committees Meetings. Agenda TBA.

July 15, 2021 RAC Board Meeting

Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council Executive Board Meeting. Agenda TBA.

July 21, 2021 RAC General-HCC Meeting

Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council General-HCC Assembly Meeting. Agenda TBA.

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Hannah Cooper

Healthcare Coalition Coordinator Region - G

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Michael Johnson

Healthcare Coalition Coordinator Region - G

michael@rac-g.org

Brandon Moore

Healthcare Coalition Coordinator Region - F

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Eric Bailey

EMTF-4 Coordinator

eric@rac-g.org

Aaron Wells

Data Information Systems Administrator

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COVID Response Support Personnel

Pandemic Response Team

Kelly Weisinger

Hospital Staffing Coordinator

Steve Surface

PPE Distribution Team Leader

Russ Langas

Warehouse PPE Supply & Support

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