June 11, 2021 - 9:30am

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There is no physical location for this meeting

Due to health precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic,
this meeting will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams only.

Register here to access the online meeting.
Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 P.M, June 8, 2021

Call to Order/Roll Call

Reading of the GETAC Vision and Mission Statements

GETAC Vision:
A unified, comprehensive, and effective Emergency Healthcare System.

GETAC Mission:
To promote, develop, and advance an accountable, patient-centered Trauma and Emergency Healthcare System.

GETAC Pediatric Committee’s Statement of Purpose:
To work collaboratively with entities involved in prehospital and emergency pediatric care, to promote pediatric injury and illness prevention, and to improve the outcomes of our vulnerable pediatric patients by developing evidenced based strategies for high-quality practice in order to deliver safe, compassionate, and effective care.

Review and Approval of February 2021 Meeting Minutes

GETAC Chair comments

EMS/Trauma Systems Update

Discussion and possible action on the following items:

  1. GETAC Council meeting schedule for 2021
  2. Committee liaison assignments and reports:
    1. Air Medical and Specialty Care Transport
    2. Emergency Medical Services
    3. EMS Education
    4. Injury Prevention and Public Education
    5. EMS Medical Directors
    6. Stroke
    7. Trauma Systems
    8. Regional Advisory Council Chairs
    9. Disaster Preparedness and Response
    10. Cardiac Committee
  3. EMS for Children (EMSC) State Partnership update
    1. Voluntary Pediatric (facilities) Readiness Program update
    2. Voluntary Pediatric EMS Readiness Program update
  4. EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center update
    1. Update on Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (PRQC)
    2. Update on Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Collaborative (PECC)
  5. Update of efforts in Texas School Districts and other entities by Committee Members for “Stop the Bleed” training
  6. Update on Child Abuse Screening/Management Tool
  7. Update on Pediatric Concussion/Head Injury Education initiative
  8. Workgroup for Magnet/Battery Ingestion education and support
  9. Review of Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) Best Practice Guideline for Pain Management
  10. Request from GETAC to review the HHS Federal Planning Region VI (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico), White Paper: Disaster Response for Pediatric Hospitals and Specialty Patients (TALON document)
  11. Review status of pending trauma data and reports impacting pediatric outcomes
  12. Review the GETAC Strategic Plan for the Texas Emergency Healthcare System and determine if any additions, deletions, or corrections are in order
  13. Initiatives, programs and potential research that might improve pediatric emergency healthcare in Texas

General Public Comment
(Comment time may be limited at Chair’s discretion)

Summary for GETAC meeting report


Review and list agenda items for next meeting

Next meeting date


Public Comment: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to Emergency Health Care. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by providing written public comment to DSHS by emailing robert.friedrich@dshs.texas.gov no later than 5:00 P.M., June 8, 2021. Please include your name and either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments are limited to three minutes and will be read during the meeting for consideration by the Council.

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the registration form. Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you with the information about joining the meeting. Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 P.M., June 8, 2021. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section to submit a request to provide public comment. The request must contain your name, the name of the organization you represent or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes. Speakers must state their name, affiliation, and on whose behalf they are speaking. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by DSHS staff to Council members, State staff and for public distribution. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only) of documentation. Handouts must be emailed to DSHS immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Note: These procedures may be revised at the discretion of DSHS.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Robert Friedrich, Department of State Health Services, 512-484-8113, or robert.friedrich@dshs.texas.gov.

People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Robert Friedrich at 512-484-8113 or robert.friedrich@dshs.texas.gov at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.