Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Agenda

November 22, 2021 - 4:00 pm

DSHS Central Campus, Moreton Building, Room M-100
1100 West 49th Street
United States

Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC)
Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

November 22, 2021
4:00 P.M.

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

Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 P.M., November 19, 2021

Public participation will also be available at:
DSHS Central Campus
Moreton Building, Room M-100
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756

Call to Order

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

Review and Approval of October 2021 Retreat Minutes

  1. Chair Report and Discussion
  2. State Reports:
    1. Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
    2. EMS Trauma Systems
    3. Texas EMS and Trauma Registry
  3. GETAC Committee Reports:
    1. Air Medical and Specialty Care Transport Committee
    2. Cardiac Care Committee
    3. Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee
    4. Emergency Medical Services Committee
    5. EMS Education Committee
    6. EMS Medical Directors Committee
    7. Injury Prevention and Public Education Committee
    8. Pediatric Committee
    9. Stroke Committee
    10. Trauma Systems Committee

Discussion, public comment, and possible action on the following items:
(Public comment time may be limited at Chair’s discretion)

  1. Update of Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 25
    1. 157.125, Requirements for Trauma Facility Designation, Documentation of Evidence Guide
    2. 157.123 Regional Advisory Councils (RACs)
    3. 157.128 Denial, Suspension, and Revocation of Trauma Facility Designation
    4. 157.130 EMS and Trauma Care System Account
    5. 157.131 Designated Trauma Facility and Emergency Medical Services Account
  2. Senate Bill 1876, 87th Legislature, 2021, amendment to TAC Title 25 Section 157.11 (preference to the emergency transfer of a dialysis patient)
  3. Report overview of the October 14-15, 2021, GETAC Retreat
    1. GETAC Standard Operating Procedures
    2. GETAC Strategic Plan for the Texas Emergency Healthcare System
  4. Discussion, review, and recommendations for initiatives that instill a culture of safety for responders and the public with a focus on operations and safe driving practices
  5. Discussion of Rural Priorities
  6. Discussion of formation of GETAC Regional Advisory Committee
  7. Discussion of rule revision and priorities
  8. Discussion and possible actions on initiatives, programs, and potential research that might improve the Emergency Healthcare System in Texas.
  9. GETAC Stakeholders Reports:
    1. Texas EMS, Trauma, and Acute Care Foundation (TETAF)
    2. EMS for Children (EMSC) State Partnership
    3. Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Council
    4. Texas Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (TX CARES)
    5. Texas Suicide Prevention Council
    6. Stop the Bleed Texas Coalition
    7. Statewide Wristband Project

(Final Public Comments)

Next meeting dates

Adjournment - Alan Tyroch, MD, Chair

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 no later than 5:00 P.M., November 19, 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., November 19, 2021. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams chat 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 Jorie Klein, Department of State Health Services, 512-535-8538, or

People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Jorie Klein at 512-535-8538 or at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.