February 21, 2020 - 8:00am

The Westin Austin at The Domain
11301 Domain Drive
Austin, TX 78758

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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 November 2019 Meeting Minutes

Public Comment
(Please sign-up to give public comment. Public comment time may be limited at Chair’s discretion)

  1. Chair Report and Discussion
  2. State Reports:
    1. Office of EMS Trauma Systems
    2. Office of Injury Prevention and Texas EMS and Trauma Registry
  3. GETAC Committee Action Item Reports:
    1. Air Medical and Specialty Care Transport Committee
    2. Cardiac Care Committee
    3. Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee
    4. EMS Education Committee
    5. Emergency Medical Services Committee
    6. EMS Medical Directors Committee
    7. Injury Prevention and Public Education Committee
    8. Pediatric Committee
    9. Stroke Committee
    10. Trauma Systems Committee
  4. GETAC Stakeholders Reports:
    1. Texas EMS, Trauma, and Acute Care Foundation (TETAF)
    2. EMS for Children (EMSC) State Partnership
    3. Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TXEMTF) Wildland Fire Support Mission
    4. Texas Suicide Prevention Council
    5. Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Council
    6. Texas Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (TX-CARES)

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

  5. Review and consideration of the Injury Prevention and Public Education Committee’s Safe Storage of Firearms Brief
  6. Update from the task force on Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Section 157.39 Comprehensive Clinical Management Program Approval (CCMP) progress
  7. Update on EMS agency response standards in contracts at the community level
  8. Update on usage of Lights and Sirens by EMS
  9. Update from task force charged with examining the use of body cameras in EMS
  10. Review and consideration by joint work group of EMS Medical Directors and EMS Committees to develop best practices and goals to assist and encourage EMS Medical Directors to become more involved with their agencies
  11. Update from task force charged with examining the scope of mental health/behavioral health issues in emergency healthcare
  12. Discussion of issues surrounding personnel with mental health or substance abuse problems while on duty
  13. Update from EMS and Trauma Registry concerning updated facility list for EMS providers
  14. Statewide EMS/Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) wristband project
  15. Review of Best Practice Guidelines from Trauma Systems Committee
    1. Open Fracture Care
    2. Pelvic Fractures
    3. Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
    4. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  16. Consideration of Best Practice Guidelines for Trauma Center Abuse (recognition of Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, and Intimate Partner Violence)
  17. 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
  18. Review the GETAC Strategic Plan for the Texas Emergency Healthcare System and determine if any additions, deletions, or corrections are in order


(Final Public Comments)

Next meeting dates


Contact: Robert Friedrich, Office of EMS/Trauma Systems, Consumer Protection Division, Department of State Health Services, P. O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347, 512-484-8113 or robert.friedrich@dshs.texas.gov.

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Indra Hernandez, Department of State Health Services, at 512-987-0640 or indra.hernandez@dshs.texas.gov, at least 72 hours before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.