August 14, 2020 - 1:00pm

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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.

To access the online meeting, click here and register.
Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 P.M., August 11, 2020

Call to Order/Roll Call

Reading of the GETAC Vision and Mission Statements

GETAC Vision:
A unified, comprehensive, and effective Emergency HealthcareSystem.

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

Review and approval of February 2020 meeting minutes

GETAC Chair comments

Discussion and possible action on the following items:

  1. Review the GETAC Strategic Plan for the Texas Emergency Healthcare System and
    determine if any additions, deletions, or corrections are in order
  2. Discussion, review, and approval of potential single sentence statements on:
    1. Use of Ketamine
    2. Use of lights and sirens as a medical intervention
    3. Research Agenda
    4. Support for Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project
    5. Cardiac Arrest as a reportable condition
    6. Need for additional statements
  3. Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Update
  4. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) discussion
  5. Update on the Texas Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (TX-CARES)
  6. Discussion on standardizing response time language for air medical scene responses
  7. Update on development of methods to provide financial support for medical direction resource document
  8. Update on joint work group with 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
  9. Discussion of EMS personnel testing positive for ‘substances’, but not demonstrating signs of being under the influence
  10. Discussion of EMS personnel in medical treatment assistance programs
  11. Discussion on development of a Statement of Purpose for the EMS Medical Directors Committee
  12. Discussion, review, and recommendations for initiatives that instill a culture of safety for responders, caregivers, and the public with a focus on operations and safe driving practices
  13. Initiatives, programs, and potential research that might improve EMS medical direction in Texas

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

Summary of action items 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 no later than 5:00 p.m., August 11, 2020. 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., August 11, 2020. 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

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