The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) is designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop, implement and maintain the regional trauma and emergency healthcare system for the 22 counties in Trauma Service Area - P (TSA-P). TSA-P has a mixture of urban, suburban, rural and frontier areas, from the 7th largest city in the US to the Mexican border, encompassing over 26,000 square miles in southwest Texas. STRAC is one of twenty-two regional advisory councils in Texas that comprise the Texas Trauma / Emergency Healthcare system.
STRAC is a 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt member organization consisting of 53 general and specialty hospitals, including 2 Level I Trauma Centers, 16 PCI centers, 11 Stroke centers, air medical providers, and over 70 EMS agencies.
A leader in the Texas Trauma System, STRAC has been recognized twice as the Texas Regional Advisory Council of the Year (2000 and 2008). STRAC oversees dozens of essential programs and projects for the trauma and emergency healthcare system in and around San Antonio, Texas, partnering with members, local government, and non-governmental organizations.
STRAC is proud to be part of the WATCH Coalition for Water Safety. Every year STRAC participates in an annual public outreach event called April Pools Day. STRAC and Member organizations such as the Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio Fire Department, San Antonio Military Medical Center, University Health System, and many more disseminate water safety information, tips, and safety literature to help raise water safety awareness in the community every year on April 1st.
State designated trauma centers in Trauma Service Area - P participated in the regional Mass Fatality Concept of Operations Planning Workshop to improve resilience from and response to man-made and natural disasters.
Check out our hospital resource page to view a map of the state designated trauma centers in Southwest Texas as well as many more resources hospital staff may find helpful.
STRAC Members collaborate on a research project to determine the effectiveness of spinal immobilization without the use of a spine board. This study is specifically targeted to determine the amount of spinal movement (or lack there of) experienced by a simulated trauma patient under C-spine precautions while immobilized to an EMS stretcher. Each patient was outfitted with highly sensitive motion sensors calibrated to detect the slightest movements and accurately display motion through a digital avatar. Afterwards, patients were put through a variation of traditional transport positions and methods. Find out more about this and other research studies to be announced in upcoming committee meetings.
What started as a goal to improve ER to EMS relationships as well as improving the process of transfer of care has resulted in a new practice that is sweeping the nation. The EMS "Time Out" increases patient safety and improves communications between the EMS provider and the nurse who continues patient care at the receiving hospital. Click on the link below to watch a short video on the EMS Time Out. Feel free to download and use the patient report form and poster in your hospital's emergency department. It's free!
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One of the benefits to being a member of STRAC is the ability to collaborate with and learn from other agencies throughout the emergency healthcare system to improve system processes, procedures, and protocols. This is one of the many ways our members improve patient care throughout Southwest Texas. As shown here, members discuss upcoming legislation that impacts hospitals and EMS providers during a Main STRAC Membership held in Eagle Pass, Texas.
To become a member or to learn more about membership benefits, please contact us today.
On any given day, EMS will declare a Heart Alert which is a standardized term for a patient presenting with signs and symptoms of a heart attack and an EKG indicating a specific type of myocardial infarction commonly referred to as a STEMI. Appropriate treatment of Heart Alert patients includes accurate identification of the infarction and early activation of the heart catheterization team. To support these life saving decisions, STRAC Member organizations electronically transmit the results of an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) taken by EMS directly to the hospital where it may be interpreted by an emergency medicine physician and interventional cardiologist as well as appended to the patient's electronic medical record. This all happens before paramedics arrive at the ER to mitigate delays in definitive patient care. This as well as other supportive processes in Southwest Texas result in some of the shortest 911 to restoration-of-blood-flow times in the nation.
What happens when you invite roughly 100 hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, and paramedics from competing organizations to the same dinner? It's exciting!
Every quarter leading interventional cardiologists break bread with emergency medicine physicians, chest pain coordinators, emergency department directors, paramedics, EMS medical directors, EMS Chiefs, and healthcare administrators from urban and rural hospital systems and EMS agencies to build one of the strongest cardiac systems of care this side of the Mississippi. During dinner, everyone works together as STRAC members to address any challenges or emerging threats to the health and well being of "our patients". This consensus-driven approach fosters an objective forum to review regional data that depicts performance metrics related to the accuracy and timeliness of cardiac care. The analysis of this data as well as the trends they illustrate help shape what improvements are made to improve patient outcomes. Contact us and let us know who from your organization should receive an invitation for the next dinner.
Hospital Decontamination Teams from across the region compete for the title of DECON Rodeo Champion every year but that is not all. Throughout the year hospitals across this vast 26,000 square mile region in Southwest Texas refresh personal protective equipment inventories, maintain various respirator supplies, and test decontamination equipment while improving muscle memory and increasing hospital response capabilities to better support the communities in which they serve.
"Sure it's a fun day where friends can show off their skills and compete for a trophy but its more than that. All of these hospitals are actively participating in a regional initiative to increase decon response capabilities and improve hospital preparedness."
Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council
Division Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Infectious Disease Response Unit Advisory Committee consists of some of the greatest minds in public health and infectious disease doctors. This advisory committee was formed to help guide preparedness and response activities in the great state of Texas in preparation of and response to incidents with the potential to spread high consequence infectious disease(s). Participants include executive leadership and practitioners from public health agencies, regional advisory councils, infectious disease centers and research facilities representing acute care systems from across the nation.
In only its first year, this committee has already paved the way for a quicker and more efficient response to public health disasters.
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.
STRAC is proud to be a part of this national campaign to improve our country's resiliency and empower our communities with the tools and knowledge to save lives in the wake of a traumatic injury or mass casualty incident. Visit the Stop The Bleed website to learn more about how a quick and effective response to excessive blood loss can be the difference between life and death on an otherwise uneventful hiking trip, rock climb, motorcycle ride, or rope swing into the river.
During this CEO Advisory Board meeting, Chief Executive Officers brought perinatal leadership from their respective hospital systems to discuss the uniform designations for levels of maternity care that are complimentary but distinct from levels of neonatal care and that address maternal health needs, thereby reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in the united states. While not a new concept, the institution of designation levels for maternal care is increasing across the nation and for several reasons. If you are interested in this effort and would like to join the conversation, please visit our perinatal page and sign up to receive real-time discussion updates on the regional perinatal committee email list.
Each year STRAC Members host a regional emergency healthcare systems conference that delivers continuing education for physicians, nurses, and EMS as well as an opportunity to meet face to face with leaders in the medical industry, learn about and test emerging products, and work through system processes with the STRAC Field Application Support Engineers.
Dr. Ronald Stewart, Chair of STRAC's Executive Board closed the 2016 conference with a thought provoking presentation that forced all who attend to take an introspective pause and honestly evaluate how they are contributing to the advancement of their profession. This and many more presentations from the conference may be found on our conference page. Dates for our next conference will be announced in July.
Hospital and EMS members of STRAC are active participants in the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition and host F.A.L.L. courses in the community all year long. Objectives of the Fall Awareness Lengthens Lives (FALL) course developed by STRAC's Regional Injury Prevention Committee include:
To learn more about the regional injury prevention campaigns, please feel free to visit our injury prevention page. It is routinely updated with current links, resources and videos intended for sharing.
MISSION: To reduce death / disability related to trauma, disaster, and acute illness through implementation of well-planned and coordinated regional emergency response systems.
VISION: We will be the model regional trauma, disaster, and emergency healthcare system in the united states that results in the lowest risk-adjusted mortality for emergency healthcare conditions.
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