EMS-Trauma Systems

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Welcome to the home page of the DSHS program that regulates EMS and trauma systems in Texas. This website contains information about EMS certification and licensure, trauma designation, how to contact us and more.  Sign up to receive announcements by email regarding the EMS Trauma Systems program. This feature will serve as a tool to increase communication with stakeholders regarding new information added to the website.



Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Notice: Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information as it is made available on the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 web page at  dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.  

EMS staffing waivers extended November 25, 2022 

The Office of the Governor has received the Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) request to extend the termination date of the temporary suspension of Texas Health and Safety Code § 773.050(a) and 25 TAC §§ 157.11(h)(1)-(6). DSHS asserts that strict compliance with these laws could prevent, hinder, or delay the deliverance of medical services in relation to efforts to cope with the declared disaster. 
 
In accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor grants DSHS’s request to continue the suspension of Texas Health and Safety Code § 773.050(a) and 25 TAC §§ 157.11(h)(1)-(6) for 90 days beyond the current termination effective date of August 26, 2022 or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires, whichever is earlier. This approval supersedes any prior approval granted by the Office of the Governor.

Extended until November 25, 2022



Due to the current COVID-19 state of disaster in Texas, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requested and the Office of the Governor granted EMS waivers and extensions. 

COVID-19 Facility Designation Information Updated May 12, 2021

Due to postponement of onsite reviews, and increased demands on hospitals due to COVID-19, facilities may consider requesting an extension to their designation expiration date. Please review the guidance document and contact our office at DSHS.EMS-TRAUMA@dshs.texas.gov.    



COVID-19 EMS Education Programs Information Updated July 29, 2020

Texas EMS Educational Programs may employ a broader array of approaches to determine competency. 


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/COVID-19 Resources

For Regional Advisory Council (RAC) contacts for additional personal protective equipment (PPE)/COVID-19 Resources please view contact list


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Last updated August 16, 2022