North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council

North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council The Mission of the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council is to promote and coordinate a system of quality trauma, acute, and emergency healthcare and preparedness in North Central Texas.
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The North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council is an organization designed to facilitate the development, implementation, and operation of a comprehensive trauma care system based on accepted standards of care to decrease morbidity and mortality. The Trauma Service Area for the NCTTRAC is comprised of the following counties: Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise.

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06/09/2021

Wellness Wednesday!
Provided by the Department of State Health Services.

You know the cliché, “Take time to stop and smell the bluebonnets.” It turns out that there really is some wisdom in that saying.

A study from Rutgers University showed that slowing down and recognizing the beauty in the world around you can have a positive effect on overall happiness and satisfaction. Why is that?

Stopping to smell the figurative bluebonnets allows you to take a pause in the hectic to-do lists of life—to just be and appreciate the world around you while recognizing the value in the little things that make up your world. Those little things might be literal flowers, or they could be the smell of rain, the giggles of a little one, or even the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of coffee. No planning is needed for those momentary pauses of appreciation! Just stop and be in the moment.

You spend many hours rushing by the flowers around you to provide care for Texans in need. It’s ok to pause for yourself when opportunities present—no lights or sirens required.

Stay well, friends!

06/02/2021

Wellness Wednesday!
Provided by the Department of State Health Services.

June is National Men’s Health Month. The purpose of this awareness campaign is to encourage all the men out there to take care of themselves by eating well, staying active, and getting medical checkups. Have you had an annual physical in the last year or so?

It’s easy to let time go by without giving your personal health a second thought, especially when you are feeling well, and unless you are in the process of starting a new job, you are not likely required to get a yearly checkup by your current employer.

A visit to the doctor for preventative care is an important step to get ahead of issues before they get a hold on you. Heart disease, cancer, and depression are preventable and treatable conditions when detected early, making them necessary annual screenings.

You spend much of your time taking care of others, and the days can go by so quickly. Going to the doctor is something that you will have to do at some point, and while it may feel like an inconvenience to take a moment to call when you’re well, imagine the disruption a preventable illness can cause.

We care about you and value your dedication to caring for Texans. Please make a commitment today to make National Men’s Health Month YOUR month for a yearly wellness exam to remain Texas Strong in the years to come.

Stay well, friends!

05/26/2021

Wellness Wednesday!
Provided by the Department of State Health Services.

Mental Health Awareness Month may be coming to an end, but the idea behind the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body doesn’t have to end on May 31st. This year’s goal was to engage us in a whole-body wellness concept, emphasizing how important our mental health is to our physical health and how the two depend on each other for overall wellbeing.

Here are some common physically beneficial words of wisdom that also support positive mood and mental health.

- Drink plenty of water. Remember the 8x8 rule: 8 ounces of water at least 8 times a day (at minimum). Even slight dehydration can affect mood and increase feelings of nervousness and anxiety by interfering with the process of serotonin production. Remember, when you feel the sensation of thirst, you are already dehydrated.

- Avoid sugar. It can weaken your ability to deal with stress and increase the risk for anxiety and depression by creating an imbalance in certain brain chemicals. Did you know that a can of Coke has 8.25 teaspoons of sugar in it? The American Heart Association recommends that women limit sugar to 6 teaspoons and men limit intake to 9 teaspoons.

- Get moving. Exercise increases endorphins and serotonin, leading to a happier disposition. It also reduces feelings of isolation. All you need is 20-30 minutes a day. If you have a day where it’s too difficult to carve out 30-minutes in one stretch, you can always break it up into two 15-minute blocks.

- Get 8 hours of quality sleep. Yes, this is easier said than done, but the consequences of sleep deprivation extend beyond just feeling tired and grumpy. Your brain needs sleep to unwind and process emotions; otherwise, there is a risk for emotional instability when the amygdala and prefrontal cortex don’t get their quiet, distraction-free “me” time.

You’ve likely heard the above suggestions, as they are mainstream tips for aiding physical wellbeing, but when shifting the focus to the benefits for mental health, it’s easy to see how important these tips are for achieving overall wellness.

Speaking of mainstream, let’s keep the conversation going and continue to emphasize the important connection between mental and physical health. Make it a daily conversation with family, friends, and colleagues. Remember that the Heroes Helpline (1-833-EMS-IN-TX) is available 24/7 if you need additional support with mental health or substance use.
Stay well, friends!

Today is National Missing Children’s Day.  May 25th is dedicated each year to shine a spotlight on child safety. The obs...
05/25/2021

Today is National Missing Children’s Day. May 25th is dedicated each year to shine a spotlight on child safety. The observance also honors the professionals dedicated to protecting children around the country. #missingchildren #savethechildren

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Today is National Missing Children’s Day. May 25th is dedicated each year to shine a spotlight on child safety. The observance also honors the professionals dedicated to protecting children around the country. #missingchildren #savethechildren

http://childfindofamerica.org/national-missing-childrens-day/

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05/21/2021

May is Stroke Awareness Month! #StrokeMonth #KnowTheSigns #BrainforLife

May is Stroke Awareness Month! #StrokeMonth #KnowTheSigns #BrainforLife

National EMS Week! #SuperheroesDontWearCapes
05/19/2021

National EMS Week! #SuperheroesDontWearCapes

National EMS Week! #SuperheroesDontWearCapes

05/19/2021

Wellness Wednesday!
Provided by the Department of State Health Services.

The theme “THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities” for 2021’s EMS Week really encompasses who you are and what you do.

Over the last year, you’ve had an opportunity to show communities throughout the state (and beyond) what bravery looks like in the face of uncertainty. You’ve put in long hours, had many sleepless nights, and risked your personal safety as you remained on the front lines caring for people during a pandemic, despite the fear of what the next call might bring. You met the challenge to assess and treat our patients from six feet away— your commitment to providing the best care possible to those in need is nothing short of heroic!

Thank you for what you do every day. Your devotion and dedication to the care of others is what EMS is about, and you continue to make Texas proud as you connect with communities and comfort them in today’s world.

This is EMS, and our communities know you care.

Who remembers this? #ThrowbackThursday
05/13/2021

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#ThrowbackThursday

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#ThrowbackThursday

Although today ends National Nurses Week, we will continue to appreciate and thank our nurses everyday! #nursesweek #Sup...
05/12/2021

Although today ends National Nurses Week, we will continue to appreciate and thank our nurses everyday! #nursesweek #SuperheroesWearScrubs

Although today ends National Nurses Week, we will continue to appreciate and thank our nurses everyday! #nursesweek #SuperheroesWearScrubs

Wellness Wednesday! Provided by the Department of State Health Services. You’re used to saving lives with your skills, b...
05/12/2021
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Wellness Wednesday!
Provided by the Department of State Health Services.

You’re used to saving lives with your skills, but what if you could sit back, put your feet up, and save three all at once without tapping into your wealth of knowledge and abilities? You can!

A blood shortage is just one more of the negative impacts of COVID. As a first responder, you know that having blood available for a trauma patient can literally be the difference between life and death.

In recognition of National Trauma Awareness Month, consider giving blood. Donating blood has some surprising health benefits for the donor: you get a free screening, the process of restoring the blood burns about 600 calories, and a regular donation can reduce cardiovascular risks by reducing the viscosity of your blood.

As we’ve shared before, volunteerism is known to be a great stress-buster, so being a regular blood donor can have a positive effect on your mental well-being. It can reduce the risk of depression and increase a sense of meaning, contribution, and community. When you share a pint of your blood, you are voluntarily giving your time and a part of yourself to benefit others; that is the very essence of volunteerism, and there’s no better time than the present.

Texans battling COVID-19 can benefit from the plasma of those who have fully recovered from the virus; visit the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) website (link below) to get more information on convalescent plasma and how you can help.

Come on, friends—let’s roll up those sleeves and share some Texas-sized love!
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If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma.

NCTTRAC is hiring! We are looking to fill our current open position of Comptroller / Financial Officer. This position is...
05/10/2021
Comptroller / Financial Officer (Non-Profit) - Arlington, TX 76011 - Indeed.com

NCTTRAC is hiring! We are looking to fill our current open position of Comptroller / Financial Officer. This position is an integral part of NCTTRAC and needs to be filled by an individual who is prepared to go above and beyond the world of accounting. If you feel you are that person, click the link below and apply today!
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05/06/2021

Throwback Thursday!
One year ago today, the Blue Angels flew over DFW to honor medical workers during the coronavirus crisis!

Throwback Thursday!
One year ago today, the Blue Angels flew over DFW to honor medical workers during the coronavirus crisis!

05/05/2021

Wellness Wednesday!
Provided by the Department of State Health Services.

Stress is an inevitable reality of life for most. It can be a great motivator, but it can also be destructive to the mind, body, and soul if not managed. It’s always a good idea to include exercise, good nutrition, and restful sleep on a daily basis, but it’s even more important during stressful times.
In addition to those daily habits, when you are feeling the weight of a difficult situation, the following suggestions can help ease the load you are carrying.
• Step away and take a break. Give your mind a timeout and let it rest. Meditation, prayer, and listening to calming music are great ways to ease the mind.
• Make time for a hobby. Puzzles, gardening, reading, and painting are good stressbusters.
• Spend time in nature. The sights, sounds, and smells of nature help bring a sense of calming and balance. Unplug from technology and just soak in the beauty and essence of the nature around you.
• Take a break from technology. Log out of your social media accounts and take a short hiatus. Leave your phone in another room. Don’t take it to the bathroom with you. Simply unplug to give yourself a break.

Those are just a few reminders of the things you can do to give yourself a little space to breathe and “just be.” If you find that your stress feels overwhelming, reach out and talk to someone you trust. You can also speak to someone at the Heroes Helpline at 833-367-4689 if you’d prefer to talk to someone anonymously.

NCTTRAC is hiring!  We are looking to fill our current open position of Comptroller. This position is an integral part o...
05/03/2021
Comptroller (Non-Profit) - Arlington, TX 76011 - Indeed.com

NCTTRAC is hiring! We are looking to fill our current open position of Comptroller. This position is an integral part of NCTTRAC and needs to be filled by an individual who is prepared to go above and beyond the world of accounting. If you feel you are that person, click the link below and apply today!
https://indeedhi.re/3eETkng

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04/29/2021

Wellness Wednesday on Thursday!
Provided by the Department of State Health Services.

What do you think of when you hear the words “mental health”? Some use the terms mental health and mental illness interchangeably as if they mean the same thing. Does physical health mean physical illness or disease? Health is simply the condition or state of one’s body or emotions, whether good or bad. Unfortunately, the term mental health seems to be received negatively, giving stigma a foothold. Let’s change that!

As an EMS professional, you likely experience overwhelming demands that can take a toll on your mental wellbeing. You are not the only one who goes through this though, so why does it get pushed to the back of your mind? Everyone has good days, and everyone has days where the struggle is absolutely real. The unspoken rule of stuffing emotions and moving on needs to change. Sometimes, it is simply ok to not be ok…that’s not weakness, that’s humanness. What's not ok is to suffer in silence. Talking brings a sense of relief and reduces the power that difficult thoughts and feelings have on the mind.

Be part of the change. Get the conversation started about the importance of wellness—both physical and mental.
• Lead by example. Start talking about your experiences and how they affect you.
• Create an environment that encourages others to share the things that weigh them down and give the “suck it up" mentality the boot.
• Foster a culture of resiliency by inviting open and respectful conversations about mental/emotional wellness in the workplace.

04/28/2021

NCTTRAC is hiring! We are looking to fill our current open position of Comptroller. This position is an integral part of NCTTRAC and needs to be filled by an individual who is prepared to go above and beyond the world of accounting. If you feel you are that person, click the link below and apply today!
https://indeedhi.re/3eETkng

Wellness Wednesday! Provided by the Department of State Health Services. How are you sleeping? The CDC recommends 7-9 ho...
04/21/2021
Texas Department of State Health Services Mobile

Wellness Wednesday!
Provided by the Department of State Health Services.
How are you sleeping? The CDC recommends 7-9 hours of sleep for adults, and while that might be reasonable to achieve if working a regular 10-12 hour shift, those who work 24 or 48-hour shifts may find a 7-9 hour stretch difficult. Since scheduling the emergencies in the community you serve around a healthy sleep schedule is not an option, what can you do to reduce the impact of interrupted sleep and make the best of the sleep you get on shift?
Caffeine is a staple in the lives of first responders, but too much can affect your quality of sleep when you finally get to catch some z’s. Limit coffee to the morning hours and hydrate with water throughout the rest of the day to eliminate this antagonist.
To battle against sleep deprivation from middle-of-the-night calls, catch an afternoon nap when the opportunity presents. A power nap can go a long way to help recharge your mind and body. Grab a sleep mask and earplugs and kick back for about 15-20 minutes; a short nap can increase your alertness and boost your energy. Be careful to not exceed 30 minutes though, or you may wake up groggy.
To unwind before bed and encourage restful slumber, ditch the electronics and grab a book. The National Sleep Foundation suggests shutting screens down at least 30 minutes before bed. The blue light emitted from electronics negatively affects melatonin production, making it more likely you’ll be counting sheep to fall asleep.
Good sleep habits are important both on shift and off. While you cannot control many of the events that affect sleep at work, you can alter some facets of your routine and habits to help make the sleep you get count…the sheep will thank you.
For more information visit the link below www.dshs.texas.gov.

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01/21/2021
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