This report, published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, focuses on the deployment of whole blood to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, TX. Read the full brief report on the use of the TXEMTF whole blood deployment program for mass casualty incidents. December 2022 - Volume 93 - Issue 6
About Jordan GhawiJordan Ghawi is an emergency healthcare and disaster response leader with a passion for civic engagement, working to make Texas communities more resilient. He currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), the regional emergency healthcare system. He oversaw the creation of the state’s disaster medical response team’s Infectious Disease Response Unit (IDRU) and was instrumental in the state’s response during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ghawi was previously the Division Chief of Operations for a local fire/EMS agency. Outside of his role at STRAC, Ghawi is deeply engaged in community advocacy and volunteers in various capacities to advance health equity, civic engagement, and affordable housing. He is a board member of the San Antonio Housing Trust, a director at Texas Lyceum, and serves on San Antonio Mayor, Ron Nirenberg, Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing task force. He was selected as part of Leadership San Antonio's tricentennial class in 2019 (LSA 300) and was named "Man of the Year" by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2022 and made the Texas 100 List of Influential Texans by the Texas Business Journals in 2023. Ghawi is also an active volunteer firefighter/paramedic in Bexar County. Ghawi holds a bachelor’s degree in emergency health sciences, a master’s in public administration and is completing a master’s in business administration.
The TX EMTF program is excited to welcome three new buses into our AMBUS program. Fort Bend County EMS, the first of the new generation AMBUS (AMBUS 2.0), came online earlier this year. With the addition of Corpus Christi Fire/EMS and Acadian EMS in early 2020, the EMTF program's statewide AMBUS count will increase to 16.
The TX EMTF's Infectious Disease Response Unit (IDRU) reached a new milestone today with the addition of a pre-hospital team in TX EMTF 1. All 8 EMTF regions now have a pre-hospital team for the treatment and transfer of patients with high-consequence infectious diseases.