Read the Texas EMS Trauma News… If You Can Get It

Get it here! See below. Please note that some links in the newsletter may not be operative, due to the DSHS web outage.

We decided to reward ourselves for a productive morning with a peek at the latest Texas EMS Trauma News. We had just received an email, heralding it's availability on the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) web site.


The email held much promise for enlightenment. It said,

The latest edition of Texas EMS Trauma News is now available. We want to keep you informed of changes that could impact your organization by bringing you information on topics relative to emergency medical services, hospital designations, funding opportunities, regional systems, legislation, enforcement and more. Visit the Texas EMS Trauma News home for a copy

But the illumination was delayed. The link was clicked, but the request was denied. FORBIDDEN!

FORBIDDEN? What the heck did I do?

The page cannot be displayed
You have attempted to execute a CGI, ISAPI, or other executable program from a directory that does not allow programs to be executed.
Please try the following:

Contact the Web site administrator if you believe this directory should allow execute access.
HTTP Error 403.1 - Forbidden: Execute access is denied.
Internet Information Services (IIS)

At the front page of the DSHS web site, a notice:

The DSHS website is currently down for emergency maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

There are links to things you can still do, such as get a birth or death certificate or find out about Zica virus.… but no EMSTrauma News.

We'll keep checking.

Immediate gratification drive? Intact!

[Update: The person who answered our call to DSHS indicated that they expect the web presence to be available again either later today, Fri., April 8, 2015, or by Monday morning. —ed]

[Update: 21 April 2016 -- We have received word that "a streamlined version of the EMS site this morning. You can reach it from our [DSHS] homepage by clicking on 'Licenses and Regulation' or by going directly to If there is something that you need that is not on that page, please feel free to contact them directly at the links/contact information at the bottom of the web page." has requested that we be sent the much-sought EMS Trauma News and look forward to posting it here for download. &smashed;ed]