7:45am to 8:45am
EMSVO Safe Backing
EMS West Staff

CEU: 1.0 EMSVO KEYWORD: OPERATIONS/RESCUE

This course focuses on understanding the importance of safe vehicle backing measures and adopting these best practices into your organization’s driving procedures.

EMSVO EZ EVOC for EMS
EMS West Staff

CEU: 1.0 EMSVO KEYWORD: OPERATIONS/RESCUE

This course focuses on the need for EMS vehicle driver training and presents the attributes of a good emergency vehicle operator (EVO) and driving system. A demonstration of emergency vehicle (EV) safe driving practices is also included. Finally, we review EV preventative maintenance.

9:00am to 10:00am
Managing Crashing Patients in the Field
Mark Pinchalk

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

EMS providers routinely encounter critically ill medical patients in the field. Taking a load and go approach with these patients will often result in increased morbidity and mortality. This presentation will review the concept of crashing medical patients and physiological and operation parameters associated with these patient suffering cardiac arrest in the field during care. A management algorithm will be proposed to provide more effective aggressive prehospital care to these patients and improve outcomes. QI data from an urban EMS system will be reviews highlighting the effectiveness of this strategy.

When Trauma Systems Work
Dr. Andrew Peitzman

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: TRAUMA

Review of complex trauma cases. Dr. Peitzman reviews why trauma systems matter. Dive into complex cases, and why where it happens could mean life or death.

Media Relations and EMS
Jenifer Miele

CEU: 1.0 Other KEYWORD: OPERATIONS/RESCUE

What do we want? Fair and accurate reporting of what we do. When do we want it? Only when it shines a positive light on us or when we tell you what to put on the news. Join Jen Miele, Andrew Stockey, Ross Guidotti and Stephen Limani as they discuss how to work with the media, develop relationships and identify what to say and when to say it. Panel participants subject to change.

When Disaster Strikes: The Emotional Impact of Responding
Dr. Sheila Roth

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: OPERATIONS/RESCUE

Emergency preparedness and effective response following a disaster is what you have been trained to do. This course examines the other side of disaster response, the emotional side. We explore the impact of disaster on the human psyche and how you can be better prepared to interact with victims of disaster. In addition, we examine how responses and reactions of victims vary depending on the type of disaster, and the impact that this interaction has on you, the responder. Strategies for your self-care and emotional recovery following such events will be discussed.

Risk Management for EMS
Jerry Ozog

CEU: 0.5 Other KEYWORD: OPERATIONS/RESCUE

There is risk in everything we do. The goal of any risk management program is to reduce an agency's exposure to risk and provide a safe environment for its employees, visitors and patients. The results of a well-functioning risk management plan should be a reduction in hazards that add to the bottom-line costs of doing business and protection of the physical and financial assets of the organization.

10:30am to 11:30am
Old MacDonald Had a Fracture: Farm Trauma Case Studies
Tyler McCardell

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: TRAUMA

Do you have farms in your response district? Are you curious about farm-related trauma? This session uses three case studies from rural Lancaster County to illustrate how the management of a farm trauma patient presents unique challenges and requires a provider to incorporate a wide array of assessment skills and interventions. Each case will follow patient care from initial dispatch through the trauma bay and be presented in an interactive format, incorporating ideas and suggestions from the audience at each stage of the “incident”. In addition to the case reviews, attendees will review common farm-related mechanisms of injury, their associated injury patterns, discuss risk factors for farm emergency response, and share strategies for rural injury prevention efforts.

To Fly or Not To Fly: Who Really Needs a Helicopter Ride to the Trauma Center
Dr. Joshua Brown

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: TRAUMA

Explore the considerations and issues related to air medical transport of trauma patients. Which patients are sick enough to benefit from helicopter transport? What are the logistical issues to consider? What are the draw backs to calling for a helicopter? Answer these questions and more as we discuss the latest thinking and research trying to help you know when to call the helicopter for your trauma patient.

When Hot and Cold Kills: Simulation Lab of Heat and Cold Emergencies
Dr. Jerry Escajeda

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

We are going to take a deeper look into the pathophysiology of heat and cold emergencies, discuss case examples and tips for protecting yourself from these environmental hazards.

Let's Chat about PAT - Tools to Help with Pediatric Assessment
Dr. Sylvia Owusu Ansah

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: OB/PEDIATRICS

Review of the pediatric assessment triangle, using student engaging case studies.

Hidden Disasters: A Case Presentation on Abdominal Emergencies
Dr. Mohamed Hagahmed

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

This presentation will highlight the common pitfalls when managing patients with abdominal pain. It will also include the prehospital assessment and management of the most commonly encountered abdominal emergencies.

11:45am to 12:45pm
Always better the second time! Lessons learned from back to back Stanley Cup Championship parades.
Dr. Ronald Roth

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: OPERATIONS/RESCUE

Providing medical care at planned mass gathering events such as sporting events, concerts, marathons and parades requires many of the same skill sets and expertise necessary to implement a successful response to an unplanned mass casualty event. Mass gathering events help a community prepare for the unexpected mass casualty event or disaster. In the City of Pittsburgh, AKA, the City of Champions, we had the opportunity to prepare and execute back to back mass gathering plans for the Penguin Stanley Cup celebration. In this presentation, we will explore how the lesions learned from the 2016 parade were adopted in preparation for the 2017 parade. In addition, we will look at factors from the 2016 event that nearly transformed a mass gathering event into a mass casualty event.

Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties
Dr. Brendan Mulcahy

CEU: 0.5 Clinical Patient Care & 0.5 Other KEYWORD: MEDICAL

Despite the progress made by the international community, the use of chemical and biological weapons remains a very real threat, and in the United States, EMS will be at the forefront. For this reason, it is paramount that all EMS providers review the medical management of chemical and biological casualties. Many of the most severe chemical and biological casualties can and will survive if you have the right training. This lecture will review some of the most common and feared agents of mass destruction.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
From Bingo to the ED: Challenges of Treating the Elderly
Dr. Adam Yates

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

Dr. Yates will take an indepth look at the geriatric patient and their special needs for care. Join Dr. Yates and dive into some of our greatest challenges in treating geriatric patients.

Stethoscopes, Fingers on the Pulse, and Other Useless Tools: How Prehospital Ultrasound Can Change Your Assessment Game
Dr. Benjamin Lawner

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

The prehospital physical assessment has remained relatively unchanged in the face of evolving technology. Despite its poor sensitivity and lack of reliability, physical assessment skills are used to inform judgements about patient condition and transport destination. Prehospital ultrasound is a portable and highly reliable means of obtaining useful information about your patient’s condition. Review case based scenarios that represent a potential applications for real time ultrasound and perform scans in real time using volunteer models.

Pediatric Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma: EMS Approach
Dr. Sylvia Owusu Ansah

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: OB/PEDIATRICS

Differentiating between a belly ache and bleeding can be very challenging. Come and learn tips and tricks for pediatric trauma assessment.

BLS Skills Review Game
UPMC Prehospital Care Staff

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

Through this interactive game, we will review BLS skills.

Do Not Blow Me Off...The Role of EMS in Preventing Secondary Injury in Severe Head Trauma
Dr. Richard Wadas

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

The prevention of secondary brain injury in head trauma is the primary mechanism by which EMS providers can help this population of patients. If preventing hypoxia is critical, why has intubation seen as bad? How is “good” ventilation associated with worse outcomes? Understanding the nuances of this complex and controversial topic are critical.

2:45pm to 3:45pm
Ewww That Smell
Scott Dolan

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

This presentation will explore patient exposure to hazardous environments and discuss treatment modalities for each.

Pain on the Brain: Concussive Injuries in Sports
Dr. Vincent Mosesso

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

A look at high school and collegiate athlete head injuries and the role of the EMS assessment.

EMS Training in the 21st Century
Dr. Jerry Escajeda

CEU: 1.0 Other KEYWORD: OPERATIONS/RESCUE

Dr. Escajeda will share emergency medicine training via the different social media outlets.

ROSC and Roll ? Why You Need to Pay Attention to the Post Cardiac Arrest Syndrome
Dr. Benjamin Lawner

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: MEDICAL

The implementation of high performance CPR has increased survival rates and has shaped the future of resuscitation. The return of spontaneous circulation is only one measurement of effectiveness, however. It is necessary to look beyond ROSC and examine outcomes like neurological recovery and survival to hospital discharge. The prehospital providers of all levels are integral links in the chain of cardiac survival. From BLS to ALS to critical care, understand how your actions on scene and en route can alter the course of a patient’s outcome.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
RIT Revamp
Rebecca Bolluyt

CEU: 1.0 Clinical Patient Care KEYWORD: OPERATIONS/RESCUE

In 2014, the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) identified two significant obstacles when providing effective treatment to a downed firefighter: 1) bunker gear and 2) inadequate information gathering and sharing. To address these issues, the CFDD developed a training program that bridges the gap between fire suppression and rescue and EMS as they relate to the rescue and treatment of a downed firefighter.