Thursday March 21 7:30am to 8:30am
Principles of Wilderness Medicine
Dr. Cruz McCarty | University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
1.0 Clinical Patient Care Con-Ed
This is an Introductory lecture for BLS professionals who have an interest in working in austere environments or have interest in participating in outdoor recreation. As EMS providers you will routinely be expected to fill the role of team medic when on personal trips. This course will give you a better foundation for identifying potential pitfalls and taking care of a team involved in a wilderness rescue scenario. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Delivering bad news is among the least desirable things we do in EMS, and most of us receive little training in how to do it well. This talk will share evidence based techniques which will make you more effective and confident in approaching these challenging conversations. It will provide you a structured approach which simplifies the delivery of bad news, makes patients and/or loved ones better prepared and able to accept the information and help to align treatments with values. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Similar to previous years, Episode 3 will be reviewing scenes from popular TV shows and movies for medical accuracy and quality of resuscitation care provided. The pathology, applicable state protocols, and appropriate management of these patients will be discussed. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
It's the worst fear of a provider in a hospital - an active shooter in the building. We'll discuss how to escalate to reach law enforcement, how to manage before they arrive, and how we should treat (and what our obligations are) to the patients and families in the building. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
This lecture will cover the available methods and modalities to stop hemorrhage. It will also cover some new and emerging changes and technologies for hemorrhage control. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.Thursday March 21 8:45am to 9:45am
It can be extremely difficult to differentiate between patients under the influence and those experiencing a medical and/or trauma emergency. We will discuss ways to help the EMS provider prepare differential diagnosis for these types of patients. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Care at end of life is confusing and challenging. Many services, acronyms, designations and desires come together in myriad ways. This talk will help you sort out what these services are, what the various legal notations are, and how to best help your patients as their time gets short. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
This session will provide a rapid review of significant prehospital research articles from the 2020's. Come learn how to use the latest and greatest in prehospital research and innovation to improve the clinical care you deliver to your patients! This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
The pace of Trauma care is fast, and the science and best practices change just as quickly. We'll review prehospital trauma management, updates on traumatic arrests and high acuity cases in the field and ED, and how we tackle the really complex cases with multisystem injury. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Xylazine is a veterinary general anesthetic that is now commonly contaminated in illicit fentanyl. This new drug is now extremely popular with the news media as a never seen before phenomenon. Every day our area's supply of opioids are more readily contaminated with xylazine. So what is xylazine and how does it contribute to an opioid overdose? What do medics need to know about xylazine? How does this effect our treatment of patients suffering from opioid addiction and withdrawal? The speaker will answer all these questions and more in an engaging and informative fashion. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
This presentation explores the pivotal relationship between Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and hospitals in the context of mass casualty incident (MCI) preparedness. With the objective of enhancing response efficiency and patient outcomes, this session delves into key collaboration strategies and their impact on managing MCIs effectively. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
In this lecture we will discuss the basis of traumatic injury. We will address the mechanisms of trauma, learn how to predict injury patterns, keep the responder safe on scene and first priorities when treating trauma patients. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Ever get on a scene and turn to see that someone is videoing you or photographing you? The year is 2024 and this is becoming a frequent happening. Is this a problem? A breach of privacy? HIPAA violation? Legal? We will discuss all of this and more, including some laws. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Medications, sometimes we can't live with them, sometimes we can't live without them. Chronic medications prescribed for mood, seizures, blood pressure, heart failure, and diabetes will be discussed. Unfortunately, side effects and overdose symptoms may occur even at prescribed dosing. This presentation will discuss adverse effects that are common and may lead to the need of your medical services. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Dispatch requests an EMS, PD and FD response to a special needs school. The children, adolescents and young adults have high anxiety to the 911 call. The lights, sirens, and strangers entering their environment creates over stimulation. Is the school or living community ready for first responders? Does anyone know sign language to treat the patient? How do you communicate? How do you deescalate the situation? What does EMS need to know to be better prepared on-scene with assessing a patient? Learn from firsthand experience the simple, and calm-in-the-storm ways to not just respond but respond properly to these patients and their caregivers. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
>We as a generation of EMS providers move into the "next phase" of their lives, this presentation will provide real life experiences as us as providers "mature" (or just got older.....) and progress toward the end of our careers. We will take a look at the physical, emotional and financial effects that history and exiting from EMS has on us as providers. Getting along in years in EMS? Struggling with physical, mental and financial changes that come with years in EMS? Come sit, listen and talk among others with similarities, coping mechanisms and also discuss the changes (good and bad) that have occurred. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Each year, 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with sepsis, resulting in nearly 270,000 deaths. EMS providers routinely encounter patients with infection, ranging from the nursing home UTI to a child with pneumonia, but how should these patients be classified and treated? This session will explore the spectrum of sepsis, including SIRS criteria and pathophysiology from simple inflammation to shock. Attendees will also review strategies to better recognize and treat early warning signs of sepsis in the prehospital environment. This session is appropriate for all EMS provider levels.
Medicine keeps getting more complex and demanding, and the number of providers seems to keep getting smaller. How can we identify burnout (compassion fatigue) in ourselves and our partners, and more importantly how can we prevent or reverse it? If things get really dark, what resources are out there for help? This session is appropriate for all EMS provider levels.Thursday March 21 11:15am to 12:30pm
Prehospital burn management can sometimes be a difficult or frightening part of our everyday EMS lives. Mainly due to burn injuries being low frequency calls for us as providers. Your confidence in managing these patients can be increased considerably with attending this course. From a review of anatomy and physiology to current treatments and an understanding of what Burn Centers can do for your patients, you can walk away from this class with a confidence of proper treatment and how to stop the burn! This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Starting from the basics of anatomy of cardiology and moving into advanced concepts of 12-lead interpretation. We will spend about 90 minutes breaking down commonly seen EKG changes all the way to advance changes. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Thursday March 21 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Death of The Brain: Prehospital Stroke Care
Dr. Nirav Bhatt | UPMC
1.0 Clinical Patient Care Con-Ed
Tick...tick...tick.....Boom! Time is brain is not only a saying, but reality. Brain cells during a stroke die relatively violently by going into necrosis and causing inflammation. This can happen in less than five minutes. During this lecture we will touch on the importance of stroke recognition and the time of transport to appropriate facility. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Who could imagine a more perfect summer day than going to a three-day musical festival with your friends? These all sound like a great way to spend a weekend, but what do you to when people get sick, injured, or partake in too much "fun"? Learn about the planning that goes into events of various sizes, the expected medical scenarios, and how the medical providers and ensure those participants have the resources available should an emergency arise. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
The fastest land animal is a toddler when you tell them not to put something in their mouths. This program will talk about the One Pill Can Kill substances in pediatric patients. It will also talking about liquids that can be just as dangerous. There will be a review of the different signs and symptoms that the substances can cause, as well as treatment while enroute. This program will also talk about how the poison center can help the EMS crews with the patients while on scene and during transport. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Severely injured trauma patients need concise, coordinated and timely care to achieve optimal outcomes. As crucial members of the trauma system, prehospital providers, are essential in the outcomes of the severely injured trauma patient. This session will provide strategies for prehospital providers to achieve the best possible outcomes for the severely injured trauma patients. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
This presentation will cover the recognition and management of environmental emergencies caused by the old as well as the heat, including hypothermia, frostbite, and heat stroke. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
What did you take? Is a common question that gets asked when arriving to a scene of an overdose or altered patient. In this program we will review cases and see if the substance can be figured out by the audience. It will go over signs, symptoms and using the surroundings to help determine the substance. It will also go over treatments for on scene and enroute to the hospital. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
In emergency medicine we spend a large amount of time discussing obstetrical emergencies, the simple and complicated alike. But when was the last time we spoke about how to take care of mom after the baby is born? What if she hemorrhages? Are you prepared? This course will utilize a real case to discuss the intricacies of prehospital postpartum hemorrhage management, to ensure you are ready the next time you all of a sudden have more than one patient in your ambulance! This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Tracheostomy problems can be scary stuff! In this session we will try to simplify the approach to troubleshooting Trach problems in the Pre-hospital setting. We will also review how to identify the difficult airway and go over how to address. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Getting Back on Your Bike After You Fall Off. A journey dealing with PTSD that has changed my life.
Brian Maloney | Plum EMS
1.0 Other Con-Ed
You've heard the phrase many times that you should get right back on your bike after you fall off. What happens when you can't? This is a story of my journey with PTSD, the challenges I faced both personally and in work, and how it has changed my life. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
This lecture will cover the recognition of different types of seizures and their subtleties, as well as what you can do to treat and manage these patients. Will also cover some alternative treatments of seizures other than standard management. This session is appropriate for all EMS levels.
Gregory Offner is an author, workforce strategist, and award-winning keynote speaker. He is the founding partner of the Global Performance Institute, a boutique consulting firm supporting organizations and executives seeking to get the most out of their workforce. Gregory previously held leadership roles in the outsourced services and risk management industries, developing future leaders and advising some of the mostrecognizable names in business. For more, visit www.gregoryoffner.com.
These days it seems like employee entitlement is at an all-time high, while engagement is at an all-time low. But what most leaders see as problems with workforce culture are actually just symptoms of the real problem.
In this unforgettable keynote former dueling pianist and award winning speaker Gregory Offner will demonstrate three principles of engagement--found in a piano bar--then discuss the strategies and stories of organizations who've applied these principles to business with phenomenal results. Attendees will leave inspired, entertained, and equipped to put these principles into action, and create a Tip Jar Culture(TM) of their own.
Thursday March 21 5:15pm to 6:45pm
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