Agenda and Descriptions

Friday Presentations

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Growing Leaders Using Empowerment (GLUE) - Leadership Development Concepts, LLC

Rescuing the Leader Inside You (Powered by GLUE) is a six-hour, intensive workshop designed to mold participants into principle-focused leaders in fire safety. Participants learn the EMPOWER model, an internalized approach that provides participants with tools designed to maximize their ability to balance personal efficiency and effectiveness. Participants will learn to apply the model in pre-arranged high energy, deep impact scenarios against specially trained improvisational actors.

This program is designed specifically for emergency service professionals. While these professionals are well trained in the fundamentals of emergency service, this course focuses on a principle-centered approach to applying these skills. Emergency service professionals who internalize the principles of the EMPOWER model, will create organizations with leaders at every level.

MSD Active Shooter - Chief Frank Babinec Coral Springs-Parkland FD

Learn lessons from the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Join Chief Frank Babinec from the Coral Springs - Parkland Fire Department as he shares the importance of a unified command structure in response to an active killer event. He will address the necessity of advance planning, and the beneficial use of an Emergency Operations Center and a Public Information Officer to help navigate the chaos that ensues when such a tragedy strikes.

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That’s Not a Missile, That’s My Head: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

The leading cause of pediatric mortality is trauma, and the leading cause of trauma death is head injury. This session explores anatomical and emotional development differences of the pediatric patient. As a pre-hospital professional, you will gain a better understanding of assessment of the traumatic brain injured child as well as treatment and transport priorities in TBI management.

Assessment Basics

It’s something that we learned to do well before we ever received our first certification. Have you developed bad habits over time? Do you still reach all the necessary assessment points? Let’s look at the national registry basic assessment skills and see how we can improve the way we observe and evaluate our patients.

Trauma in the Golden Years

As Bette Davis once stated, "Old age is not for sissies." There are many anatomical, physiological and psychological changes that occur as we reach our golden years. This session examines the many risks that complicate trauma treatment in elderly patients and discusses how to assess and manage them.  

Bariatric Patients

Our patients are not getting any smaller; in fact, the opposite is happening. Learn how the increased weight of our patients often increases the disease processes that co-occur. This session covers strategies for lifting and moving these patients, as well as the new equipment being developed for the treatment of larger patients.

Trauma to the Groin

This is a rare opportunity to discuss one of the most unfortunate injuries of all – trauma to the groin. We will focus on recognition, assessment and situation management, while providing an overview of groin and pelvis injuries. There will be plenty of case studies, discussion and, of course, video. Who knows, this may be what it takes to turn the most grizzled provider into "Captain Compassion!"

Restraint Asphyxiation and Excited Delirium

Excited delirium is an ongoing buzz word in our culture. The question this session raises: is excited delirium what actually causes death or is it the improper use of restraint? We will define excited or aggravated delirium, how we should treat it and the differences between physical and chemical restraints.

Comin’ in Hot: A Brief Bulletin on Burns

No matter their cause, burn injuries have the potential to alter the course of many lives. This session will focus on the physiology of a burn injury as well as current treatment preferences, in an attempt to minimize the extent of the injury and accelerate recovery.

EMS Goes to Hollywood

Watch clips from famous Hollywood movies that lead into real case studies. The session includes an Oscar award-winning look at triage, abdominal distress, allergic reaction and anaphylactic shock, pain management in the pre-hospital setting, cardiology and altered mental status from trauma. Bring a bag of popcorn!

Saturday Presentations

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Fireground Strategies: Residential Occupancies - Anthony Avillo

This course covers the characteristics of private dwellings and multiple dwellings, from both a fire spread and structural problem viewpoint. This session discusses firefighting and life safety concerns in this type of occupancy. Avillo’s session includes interior fire control factors, with the point-of-entry rule of thumb explained in detail to assist the fire and command officer in proper decision-making on the fireground. Avillo discusses engine and ladder company tactics as well as tactical considerations common to these occupancies. The second half of the course includes an interactive scenario that allows you to apply the information taught in the first half.

Fireground Strategies: Commercial Occupancies - Anthony Avillo

Avillo covers various types of commercial occupancies and firefighting and life safety concerns inherent in each. The session covers interior fire control factors and strategic considerations, with the point-of-entry rule of thumb explained in detail.. The course’s second half includes an interactive scenario.

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The Wounded Womb

Whether responding to the scene of an accident involving a pregnant woman or assisting with an emergency birth, the pre-hospital professional must be prepared for imminent delivery and to appropriately manage any complication that may occur. The session discusses the anatomical and pathophysiological changes that occur during pregnancy, and the risks that exist when treating trauma or medical complications.

Treating Sports Injuries

Join this session to examine common treatments and equipment available to EMS personnel when on scene in stand-by-mode during sporting events. Learn more about potential injuries and appropriate actions, along with reviewing the newest equipment and tools available for these settings.

Tragedy of Trauma

This session looks more closely at how pre-hospital professionals manage serious trauma patients and if approaches could be causing an unintended increase in traumatic deaths. The discussion also focuses on the evolution of past practices and speculates on how current trends, best practices, recent evidence-based techniques and new technologies can provide clues about the future of trauma management.

Pickle the Beast, Sandlot Style: Managing Bleeding

Bleeding is the mortal enemy, the beast, of emergency services. This session covers the physiology of bleeding, the body’s response to bleeding, why it makes some people freak out and strategies used to fight the good fight. Learn more about current research and “weapons” (e.g., tourniquets, TXA) being deployed to help us pickle the beast and sway momentum back to the patient’s side.

Self-Preservation 101

The goal of every responder on every call is to go home afterwards, no worse for wear, at least physically. This session reminds us to also take care of our emotional well-being. From scene observations, triggers of violent behaviors, crew approach and positioning, to crucial communication techniques, this presentation makes us consider our physical and emotional safety on each and every call – something most of us often take for granted way.

Responding to Special Needs Patients

Join this class to explore some of the newest medical devices and disease processes for special needs patients being treated at home. Discuss the equipment and their applications for the most frequently encountered conditions.

From the Mouths of Babes

Few words spoken over the radio invoke more anxiety and emotion than those that include the "child" or "baby". We are adept and comfortable when dealing with adults and their common problems; however, when it comes to kids, we may lose our minds! Make your next pediatric emergency more manageable and less stressful. This session covers pediatric assessment using the Pediatric Assessment Triangle (PAT), developmental milestones and common complaints of our pediatric population.

Strokes: Why the Long Face?

Strokes are encountered frequently in EMS, but are we utilizing the latest diagnostic and treatment strategies? With new treatments and protocols being written every day, it is important to look into current research. This review of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology discusses several procedures and standards being utilized in the field.