Agenda and Descriptions

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Mass Shootings-Is Your Department Ready? (Ken Bouvier)

School shootings and other devastating attacks have increased nationwide. Preparedness, quick response and accurate assessment by emergency responders are essential in managing the incident. The session will review school shooting incidents, address scene safety, how to manage the scene, including dealing with concerned parents and reunification, and finally, the preservation of the crime scene.

No Sweet Tea for Me! (Ken Bouvier)

Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affects the way the body uses blood glucose, commonly known as blood sugar. Glucose is your main source of energy for the cells that make up muscle and tissues. The session will include a review of diabetes and how it affects patients of all ages differently, particularly the obesity and patients that are bed bounded. Treatment and care for diabetic patients will be at the basic and advanced level of care.

On the Highway & Back Roads (Ken Bouvier)

Motor vehicle collisions are a frequent EMS response. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would like for EMS practitioners to stop using the term accidents and instead use the term collisions. This course will review kinetic injury, mechanism of injuries including how they may develop from safety devices such as seat belts and air bags. At the completion of this session, you will better understand the importance of the “Golden Hour & Golden Period”.

Move Patients of Any Size – Safely and Easily (Rick Binder)

Emergency care providers are getting injured at an alarming rate and are leaving the industry as a result. Lifting and moving patients is the #1 source of these injuries and is also one of the areas EMS providers train the least - representing only 1.88% of the content covered during initial EMT-B certification. This course will demonstrate methods for safely transporting patients from the bathtub to the hospital bed. Not only are most providers training too infrequently on patient handling, but most lifting and moving techniques taught are also based on "tips and tricks" discovered by the generations before us. These improvised tips and tricks may get the job done, but not with the provider or patient's safety at top of mind. By implementing the skills taught in this course, emergency care providers will avoid injury, provide better patient care, and enjoy a longer, healthier career.

What is in Grandma’s Pillbox? (Brandon Kooiker and Sam Patterson)

How many times have you been on an EMS call where the patient’s home medication list was as long as your arm? Why is it important to understand the different medication classifications? Having a basic understanding of home medications is essential to understanding the patient’s underlying medical issues in the pre-hospital setting. Let’s identify and understand the critical home medications a patient may be taking.

This one time on an EMS call... (Brandon Kooiker and Sam Patterson)

Did I just really see that? Ever have one of those calls that just make you go hmmmmm afterwards? Let’s share some stories from different calls we have been on that make us wonder: What could I have done differently? Could I have handled that better? Have a weird EMS story that you would like to share? Email us at and maybe it will be included in the class.

Once Upon a Trauma (Brandon Kooiker and Sam Patterson)

Many of the EMS providers attending this conference are from a rural setting. Trauma care in the United States is ever evolving. We will discuss current and emerging trends in trauma care in the Midwest: ranging from cervical spine immobilization, long backboard use, helicopter transport, TXA and blood product administration, along with other pre-hospital trauma care. We will use some case studies to review these emerging trends.

Cardio-squirrel-ology (Brandon Kooiker and Sam Patterson)

Did we just make up a new word? No, with so many different areas to cover in EMS cardiology, we are going to bounce around to several different areas of pre-hospital cardiology: the importance of pre-hospital 12-lead EKG, broad aspects of ACLS (team dynamics, CPR pit crew, Lucas device, target temperature management and pre-hospital ECMO) and transporting to appropriate facilities. We will look at how each piece of the puzzle increases survivability.

Air Goes In and Out (Brandon Kooiker and Sam Patterson)

Breathing is a natural process for most individuals. Maintaining a patent airway is a very high priority for any EMS provider. From basic airway techniques to the gold standard of endotracheal intubation and everything in between is a constant for any EMS provider. Staying current with these techniques and airway devices will help keep the air going in and out.

Pain Management (Brandon Kooiker and Sam Patterson)

Pain management in the pre-hospital setting can be both very easy and very difficult depending on the patient that is in our care. There are many ways to treat pain ranging from a holistic approach to the pharmaceutical approach. By understanding the basics of pain information, assessment tools and treatment approaches from both the basic and advanced level of care, assessment and treatment for each patient can be successful.

Tragedy of Trauma (Pete Lazzara)

Trauma care has evolved over the years for EMS providers. This presentation will share past management and explain how trauma care will be developed in the future. The tragedy lecture will review new trends and best practices in managing trauma in the pre-hospital setting.

Trauma in the Golden Years (Pete Lazzara)

This presentation will look at the aging process and how that will impact the methods of EMS management for patients >50 years of age who experience a traumatic event. Student will understand the physiological change that occur to the body as we age, the many different causes of trauma in the elderly and understand the specific injury patterns, and understand the treatment plan for managing trauma in the elderly population.

The Wounded Womb (Pete Lazzara)

This session will review the potential complications of pregnancy, clinical presentations and management. EMS providers will gain a better understanding of a variety of obstetrical emergencies and neonatal resuscitation.

Prehospital Patient Assessment “The Cornerstone of Care” (Pete Lazzara)

The course is a review of the importance of doing an effective patient assessment. The course will discuss all the elements of a complete assessment including: scene safety and size-up, the primary assessment, focused exam, secondary and ongoing assessment, obtaining a comprehensive history, trauma assessment, obtaining vital signs and treatment and transport.

CHF-A plumb tuckered out ticker (Pete Lazzara)

This presentation will look at the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure. Review the signs and symptoms and discuss treatment priorities for management of CHF in the prehospital setting. Discuss how to effectively assess and obtain a history for patients suffering from CHF.

"That’s Not a Missile...That’s My Head" (Pete Lazzara)

The leading cause of pediatric mortality is trauma; the leading cause of trauma death is head injury. This lecture looks at the anatomical and emotional development differences of the pediatric patient which puts them at risk. The “Missile” presentation will provide the pre-hospital provider with a better understanding of assessment of the traumatic brain injured child as well as treatment and transport priorities in TBI management.

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Career Survival 1.0-Code of Conduct Risk Reduction Training (Eric Rosloff)

Firefighter terminations and claims of workplace harassment, hostility, and retaliation are almost always the result of predictable code of conduct violations. These events are devastating for employees, agency and the municipality. The results can cost taxpayer dollars, compromise public trust, crush morale, and derail recruitment efforts. The Career Survival Group includes fire service professionals and subject matter experts who are versed in code of conduct violations. This training is specifically designed for the fire service and addresses unique industry specific challenges. At the end of the session, attendees will have a clear understanding of common code of conduct infractions, develop a “operational” risk reduction formula, and know the importance of front supervisors role in maintaining a positive and inclusive culture.

Motivational Interviewing (Chief Craig Haigh)

Paid or volunteer, selecting the right employees and placing them in the right positions is essential for the success of your emergency service organization. Whether recruiting, hiring, onboarding, promoting, or simply working to retain employees, a key component is determining the employee’s motivation and “what floats their boat.” Employees must be a good fit for the organization and position, while the organization and position must be a good fit for them; but how do you figure this out? This class focuses on recruiting, hiring, onboarding, promotions, and retaining employees. During this interactive training, participants will get the opportunity to develop interview questions, practice interviewing techniques, and learn from fellow participants. Whether you are looking to begin your emergency service career or are a boss responsible for hiring and promotions, this class gives you a behind-the- scenes look at assessing candidates based on their motivation for the position.

The Message Matters (Chief Craig Haigh)

Often the message that we send is not always the message that is received. Whether communicating with our staff, bosses, elected officials, or our constituents, sending a clear and understandable message is an essential tool in an emergency service professional’s toolbox. This presentation will focus on three key aspects of communication:

  1. The Value of Storytelling
  2. Relationships Matter
  3. The message we send versus the message that is received

Whether a recruit or a seasoned veteran, participants will leave this session better equipped to understand the message you are sending and its impact on the success of your career and your emergency service organization.

Hazardous Materials for Emergency Responders (Ken Bouvier)

During this session, participants will learn that most emergency responders are injured or have been killed within the first 5 minutes after arriving on scene of a hazardous materials incident. During this session we will review case studies of hazardous material incidents that have occurred in the United States in the last 4 decades and we will explain why One (1) Mile away might be the safest place for EMS to stage if no one is injured… This class will define a hazardous material, review the five modes of transportation, placards, the nine classifications of chemicals and will take-a-look at a few hazardous materials incident case studies. Most incidents that you will respond to will involve injured people that misused the product are the person was unaware of the risk and danger of the chemical. The attendee will leave with a greater awareness of the high risk and low frequency occurrence of major hazardous materials incidents.

Managing Firefighter Injuries (Ken Bouvier)

Firefighting is one of the most dangerous careers, resulting in injury or death of a firefighter! This session will explain the most common types of injuries, how and why they occur. Attendees will learn how to better manage injuries on the scene of a fire and enroute to the hospital. The importance of wearing proper firefighting equipment, using the Incident Command System, and the need for rehabilitation on scene will also be discussed.