2020 Schedule

Monday, November 9th

4:00 PM

  • If I Only Had a Brain [Cardio/Trauma/Neuro] (AEMT or Higher) – Michael Frakes
    Every hour, more than 100 Americans suffer either a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Proper post-event management can preserve at-risk brain tissue, while mistakes can worsen outcomes. EMS and Emergency Department teams are ideally positioned to help optimize outcomes with aggressive, appropriate care in the first hours after the event, but are challenged by constantly changing guidelines and state-of-the-science interventions. This session will review brain injury physiology, describe physical and CT-scan findings for acute intracranial processes, and highlight clinical best practices and commonly made errors in the care of patients with ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and brain trauma. 


  • Not Your Mother's Ventilation Course: Better Patient Care for all Providers [ARV] (EMR-EMT) – Tim Redding
    This class will discuss the assessment and management of the airway. We will cover common pitfalls in airway management and various methods and devices used to better control the patient’s airway and ventilation.


  • Alzheimer's Association Presentation [Medical/Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Jennifer McAlister
    Participants will learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, other causes of dementia, and the physiology occurring in the brain. Communication strategies will be shared, with participants having the opportunity to practice strategies and approaches. Information about the supportive services and educational classes offered by the Alzheimer’s Association will be discussed as well as referral mechanisms. This workshop will include and incorporate a brief educational video followed by participant discussion, a hands-on demonstration of communication strategies and techniques, and an opportunity for questions and answers.

  • Communicating with Children in Times of Stress [Special Pops/Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Jamie Moran
    During this session, EMS providers will learn strategies to communicate with children during heightened times of stress. EMS providers learn how to use distraction, child-friendly terminology and stress point preparation to support pediatric patients.

5:00 PM

  • Special K [Medical] (AEMT or Higher) – Chris Ebright
    What is the difference between hypokalemia and hyperkalemia? Should prehospital providers even care? Absolutely! Ever run a code or treat a dialysis patient, and despite everything done correctly the patient does not improve? Remember the H’s and T’s? By paying attention to the history of the illness and some of the more subtle signs and symptoms, EMS providers can provide a more detailed report to emergency department personnel, alerting them to the possibility of an electrolyte imbalance emergency. Come participate…and we will discuss physical presentation, ECG changes and other things to consider.

  • Pop, Lock and Drop It [Trauma] (EMR-EMT) – Mandy Krekora
    It’s all in the hips! Pelvic injuries are more common than you’d think. Learn why these injuries can be so easily missed and how we can improve patient care and outcomes in the future. 


  • What is Normal? Review of Current Recommended Pediatric Assessment Guidelines [Special Pops/Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Christopher Ford
    This discussion is for learners of all backgrounds providing emergency care to children. A basic approach to a pediatric patient’s initial assessment will be covered. Discussion points will include a breakdown of the pediatric assessment triangle, decision and action points, brief airway assessment overview, and the “AVPU” approach. Case presentations will be utilized towards the end of the discussion to help learners solidify concepts.


  • Refresh Your Refresher: Teaching Report Writing Using Research-driven Strategies [Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Dr. Liz Angeli
    EMS practice is informed by evidence and data, but one area that is not informed by research is report writing education. This workshop will teach EMS educators how to create report writing training that is driven by EMS writing research (yes, that’s an actual thing). Before the workshop, please email materials you use to teach report writing, including training schedules and syllabi, to liz@thereportdoc.com. Have those documents with you during the workshop. You’ll have an opportunity to re-build your training with hands-on activities. 

3:30 PM

  • WEMSA Stream

6:00 PM

  • Help! I'm Drowning in My Own Lungs: Understanding the Pathophysiology of Pulmonary Edema [Cardiology/ARV] (AEMT or Higher) – Reuben Farnsworth
    If you think you know pulmonary edema, think again. Sure you give nitro and some positive pressure ventilation, but do you really know why? Join the discussion as we turn what you think you know about pulmonary edema upside down. Get ready for a wild ride. 

  • Spinal Trauma Management: A Skeptic Examines the Evidence [Trauma] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – David Dalton
    When prehospital management of suspected spinal trauma victims began to shift away from the use of the long backboard, were you skeptical? Having suffered a near-fatal cervical spine fracture himself, Captain David Dalton was greatly distressed when his agency announced that the backboard was being removed from the spinal trauma protocol. He set out to learn all he could about the supposed science behind these changes . But rather than finding flaws in the research, he came to the inescapable conclusion that traditional immobilization can contribute to a patient's death. And more recent research suggests that even more changes may be on the horizon.


  • Special Teams: Winning on Airway Gameday [ARV] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Mike Brown
    The stress related to critical skills has little to do with the skill itself but is greatly affected by the mental road we have taken to that moment in time. Perceived threats impair cognition, interrupt communications, and degrade skill performance. Effective teams must manage threat perception to win on game day. This lecture will explore how we can leverage our own human factors to better navigate complex situations and manage tempo. Clinicians will leave with an improved understanding of how our brain functions under stress and empowered with proven techniques for managing their most challenging events.


  • Ketamine in Prehospital Medicine – Andrew Merelman
    This talk will cover the pharmacology of ketamine and discuss its many uses for advanced prehospital providers. This will include analgesia, agitation management, and airway applications. I will also dispel some myths about the drug while emphasizing the importance of having a thorough understanding of how to utilize it and manage adverse effects.

    • Discuss properties, dosing, and administration of ketamine​

    • Review how to use ketamine for pain, agitation, and airway management (post-intubation sedation primarily)

    • Discuss adverse effects of ketamine and how to prevent and address them

7:00 PM

  • A Tracheostomy Train Wreck [ARV] (AEMT or Higher) – Brian King
    Tracheostomies can bring anxiety to even the most experienced providers, being prepared on how to manage complications when they arise can determine the patient's outcome. This lecture will discuss the indications of tracheostomies, the assessment and management and troubleshooting of tracheostomy complications including obstruction, decannulation and bleeding. 

  • Medical Disorders of the Comic & Cartoon World [Medical] (EMR-EMT) – Chris Ebright
    Who doesn’t love cartoons or comic books? We all have our favorite characters, from the darkest, fastest, and strongest to the ones with their goofy mannerisms, weird antics and wacky physical movements. They always have us in splits, making us long for more. But, what would it be like for a real person to have their traits? Dig a little deeper, and it actually looks like these characters have certain medical disorders. This presentation will look at some of our beloved characters and describe their physical and psychological disorders.


  • Footsteps [Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Jeffrey Nichols
    We all entered this occupation with a vision of what EMS encompasses, but the longer we are in this wacky world of EMS, the more we realize how far we have come and how diverse it is. But we could not have gotten here if it hadn’t been for those who came before us that made it possible to be where we are today. Pioneers of their time, they changed medicine and the way someone can receive medical care in the prehospital environment, like Vivien Thomas, the Mayo’s, Elizabeth Blackwell, Mary Seacole, Eugene Nagel, James “Red” Duke et al. Now, here we are, in the year 2020, with things like Balloon pumps and talking about things like prehospital ECMO and REBOA. But we are also dealing with technology, social and generational issues, such as simple social interaction and connectivity. In this talk, we will discuss not only the histology of EMS, but ways to solve modern day difficulties in communication, leadership, and training of the leaders of tomorrow. We walk in the footprints of those who walked before us, not only in human progress, but humanity (jn). 

8:00 PM

WEMSA after hours networking event! Put the kids to bed, grab a beer, and join the conversation!

  • TOO: Training Officer Opportunities

  • Trauma Junkies

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