2020 Schedule

Tuesday, November 10th

4:00 PM

  • Toxicology for EMS: It’s the Dose that Makes the Poison [Medical] (AEMT or Higher) – Dr. Aurora Lybeck
    We will discuss toxidromes and presentations of common toxic ingestions. Along with antidotes used in emergency medicine and we will review interesting cases in toxicology and “pearls” of knowledge.

  • Perils of Suspension Trauma [Trauma] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – Chris Ebright
    Those who work at heights on scaffolds and other structures higher than six feet often wear safety harnesses. The technology of safety harnesses has progressed in recent years, but even with the best designs in safety gear, those who fall in an upright position are at risk of death. This can happen even after a relatively short and effective rescue. This presentation will explain the physiological consequences of suspension trauma and what EMS professionals need to consider during recovery and treatment.


  • Traumatic Brain Injury: How to Avoid Adding Insult to Injury [Trauma] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Dr. Thomas Grawey
    The wheel house of EMS surrounds time sensitive illness and injury with STEMI, stroke and hemorrhage control being the hot topics over the past decade. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an often overlooked but equally important diagnosis. Prevention of further brain injury by rapid stabilization of this patient population in the first few hours after the initial insult needs to occur quickly and efficiently in the prehospital setting, with the majority of required skills being at the BLS level. In this presentation, the learner will hear about an aggressive, evidence based approach to assessment and management of this patient population that will improve outcomes in the TBI population.


  • An Innovative Approach to Dementia Care [Medical/Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Charles Butler & Mary Pitsch
    What is dementia and why does it require a unique response? What role can EMS play in improving the care for these persons? How did one community come together to focus specifically on dementia crisis? This unique session is being co-presented by the State’s Dementia Specialist and members of the Dementia Crisis Care Task Force of Sheboygan County. In the first part of this session, presenters will provide attendees a realistic picture of dementia care in Wisconsin as well as provide an overview of dementia from a physiologic perspective. We will also discuss the importance of understanding dementia in any EMS response and especially in the context of dementia crisis. 

    The second part of this session will focus specifically on dementia -related crisis. Presenters will share background information on how a grassroots group of professionals convened to improve dementia crisis care in Sheboygan County. Presenters will share real life case examples demonstrating the new countywide paradigm shift. While it is important to learn about large and attainable community changes that are, in fact, attainable, this presentation will also provide attendees with effective interventions and approaches that EMS providers can start using immediately. These applied knowledge and skills will help to provide the most compassionate care to those coping with dementia.


  • Morbid Obesity – Kevin Collopy
    Description Coming Soon!

5:00 PM

  • It's NOT always Sepsis: A common sense approach for ALS and BLS Providers [Medical] (Advanced Life Support AEMT or Higher) – Rommie Duckworth
    Sepsis is an emergent medical condition that kills more people annually than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. For every two heart attack patients cared for by EMS, five patients are hospitalized by sepsis. EMS transports 60% of patients with severe sepsis arriving at the ED and yet EMS providers are often unaware of its presence or what they should do if they find it. This presentation discusses new sepsis criteria along with expert commentary as to how they can be applied in the field. This program includes real-world, practical methods for EMS identification, assessment and field treatment of life-threatening sepsis and looks at the current state of sepsis critical care as well as what we can anticipate in the coming months and years.

  • Current Trends in Pediatric Trauma [Operations/Trauma] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – Ben Eithun
    This course will address the current trends in pediatric trauma as well as provide a refresher of the hallmarks of pediatric trauma care. This course will cover the most common mechanisms of injury, the physiological response to trauma and highlight pitfalls of pediatric trauma. Current research will be used to discuss hot topics in pediatric trauma. Case reviews will be used to demonstrate salient points.


  • Often Wrong, Never in Doubt: Confirmation Bias [Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Tim Redding
    How good are you at CPR? BVM ventilation? This class will take a tough look at our current EMS practice, how we measure our performance and how we can improve our skills and provide better care for our patients.


  • Trauma Myths – Kevin Collopy
    Description Coming Soon!

3:30 PM

  • WEMSA Stream

6:00 PM

  • One Pill Killers: Pediatric Calcium Channel Blocker & Beta Blocker Overdose [Operations/Medical] (Advanced Life Support AEMT or Higher) – Adam Joseph
    EMS Providers will learn the epidemiology of adult and pediatric overdose,This course will help develop an understanding of human and developmental factors of pediatric overdose. Will we focus on the difference between adult and pediatric overdose and how this helps determine what was ingested. 

    This class will also review pathophysiology and pharmacology of calcium channel blockers and beta blockers, review poisoning, overdose, ingestion, and exposure resources.

  • Little Mo' PEEP [ARV] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – Mandy Krekora
    When it comes to breathing, how well do we really understand pressure? Take an in depth look at the physiology of breathing, and why something as simple as a little pressure can significantly improve patient condition. 


  • You Can't Touch This: How NOT to Screw Up a Crime Scene [Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Janet Taylor
    First Responders are often involved in treating a victim of a crime, but we were never formally taught how to help out the Crime Scene staff in gathering evidence that would help in identifying and prosecuting the assailant. Many times, as it is reported by Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire actually make their jobs a lot harder, without even realizing it. Safety is always first, patient care is second, but being able to help out other agencies while still providing patient care should be a priority also. In this session we will look at some simple things we can do to ensure evidence collection isn’t compromised and how to handle evidence we come across while caring for a patient when Law Enforcement isn’t available.

7:00 PM

  • Breaking Bad: Pelvic Fractures [Trauma] (Advanced Life Support AEMT or Higher) – Brian King
    Pelvic fractures can carry a high morbidity and mortality which makes their recognition and management paramount in having a positive outcome. This lecture will cover the orthopedic and vascular anatomy of the pelvis along with the types of fractures that can be most life threatening. Both pre hospital and the initial in hospital management will be covered utilizing case studies. 

  • Neurology Conundrums: A Potpourri of Neurological Complaints [Trauma] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – Russ Brown
    This dynamic lecture will cover some common and not so common neurological complaints the EMS provider may run on. Learn to distinguish when a headache is not so benign. Learn the red flags of dizziness and when it points to a more sinister cause and how to perform a proper neurological assessment that is specific to your patient. 


  • Shake N Bake: Pit Crew Mentality  [Cardiology] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Dr. Thomas Grawey
    Cardiac arrest is more than just chest compressions, ventilations, drugs and defibrillations. Besides coaching your team through the AHA algorithm, an effective team leader must understand the limitations of what the human mind can handle under stress in order to best navigate everyone through the rocky waters of a resuscitation. This hour-long presentation will discuss basic topics in the science of the mind and how they apply to management and teamwork during a cardiac arrest. I've heard of multi-tasking, but how many things can I actually do at once? How do I prevent my team from getting task overloaded and regroup a code that is going off the rails? How can I maintain situational awareness throughout it all? There is more to team leadership than effective communication.  If you've ever been in a disorganized resuscitation this talk is for you. 

8:00 PM

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

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