2020 Schedule

Wednesday, November 11th

4:00 PM

  • Pulmonary Hypertension and the Failing Right Heart [Cardiology] (Advanced Life Support AEMT or Higher) – Dr. Scott Kunkel
    EMS providers are very familiar with left-sided heart failure and we manage this all the time; however, what happens when the right side of the heart fails? This scenario is becoming increasingly common through advancements in right heart failure treatment, but the implications of mismanagement are high. This lecture will introduce the concept of right sided heart failure, will take the audience on pathophysiology tour of the right heart and will discuss management techniques and implications for EMS care.

  • Trauma Martini on the Rocks [Trauma] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – Reuben Farnsworth
    You are toned to respond to a local gravel quarry for……. (Use your imagination and insert your favorite mining trauma here.) If you want to know more about crazy trauma, look no further. Whether you crave crushing injuries by 30 ton machines, falls, explosions, or just a good fracture, this is the class for you. We will delve into the many unique injuries and mechanisms of injury that occur in mining operations. And don’t forget scene safety. Let the mayhem begin!!!!


  • Pediatric PNB: Chance Favors Those Prepared and Educated [Operations/Cardiology] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Dr. Michael Kim
    Description Coming Soon!


5:00 PM

  • Implementation and Barriers to POCUS [Operations] (Advanced Life Support AEMT or Higher) – Carl Lange
    The use of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has been rapidly expanding throughout medicine including in EMS.  POCUS is quickly becoming a standard of care.  It can be used for a wide range of complaints and has been shown to improve patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and even patient understanding of their condition.  This valuable tool is no longer limited to hospitals and clinics given the decreasing costs, portability, and improving access to training.  However, there are still many obstacles to overcome.  We discuss why POCUS should be utilized, how agencies can address barriers to implementing POCUS, and how to effectively integrate POCUS into clinical practice.

  • Frozen: The Cold Hard Truths about Hypothermia in Trauma Patients [Trauma] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – Janet Taylor
    A spin-off from “Chill Out” we take a look at the negative effects of hypothermia specifically in the trauma patient. From vasoconstriction to cold diuresis and the trauma triad of death, we will look at ways of preventing hypothermia and the detrimental effects it has on the body.


  • Pre-Planning: Perseverance (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – The Center for Suicide Awareness, Barb Bigalk, and Mike Crum
    Description coming soon! 

3:30 PM

  • WEMSA Stream

6:00 PM

  • More Than Medicines: The Thinking Person’s Guide to RSI [ARV] (Advanced Life Support AEMT or Higher) – Michael Frakes
    Medication-assisted airway management can save a life or it can cost a life. Approaches to the airway are often viewed as individual technical skills, based on individual preferences, and focused on the drugs. The better approach is to view optimal airway management as a complex team process that is rooted in…. facts. This presentation will take a look at airway management, from patient exam through post-procedure management. It will use science and scientific literature to identify best practices, bad practices, and things that may not matter in medical and technical performance, and will also identify individual and team considerations that may have a greater effect on outcome than the medical factors you thought were key. 

  • Current Topics in Child Abuse and Neglect – What to Look For and What to Do When You Find It [Operations] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – Ben Eithun
    This course will provide an overview of the most common types of child abuse and neglect that are seen in Wisconsin. This presentation will cover what to look for and what to do when you have concerns. Topics covered will include: Physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, medical neglect and human trafficking. Case reviews will be used to highlight salient points.


  • Life & Limb: LifelinkIII [Trauma] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Hanna Thompson & Joshua Chan
    Review the different life threatening traumatic musculoskeletal injuries
    • Recognition and control of life threatening hemorrhage from musculoskeletal injuries
    • Recognition and understand treatment of compartment syndrome in the field
    • Define the pathophysiology and manifestation of crush injuries
    • Discuss treatment modalities for traumatic near amputation and amputation


  • See One, Do One, Teach One: Finding Your EMS Mentor – Amy Eisenhauer
    Mentoring has long been a tradition in the medical profession, yet it is an underutilized tool in the EMS arsenal. Many EMS providers feel stagnated and leave the field, taking their passion and skills with them to benefit another industry, mentoring can inspire providers passion for EMS again. This presentation will discuss the mentoring relationship and expectations of both the mentor and mentee. Benefits of having a mentor for the individual EMS provider and how to find one will also be reviewed.  

7:00 PM

  • Pressor Pressure! [Cardiology] (Advanced Life Support AEMT or Higher) – Jason Haag
    Your patient’s blood pressure is low, and their mental status is altered. They are not responding to repeat fluid boluses. We will discuss different pressors and when they can be used and what other pressors they can be used in conjunction with. We will focus on both the pre-hospital and inter-facility settings with an emphasis on the later.  

  • Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble: Management of the Patient in ARDS [Cardiology/ARV] (Basic Life Support EMR-EMT) – Kyle David Bates
    Encountering a patient experiencing dyspnea as the result of pulmonary edema is not unusual, we generally assume heart failure. However would your diagnosis change if they have been ill for days, without any cardiac symptoms? ARDS is non-cardiac pulmonary edema and can occur with any injury to the lungs. This case-based presentation will address the pathophysiology of ARDS as well the assessment and treatment of the patient experiencing this condition. 

    • Given scenarios where the patients are experiencing shortness of breath, the student will be able to differentiate cardiogenic from non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. 
    • Given the syndrome of acute respiratory distress, the student will be able to discuss its pathophysiology.
    • Given scenarios where the patients are experiencing ARDS, the student will be able to discuss the prehospital and hospital management plans.  


  • “Sick vs Not Sick” is Harming Patients. How Can We Do Better? [Operations] (All Provider Levels EMR-Paramedic) – Dr. Thomas Grawey
    EMS providers are taught early in their training to place patients into one of two categories, “sick or not sick,” in an effort to determine who has acute life threatening injuries. While this tool has its role in EMS, relying too heavily on this piece of the assessment easily leads to missed diagnosis, inadequate prehospital assessments and medical error. In this talk, the speaker will discuss science behind how medical providers make clinical decisions, teaching the audience how to avoid medical error related to this age old paradigm in EMS.

8:00 PM

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

  • Let's Talk: Job Town and The Baggage We Carry

  • Rural EMS: Not For The WEAK

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