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January 25, 2019

Decisive, Disciplined and Under Fire: A First Responder’s Experiences from the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival Mass Shooting – (Keynote)

8:15 AM  -  9:45 AM
Main Dining Hall

Description: When first responders arrive for work everyday, especially EMTs and Paramedics, there is an expectation that very ill or injured people will call for their help, their care, medical treatments and transport to a hospital. What they don’t expect is to see hundreds of very injured or dying people all at once. This presentation offers sound counsel for mass gathering crowd safety and medic safety when hundreds are wounded or killed within minutes as experienced during the Las Vegas…

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Psychological Trauma and Suicidality Among Responders

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
French River Room

Description: Responders are subjected to frequent and repeated exposure to events that could profoundly impact their mental wellness. Join Chris as he shares the sobering findings of his research on Minnesota emergency responders. Information includes rates of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and deaths. Objectives: Discuss the nature of suicidality among Minnesota’s emergency responders. Recognize the risk factors for psychological trauma and suicide in the responder population. Access resources to assist yourself or a coworker in need.

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Have a Blast: Explosion Injures

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Lake Superior Ballroom L,M

Description: Blast explosions can have multiple considerations at the scene and in care of the victims before and after.   This presentation will highlight 4-5 blast incidents in Minnesota in the past two years including a school and power plant along with the types of injuries seen in the victims.   The stages of a blast will be correlated to the injury patterns seen in the victims of these cases. Get ready to have a BLAST! Objectives: Describe four blast incidents. List…

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10 Ways to Kill Your Patient

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Lake Superior Ballroom N,O

Description: Are we really out there for the betterment of our patients? How is the care we are providing causing harm? This presentation will discuss common errors in the medical field which may kill our patients or further their injury. What are the simple solutions to correct these errors? How do we re-focus our attention to avoid repeating some of these issues? Objectives: Identify the common medical errors that may cause harm to the patient. Discuss solutions to remedy the…

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Improving Occupant Protection

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM

Description: As ambulance interiors begin to reflect new understanding about the importance of occupant protection, the issue of how to transport children is being examined. Not only are some widely held beliefs being challenged, new devices which make child patients safer in the back of the ambulance have appeared. We will review commercial devices and demonstrate the newest products. The final segment will examine injuries caused by child passenger restraints when they are not used properly. Objectives: List advantages of…

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For The Love Of All That Is Holy: Adapting To Your Patients’ Religious Beliefs

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Split Rock Room

Description: Muslims women wear Hajibs, Jehovah’s Witnesses will not accept blood transfusions and Sikh men wear a turban.  Mormons have special undergarments, and the Church of The Firstborn does not believe in medical intervention.  There are a myriad of religions that you may encounter in EMS and we will talk about ways to accommodate these religious beliefs.  Come join the discussion and improve your patient care through a better understanding of how your patients’ religious beliefs affect your care plan.…

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From Depression to Delirium

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Gooseberry Falls Room

Description: Noticed how your mental health (EDP) calls have increased over the last couple years.  Well, folks, that trend isn’t likely to change soon. So, in this session we will re-look at the mental health emergencies old and new and talk about safety and strategies for treating patients suffering from a mental health crisis. Objectives: Mental Health crisis Maintaining a safe environment when dealing with an EDP patient.

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What’s Happened to My Musical Heroes

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
French River Room

Description: If you’re like me you enjoy music, all kinds of music, it helps us get though some days; makes emotional connections with us and builds memories, makes us smile, and even makes us cry.  We all have our favorite musicians, troubadours, singers, and songwriters we often place them on pedestals and look up to them and at times wish we could be “rock stars” too.  The reality is they are just like you and me and indeed experience the…

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Spot the Clot

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
Lake Superior Ballroom L,M

Description: Early recognition and intervention is critical in acute stroke care.  EMS has a pivotal role in “spotting the clot” from the field.  Every moment counts when saving the brain!   This presentation will highlight care across the continuum, including the EMS role and a chance to interact with the clinical experts. Objectives: Review EMS management of acute stroke, including triaging and patient assessment Discuss communication with acute stroke teams and regional stroke protocols Review case studies, including cutting edge stroke…

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EMS Case Studies in Toxicology

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
Lake Superior Ballroom N,O

Description: Toxicology covers a wide array of substances, toxins, poisons and situations.  Four different toxicology related cases will be reviewed from beginning to end. If you want to gain confidence in responding and managing these challenging calls, this is a don’t miss session. Audience participation will be encouraged and live calls to the poison center will be conducted. Objectives: Identify priorities in managing toxicological related cases Discuss treatment modalities for BLS and ALS responders for each case Describe clinical effects…

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A Deeper Look At Mild Head Injury/Concussion

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
St. Louis River Room

Description: The patient who sustains a mild head injury and is otherwise medically stable and unwilling to be transported for further assessment can potentially be faced with chronic and debilitating symptoms. The first responder is often the only healthcare provider the patient will interact with until the symptoms become unmanageable. Educating the patient and their family at first contact could make the difference between missing a few days of work or losing their job, between missing a few classes or…

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Teaching Sick or Not Sick-Teaching Critical Thinking

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
Gooseberry Falls Room

Description: Ever turned to your partner and said, “Man these kids today just have no D@%n common sense?” We talk in our classes about “critical thinking” but what does critical thinking really look like in practice? In this discussion we will break down the teaching of critical thinking skills using examples relevant to what we do in the classroom everyday-like teaching whether a patient is “sick” or “not sick”. Objectives: Discuss what critical thinking in EMS education Explore methods and…

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No Spice at the Top of the K2 Mountain

2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
Lake Superior Ballroom N,O

Description: This presentation will explore emerging and changing trends in synthetic cannabinoid use. These agents are more commonly known as K2 and Spice in Minnesota. The presentation will include common effects seen, discussion of why this trend is occurring and treatments being done in the EMS and Emergency room setting. Objectives: Identify the synthetic Cannabinoids work in the body Recognize adverse signs and symptoms of synthetic cannabinoid use Discuss trends being seen on the national and regional levels.

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Things Just Got Real: Violent Encounters and Team Safety

2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
Split Rock Room

Description: We teach providers to ensure scene safety and we pound into their heads.  Sometimes, despite the most carefully laid plans, and thoughtful preparation, things just go bad.  What begins as a simple medical call can quickly reach critical danger.  Sometimes, the situation changes so rapidly we don’t have the chance to extricate ourselves.  Join us for case studies and discussion on how to deal with these encounters, as well as solutions you can implement at your agency to improve…

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Hey…You’re Not Like Me

2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
Gooseberry Falls Room

Description: As our society changes and becomes more culturally diverse, we, in public safety need to adapt to that diversity. In this session we will explore some norms of societies that are emerging in MN. And, maybe more importantly, explore strategies to assure a successful patient care encounter. Objectives: Discuss different cultural norms Explore patient care strategies that allow for successful culturally sensitive patient care encounters.

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January 26, 2019

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: A Responders Journey – (Keynote)

8:15 AM  -  9:45 AM
Main Dining Hall

Description: First Responders have a suicide rate 10x greater than that of the general population. This presentation will address emerging awareness of mental health and wellness of First Responders from the speakers perspective with over 25 years of Fire/EMS experience. A broad discussion of this emerging trend will occur and identify resources available for this population. The speaker’s personal experience with suicide of a close family member who was a career firefighter will be shared.

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Beyond Breaking Bad

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM

Description: Methamphetamine use continues to grow across Minnesota.  As methamphetamine use becomes increasingly common, prehospital and ED personnel should become ever more familiar with common, not-so-common, and potentially life-threatening complications of methamphetamine abuse. This presentation will focus on identification of and initial therapies for the immediate life threats common to methamphetamine exposure, with specific focus on both methamphetamine “stuffers” (those who ingest baggies with the intention to conceal their drug) and those who present with mixed toxidromes in the era…

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Mass Casualty: Are You Ready?

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
St. Louis River Room

Description: In this presentation, we will explore previous mass casualty incidents (MCIs) and the response from providers– from first contact to hospital admission– that helped change the way we approach and plan for the next big incident in our own jurisdictions. We will explore the most likely possibilities for MCIs in our local regions, and ways to prepare ourselves and our departments to work effectively in the face of disaster. Objectives: Understand the definition of MCI Be able to describe…

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Spirituality at 60MPH

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Gooseberry Falls Room

Description: Does your patient really need another dose of epinephrine or would the clergy from their local house of worship serve them better?  You KNOW the answer to that question-right?!?  This presentation is all about the human spirit and the light inside each of us that makes us get up and answer the call to duty at 0300.  It also has something to do with the many intangibles we experience as care providers and the connection we make with our…

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Just Breathe

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
French River Room

Description: Breathing is much more than an involuntary function. Controlled breath techniques can unlock our body’s natural tranquilizers, aid in short-term stress relief and can increase our ability to mentally focus and learn.  When these controlled breath techniques are combined with Progressive Muscle Relaxation, as part as of  long-term stress relief program, can increase our stress management and provide deep relaxation for both body and mind. Objectives: Learn use of breath techniques for short-term stress relief Learn to use breath…

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Humpty Dumpty Did What??? Trauma Case Studies

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
Lake Superior Ballroom L,M

Description: In a case study format, there will be videos and pictures to depict insult of injury patterns as we have group discussion on highlights of patient and scene management priorities. Objectives: Discuss statistical and historical data on trauma patient management in EMS Discuss patient assessment priorities Discuss patient management priorities Discuss case studies

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This parachute is a knapsack! Rational management of prehospital risk in the era of ultrapotent opioids

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
Lake Superior Ballroom N,O

Description: Ultrapotent opioids are now commonplace adulterants of national, regional, and local heroin supplies. Further, opioids are becoming increasingly common adulterants in other drugs of abuse, such as methamphetamine. In the setting of potential exposure to ultrapotent opioids, a framework describing best evidence for identifying risk, taking appropriate personal protection, and managing perceived dangers is needed. This talk will seek to undertake these goals, with the intention of arming prehospital providers with the an optimal understanding of risk, and what…

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The Big Chill: Frostbite Injuries

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
St. Louis River Room

Description: This presentation will discuss the complications of frostbite and the care management considerations through case scenarios. When to rewarm and when to keep frozen in transport.  Indications for utilization of thrombolytics and when the clock starts for using it.  New treatment considerations in the care of the hypothermic and frostbit patient. Objectives: Discuss the consequences of hypothermia and frostbite to the body. Describe the rewarming process for a patient with frozen extremities or frostbite. Identify key management strategies for…

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Waiting to Exhale

12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
Split Rock Room

Description: The American Heart Association has deemed Capnography the gold standard for many years in assessing circulatory status and confirming ETT placement.  But we aren’t just applying it to assessing the severity of a respiratory distress any longer; we use it for post anesthesia, assessing the efficiency of compressions during CPR, monitor patients on magnesium drips, and many more applications.    This presentation goes through how ETC02 is created, exhaled and a step-by-step method for analyzing waveforms and assessing the respiratory…

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Scene Safety or Stigma?

2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
French River Room

Description: Are those who are suicidal violent? Are we practicing scene safety or simply being paranoid? Join Chris for an evidence based look suicide, murder-suicide, and mass murder-suicide. Learn the true nature of what is going on and the stigmas EMS is buying into. Objectives: Discuss theory relating to murder-suicide. Institute scene response plans to reflect the evidence base. Identify myths and stigmatizing beliefs.

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Saving Lives in Trauma Care – What is REBOA?

2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
St. Louis River Room

Description: Early recognition and intervention is critical to saving lives and providing best outcomes. Thinking and acting fast count toward early interventions. This presentation will highlight care across the continuum including the importance of the role for EMS. Objectives: Identify activation criteria in trauma care. Describe hemorrhage control techniques in both the pre-hospital and acute care hospital setting. Describe the role EMS plays in communication. Describe the role EMS plays in early trauma care interventions.

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Patient Advanced Directives

2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
Gooseberry Falls Room

Description: The existence of end-of-life wishes or medical orders provided by a patient or their physician can be problematic for EMS.  Understanding what medical care to provide or withhold is difficult to negotiate and can change and impart confusion into resuscitation decisions.  This class will explore advanced directives describing the range of documents, medical orders and situations encountered in the pre-hospital setting as well as addressing some of the legal and medical-ethical considerations. Objectives: Provide an overview into the realm…

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January 27, 2019

What a Bullet Will Do To Your Body

8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
Lake Superior Ballroom N,O

Description: This class will review ballistic injuries. Low, medium and high velocity injuries will be reviewed. Having a better understanding of what a bullet can do can make the EMS professional more aware of what may occur with these trauma patients. Objectives: Describe how penetrating trauma can affect body tissues Review how low, medium and high-speed energy destroys body tissue Compare the injury patterns from low and high-speed projectiles Breakdown the anatomy of a gunshot occurring to the body Summarize…

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Protecting EMS in the Era of High Consequence Infectious Diseases-New Tools from MDH

8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
St. Louis River Room

Description: This presentation will discuss new concepts of managing high consequence infectious diseases in EMS. This term is being used to broaden recommendations from just Ebola to other diseases currently occurring in the world and might present in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health has been working on new tools for health care entities to use to screen and manage a person suspected with a high consequence infectious disease. The process extends from the first responders to the hospitals. Objectives:…

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Drive to Survive – A Deeper Look Into the EMS Role

9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
French River Room

Description: Emergency Medical Services play a supporting role in our Driving 4 Safe Communities (D4SC) coalition and in helping Education, Engineering and Enforcement inform drivers on ways to improve driver behavior on Minnesota’s roadways. The mission of our D4SC coalition is to provide applicable knowledge to help EMS gain knowledge of the contributing factors of motor vehicle crashes, current trends and crash statistics in efforts to become safer, more attentive drivers in the EMS field. Objectives: Participants will gain knowledge…

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Responding to the Opioid Crisis: Utilizing Valuable Tools

9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
St. Louis River Room

Description: This presentation focuses on the current opioid crisis within Minnesota and the Arrowhead region specifically. The most current opioid overdose death data and trends will be examined; as well as public health and medical initiatives in the area aimed to reduce these numbers. An introduction to the medications used as tools in responding to the opioid crisis- naloxone, Suboxone and methadone- will be included. Their use, misuse, and implications on additional medical care will be discussed. Objectives: Discuss the…

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Readin’ and Rightin’

9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
Split Rock Room

Description: We review the importance of good spelling, the reasons behind this “necessary evil”, how to chart not only to benefit the patient but also to cover your backside. How to chart in a way to increase the amount of reimbursement from healthcare coverage agencies, terms to use and to avoid in charting, special considerations like elder and child abuse/neglect situations and how to chart regarding subjective and objective data. Objectives: List at least three things that are considered “critical”…

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The Future of Early Activation

11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
French River Room

Description: OneLink™ is a mobile app allowing EMS, Law Enforcement, Fire and hospitals to request air medical transport with a click of a button.  Life Link III’s OneLink™ connects a mobile device, tablet, or desktop directly to the Life Link III Communication Center to request an aircraft when critical care transport is necessary.  All transport requests are transferred immediately to Life Link III’s computer aided dispatch (CAD) system to get the request initiated as quickly as possible – when time…

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Leadership for New Aspiring Leaders

11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
Lake Superior Ballroom L,M

Description: So you want to be a leader? What does it take and what do you bring to the table. It’s easy to tell ourselves that we can do a better job than the person in charge. Being in charge does not constitute good leadership. How do we make an impact on others, serve with purpose and passion? Let’s challenge each other to be better and impactful. This class is for all and will involve open group discussion as we…

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Medication Administration – Basic Style

11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
Lake Superior Ballroom N,O

Description: This lecture will address the medications that many basic and first responder services carry. Having a better understanding of why we use these medications and how they are administered will create most of this presentation content. Safety and medication errors will be discussed also. Side effects and complications of each medication is an important part of this presentation. Objectives: Review how medication is absorbed by the body State medication usage in the EMR and EMT setting Discuss side effects…

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