January 25, 2019
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…Click for more information on 'Spot the Clot'
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…Click for more information on 'A Deeper Look At Mild Head Injury/Concussion'
Description: The treatment of adult trauma patients within an evidence-based system of care has been a tenet following the advent of trauma centers in the 1960’s. Pediatric trauma centers followed soon after. Similar methods of triage and a systems approach to injuries apply to both populations. However, differences in anatomy, pathophysiology, and injury patterns can lead to delays in definitive care and increased morbidity. Using a case-based approach, the presenters will illustrate the need for EMS medical directors to bring…Click for more information on 'Are We Missing Something?'
January 26, 2019
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…Click for more information on 'Beyond Breaking Bad'
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…Click for more information on 'Mass Casualty: Are You Ready?'
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…Click for more information on 'Just Breathe'
This parachute is a knapsack! Rational management of prehospital risk in the era of ultrapotent opioids
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…Click for more information on 'This parachute is a knapsack! Rational management of prehospital risk in the era of ultrapotent opioids'
Presentation Description: This presentation is an account of my journey with mental illness. It is a personal story of the cha.llenges faced with mental illness but also the positive effects of dealing with it. Presentation Objectives: To get people comfortable with having the conversation about mental illnessClick for more information on 'Lets Talk: Eliminating the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health'
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.Click for more information on 'Saving Lives in Trauma Care – What is REBOA?'
January 27, 2019
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:…Click for more information on 'Protecting EMS in the Era of High Consequence Infectious Diseases-New Tools from MDH'
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…Click for more information on 'Responding to the Opioid Crisis: Utilizing Valuable Tools'