January 25, 2019
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…Click for more information on 'Have a Blast: Explosion Injures'
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…Click for more information on 'Improving Occupant Protection'
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: 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…Click for more information on 'EMS Case Studies in Toxicology'
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?'
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.Click for more information on 'No Spice at the Top of the K2 Mountain'
January 26, 2019
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?'
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'
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…Click for more information on 'The Big Chill: Frostbite Injuries'
Description: Have you ever been call to a child choking? How about if the dispatch indicates, “child took something?” When you arrive on scene and begin to sort out the possibilities you actually discover that the youngster has ingested something that is not for human consumption or it is…if they were say 68 years of age and 150 pounds! What is it that children so often find, why are they drawn to toxic items, what can EMS do about this? …Click for more information on 'The Toxic House, What Children Find…'
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'