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: 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…Click for more information on '10 Ways to Kill Your Patient'
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.Click for more information on 'From Depression to Delirium'
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: For years, the theory on oxygen has been, “If a little is good, more is better”. New research is showing us that this may not be accurate. We will examine some of the latest science on oxygen administration and talk about the pathophysiology of oxygen toxicity and the ensuing effects on the body. Objectives: The student will be able to discuss the most current science regarding oxygen administration. The student will be able to explain the pathophysiology of oxygen…Click for more information on 'Why It May Not Be The Panacea You Think'
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…Click for more information on 'Teaching Sick or Not Sick-Teaching Critical Thinking'
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'
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.Click for more information on 'Hey…You’re Not Like Me'
January 26, 2019
Description: Over the past decade, more and more attention has been focused on the mental health of our first responders, who often sacrifice their own well-being to help others in need. When a call comes in, they jump into action, without hesitation. On the other side of that, if they are struggling with the weight of their experiences in the line of duty, they often choose to put their own needs on the back burner. We are continually learning more…Click for more information on 'First Responders: Building Resilience to Overcome Trauma'
Description: When a police officer arrives on scene, we naturally think someone is going to jail, getting a ticket or they just get in the way on a medical call. Not all police sit at the donut shop! In today’s world of public safety, there is a valuable key asset with law enforcement having medical response capabilities with knowledge and equipment. When seconds count, that police officer may be the difference between life and death of the sick and injured.…Click for more information on 'Badges, Guns and Band-Aids: Law Enforcement First Responders'
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'
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: When I went to EMT school, I had numerous bandages for different types of wounds and that’s all I could use. Not all of my patients met the text book type injuries and what was I to do with all of my bandages? Today’s data supports a paradigm shift of bleeding control measures that are simple and effective for medical providers and the general public. This class will cover hands on demonstrations of simple and effective techniques along with…Click for more information on 'Bleeding Control Made Easy: Tourniquets, Pressure Points and Wound Packing'
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…Click for more information on 'Patient Advanced Directives'
January 27, 2019
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…Click for more information on 'What a Bullet Will Do To Your Body'
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: 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…Click for more information on 'Drive to Survive – A Deeper Look Into the EMS Role'
Description: Trying to figure out what direction to travel when EMS responds to a call with a chief complaint of “Altered LOC” can be difficult. Making sure we are treating for the right field diagnosis is important for quality patient care. A look at case studies and proper patient assessment along with differential diagnoses will be covered. Objectives: Understand the pathophysiology of AMS complaints. Define several causes of altered mental status Outline an approach to the assessment and treatment of…Click for more information on 'Altered Mental Status = Altered EMS Treatments'
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'
Description: Do all patients with a metabolic acidosis need Sodium Bicarb? In this short TED Talk style vignette, we will discuss the pros and cons to administering the beloved “sodium bicarbonate.” Objectives: Understand the pharmacokinetics of sodium bicarb Break down the physiology of elevated and non-elevated anion gap acidosis Comprehend the respirators compensation needed for bicarb to workClick for more information on 'Life Link III Case Studies'
Description: Why isn’t the systemic effect of crushing your hand the same as crushing your leg? What happens that makes crush injuries distinctive from other trauma injuries? In this session, we will go over crush injuries from start to finish. What happens at the moment a heavy weight hits the body and what do we need to do before that weight comes off. We will review some common medications in EMS that we need to have available in order to…Click for more information on 'I’ve Got A Crush on You'