8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 214D
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

This presentation will simplify and demystify many advanced ECG interpretation skills. The presentation will demonstrate the importance of a systematic and consistent approach to ECG analysis. A review of cardiac anatomy and physiology will serve as the foundation to change how providers think about 12 lead ECG. Specifically,  read more...

Instructor+
Thomas Nagel, BSN, RN, NRP
Clinical Coordinator
Level One Trauma Center, Charlotte, NC
United States
Instructor
Chris Goenner, MHS, NCEE, NRP
Program Director
Central Piedmont Community College
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 207AB
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

The target audience for this program is EMS providers of all types/levels/certifications as well as any other clinical personnel who may be exposed to patients with high-consequence communicable diseases. The course aims to increase awareness about standard and transmission-based infection control practices and teaches learners how they can  read more...

Instructor+
Alexander Isakov
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
United States
Instructor
Ben Tysor
Fire Apparatus Engineer / EMS Quality Assurance
City of Omaha Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Michael Carr
Assistant Professor
Emory University
United States
Instructor
Wade Miles
Operations and Training Manager, NRP
Emory University CEPAR
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 214B
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

Everyone in EMS and fire is entitled to work in a safe and respectful environment. However, there are a few members who do not portray the values of the service and bully others. Are you prepared to stand up for yourself or a co-worker when a bully strikes?  read more...

Instructor+
Katherine Ridenhour
Battalion Chief (Ret)
Aurora (CO) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Alisa Arnoff
Principal
Scalambrino & Arnoff, LLP
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 214C
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

Effective clinical practice requires good communication between the patient and provider. Unfortunately, the nature of EMS can make good communication difficult, and poor patient-provider communication can result in poor clinical care. This workshop focuses on teaching communication strategies, verbal and nonverbal, that can have a powerful impact on  read more...

Speaker
Drew Anderson
Associate Professor/ Behavioral Health Director, EMT
University at Albany-SUNY/ Delmar-Bethlehem EMS
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 217AB
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 217CD
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 206AB
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

This course teaches individuals how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It gives participants the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help  read more...

Instructor+
Nancy Trevino
Director
Texas Tech Mental Health Initiative
United States
Instructor
Rae Brockman
Rehabilitation Coordinator
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 214A
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

Pediatric Education for Prehospital Profesionals (PEPP) represents a complete source of prehospital medical information for the emergency care of infants and children. Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the fourth edition curriculum of PEPP is designed to teach professionals how to better assess and manage ill or  read more...

Instructor
Corolla Lauck, NRP
Program Director
South Dakota EMS for Children
United States
Instructor
Jennifer Anders
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician; Associate Pediatric Medical Director, Maryland EMS
Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
United States
Instructor
Mike McEvoy
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York
United States
Instructor
Susan Fuchs
Attending Physician, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 207AB
Format: Individual Presentation

In the past two years, there have been many changes in the protocols for post exposure medical follow-up. We have moved way beyond bloodborne diseases and need to ensure that proper follow-up is extended to airborne and droplet transmitted diseases. A key point: Departments hold the legal responsibility  read more...

Instructor
Katherine West, RN, BSN, MSed
Infection Control Consultant
Infection Control Emerging Concepts
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 214B
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

This special 4-hr interactive Train the Trainer workshop accompanies the Respect Our House - Extinguish Bullying workshop and allows you to instruct for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Bullying, Harassment & Workplace Violence Task Force. Basic course requirements and guidelines to be able  read more...

Instructor+
Katherine Ridenhour
Battalion Chief (Ret)
Aurora (CO) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Alisa Arnoff
Principal
Scalambrino & Arnoff, LLP
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 214C
Format: Individual Presentation

This program is for all EMS leaders and EMS providers interested in improving their communication skills to connect with their membership. This dynamic presentation covers the power and pitfalls of effective EMS officer management and leadership skills and provides actual scenarios to enhance the subject matter. Students apply  read more...

Instructor
Stephen Marsar
EFO, MA, CIC, Battalion Chief, Fire Department, City of New York
Fire Department, City of New York
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

What’s the difference between anaphylactic and anaphylactoid, and do I need to care? What are the most important ALS medications for anaphylaxis after epinephrine? What the heck is Kounis syndrome? Why didn't they teach me this in class? The past 10 years have seen a dramatic increase in  read more...

Speaker
Rommie Duckworth
Captain / EMS Coordinator
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

The problem that fire and EMS departments have historically faced in treating patients in hemorrhagic shock is that bleeding cannot always be controlled and there is limited ability to provide blood replacement in the field. The San Antonio Fire Department looked to the military for a solution, and  read more...

Speaker
C. J. Winckler
Assistant Clinical Professor UT Health SA
Deputy Medical Director San Antonio Fire Department
UT Health San Antonio
United States
Speaker
William Bullock
Lieutenant Medical Officer San Antonio Fire Deparmtent
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

This presentation reviews the science of pediatric cardiac arrest and the development of criteria for futility in pediatric patients. Beyond that evidence base, there are a number of social and emotional considerations that must factor into a TOR protocol for pediatric patients. This presentation reviews the findings from  read more...

Speaker
Jennifer Anders
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician; Associate Pediatric Medical Director, Maryland EMS
Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

In 2019, the National Registry conducted an analysis of advanced life support (ALS--i.e., paramedic and advanced emergency medical technicians) practice across the nation. The analysis was conducted using a methodology similar to the practice analysis conducted by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. The practice analysis used data  read more...

Speaker
Greg Applegate
Chief Science Officer
National Registry of EMTs
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Man vs. machinery incidents occur all across the country. They may involve a person stuck in a piece of machinery or be as routine as a ring stuck on a victim's finger. Ask yourself, "Are we as a department prepared to handle these incidents?" This program will introduce  read more...

Speaker
Mark Gregory
Captain
FDNY - Ladder 176
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

The unthinkable has happened! After decades of economic prosperity, rising call volumes and revenue, and healthcare growth, the world changed–overnight. Call volumes are down, sales taxes have tanked, and thousands of EMS and public safety jobs are on the line. Remember when there was a paramedic shortage? How  read more...

Instructor
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Another overdose ... great! Can you figure out what the patient overdosed on from how he presented? Today's street drugs are ever evolving. From the different types of Fentanyl to exquisite drugs like DMT, the names keep changing, so shouldn’t we when assessing them? Come see what the  read more...

Speaker
Douglas Wildermuth
BS, NRP, NY Paramedic CIC, NYSP Sergeant
E5 Support Services
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

No organization should be without a public information officer. None. In an age of social media, changing media landscapes, and the ability for anyone to speak with the public, it is more important than ever that every EMS operation have at least one person focused full time on  read more...

Speaker
Richard Huff
EMT
Atlantic Highlands First Aid
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

While endotracheal intubation has long been a key procedure in the management of cardiac arrest, it is often done while focusing solely on getting the tube in the right hole. All too often, paramedics (and physicians) pay insufficient attention to what is happening to the patients while they  read more...

Instructor
Jeffrey Jarvis, MD, EMT-P
Medical Director
Williamson County EMS System
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

A 54 year-old obese male calls EMS for acute respiratory distress during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Paramedics suspect COVID-related ARDS and struggle with refractory hypoxemia. The patient is managed in the local ED with noninvasive ventilation and transferred to the ICU, where he is intubated. This  read more...

Instructor
Michael Schauf
Flight Respiratory Therapist
Albany Medical Center Hospital
United States
Instructor
Mike McEvoy
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

This presentation will provide a broad overview of the field of cardiac surgery. EMS providers often bring patients to the hospital who wind up having cardiac surgery. We will discuss how these patients are evaluated and who gets selected for surgery. Some of the more common procedures will  read more...

Speaker
Timothy Misselbeck
Chief, Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery
Lehigh Valley Health Network
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Prehospital patient management is essential, as studies indicate 35% of ED visits could be treated in alternative settings vs. the highest cost destination/mode of transportation. Since 2014, ETHAN (Emergency Telehealth and Navigation) has proven a safe and successful integral component of Houston’s healthcare delivery system with Healthcare Information  read more...


11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The American Heart Association (AHA), the Resuscitation Academy, and Laerdal have partnered to double survival from cardiac arrest by 2028. Join us to exceed this goal, saving maximal lives from cardiac arrest. The Chain of Survival … all links are not equal? The first link, 911 working with  read more...

Speaker
Kevin Seaman
Medical Director
Charles County Dept. of Emergency Services
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

This is a practice-based discussion (NOT a journal club, don't worry!) of 10 papers that changed Dr. Jarvis’ EMS practice in 2020. These are papers, for good or bad, that all paramedics, system directors, and medical directors should know about. We’ll cover topics including dual sequence defibrillation (DSD),  read more...

Instructor
Jeffrey Jarvis, MD, EMT-P
Medical Director
Williamson County EMS System
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Every day, EMS leaders are confronted by situations where a true understanding of various emotions can spell the difference between success and failure. Being prepared intellectually isn’t enough; you MUST understand the emotions boiling behind the scenes. Emotional intelligence—that is, the ability to understand not only your own  read more...

Speaker
Raphael Barishansky, MPH, MS, CPM
Deputy Secretary of Health
Pennsylvania Department of Health
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

We all admit that as EMS providers, pediatrics in general scare us. We don't get enough training in pediatrics, and low pediatric call volume does nothing to improve our confidence. When time is of the essence, we all struggle with the basics of pediatric emergency care but then  read more...

Speaker
Roger Smith
EMS Coordinator
The Children's Hospital at OUMI
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

We will discuss an innovation solution to addressing excess call volume at a homeless shelter environment and our intervention to decrease EMS transports and navigate patients to primary care venues. We will discuss the advanced practice protocols, training, and operations that made this program successful. We will discuss  read more...

Speaker
David Miramontes, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, NREMT
Medical Director, San Antonio Fire Department
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Texas Health - San Antonio
United States
Speaker
Leoncio Deon Popoy
Mobile Integrated Health Paramedic
San Antonio Fire Department
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

In this age of technology, there have been many advances in the development of rapid testing. This is a great benefit in the post exposure testing situation--quick answers that are accurate and can, in most cases, bring concerns for disease transmission to a rapid close. Let's discuss what  read more...

Instructor
Katherine West, RN, BSN, MSed
Infection Control Consultant
Infection Control Emerging Concepts
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) applies the latest in cutting-edge hemorrhage control and care. This advanced level of trauma care is possible because Texas is a delegated medical practice state. This means that the EMS medical director can train and deploy advanced trauma care practices for critically injured  read more...

Speaker
C. J. Winckler
Assistant Clinical Professor UT Health SA
Deputy Medical Director San Antonio Fire Department
UT Health San Antonio
United States
Speaker
Joshua Frandsen
Lieutenant Medical Officer San Antonio Fire Department
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

You joined for the excitement, but the complaining makes you want to pull your hair out! Have you ever wondered why members quit or why no one wants to hang out at the station any longer? Maybe they are tired of listening to all of the negativity. We  read more...

Speaker
Bradley Pinsky
Attorney at Law/Fire Chief (Ret.)
Attorney, Pinsky Law Group, PLLC, Chief (Ret), Manlius Fire Department
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The options for resuscitating patients are becoming more complex. EMS providers are going to be involved in the care of these patients. This is an overview of E-CPR, VADs, and ECMO and the scenarios in which they are commonly used. Field providers will come away with a better  read more...

Speaker
Timothy Misselbeck
Chief, Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery
Lehigh Valley Health Network
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The target audience for this program is EMS providers of all types/levels/certifications who may be exposed to patients with high-consequence communicable diseases. The course aims to increase awareness about standard and transmission-based infection control practices and considers current high-consequence infectious diseases like COVID-19, MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome),  read more...

Speaker
Alexander Isakov
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

This presentation will show how one community college's EMS program developed a mass-casualty incident (MCI) drill program and implemented a critical thinking assignment to evaluate students. We will discuss what obstacles had to be overcome, how to budget and finance the program, what community partners were used to  read more...

Speaker
Chris Goenner, MHS, NCEE, NRP
Program Director
Central Piedmont Community College
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID—previously known as mental retardation) have characteristics that can have a profoundly challenging impact on interactions with EMS providers during a medical or traumatic emergency. This session will discuss various characteristics of individuals with ID; suggestions for determining capacity and obtaining informed consent; ways  read more...

Speaker
Katherine Koch, MEd, PhD, NRP
Associate Professor of Education/Paramedic
St. Mary's College of Maryland/St. Mary's County ALS
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

There was no greater leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu. His seminal text, The Art of War, is considered a masterpiece of strategy that presents a philosophy for managing conflicts and winning battles. His book, which details a complete philosophy on how to decisively defeat  read more...

Speaker
Raphael Barishansky, MPH, MS, CPM
Deputy Secretary of Health
Pennsylvania Department of Health
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The National EMS Education Standards have been revised. The revision team’s leadership will cover the project’s goals and some of the most significant changes to the standards while providing rationale for the changes. Additionally, several confusing concepts will be clarified: What are the differences between education standards, curriculum,  read more...

Speaker
Bryan Ericson
President, NAEMSE; Project Director, National EMS Education Standards Revision
United States
Speaker
Paul Rosenberger
Associate Section Director, EMS Education, UT Southwestern Medical Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center - Department of Emergency Medicine
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation


CPAP, BiPAP, and High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) are all Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) tools that help improve patient comfort and outcomes. This presentation will provide a history of NIV, overview of various NIV tools, patient selection criteria, standards of care, assessment, application, titration, and weaning of NIV. CPAP,  read more...

Speaker
Mike McEvoy
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on how medicine is delivered now and well into the future. As part of Northwell Health's Center for EMS response to the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC, learn how a new 911 direct to telemedicine intervention is keeping patients safely at home while  read more...

Speaker
Jonathan Berkowitz
Medical Director, Center for EMS, Centralized Transfer Center - Northwell Health
United States
Speaker
Jonathan Washko, MBA, FACPE, NRP, AEMD
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Northwell Center for EMS
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Remote Ischemic Conditioning (RIC—aalso known as “Ischemic Conditioning”) reduces ischemia-reperfusion injury in a wide range of clinical conditions. RIC is noninvasive, easy to perform, and low-risk, requiring nothing more than a BP cuff and a clock. Rural and air-medical EMS services with longer transport times may be particularly  read more...

Speaker
Ronna Miller
Associate Professor of EMS
UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation


Refusals are a high-risk area of EMS practice. This session will cover the history of a patient’s right to refuse medical care, the prerequisite for EMS to accept a patient’s refusal. We will discuss how to protect a patient’s rights while protecting ourselves against allegations that a patient  read more...

Speaker
W. Ann Maggiore, JD, NRP
Attorney/Paramedic
Butt, Thornton & Baehr, P.C.
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

We will discuss the basics of opioid addiction and the process to offer a program of harm reduction with the administration of buprenorphine with navigation into medically assisted treatment. The Texas Targeted Opioid Response program will be discussed along with principles and tips to start your own local  read more...

Speaker+
David Miramontes, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, NREMT
Medical Director, San Antonio Fire Department
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Texas Health - San Antonio
United States
Speaker
Chris Velasquez
San Antonio Fire Department MIH
San Antonio Fire Department -EMS Division
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Bullying and hazing are often misunderstood problems in the fire service. Today’s leaders must recognize the differences between the two while exploring impacts. We will identify the differences and discuss key findings and best practices. The program will use present case law to stimulate discussions. They can have  read more...

Speaker
Angela Hughes
Captain (Ret.) and Past President, Women in Fire
Baltimore County (MD) Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. It usually happens when a blood clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. Half the people who have pulmonary embolism have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they can include shortness  read more...

Speaker
Paul Banerjee, DO
Medical Director, Polk County Fire Rescue, Bartow, Florida
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

For more than 20 years, Ben Gurion University in the Negev in Israel has had a bachelor’s degree for paramedics. This dedicated degree is unique, and this presentation will share its experience in developing, teaching, and recruiting future paramedics.



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Speaker
Oren Wacht
PhD, EMT-P
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Israel

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Whether you work in urban or rural EMS, thinking like a remote-area EMS provider can improve your patient care, incident command, and scene management. In this engaging presentation, the instructors will draw on their years of experience working as paramedics with the National Park Service. Using a helicopter-hoist  read more...

Instructor
Jim Warren
Fire Chief, Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park
United States
Speaker+
Kevin Grange, EMT-P
Firefighter/Paramedic
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Texas has a unique difficulty in triaging and then transporting acute behavioral health emergency patients in the prehospital setting. Texas law states that an acute behavioral health emergency patient who is a danger to self or others in the prehospital setting must be emergently detained and transported to  read more...

Speaker
C. J. Winckler
Assistant Clinical Professor UT Health SA
Deputy Medical Director San Antonio Fire Department
UT Health San Antonio
United States
Speaker
Sarah Hogan
Division Director Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative for Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council
Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative for Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

During COVID-19, EMT students in the United Arab Emirates were forced to stay at home and all face-to-face classes was stopped. So EMS educators decided that it was the perfect time to develop and offer innovative ways to educate their students using online resources and shifting all education  read more...

Speaker+
Ahed Al Najjar
Clinical Education Manager
National Ambulance
United Arab Emirates

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation
This is a case study of how the instructor dealt with his experience surviving septic shock. After treating many patients for many years, he suddenly found himself for the first time as a critical patient. This presentation will deal with the medical side of sepsis and treating sepsis  read more...
Speaker
Oren Wacht
PhD, EMT-P
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Israel

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

There are “difficult airways” and there are seemingly “impossible airways.” This case-based class will use vivid examples (trauma, angioedema, etc.) of seemingly impossible airways and discuss strategies to overcome the profound challenges these situations pose to the prehospital provider.



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Speaker
Edward Dickinson, MD, NRP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

EMS use of ketamine is relatively new. Evidence suggests it is both safe and effective for Excited Delirium Syndrome, procedural sedation, and analgesia. This potent, general anesthetic agent also creates unique challenges heretofore unknown in EMS. This presentation will review the background of EMS ketamine, use in multiple  read more...

Speaker
Ronna Miller
Associate Professor of EMS
UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Head injury, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a major cause of death and disability in the United States and presents frequently in the prehospital setting. Rapid, informed care by EMS providers for patients suffering TBI is essential to protect against long-term complications and even death. This case  read more...

Instructor
Jim Warren
Fire Chief, Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park
United States
Instructor
Kevin Grange, EMT-P
Firefighter/Paramedic
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

EMS providers are aware that lifting and moving patients is a high-risk activity both for the patient and for the provider. This presentation will provide a framework for EMS in how to make the risk assessment when faced with lifting and moving challenges. Whether or not to allow  read more...

Speaker
W. Ann Maggiore, JD, NRP
Attorney/Paramedic
Butt, Thornton & Baehr, P.C.
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation


The Coronavirus has changed our world, and EMS delivery, forever. EMS’ role in the communities we serve, how we care for our workforce, and our approach to patient care delivery have been dramatically transformed as a result of the pandemic. What have been the major lessons for EMS  read more...

Speaker
Jonathan Washko, MBA, FACPE, NRP, AEMD
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Northwell Center for EMS
United States
Speaker
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

The overall survival for pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is 6.4% and lower in infants compared with children and adolescents. A greater survival rate is seen in pediatric patients with witnessed CA vs. unwitnessed in patients receiving bystander CPR and in patients with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) in  read more...

Speaker
Paul Banerjee, DO
Medical Director, Polk County Fire Rescue, Bartow, Florida
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Recent societal events have focused on misconduct by law enforcement and improper use of chokeholds and other restraint mechanisms. But police officers are not the only ones who may act improperly, causing harm to others. It happens in EMS agencies, too! This dynamic and thought-provoking session will discuss  read more...

Speaker
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P
Attorney at Law
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The EMS way tends to be “That is how we have always done it.” This most dangerous statement illustrates to not change anything, do what you are told, and be quiet. Are we still doing things this way and, if so, why? Our world is ever evolving, and  read more...

Speaker
Douglas Wildermuth
BS, NRP, NY Paramedic CIC, NYSP Sergeant
E5 Support Services
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

EVALI (E-Cigarette and Vaping Associated Lung Injury) became a major public health threat seemingly overnight. In this lecture, we will discuss the history and epidemiology of the EVALI epidemic, the pathophysiology and suspected cause of lung injury, the clinical presentation, and the prehospital management of EVALI. We will  read more...

Instructor
Gerald Maloney, Jr
DO
Cleveland VA Medical Center
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The University of Texas Health San Antonio Emergency Health Sciences Office of the Medical Director (OMD) discussed the current state of CPR training and was not satisfied. UT Health provides medical direction for the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD),and the current CPR training systems did not meet the  read more...

Speaker+
C. J. Winckler
Assistant Clinical Professor UT Health SA
Deputy Medical Director San Antonio Fire Department
UT Health San Antonio
United States
Speaker
Matthew Clapper
UT Health Civilian Training Office for San Antonio Fire Department
UT Health San Antonio, Emergency Health Sciences, Office of the Medical Director
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Patients with problems like alcohol and drug abuse, psychiatric illnesses, and homelessness trigger a large of number of responses. For EMS dispatch, there are means to screen and refer some callers to alternative psychosocial or social work helplines. This is a highly complex process in which clearing skills  read more...

Speaker
Christoph Redelsteiner, DrPhDr, MSW, MS, EMT-P
Professor
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
Austria

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation
Moderator
Edward Dickinson, MD, NRP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
United States
Speaker
James Augustine, MD, FACEP
Fire EMS Medical Director
US Acute Care Solutions
United States
Speaker
Katherine West, RN, BSN, MSed
Infection Control Consultant
Infection Control Emerging Concepts
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation
Speaker
Jeffrey Hammerstein
Assistant Chief/PIO
Wake County EMS
United States
Speaker
Remle Crowe
Research Scientist & Performance Improvement Mgr
ESO
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Moderator
Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, FAEMS, MACP, MCCM
EMS/Public Safety Medical Director, Dallas County (TX)
Coordinator, Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors (Eagles) Global Alliance
United States

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Airway training mannequins are expensive! Not all EMS Agencies have the funding to provide new and dynamic airway trainers, but all EMS providers deserve to have realistic training! In this presentation, the speaker will discuss a DIY approach to airway training with some low-cost but high-fidelity options.



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Speaker
Matthew Philbrick, BS, AS, FP-C, CCEMTP
Medical Operations Manager
Mercy Flights, Inc.
United States

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Regular medical and recreational use of cannabis is on the rise among all age groups. In most cases, this is associated with few side effects, but some regular users experience a wildly paradoxical reaction. While cannabis will normally suppress nausea and pain and stimulate appetite, weekly cannabis use  read more...

Speaker
Rommie Duckworth
Captain / EMS Coordinator
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Over the past decade, the various recommendations and guidelines for basic CPR (chest compressions) have focused on a host of concepts that emphasize proper performance including uninterrupted compressions, good chest wall recoil, correct chest compression rate (CCR) and depth (CCD) and other well-accepted parameters of quality CPR.  read more...

Speaker
Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, FAEMS, MACP, MCCM
EMS/Public Safety Medical Director, Dallas County (TX)
Coordinator, Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors (Eagles) Global Alliance
United States

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Overdoses are not an unusual reason for EMS calls. While the vast majority will do well with supportive care, there are certain overdoses with the potential for sudden deterioration and death if they are not managed aggressively. We will discuss five overdoses that every EMS provider should know  read more...

Instructor
Gerald Maloney, Jr
DO
Cleveland VA Medical Center
United States

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The pathway to mitigation of a true “can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate” situation is very direct—a cricothyrotomy. Many paramedics will never perform this procedure in their career; are YOU ready? The low-frequency, high-risk nature of this procedure mandates absolute knowledge of the anterior neck anatomy, frequent practice, and procedural  read more...

Speaker
Stephen Rahm
Chief, EMS Clinical Direction
Centre for Emergency Health Sciences
United States

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Montgomery County was a COVID-19 hotspot in the state of Maryland, and the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (MCFRS) transported more than 1,500 COVID-19 patients during the pandemic and was faced with surges at local hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Using public and internal data streams, the  read more...

Speaker
Alan Butsch, M.A., NRP
Assistant Chief
Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Service
United States
Speaker
Timothy Burns, MS, NRP
Captain, Quality Improvement Officer
Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service
United States

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Most EMS calls are into the private homes of patients. Especially with elderly and chronic patients, relatives and significant others are present, who are the permanent primary caretakers of their “loved one.” Some of them are active 24x7, close to burnout and being patients themselves. However, without their  read more...

Speaker
Christoph Redelsteiner, DrPhDr, MSW, MS, EMT-P
Professor
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
Austria

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Burnout among EMS professionals has negative effects for agencies, providers, and patients. Nevertheless, traditional interventions for reducing burnout are often focused on the individual and fail to address the true systematic causes. In this session, Dr. Remle Crowe will discuss the latest research and present organizational-level strategies to  read more...

Speaker
Remle Crowe
Research Scientist & Performance Improvement Mgr
ESO
United States

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Format: Individual Presentation


We will discuss the fundamental principles of palliative and hospice care and compare them to traditional curative medicine goals; the San Antonio Fire Department MIH Hospice Program, with examples of the benefits to the patient, family payors, and fire-EMS when we DO NOT transport but rather treat in  read more...

Speaker+
David Miramontes, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, NREMT
Medical Director, San Antonio Fire Department
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Texas Health - San Antonio
United States
Speaker
Casey Maloney
MIH Paramedic San Antonio Fire Department
United States


8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

We talk a lot about organizational culture in EMS, but ask a line officer what it really means and he’ll stammer and stumble. Leaders cannot simply declare there will be a good culture; they must inspire it. And, culture is not something that can be set and forgotten.  read more...

Speaker
Richard Huff
EMT
Atlantic Highlands First Aid
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Soon after the novel coronavirus arrived in the United States, federal agencies with a role in EMS planning joined together with nongovernment stakeholders to form a prehospital/EMS group as part of the FEMA Healthcare Resiliency Task Force. Coordinating closely with members of the EMS community, the group provided  read more...

Speaker+
Jon Krohmer, MD, FACEP
Director, NHTSA Office of EMS
NHTSA
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation
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Speaker
Robert Lowe, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
EMS Physician/Medical Director
Columbus (OH) Division of Fire
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Treating the emergent pediatric patient is difficult and time sensitive for even the most advanced healthcare providers. This presentation is designed to give attendees a hybrid approach for management of sick kids. Handtevy, Broselow, and PALS will be discussed, as well as pit-crew CPR, treatment on-scene, and early  read more...

Speaker
Kenneth Thompson
EMT-P, CCTP, FPC
Career firefighter - City Of Ithaca (NY) Fire Department, New York State Fire Instructor: Special Ops; Paramedic AMR Syracuse
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Severely agitated patients are frequently encountered in prehospital settings. If not carefully treated, the deadly end stage Excited Delirium can develop. What treatments are evidence based to decrease morbidity and mortality in these settings? How can EMS best handle these difficult patient interactions?



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Speaker
Andrew M. McCoy, MD, MS
Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington
Shoreline Fire Dept., American Medical Response Puget Sound Operations
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Setting up a QA/QI program at your EMS agency can feel like a daunting task. Will you review only a percentage of patient care reports and all specialty charts like cardiac arrests or traumas? Or do you have the capability to perform 100% chart review and gather all  read more...

Speaker
Brent Myers
Chief Medical Officer
ESO
United States
Speaker
Remle Crowe
Research Scientist & Performance Improvement Mgr
ESO
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Errors in medication dosing remain a huge problem in the pre-hospital medical community. The ever-evolving scope of practice for the EMT and paramedic often leads to a culture of “I should know” rather than incorporating much-needed checks and balances. Although measuring tapes, cheat sheets, specialized bags, phone apps,  read more...

Speaker+
Thomas Nagel, BSN, RN, NRP
Clinical Coordinator
Level One Trauma Center, Charlotte, NC
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Delivered in a logical and pragmatic format, this presentation delivers case studies to highlight the role of EMS in the stabilization of the burn patient including discussion of initial triage, fluid resuscitation, intubation decisions, inhalation injuries, and treatment interventions. Emergent care and stabilization of the patient with a  read more...

Speaker
Debbie Harrell
Director of Professional Relations
Shriners Hospitals for Children--Cincinnati
United States

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Abdominal pain is a commonly encountered complaint in the pre-hospital environment. There is a wide range of potential causes of abdominal pain, most of which are not truly emergent or life threatening. However, there are some causes of abdominal pain that if missed can be fatal or cause  read more...

Speaker
William Ferguson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine , Birmingham Regional EMS Medical Director
University of Alabama, Birmingham
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

In this all new for 2021 session, a wide ranging journey through the Seattle/King County Medic One system will highlight cases from the perspective of the call takers, emergency medical dispatchers, EMTs, paramedics, and physicians who put in the hard work to make the system successful. This popular  read more...

Speaker
Andrew M. McCoy, MD, MS
Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington
Shoreline Fire Dept., American Medical Response Puget Sound Operations
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Prior to February 2020, the EMS education landscape in the United States had a certain look, albeit with some differences regionally. However, with the arrival of the coronavirus 2019 pandemic, that landscape took a different shape. Student engagement? Testing of students? Quantity vs. quality? It is said that  read more...

Speaker
Michael McDonald, RN, NRP
EMS Training Officer
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

The worldwide pandemic is the first time in modern history where nearly everyone on the entire planet simultaneously has experienced increased stress. Coping with change is never easy. Adding life-threatening illness and economic disaster only compounds the fear, anxiety, and other physiological reactions. During this experiential session, you’ll  read more...

Speaker
Mike Taigman, MA
Improvement Guide
FirstWatch
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Sporting events, concerts, fairs, political gatherings, and graduations are just a few events that can take place within your community.  As EMS providers, what do you need to do to keep attendees safe and well?  The presenter will discuss ways to partner with the event planner  read more...

Speaker
Michael J. Hunter, NRP, TP-C
Deputy Chief EMS / Communications Supervisor
UMass Memorial Medical Center EMS
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Where do future EMS leaders come from? How do we find them? What do we do when we do find them? Many organizations promote from within, which leads to an excellent career ladder if it is done properly. However, these promotions are often based on the clinical acumen  read more...

Speaker
Peter Dworsky
President
Outcome Solutions
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM

It is meant to be a lessons learned, gleaming of common operational sense for the street  read more...

Speaker
Robert Lowe, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
EMS Physician/Medical Director
Columbus (OH) Division of Fire
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Starting in 1994, the instructor has watched several fire/EMS friends suffer with what has been called (over the years) stress, distress, CIS, and PTSD. Of those, one died, one lost his career, and two went on to eventually recover from the experience. Amid a culture of silence, more  read more...

Speaker
Shaun Fix
NRP, PMD
Emergency Medical Consultants, Inc. / Boca Raton Fire Department (Ret.)
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

The Middle East has been working the enhancement of EMS in this highly populated region. With trauma being the second leading cause of death in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), accounting for more than 20% of all fatalities, the UAE has made trauma research, prehospital care, and public  read more...

Speaker
Ahmed Al Hajeri
Deputy CEO
National Ambulance Company
United Arab Emirates

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Social media has evolved into a regular part of how our society shares information, opinions, and perspectives. By some measures, it has become the primary method used many members of society to express themselves altogether. This interactive discussion examines our tendency to express our stressors through social media  read more...

Speaker
Jeffrey Hammerstein
Assistant Chief/PIO
Wake County EMS
United States

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

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Speaker
James Augustine, MD, FACEP
Fire EMS Medical Director
US Acute Care Solutions
United States

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

In EMS Trauma Care, change is like a glacier.  You can go many years even decades with only slow movements forward, inches at a time.  Then just like the glacier a large piece breaks off and prehospital trauma care is turned on its head.  Some of  read more...

Speaker
Greg Chapman, BS, RRT, REMT-P
Director, Center for Prehospital Medicine
Carolinas Medical Center, Atrium Health
United States

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Department of Public Health partnered with Sacramento Metro Fire, Cosumnes Fire, and Sacramento City Fire to build and stand up a robust Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) program to serve as an extension of the arms of public health into the community. In  read more...

Speaker
Kevin Mackey, MD, FAEMS
Medical Director
Sacramento Regional Fire
United States
Speaker
Scott Perryman
Captain/Paramedic, Physician Assistant
Sacramento Metro Fire
United States

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Events involving demonstrations and protests disrupt normal EMS operations and require a coordinated medical response with properly trained and oriented personnel who can move on a moment’s notice and in accordance with a special command and control structure. Planning and capabilities to support Civil Disobedience Units and other  read more...

Speaker
Geoffrey Shapiro
Director, EMS & Operational Medicine Training
The George Washington University
United States

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation
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Speaker
Lance Stuke
MD, MPH, FACS, Program Director
LSU Department of Surgery , New Orleans, LA
United States

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Insights, actions, challenges, and best practices are presented from Empress EMS' response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the epicenter of NYS-Westchester County and NYC from a less than 12-hour mobilization notice to COVID Task Force support, 911 system response, and Community Paramedic interventions. This presentation highlights the intensive  read more...

Speaker
Hanan Cohen
Director of Corporate Development / MIH-CP
Empress EMS
United States

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Millions of Americans experience mental illness each year. NAMI reports that 1 in 5 American adults will experience mental illness and 1 in 25 will experience serious mental illness. Participants will learn about the current trends and prevalence rates of mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, and psychosis. They  read more...

Speaker+
Nancy Trevino
Director
Texas Tech Mental Health Initiative
United States
Speaker
Matthew Short
Assistant Clinical Professor
UT Health San Antonio in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences
United States

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Your agency experienced an incident resulting in a sentinel event. Now what? Reacting quickly to the incident with a prescribed procedure and actions can demonstrate your commitment to safety and ensure the proper information is collected to fulfill an incident investigation’s ultimate purpose, not assigning blame but the  read more...

Speaker
Peter Dworsky
President
Outcome Solutions
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM

For the past couple of decades, business and government agencies have been adopting LEAN principles to reduce waste, increase efficiency, and save money/increase profits. LEAN depends heavily on limiting backlogs and oversupply. The presenter will investigate and discuss whether these principles create problems for resupply during regional  read more...

Speaker
Will Chapleau, EMT-P, RN, TNS
Chief, Chicago Heights (IL) Fire Department ret.
International PreHospital Medicine Institute
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The vision put forth in EMS Agenda 2050 calls for a people-centered approach to EMS that includes a more seamless, less siloed system. A key piece of that effort will be better integration of pre-hospital, hospital, and other healthcare data. Integrating data systems and allowing more access to  read more...

Speaker+
Jon Krohmer, MD, FACEP
Director, NHTSA Office of EMS
NHTSA
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Learn how to shift the culture of Me to We from this JEMS "Another Dose" Podcast host. You will learn what it takes to build a thriving culture from the inside out. Employees who are engaged as a TEAM and thriving will lead the organization to higher retention  read more...

Speaker
Candice McDonald
DBA, NREMT-B
Success Up Life, LLC.
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Format: Individual Presentation
This program is compelling, high energy, and graphic. It is a real-life look at "running a peds code." The program begins with a review of pediatric arrest physiology. It stresses appropriate BLS management, followed by guideline-driven basic and advanced life support measures. Using live footage and emphasizing realistic  read more...
Speaker
Shaun Fix
NRP, PMD
Emergency Medical Consultants, Inc. / Boca Raton Fire Department (Ret.)
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Regardless of if you’ve overheard a plan for a small town parade with a few hundred participants or are involved in a large city event with hundreds of thousands of attendees, you have a very integral seat at the pre-event planning table. Most special events, by their very  read more...

Instructor
Stephen Marsar
EFO, MA, CIC, Battalion Chief, Fire Department, City of New York
Fire Department, City of New York
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

This is an overview of emergencies that can happen in the post-partum period. Topics will include post-partum cardiomyopathy, eclampsia, thromboembolic disease, and more.



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Instructor
Adam Robinett
Associate Professor
Medical Director
Univ of Alabama-Birm City of Hoover Fire
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Recent research found that there are an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas. National estimates suggest that 87.8% of victims of human trafficking come in contact with healthcare providers. However, most tools to identify victims of human trafficking are designed for social service and clinical environments.  read more...

Speaker+
Matthew Short
Assistant Clinical Professor
UT Health San Antonio in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Who defines the emergency system? The federal government? Hospitals and the medical community?  The insurance companies? The community? As leaders, we must plan ahead. This presentation will look at the evolution of emergency care and look ahead to how America will effectively provide unscheduled acute care.  The discussion  read more...

Speaker
James Augustine, MD, FACEP
Fire EMS Medical Director
US Acute Care Solutions
United States

12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Spinal immobilization and spinal motion restriction should not just be a change in verbiage; they must be a change in practice. Although high-performance EMS systems stopped immobilizing ALL trauma patients years ago, many other systems have resisted the change, evidence notwithstanding. This session starts with a historical perspective  read more...

Speaker
Adiel Garcia
Division Chief of Education; Tactical Medical Team Commander
MED-ACT EMS
United States

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