Serving the emergency services community, EMS Today provides professionals with a valuable
combination of progressive education, developed by industry experts and JEMS contributors,
and the latest equipment from leading manufacturers.  Emergency services personnel rely on
EMS Today to help develop their careers, create networking opportunities and provide an environment
where camaraderie, pride of service and dedication to saving lives is celebrated.

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 207AB

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This workshop is designed for clinicians with little or no experience in analyzing 12 lead ECGs. Your host, seasoned EMS educator and clinician Scott Crawford, has a demonstrated ability to present complex topics in a manner that is both enjoyable and  read more...

Instructor
Scott Crawford, NRP, FP-C, EMSI
Paramedic / Firefighter
Omaha Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 211AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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There have been many advances in post exposure medical follow up and treatment. This four-hour workshop will present the newest standard of care for post exposure follow up for each of the diseases that are part of the Ryan White CDC list. Departments are  read more...

Instructor
Katherine West, RN, BSN, MSed
Infection Control Consultant
Infection Control Emerging Concepts
United States
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 219AB
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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In this fast-paced and participatory, hands-on workshop, the staff of Strategic Operations, an internationally-recognized civilian and military training center that uses Hyper-Realism in the replication of battlefield conditions in training environments to tax and train tactical and medical responders will teach you how  read more...

Instructor+
Steve Markham
Director, Medical Products and Services
Strategic Operations Inc. (STOPS)
United States
Instructor
Wyatt Sabo
Medical Training Program Manager
Strategic Operations Inc. (STOPS)
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 207CD

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This workshop will guide you through the nuts and bolts  read more...

Instructor
Faizan H. Arshad, MD
EMS Medical Director
Healthquest Systems
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

This cutting-edge full-day workshop, will be presented by industry-leading drone consulting, education and implementation group, Sundance Media Group (SMG), and feature Douglas Spotted Eagle of SMG and Andreas Claesson, an award-winning drone researcher and implementation specialist from Stockholm, Sweden. Each will provide you with the education you need to  read more...

Instructor+
Jennifer Pidgen
COO
Sundance Media Group
United States
Instructor
Andreas Claesson, PhD, RN, EMT-P
Researcher
Karolinska Institute's Centre for Resuscitation Science
Sweden
Instructor
Andreas Cleve
CEO /Co-founder
Corti.ai
Denmark
Instructor
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Founder
Sundance Media Group
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 208A
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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This full-day leadership academy, based on public safety leadership curriculum and the NEMSMA Seven Pillars of EMS Officer Competencies, provides aspiring and new supervisors with several critical skills they need in order to perform in their new role. The workshop is broken up  read more...

Instructor+
Robert Farmer
Director, NEXTGEN Solutions
Atos Public Safety
United States
Instructor
Ryan Greenberg
Executive Director
MedSpan Integrated Health
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 208B
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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Essentials of Advanced Airway Management is an 8-hour course designed for ALS providers who perform advanced airway management, including intubation and NIPPV, without the use of sedatives and/or paralytics. Like all airway managers, these providers benefit from tools which help predict difficulty before  read more...

Instructor
Michael Keller, NRP
Southeast Regional Coordinator
The Difficult Airway Course: EMS
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: Room Change to Ballroom C
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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Caring for and evacuating a patient located beyond the "road head" provides a unique set of challenges for prehospital care providers. In fact, the rural, remote or "wilderness" incidents are big magnifiers of small problems. Rescuers and EMS responders need to think differently in  read more...

Instructor+
Jonathan Politis, MPA, NRP
EMS Educator/Consultant/Paramedic
Jon Politis Emergency Services Education
United States
Instructor
Will Smith, MD, Paramedic
Medical Director
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, National Park Service
United States
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: Off-site-MEDIC Facility
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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This simulation preconference session will be an immersive 8-hour course held at the new, ultra-modern MEDIC Simulation Center in Charlotte, NC which features state-of-the-art simulation technology, realistic rooms and props, sound stages and audio-video control center. This comprehensive Workshop at  read more...

Instructor+
Jennifer McCarthy, MAS, NRP, MICP, CHSE
Director of Clinical Simulation
Seton Hall University
United States
Instructor
Amar Patel, DHSc, MS, NRP, CHSE, FSSH
Executive Director, WakeMed Innovations
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
United States
Instructor
Andrew E. Spain, MA, NCEE, EMT-P
Director of Accreditation and Certification
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
United States
Instructor
Brian Shimberg, BS-EMC, NRP,
Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC)
United States
Instructor
David Garber, AS-EMS, NC EMT-P
Field Training Officer, Educator
Mecklenburg EMS
United States
Instructor
Jay Black
Education Quality Specialist
Mecklenburg EMS Agency
United States
Instructor
Malcolm Leirmoe
Education and Quality Specialist; Tactical Medic
Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC)
United States
Instructor
Thomas Porcelli
Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC)
United States
Instructor
Timothy Whitaker, BS, EMT-P, CMTE, CHSE, CHSOS
Clinical Educator
CAE Healthcare
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 209B & 210B

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Changing stakeholder expectations for how EMS will demonstrate value provides an exceptional opportunity for entrepreneurial EMS service leaders to capitalize on the EMS 3.0 transformation.  Educational systems and payer systems are also changing and there are more healthcare partners willing to re-write the EMS  read more...

Instructor+
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Instructor
Douglas Hooten, MBA
CEO
Medstar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Instructor
Jonathan Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Northwell Center for EMS
United States
Instructor
Robert Nadolski, BS, NREMT-P (R)
Clinical Administrator
Emory Healthcare / School of Medicine
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
James O. Page, the founder of JEMS and father of modern day EMS started the National EMS Law and Policy Conference, the first of which was held in Washington DC in 1990.  JEMS and Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC have joined to bring this conference back into the  read more...
Instructor
Chad Brocato, JD, DHSc
Attorney/Partner
Brocato Legal Group, PLLC
United States
Instructor
Doug Wolfberg, JD
Partner
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
United States
Instructor
Scot Phelps, JD, MPH, Paramedic
Professor of Ambulance Science
The Emergency Management Academy
United States
Instructor
Skip Kirkwood, JD, FACPE
Director
Durham County EMS
United States
Instructor
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P
Attorney at Law
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
United States

8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203B

This workshop will review the 7 Pillars of EMS Officer Competency knowledge areas in a scenario-based format, addressing the managerial level in each pillar.  It will also include a review of the Managing Officer’s written examination and oral boards format and style, providing a review of how  read more...


9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 203A

This workshop will review the 7 Pillars of EMS Officer Competency knowledge areas in a scenario-based format, addressing the supervisory level in each pillar.  It will also include a review of the Supervising Officer’s written examination format and style, providing a review of how to interpret the  read more...


1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 207AB
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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If you are comfortable with the tip-of-the-iceberg concepts of 12-lead ECG interpretation and now want to explore the two-thirds of the iceberg that typically lies below the surface, then this workshop is designed for you! Developed and presented by seasoned educator  read more...

Instructor
Scott Crawford, NRP, FP-C, EMSI
Paramedic / Firefighter
Omaha Fire Department
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 211AB
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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Classroom methodologies have changed significantly. Spoon-feeding students and utilizing death-by-PowerPoint has fallen to the wayside. EMS educators in Loudoun County have embraced these changes, teaching almost solely without PowerPoint. Their classrooms are highly interactive and their students are now more engaged and involved,  read more...

Instructor+
Stephanie Corbin, NRP, BA, CCEMT
EMS Training Officer
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
United States
Instructor
Michael McDonald, RN, NRP
EMS Training Officer
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
United States
Instructor
Michelle Beatty, MEd, NRP
Training Specialist
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 212AB
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) believes in developing inspired leaders to better serve their communities. Attendees will be better equipped to handle a multiple of situations facing their organizations today. This high energy workshop will present current and pressing topics  read more...

Instructor+
Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE
President & CEO, MONOC
Past President, NEMSMA
United States
Instructor
Brian LaCroix
President/EMS Chief
Allina Health EMS
United States
Instructor
Michael Touchstone, BS, Paramedic
Immediate Past President
National EMS Management Association
United States
Instructor
Troy Hagen, MBA
Past President
National EMS Management Association
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 219AB
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

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In this fast-paced and participatory, hands-on workshop, the staff of Strategic Operations, an internationally-recognized civilian and military training center that uses Hyper-Realism in the replication of battlefield conditions in training environments to tax and train tactical and medical responders will teach you how  read more...

Instructor+
Steve Markham
Director, Medical Products and Services
Strategic Operations Inc. (STOPS)
United States
Instructor
Wyatt Sabo
Medical Training Program Manager
Strategic Operations Inc. (STOPS)
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 207CD

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This workshop will guide you through the nuts and bolts of prehospital point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS).  Led by Faizan H. Arshad, MD, and featuring a team of ultrasound industry experts,  read more...

Instructor
Faizan H. Arshad, MD
EMS Medical Director
Healthquest Systems
United States

1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 203A
The credentialing written exam is for NEMSMA Supervising and Managing Officer certification. Applications for the test are now  read more...

2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 203B

A three-hour program on the history and development of the National EMS Management Association’s EMS Officers’ competencies and credentialing project. It will highlight the status of the process available for those interested in pursuing and attaining their national credential as one of the three levels of EMS Officer;  read more...


6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Room: 213AB
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)

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Attend an exclusive, riveting pre-conference special session on Tuesday evening, the night before the official opening of the conference, on the Las Vegas shooting that will feature the “The Las Vegas 16”, the 21 EMS providers that were operating inside the Las Vegas Concert venue as  read more...

Panel Moderator+
Glen Simpson, BS, AEMT, TECC Instructor
Director of Special Operations
Community Ambulance
United States
Session Chair
Ryan Kelley
Managing Editor, JEMS
PennWell
United States
Panelist
Bob Byrd, NREMT-P
Operations Administrator
Community Ambulance
United States
Panelist
Brian Rogers, BS, NREMT-P
Partner/COO
Community Ambulance
United States
Panelist
Howard Sheppard, NREMT-P
Communications Manager
Community Ambulance
United States
Panelist
Oscar Monterrossa, NREMT-P
Paramedic
Community Ambulance
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 213CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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In this inspiring and informative presentation, Kevin Grange will present what he learned of the Pararescue Jumper (PJ) approach to patient assessment while developing a comprehensive article for JEMS on an outstanding and complex rescue. Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) are members of the world’s  read more...

Speaker+
Kevin Grange, EMT-P
Firefighter/Paramedic
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 211AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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The speed that information travels and the knowledge that is developed in EMS has increased dramatically in the last two decades. What used to be communicated via mail is accomplished in a matter of seconds electronically, and complex analysis that was only possible  read more...

Speaker 1
Benjamin Abes
Chief
Lee County EMS
United States
Speaker 2
Will Smith, MD, Paramedic
Medical Director
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, National Park Service
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 203B
Format: Individual Presentation

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Are your staff spending more face time on Facebook than with your patients? Are you reacting to hundreds of emails a day and not spending enough time personally interacting with others? Are you operating with undue fear of lawsuits? This engaging session will  read more...

Speaker 1+
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P
Attorney at Law
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 203A
Format: Individual Presentation

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EMS agencies have begun testing economic models based on a defined population as opposed to ambulance transport. Payers and other healthcare partners have found this model very attractive and payers have used it for contracting with other providers, so it may be coming  read more...

Speaker 1+
Jonathan Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Northwell Center for EMS
United States
Speaker 2
Douglas Hooten, MBA
CEO
Medstar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Speaker 3
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 209A & 210A

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Humans are more important than hardware so we need to give a high priority to protecting ourselves and our personnel from the impact of excessive stress and help to overcome the cumulative physical and emotional strain of frontline public service. The US Special  read more...

Session Chair
Christian D. Griffin, NRP
Director
Baltimore County Fire Department
United States
Speaker 1+
Chetan Kharod, MD, MPH
Program Director
Military EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship
United States
Speaker 2
Monique Rose, CCEMT-P
Chairperson
NEMSMA Practitioner Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee
United States
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 212AB

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Is your department providing high quality EMS? Some critics say fire-based EMS evolved as a catalyst to save firefighter jobs because of a decrease in fires. But, the fact is that fire-based EMS service can provide a high level of service with more oversight and  read more...

Session Chair
Allison J. Bloom, Esq., EMT, EMS-I, FACPE
Attorney
Law Office of Allison J. Bloom
United States
Speaker 1
James McNeilly, NRP, MPA, I/C
President
McNeilly EMS Educators, Inc.
United States
Speaker 2
Eric Kovach, EMT-P
Ambulance Director
Moody County Ambulance
United States
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 207CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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Increasing violence toward EMS personnel has required EMS employers to begin teaching situational awareness, self-defense classes and even consider issuing ballistic gear. Seeing an increase in violence toward their providers, Wake County (NC) EMS put their providers through a  read more...

Session Chair
Alan Thompson, NRP, BS, AAS EMS, TEMS
EMS Director
Cabarrus County EMS
United States
Speaker 1
Donald Garner Jr., BAS, NRP
Deputy Director
Wake County EMS
United States
Speaker 2
Steve Markham
Director, Medical Products and Services
Strategic Operations Inc. (STOPS)
United States
Speaker 3
Wyatt Sabo
Medical Training Program Manager
Strategic Operations Inc. (STOPS)
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 208A

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Many critical factors influence the survival in pediatric arrests such as the environment, preexisting conditions, duration of time before resuscitation, initial ECG rhythm and the quality and time of the BLS and ALS interventions. Although most adult OHCAs are caused by primary cardiac  read more...

Session Chair
R. Darrell Nelson, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Program Director, EMS and Disaster Fellowship
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
United States
Speaker 1
Paul Banerjee, DO
Medical Director
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States
Speaker 2
Mark Piehl, MD, MPH
Pediatric Intensivist
WakeMed Children's Hospital
United States
Speaker 3
Steven Howell, BS, NR-Paramedic, CCEMTP/PNCCT
Captain/Coordinator EMS Education
New Hanover Regional EMS
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 207AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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This all-encompassing swift water rescue session begins with the pre-planning necessary to be part of a successful rescue team and features lessons learned: how to properly assess a situation, identify resources necessary and recognize the hazards associated with water rescue. You’ll learn first on-scene  read more...

Session Chair
Norris W. Croom III, EFO, CEMSO, CFO
Deputy Fire Chief
Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department
United States
Speaker 1
Brian Weatherford, EMT-P
Major
Norman, OK Fire Department
United States
Speaker 2
Greg Merrell, EMT-B
Major
Oklahoma City (OK) Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 208B

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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is not a new technology, but it's used as rescue therapy for failed attempts at resuscitation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims is building in communities worldwide. EMS and hospital-based ECMO programs must work together closely to ensure the best  read more...

Session Chair
Candi Van Vleet, DHA, NRP, RN
Associate Clinical Director
Duke Heart Network
United States
Speaker 1+
Scott Youngquist, MD, MS, FACEP, FAEMS, FAHA
Medical Director
Salt Lake City Fire Department and 9-1-1 Dispatch Center
United States
Speaker 2
Lionel Lamhaut, MD, PhD
Prehospital Critical Care Physician
SAMU, Paris
France
Speaker 3
Michael Jacobs, EMT-P
Paramedic/Manager, Specialty Systems of Care
Alameda County EMS
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 209B & 210B
Format: Individual Presentation

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Thanks to conferences like EMS Today and Paramedics Australisia International Conference (PAIC), the opportunity to compare and contrast global EMS practices and procedures is now commonplace. Join this informative panel of International speakers, Rob Lawrence (UK/US), Neil Noble (Australia/South Africa) and Dov Maisel (Israel)  read more...

Speaker 1+
Rob Lawrence
Chief Operating Officer
Richmond Ambulance Authority
United States
Speaker 2
Neil Noble, CCFP, MPA
Critical Care Flight Paramedic, Senior Operations Supervisor
Team Australia, Paramedics Australasia, and Queensland Ambulance Service
Australia
Speaker 3
Dovie Maisel, EMT-P
Senior Vice President International Operations
United Hatzalah/United Rescue
Israel

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 213AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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End tidal waveform capnography, perhaps the most important monitoring tool prehospital providers can use, isn’t just used for respirations anymore. Using a simple four-step assessment technique, Rommie Duckworth will show you how capnography can be used by BLS and ALS providers not only to confirm  read more...

Speaker+
Rommie Duckworth, BS, LP
Captain
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 209A & 210A
Format: Individual Presentation

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Medical/healthcare simulation has been launched to the forefront of medical education by emerging trends in Crew Resource Management and deliberate and repetitive practice in all fields of medicine. The Institute of Medicine’s seminal work on patient safety in 2000 clearly indicated that medical  read more...

Speaker+
Anthony Guerne, MS, NRP, CHSE
Simulation Specialist
Adelphi University
United States
Handout(s)

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 212AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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In the mid-1990’s, the Mecklenburg County (Charlotte) NC EMS system was clearly failing and a series of critical press reports about long response times prompted the county to act. The system had been underfunded for years and had an aging infrastructure. Today, it  read more...

Speaker 1
Jay Fitch, PhD
Founding Partner/President
Fitch & Associates, LLC
United States
Speaker 2
Joe Penner, MBA
Executive Director
MEDIC: Mecklenburg EMS Agency
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 213CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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Emergency services are increasingly being confronted by horrific events caused by a surge in the use of new types of designer drugs. Rommie Duckworth will use real-world case studies to discuss the upsurge in mephedrone-based drugs (Bath Salts and Meow-Meow), Synthetic Marijuana, Salvia  read more...

Speaker+
Rommie Duckworth, BS, LP
Captain
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 207CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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This powerful session will look at real-world public safety applications of Drones and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how they may benefit your agency in the future. Andreas Claesson, PhD, RN, EMT-P, will present his research and development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)  read more...

Moderator
Ryan Kelley
Managing Editor, JEMS
PennWell
United States
Speaker
Andreas Claesson, PhD, RN, EMT-P
Researcher
Karolinska Institute's Centre for Resuscitation Science
Sweden
Speaker
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Founder
Sundance Media Group
United States
Speaker
Jennifer Pidgen
COO
Sundance Media Group
United States
Speaker
Michael Reibel Boesen
VP of Special Projects
Corti
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 208A

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Implanted pacemaker and defibrillator technology continues to evolve rapidly. Traditional pacemakers have been replaced by dual chamber pacers capable of breaking tachycardias, adjusting rate using respirations, movement and body temperature as well as resynchronizing conduction in patients with heart failure. Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator  read more...

Speaker 1
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York; EMS Technical Editor, Fire Engineering
United States
Speaker 2
Jason T. McMullan, MD, EMT (ret.)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 211AB

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Recognizing and addressing the mental health needs of your staff can be a herculean task that can be intimidating. You may be asking: Where do I start? This presentation will answer that question through empowerment, a change of culture, resiliency training  read more...

Session Chair
Regina Godette Crawford, BS
Advocacy Liaison
EMS Management & Consultants
United States
Speaker 1+
Marc-Antoine Deschamps, OStJ, ACPf, BappB:ES
Superintendent of Public Information
Ottawa Paramedic Service
Canada
Speaker 2
Lorraine Downey, B.Admin, A-EMCA
Peer Support Coordinator
Ottawa Paramedic Service
Canada

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 203A

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We frequently respond to incidents that involve hoarding, the homeless, and lift assists. This session will explore the nature of these complex health issues and offer examples of how communities are addressing them. Michael Baker will discuss the need for not only an effective referral  read more...

Speaker 1+
Michael Baker, MA, BUS, NRP
Chief of EMS
Tulsa Fire Department
United States
Speaker 2
Christoph Redelsteiner, DrPhDr, MSW, MS, EMT-P
Professor
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
Austria

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 209B & 210B

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In this informative session, Jonathan Studnek will explain the important role research plays in improving operations in his agency and other EMS systems.  He will discuss how to generate evidence to change protocols using data from your own system and the power of  read more...

Speaker+
Jonathan Studnek, PhD, NRP
Deputy Director
Mecklenburg EMS Agency
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 208B

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Join Paris SAMU physician Dr. Lionel Lamhaut as he reviews the SAMU ALS response system capabilities, the unique response plan used to respond to the multi-location terrorist attacks in Paris, and lessons learned after that high profile incident.  Dr. Lamhaut will review the  read more...

Speaker+
Lionel Lamhaut, MD, PhD
Prehospital Critical Care Physician
SAMU, Paris
France

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 213AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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Most EMS calls are well mitigated, uncomplicated and many even fall under the ominous description of routine, but many are very complex and require critical thinking skills. What you do in a patient encounter will not drive how you think, but how you  read more...

Speaker+
Scott Crawford, NRP, FP-C, EMSI
Paramedic / Firefighter
Omaha Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 203B
Format: Individual Presentation

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EMS and Fire systems spend considerable resources emphasizing the importance of documentation, something that’s important not only for assuring quality patient care and navigating potential medicolegal issues, but also for tracking controlled substance use and ensuring appropriate billing reimbursement. Many of us have  read more...

Session Chair
Arnold Alier, AAS, BA, MEd, EdD, NRP
State Director of EMS
SC DHEC Bureau of EMS
United States
Speaker 1+
Neal Richmond, MD, FACEP
Medical Director
MedStar Mobile Healthcare (City of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, TX)
United States
Speaker 2
Kerby Johnson
Medical Records Coordinator
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 207AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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Firefighter/paramedics Ben Vernon and Alex Wallbrett’s lives changed when they were stabbed while responding to a “routine medical assistance” call in San Diego, CA. Both will share their story so that you can learn from the event, particularly the mistakes made in Ben’s follow-up  read more...

Panel Moderator
Michael Peterson, MD
Medical Director,
Healthnet Aeromedical Service
United States
Session Chair
Pat Songer, NREMT-P, BS, FACPE
Senior Vice President
Ready Responders
United States
Panelist 1
Kelly Adams
EMT-B
Detroit Fire Dept. EMS Division
United States
Panelist 2
Jose G. Cabanas, MD, MPH, FACEP
Director and Medical Director
Wake County Department of EMS
United States
Panelist 3
Alfredo Rojas
EMT
Detroit EMS
United States
Panelist 4
Benjamin Vernon, BA, EMT-P
Firefighter/Paramedic
San Diego Fire Rescue
United States
Panelist 5
Alex Wallbrett, EMT
Firefighter
San Diego Fire Rescue Dept.
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 217BC

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Respiratory Compromise: A deterioration in respiratory function in which there is a high likelihood of decompensation into respiratory failure or death but for which timely specific interventions (enhanced monitoring or therapies) might prevent or mitigate decompensation.                 read more...

Speaker
Scott Bourn, PhD, RN, FACHE
VP of Clinical Quality & Impact
Securisyn Medical
United States

1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Ballroom AB

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For many, the journey into EMS is not as planned as other career fields.  Furthermore, once they find their way into EMS, the path can be clouded without clearly identified goals and plans.  Although this may be a hindrance or a source of  read more...

Session Chair
A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P
Editor-in-Chief, JEMS
Clarion Events
United States
Speaker
Andrew Fisher, MPAS, PA-C
Major, MD Candidate, 2020
College of Medicine, Texas A&M University
United States

3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: Exhibit Hall
CEU Credits: 1.00

Open to All Attendees!



The Hands on Experience is a one of a kind interactive  read more...


8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 211AB

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EMS sits at the epicenter of the opioid epidemic and is awash with relevant data to assist public safety and public health agencies in battling the epidemic across the socioeconomic spectrum. Rob Lawrence will describe and identify ways an agency can assist with  read more...

Session Chair
Alan Thompson, NRP, BS, AAS EMS, TEMS
EMS Director
Cabarrus County EMS
United States
Speaker 1
Rob Lawrence
Chief Operating Officer
Richmond Ambulance Authority
United States
Speaker 2
Michael Levy, MD, FAEMS, FACEP, FACP
Medical Director, Anchorage Fire Department
Chief Medical Adviser, Stryker Physio-Control
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 217A

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Enhance your EMS Today|The JEMS Conference experience - add a breakfast roundtable to your registration!

Each roundtable focuses on an industry hot topic and provides attendees the opportunity to discuss challenges and share best practices over breakfast in an informal setting. Select 1  read more...

Breakfast Moderator
Chetan Kharod, MD, MPH
Program Director
Military EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship
United States
Breakfast Moderator
Corey Slovis, MD, FACP, FACEP, FAAEM
Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
United States
Breakfast Moderator
Edward Dickinson, MD, NRP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
United States
Breakfast Moderator
Jason T. McMullan, MD, EMT (ret.)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Fire Department
United States
Breakfast Moderator
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Breakfast Moderator
Neal Richmond, MD, FACEP
Medical Director
MedStar Mobile Healthcare (City of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, TX)
United States
Breakfast Moderator
Neil Noble, CCFP, MPA
Critical Care Flight Paramedic, Senior Operations Supervisor
Team Australia, Paramedics Australasia, and Queensland Ambulance Service
Australia
Breakfast Moderator
Robert P. Girardeau, MSM-HCA, NRP, FP-C
Manager
JeffSTAT, Jefferson Health
United States
Breakfast Moderator
Rommie Duckworth, BS, LP
Captain
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States
Breakfast Moderator
Wayne Zygowicz, MS, EFO, CFO, EMT-P
Division Chief
Littleton Fire Rescue
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 208A
Format: Individual Presentation

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Recognizing the importance of adequately pre-oxygenating patients before intubation to avoid potentially lethal peri-intubation hypoxia, EMS systems are adopting Delayed Sequence Intubation. Building on the work his system has done using DSI to improve intubation safety, Dr. Jarvis will review the scientific literature  read more...

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

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 209A & 210A
Format: Individual Presentation

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Fatigue affects all personnel involved in EMS and can result in clinical and operational errors as well as costly emergency vehicle accidents. Research has shown that greater than 50% of all EMS personnel suffer from mental and physical fatigue, greater than 50% reporting  read more...

Speaker+
P. Daniel Patterson, PhD, MPH, MS, NRP
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, EMSARN Primary Investigator
EMS Agency Research Network, University of Pittsburgh
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 207CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. In a four-day period in August 2017, areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the major storm system slowly meandered over eastern  read more...

Speaker
Brent Williams
Senior EMS Advisor
FirstNet
United States
Speaker
David Persse, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
EMS System Director & Public Health Authority
City of Houston (TX)
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 209B & 210B
Format: Individual Presentation

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With all of the EMS gadgets that come and go, how do you know what to buy? This informative presentation by Street Medicine Society award winning medical director Will Smith, MD looks at many of the ‘new’ technologies available to EMS and addresses  read more...

Speaker+
Will Smith, MD, Paramedic
Medical Director
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, National Park Service
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 203B

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The death toll from narcotic addiction and the use of illicit opioids often exceeds those from many other causes. This presentation by Kenneth Scheppke, MD and Glenn Joseph will present the findings from a novel treatment regimen piloted in Palm Beach County, Florida using  read more...

Session Chair
Christian D. Griffin, NRP
Director
Baltimore County Fire Department
United States
Speaker 1
Kenneth Scheppke, MD
EMS Medical Director, Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Departments (FL)
Chair, Palm Beach County EMS Medical Directors Association
United States
Speaker 2
Glenn Joseph, MS, RN, NRP
Fire Chief
Boynton Beach Fire Rescue
United States
Speaker 3
Christopher Hickey, FF, NRP
EMS Officer
Manchester (N.H.) Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 203A
Format: Individual Presentation

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The Copenhagen Denmark EMS System has been recognized as one of the most progressive and advanced systems in Europe featuring well equipped Physician “Doctor Cars” staffed by highly trained anesthesiologists and Paramedic/Physician’s Assistants who respond in conjunction with ambulances from the Copenhagen Fire  read more...

Session Chair
Jeremy Mothershed, NRP, EMT-T
Paramedic
Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps
United States
Speaker 1
Mark Harvey, EMT-P
Paramedic
Copenhagen EMS
Denmark
Speaker 2
Freddy Lippert, MD
EMS Copenhagen and Assistant Professor
University of Copenhagen
United States
Speaker 3
Christian Svane
Medical Director
EMS Copenhagen
Denmark
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 212AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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The affective domain remains one of the most challenging and nebulous of the objectives in the EMS curriculum. How our students relate emotionally and professionally to the topics we discuss, the patients they encounter and the colleagues they work with often determines their  read more...

Speaker+
Keith Wesley, MD
Medical Director
HealthEast Medical Transportation
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 207AB

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Terrorist events in Israel, Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino shed light on the fact that civilians must become resilient and take action in the initial moments of a terrorist attack. During a conflict between Israel and Gaza, when 70% percent of the Israeli  read more...

Speaker 1
Oren Wacht
PhD, EMT-P
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Israel
Speaker 2
Ofer Lichtman, NRP
Founder/Lead Instructor
High Threat Innovations
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 208B

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This panel of resuscitation experts will discuss the pathophysiology and benefits of using internal pressure that exists within the human body to improve cardiac and cerebral perfusion thereby improving resuscitation results. They will also present results from the use of CPR and ventilation  read more...

Panel Moderator
Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NRP, FACEP, FAEMS
Medical Director, Medical Control Board
EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa
United States
Panelist
J. Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAEMS
Chief Medical Officer & Exec. Vice President, Medi
AMR
United States
Panelist
Michael Jacobs, EMT-P
Paramedic/Manager, Specialty Systems of Care
Alameda County EMS
United States
Panelist
Scott Youngquist, MD, MS, FACEP, FAEMS, FAHA
Medical Director
Salt Lake City Fire Department and 9-1-1 Dispatch Center
United States
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 213AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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The session will look at the relationship between alcohol intoxication and minor traumatic injuries. In this fast-paced, informative session, Kevin McFarlane will discuss the importance of a careful history, physical exam, and the pitfalls of examination of the intoxicated  read more...

Speaker+
Kevin McFarlane, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, EMT
Education Director
Southwest Emergency Education & Consulting
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 213CD

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World-wide, millions of people enjoy the sport of scuba diving safely. However, on occasion there are problems ranging from minor soft tissue injuries to an aquatic envenomation, barotrauma or decompression sickness that requires hyperbaric medicine. Peter Dworsky will focus on the pathophysiology behind these  read more...

Session Chair
Karen Wesley
EMS Educator, Paramedic/Police Officer
EMS Consulting and Education (Retired)
United States
Speaker 1+
Peter Dworsky
President
Outcome Solutions
United States
Speaker 2
James Powell, MS, NRP
Captain and Firefighter/Paramedic
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS
United States
Speaker 3
Kevin Grange, EMT-P
Firefighter/Paramedic
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS
United States

8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Ballroom C

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The purpose of this session, presented by Teleflex, is to provide a unique opportunity to review relevant anatomy associated with critical care and lifesaving emergency procedures. Participants will enhance their understanding of the various procedures and the associated risks and benefits through the  read more...

Instructor+
Dan Smith, RN, BSN, CFRN, EMT-P
Teleflex
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 213AB

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This session will focus on sepsis with speakers illustrating that, while the immune system protects us from many illnesses and infections, it’s also possible for it to go into overdrive in response to an infection and thereby causing the cascade know as Sepsis.  read more...

Session Chair
Paul Banerjee, DO
Medical Director
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States
Speaker 1
Gregory Brooks, EMT-P
EMS Coordinator
Doctors Hospital of Augusta
United States
Speaker 2
Curtis Knoles, MD, FAAP
Assistant Medical Director
Medical Control Board, EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 209A & 210A
Format: Individual Presentation

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This session will teach you how to interact on emergency scenes with patients who have special needs and teach you about developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities. You’ll learn how to speak to someone with special needs or their caretaker, how to do a proper  read more...

Speaker+
Skyler Phillips, EMT-P
Captain/EMS Coordinator
Chattanooga Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 207AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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Every day in your community, vehicles travel the road carrying large numbers of potential victims; some children, some elderly, some with special medical issues, and all your responsibility. And, every year 63,000 inter-city, transit, and school bus crashes result in over 14,000 injuries and  read more...

Speaker+
Rommie Duckworth, BS, LP
Captain
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 209B & 210B
Format: Individual Presentation

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The EMS Agenda for the Future brought our diverse profession together to describe a plan for EMS. Some recommendations from the Agenda became reality, while others remain unattained goals. Now, the EMS community has embarked on a journey to create a new vision  read more...

Speaker+
Mike Taigman, MA
Improvement Guide
FirstWatch
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 207CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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This presentation will review important lessons learned from active shooter incidents and the efforts to create a national standard for preparedness and response to ASHE (Active Shooter Hostile Events). John Montes will cover everything from pre-planning and training, to response models in use  read more...

Speaker+
John Montes, NREMT
Emergency Services Specialist
NFPA
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 211AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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In this fast-paced session, Rob Lawrence, will address how you need to master PR, politics and lobbying to survive in today’s political and healthcare climate. He will show you the role politics play in every EMS organization, steer you through the house of  read more...

Speaker+
Rob Lawrence
Chief Operating Officer
Richmond Ambulance Authority
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 203A
Format: Individual Presentation

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Operating MIH programs have learned a lot about the role of Medical Oversight for MIH programs. Many programs have a goal of enhancing the relationship between the patients and their PCPs to improve patient care as well as help reduce EMS and  read more...

Session Chair
Joseph Zalkin, BSHS-EMC, Paramedic
Executive Director
Wake County EMS Foundation
United States
Speaker 1+
Neal Richmond, MD, FACEP
Medical Director
MedStar Mobile Healthcare (City of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, TX)
United States
Speaker 2
David Lloyd, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Texas Health Hurst Euless Bedford Hospital
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 208A

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Tension pneumothorax is a low volume, high risk condition which prehospital providers must quickly recognize and treat to prevent significant patient morbidity and mortality. This informative session will present the pathophysiology of tension pneumothorax, associated mechanisms of injury, signs and symptoms, and the  read more...

Speaker 1
Douglas Swanson, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Medical Director
MEDIC: Mecklenburg EMS Agency
United States
Speaker 2
Joshua Nackenson, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 213CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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Proper documentation is a big part of the job in EMS. Unfortunately, many providers never learned how to write a good report during their training. And the advent of electronic PCRs has made it even easier to develop bad habits. In this presentation,  read more...

Speaker+
Keith Wesley, MD
Medical Director
HealthEast Medical Transportation
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 208B
Format: Individual Presentation

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Airway decisions can be difficult, deciding whether to intervene as well as when and how. This talk serves to reintroduce the basics of airway management and then move to some basic understanding of pulmonary physiology and how this guides the tools and techniques  read more...

Speaker+
Michael Levy, MD, FAEMS, FACEP, FACP
Medical Director, Anchorage Fire Department
Chief Medical Adviser, Stryker Physio-Control
United States
Handout(s)

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 203B
Format: Individual Presentation

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Commonwealth Care Alliance partnered with EasCare Ambulance Service to create an extensive Acute Care Delivery team utilizing Community Paramedics under a Special Project Waiver with the Office of EMS in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Over thirty months, this pilot program was successful in  read more...

Speaker+
Matthew Goudreau
BS, NRP, CCEMT-P
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 212AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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Patient-centered leadership is central to the mission of every progressive agency and it’s becoming more closely linked to how we are paid. But we know the reality of budgets and politics, and how, without data, it can be challenging to push for technology,  read more...

Speaker+
Brian LaCroix
President/EMS Chief
Allina Health EMS
United States

10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Room: Ballroom C

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The purpose of this session, presented by Teleflex, is to provide a unique opportunity to review relevant anatomy associated with critical care and lifesaving emergency procedures. Participants will enhance their understanding of the various procedures and the associated risks and benefits through the  read more...

Instructor+
Dan Smith, RN, BSN, CFRN, EMT-P
Teleflex
United States

11:30 AM-2:00 PM
Room: Exhibit Hall
CEU Credits: 1.00

11:30 AM-2:00 PM
Room: Exhibit Hall
CEU Credits: 1.00

NEW THIS YEAR! 



The Hands on Experience Scnario Challenge engages attendees in a (3) station evolution designed to immerse teams in realistic environments and scenarios utilizing learning objectives and skills from the Hands on Experience. Teams in this scenario challenge will be timed and graded based on  read more...


12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Room: 217BC

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At this compelling live simulcast panel discussion, you will gain valuable insights on how to prepare your community to effectively handle mass casualty incidents. You will hear first-hand accounts from the EMS personnel who were onsite at the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas  read more...

Panel Moderator
Sarah Ferguson, MA
Senior Editor, JEMS & JEMS.com
PennWell Corporation
United States
Panelist
Brian Rogers, BS, NREMT-P
Partner/COO
Community Ambulance
United States
Panelist
Clayton Goddard, LE, Paramedic
Law Enforcement Officer, Special Operations Supervisor
MEMS
United States
Panelist
Jon Swanson
Executive Director
MEMS
United States
Panelist
Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP
Senior Medical Advisor, National Healthcare Preparedness Programs Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 211 & 212

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It is critical for managers and responders to understand the particularities of each generation and the various cultures in their workforce. With millennials making their way into the workforce, a single approach to addressing EMS mental health concerns cannot succeed. In addition, various cultures express  read more...

Moderator
Jeremy Mothershed, NRP, EMT-T
Paramedic
Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps
United States
Panelist 1
Bradley Dean, NRP
Battalion Chief, Training Division
Rowan County Emergency Services
United States
Panelist 2
Marc-Antoine Deschamps, OStJ, ACPf, BappB:ES
Superintendent of Public Information
Ottawa Paramedic Service
Canada
Panelist 3
Brian Donaldson, CCP, ASM
Director of EMS
Waushara County, Wisconsin
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 203AB

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As employers, we train our drivers to follow the rules and drive safely but are we effectively managing the risk? This discussion will address how one organization reduced their collision costs by 73% and brought driving safety to a new level  read more...

Session Chair
Jack Meersman, BS, NRP, CACO
Compliance Officer
Gold Cross Services, Inc.
United States
Speaker 1
James D. Green, BSME, MBA
Project Officer
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
United States
Speaker 2
Shaun Curtis, BS, EMT-P
Risk and Safety Manager
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Speaker 3
Justin M. Eberly, BS, EMT
Education Specialist
VFIS
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 213
Format: Individual Presentation

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Sick kids make for scary patients. Most providers are uncomfortable treating children because they lack experience with them and have difficulty discerning vitals to determine if the child is actually sick. This information-packed session will help you gain a strong foothold in the assessments  read more...

Speaker+
Benjamin Martin, EMT-P, MPA
Lieutenant
Henrico County (VA) Division of Fire
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 209 & 210

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This prestigious panel will review the top research of the year that EMS providers, Medical Directors, ED Staff and others involved in the delivery of EMS should learn about.  The panelists will not only present important research but also explain the implications it  read more...

Panel Moderator
Corey Slovis, MD, FACP, FACEP, FAAEM
Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
United States
Panelist
J. Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAEMS
Chief Medical Officer & Exec. Vice President, Medi
AMR
United States
Panelist
Jonathan Studnek, PhD, NRP
Deputy Director
Mecklenburg EMS Agency
United States
Panelist
Sean J. Britton, MPA, NRP
Emergency Preparedness Planner
Maryland Institute for EMS Systems
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 207

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How confident are you in your ability to apply restraints correctly, safely and legally? Failure to use restraints competently has resulted in severe, permanent injuries to patients and providers, judgments of gross negligence and wrongful death lawsuits. Join David Dalton as he presents the latest recommendations  read more...

Speaker+
David Dalton, BS, EMT-P
Captain
St. Charles County Ambulance District
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 208AB

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This session will improve your understanding, awareness, assessment, care and coordination to help provide better outcomes for all victims of cerebrovascular accidents. Methods to identify and triage stroke in the field, the different levels of stroke center certification, and why these are so important  read more...

Panel Moderator
Keith Wesley, MD
Medical Director
HealthEast Medical Transportation
United States
Panelist 1
Jason T. McMullan, MD, EMT (ret.)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Fire Department
United States
Panelist 2
Paul Banerjee, DO
Medical Director
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States
Panelist 3
Rommie Duckworth, BS, LP
Captain
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Ballroom C

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The purpose of this session, presented by Teleflex, is to provide a unique opportunity to review relevant anatomy associated with critical care and lifesaving emergency procedures. Participants will enhance their understanding of the various procedures and the associated risks and benefits through the  read more...

Instructor+
Dan Smith, RN, BSN, CFRN, EMT-P
Teleflex
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 219AB

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The Major Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Consortium (“EAGLES”) panelists are some of the nation's most influential medical directors. In this super session. they will present new trends and controversies in prehospital medicine and allow plenty of  read more...

Panel Moderator
Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, FACEP, MACP, MCCM, FAEMS
University of Texas SW Medical Center Dallas EMS/Public Safety Medical Director, Dallas County (TX)
Coordinator, Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Coalition
United States
Panelist
David Persse, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
EMS System Director & Public Health Authority
City of Houston (TX)
United States
Panelist
Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NRP, FACEP, FAEMS
Medical Director, Medical Control Board
EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa
United States
Panelist
Kenneth Scheppke, MD
EMS Medical Director, Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Departments (FL)
Chair, Palm Beach County EMS Medical Directors Association
United States
Panelist
Michael Levy, MD, FAEMS, FACEP, FACP
Medical Director, Anchorage Fire Department
Chief Medical Adviser, Stryker Physio-Control
United States
Panelist
Neal Richmond, MD, FACEP
Medical Director
MedStar Mobile Healthcare (City of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, TX)
United States
Panelist
Scott Youngquist, MD, MS, FACEP, FAEMS, FAHA
Medical Director
Salt Lake City Fire Department and 9-1-1 Dispatch Center
United States

3:45 PM-5:00 PM
Room: Room change to 217BC
More than two decades ago, leaders in the EMS profession came together to create the EMS Agenda for the Future. At the time, Principal Investigator Ted Delbridge, MD, MPH, wrote: In the future, the success of EMS systems will be measured not only by the outcomes of their  read more...
Session Co-Leader
Keith Griffiths
President
The RedFlash Group
United States
Session Co-Leader
Michael Gerber, MPH, EMT-P
Associate Consultant
Redflash Group
United States
Session Co-Leader
Paul Maxwell, EMT-P
Co-founder
California Paramedic Foundation & EPIC Medics
United States

5:15 PM-7:30 PM
Room: Ballroom AB

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The JEMS Games Final Competition is a 20-minute, scenario-based event that tests each finalist teams’ ability to manage multiple patients with varying illnesses or injuries in front of a large audience of their peers. The Final Competition focuses on each team’s ability to  read more...

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

8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 209 & 210
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)

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Join an expert panel of JEMS International Editorial Board members for a truly super session highlighting advances in the practice of EMS medicine around the world. Learn the dynamic breakthroughs that featured EMS systems worldwide are making. You'll leave this session inspired and  read more...

Panel Moderator
Corina Bilger
Global Director of Sales
H&H Medical
United States
Panelist
Christoph Redelsteiner, DrPhDr, MSW, MS, EMT-P
Professor
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
Austria
Panelist
Dovie Maisel, EMT-P
Senior Vice President International Operations
United Hatzalah/United Rescue
Israel
Panelist
Freddy Lippert, MD
EMS Copenhagen and Assistant Professor
University of Copenhagen
United States

8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 208AB

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Compressions and defibrillation are the foundation of quality CPR. While medications continue to be shown to be ineffective, newer therapies are emerging. This expert panel will discuss the use of ultrasound, intralipid, and eCPR (ECMO) in the field and review the current evidence for  read more...

Panel Moderator
Edward Dickinson, MD, NRP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
United States
Panelist 1
Sean Kivlehan, MD, MPH
Fellowship Director
Brigham and Women's Hospital
United States
Panelist 2
Matthew Shepherd, BNurs, GrDip Emrg Nurs, BPara, GrCrt AeroMed
GrDip Emrg Hlth MICA Flight Paramedic
Air Ambulance Victoria
Australia
Panelist 3
Scott Youngquist, MD, MS, FACEP, FAEMS, FAHA
Medical Director
Salt Lake City Fire Department and 9-1-1 Dispatch Center
United States
Panelist 4
Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NRP, FACEP, FAEMS
Medical Director, Medical Control Board
EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa
United States

8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 213
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)

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Join Dr. Keith Wesley and Dr. Corey Slovis as they cuss and discuss the obvious and the not so obvious myths of everyday prehospital patient care. We’ve all been there; doing what we’ve been told or led to believe is the right thing  read more...

Speaker 1
Keith Wesley, MD
Medical Director
HealthEast Medical Transportation
United States
Speaker 2
Corey Slovis, MD, FACP, FACEP, FAAEM
Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
United States
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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In a recent national reimbursement conference the majority of the attendees cited “poor crew documentation” as the major source of potential liability for their EMS agency. The PCR is the backbone of revenue cycle compliance and it must be accurate, complete and objective  read more...

Speaker 1+
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P
Attorney at Law
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
United States
Speaker 2
Neal Richmond, MD, FACEP
Medical Director
MedStar Mobile Healthcare (City of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, TX)
United States

8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207
Format: Individual Presentation

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Medical providers now attach themselves to riot teams. Trooper First Class William Jansen, was deployed during the Baltimore City Riots in April 2015 where 25 police officers were injured, at least 250 people arrested, and there were 350 businesses damaged, 150 vehicle  read more...

Speaker+
William Jansen, NRP, FP-C, TP-C
Trooper First Class
Maryland State Police
United States

8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 211 & 212

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For years our industry has been struggling to attract people to a career as an EMT or Paramedic.  The work that provided many of today’s EMS leaders with purpose and meaning is not inspiring the generation.  In addition, organizations fail to engage and  read more...

Session Chair
Regina Godette Crawford, BS
Advocacy Liaison
EMS Management & Consultants
United States
Speaker
Bruce Baxter
New Britain Emergency Medical Services, Inc.
New Britain EMS Inc.
United States
Speaker
Scott Moore, Esq., EMT
AAA HR Consultant
EMS Resource Advisors LLC
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 211AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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Employee engagement has been identified as a key organizational issue for the future, yet, today, many EMS agencies drift month-to-month and budget-to-budget with no real strategic vision. This session will present ways to build meaningful employee engagement while also developing a strategic plan  read more...

Speaker+
Steve White, MPA
Chief of EMS
Escambia County EMS
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 208A
Format: Individual Presentation

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Calling a STEMI from the field improves outcomes for patients by reducing door-to-balloon time. However, there are a lot of ECG rhythms that can mimic a STEMI.   Calling too many false STEMI activations will drive your cardiologists crazy and cost you credibility.  read more...

Speaker+
Sean Kivlehan, MD, MPH
Fellowship Director
Brigham and Women's Hospital
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Individual Presentation

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The fire service is in a unique situation—much like when it took on EMS—to take a greater role in the health of our community. Learn about the impact of Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) on the fire service as well as insight into the  read more...

Speaker 1
Richard Lewis, EMT-P
EMS Chief
South Metro Fire Rescue
United States
Speaker 2
Michael Wright
Fire Captain and President Southeast Tactical LLC
Southeast Tactical LLC /Milwaukee Fire Department
United States
Speaker 3
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 208B
Format: Individual Presentation

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This highly informative session will take you well beyond normal hemorrhage control and deep dive into the Trauma Triad of Death—hypothermia, acidosis and coagulopathy. Kevin Grange will review the clotting cascade and discuss ways you can prevent the trauma triad of death.  read more...

Session Chair
Greg Chapman, BS, RRT, REMT-P
Director, Center for Prehospital Medicine
Carolinas Medical Center, Atrium Health
United States
Speaker 1
Kevin Grange, EMT-P
Firefighter/Paramedic
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS
United States
Speaker 2
Michael Gooch, DNP, AC/F/ENP, CFRN, CTRN, CEN, TCRN, EMT-P
Flight Nurse and Assistant Professor of Nursing
Vanderbilt University
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 212AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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Many of today’s volunteer ambulance agencies and rescue squads were built generations ago with little or no formal business planning. In many cases, the organizational structure was built on personalities and emotion, rather than sound modern-day business principles, and they have continued to  read more...

Speaker+
Allison J. Bloom, Esq., EMT, EMS-I, FACPE
Attorney
Law Office of Allison J. Bloom
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 213CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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On May 26th, 2016, nationally recognized EMS educator, author and speaker Richard Beebe crashed his motorcycle into the side of a minivan that turned directly into his path. He died on June 5th from complications of multisystem trauma. This powerful and insightful case  read more...

Speaker+
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York; EMS Technical Editor, Fire Engineering
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 209B & 210B

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NREMT staff will provide an update on the current status of the nation's EMS Certification and provide you with a summary of what's new at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Topics covered will include the current state of National EMS Certification  read more...

Session Chair
McKenzie Beamer
EMS for Children Program Manager
NC Office of EMS
United States
Speaker 1+
Jeremy Miller, MEd, NRP
Chief Certification Officer
NREMT
United States
Speaker 2
Donnie Woodyard Jr, MAML, NRP
Chief Operations Officer
National Registry of EMTs
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 213AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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Individuals with autism can present in a variety of ways that can be unpredictable and create barriers to assessment, treatment, and transport for EMS providers. Due to improved understanding and diagnostics, the prevalence and incidence of autism has skyrocketed, which will increase the  read more...

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

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207CD
Format: Individual Presentation

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The surge in violence against firefighters, EMTs and paramedics is alarming and unprecedented. Traditional scene safety classes and staging policies are not doing enough to prepare our crew members for this new level of violence and hands-on self-defense training, while helpful, teaches perishable skills.  read more...

Speaker+
Robin Davis, NRP
Assistant Chief, EMS Operations
Sterling Rescue Squad
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203A
Format: Individual Presentation

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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transports thousands of patients via ambulance every day to emergency departments (ED), regardless of acuity level. ACEP and NAEMSP believe EMS systems may encounter patients who do not need advanced life support care or evaluation; in these circumstances transportation  read more...

Speaker+
Guy Gleisberg, MBA, BSEE, EMT, EMS-I
Senior Analyst, ETHAN Program
Houston Fire Department EMS
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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On July 1, the Little Rock AR system was challenged with a fast moving, high velocity 28-victim Active Shooter MCI that occurred when gang members unleashed 60 rounds in 30 seconds during a concert at a nightclub. What unfolded over the next 32 minutes  read more...

Speaker+
Jon Swanson
Executive Director
MEMS
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 209A & 210A
Format: Individual Presentation

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Using “crowdsourcing” and citizen response teams for cardiac arrest improves bystander CPR, and public access defibrillation rates. Since April 2015, the Singapore Civil Defense Force placed emphasis on this and created the app "My Responder" that calls an operations center that alerts volunteers  read more...

Session Chair
Fran Hildwine, BS, NRP
AHA Training Center Program Coordinator
Nemours, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
United States
Speaker 1
Yih Yng Ng, MBBS, MRCS, MPH, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Singapore Civil Defense Force
Singapore
Speaker 2
Robert Luckritz, NRP, Esq.
Executive Director of EMS
Jersey City Medical Center
United States

1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Room: 209A & 210A
Format: Individual Presentation

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This fast-paced lecture will focus on explanations of risky behavior often seen in cases involving teenagers, such as huffing, cutting, suicide and “dusting”, use of Salvia, K2 and improvised forms of ingesting alcohol.  Josh Stuart will also explain some of the new risky  read more...

Speaker+
Josh Stuart
Paramedic & Chairperson of Pennsylvania EMSC Advisory Committee
Medical Rescue Team South Authority
United States
Handout(s)

1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Room: 213AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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This informative presentation will begin with a thorough review of the anatomy and physiology of the pelvis and pelvic region and address care of injuries associated with trauma to these areas. Timothy Arnett will then transition to use of pelvic binders, their limitations  read more...

Speaker+
Timothy Arnett, BS, NRP
Fire Captain/Paramedic
Anne Arundel County Fire Department
United States

1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Individual Presentation

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North Carolina provides a solid example of how Community Paramedicine can be blended into your agency, regardless of size, shape, and budget. This session will take a look at the current state of affairs in North Carolina, looking at specific examples of programs  read more...

Speaker+
David Ezzell, MPA, EMT-P
Education Consultant
North Carolina Office of EMS
United States

1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Room: 207AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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Fire used as a weapon has been a long employed tactic in wars, civil disturbances and terrorist attacks. However, its use and threat is largely misunderstood and poorly defined by the first responder community. Given the ease by which materials can be acquired and  read more...

Session Chair
Antonio Fernandez
Research Director/Research Assistant Professor
UNC EMS Perf. Improvement Ctr.
United States
Speaker 1+
Michael Marino, MS, EFO, NRP, CPM
Assistant Chief, Special Operations
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
United States
Speaker 2
John Delaney, MA
Captain II
Arlington County Fire Department
United States

1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Room: 207CD

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Ahed Al Najjar will discuss how rural and remote areas have different social and economic determinants of health and there is little common appreciation of all the personnel and services that could be called on to deal with remote medicine within  read more...

Session Chair
Geoffrey Shapiro
Director, EMS & Operational Medicine Training
George Washington University EHS Program
United States
Speaker 1
Ahed Al Najjar
Director of Life Support EMS Faculty
Prince Sultan College for EMS
Saudi Arabia
Speaker 2
Carl Craigle, NRP
Chief Paramedic
Platte Valley Ambulance Service
United States

1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Room: 211AB

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We all know that the most common measurement of EMS system performance, response times rarely reflects on the clinical quality of medicine practiced. EMS Compass, a national initiative, develops clinically-oriented performance measures of things that matter. To turn these measures into benchmarks, we have  read more...

Session Chair
Candi Van Vleet, DHA, NRP, RN
Associate Clinical Director
Duke Heart Network
United States
Speaker 1
Jeffrey Jarvis, MD, EMT-P
Medical Director
Williamson County EMS System
United States
Speaker 2
Todd Sims
Operations Manager (Ret.)
MEDIC: Mecklenburg EMS Agency
United States

1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Room: 213CD

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EMS personnel see patients with syncope on a frequent basis. It is also a common “chief complaint” for many patients in emergency departments. It has a broad differential of causes ranging from anxiety, to dehydration, or even arrhythmias, or intracranial hemorrhage. William Ferguson,  read more...

Session Chair
Chris Goenner, MHS, NREMT-P, SEMSO
Program Director
Central Piedmont Community College
United States
Speaker 1+
Vincent Mosesso, Jr., MD, FACEP, FAEMS, EMT-P
Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
United States
Speaker 2
William Ferguson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine / Director of the Office of EMS
University of Alabama, Birmingham
United States

1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Room: 212AB
Format: Individual Presentation

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EMS is in the midst of a demographic shift brought on by the aging of the baby boomers. Simultaneously, most systems are grappling with attempts to overhaul the way we respond, pay for and provide healthcare services. Each is expected to disrupt the  read more...

Speaker+
Robert Nadolski, BS, NREMT-P (R)
Clinical Administrator
Emory Healthcare / School of Medicine
United States