8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 10
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)
This unique course of training begins with a stepped-up ACS (American College of Surgeons) certified Stop-the-Bleed (B-Con) class with an option for you to teach others in your region. Next is an in-depth orientation to the latest Tactical Casualty Care and Rescue Task Force (RTF) concepts,  read more...
Instructor+
Michael Meoli
CEO
Tactical Rescue Options LLC
United States
Instructor
Alf Zeilinger, NRP-T, TP-C, EMS-I, DES, EMSA
Clinical Services Coordinator
Emergency Medical Services Authority
United States
Instructor
David Rathbun
Deputy Sheriff/Paramedic
UCLA Center for Prehospital Care
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 11
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)
In this 4 hour pre-con session, learners will observe an EMS simulation activity and debriefing of the participants. The faculty will then take the audience through the dissection to discover and reveal the design to execution process of the event. This session is ideal for learners who want to understand  read more...
Instructor+
Jennifer McCarthy, MAS, NRP, MICP, CHSE
Founder and President
579 Solutions
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

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake ABC

It’s not about your hardware it’s about the software. This lecture covers a simple process that explains first responder mental health reactions and needs. It will also cover, rumination (the damage of negative self-talk), the pros and cons of hyper vigilance, how sleep deprivation impacts first responders, and the  read more...

Instructor+
Ric Jorge
Firefighter
Tactical Resiliency Training
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake DEF
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, this four-hour workshop will do a deep dive into  read more...
Instructor
Faizan H. Arshad, MD
EMS Medical Director
Healthquest Systems
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 7-9

One of the most challenging obstacles community paramedics face is trying not to fix all of their patients' problems. For many, EMS is a desirable industry because it offers the ability to help others in need. But what do you do when you are faced with a patient who doesn't  read more...

Instructor+
Desiree Partain, CCP-P
Clinical Program Manager
MedStar Mobile Health
United States
Instructor
Brandon Pate, B.S., L.P.
Critical Care Paramedic
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3

This all-day pre-conference workshop will provide EMS Agencies, no matter their affiliation, with keen insights from industry experts directly involved in transforming payment models for EMS, advisement of policy formation for data collection tool development and interest-based stakeholder consensus building.  Additionally, attendees will be provided with the concepts  read more...

Instructor+
Jonathan Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Northwell Center for EMS
United States
Instructor
Asbel Montes, BS
V.P. of Governmental Relations and Reimbursement
Acadian Ambulance Service
United States
Instructor
Brenda Staffan, BA
Project Director
REMSA
United States
Instructor
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Instructor
Robert Nadolski, BS, NREMT-P (R)
Clinical Administrator
Emory Healthcare / School of Medicine
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 2

In this in this highly informative and dynamic unprecedented workshop the American law enforcement icon Gordon Graham will provide his view on risk management as it relates to the American Emergency Medical Services. Gordon has spent a lifetime looking at risk management, consequence management, decision-making, law enforcement, the  read more...

Instructor
Gordon Graham
Research Consultant
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

NEMSMA will be providing an instructional course to familiarize EMS Officer applicants with the format of the various examinations for each level of officer, during a preconference workshop. This course reviews the 7 Pillars of EMS Officer Competency knowledge in a scenario-based format.  It includes a review of the Officers’  read more...


8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)
In this workshop we will discuss how to create an infrastructure for data analysis and how to ask questions that can be answered by data. In addition, we'll discuss characteristics of a data driven department and how data can be used to improve operations. We'll use an actual EMS data  read more...
Instructor
Michael Zelenetz
Analytics Project Leader
New York Presbyterian
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 3

This eight-hour workshop will involve case studies and table top exercises, as well as have an interactive component with the participants and presenters, as the group thoroughly examines the changing roles of EMS delivery during active shooter or terrorist attacks are extremely challenging in our current culture. The  read more...

Instructor+
Paul Schuller
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
San Jose Fire Dept.
United States
Instructor
Geoffrey Williams, QFSM, ChFI, CIETecRI, MIFireE
Retired Principal, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer
Scotland, UK
United Kingdom

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

Caring for and evacuating patients 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 these environments! The environment, response distance  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

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 10
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)
This unique course of training begins with a stepped-up ACS (American College of Surgeons) certified Stop-the-Bleed (B-Con) class with an option for you to teach others in your region. Next is an in-depth orientation to the latest Tactical Casualty Care and Rescue Task Force (RTF) concepts,  read more...
Instructor+
Michael Meoli
CEO
Tactical Rescue Options LLC
United States
Instructor
Alf Zeilinger, NRP-T, TP-C, EMS-I, DES, EMSA
Clinical Services Coordinator
Emergency Medical Services Authority
United States
Instructor
David Rathbun
Deputy Sheriff/Paramedic
UCLA Center for Prehospital Care
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 11
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)
This hands-on workshop will engage and empower participants to facilitate realistic and effective simulations with ease. The course will be broken down into how to select and set up simulation location and design, student or end-learner scenario integration, moulage on a dime, and debriefing 101. The focus of the course  read more...
Instructor+
Chris Kroboth
Training Lieutenant
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
United States
Instructor
Gary Heigel
Emergency Services Department Chair
Rogue Community College
United States
Instructor
Jon Bailey
QA/QI Lieutenant
Fairfax County Fire and EMS
United States

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

Join the National AmBus Coalition for a workshop on the use of specialty ambulance buses during MCIs, evacuations and support to major events. There are around 100 AmBus units in urban and rural departments throughout the United States. These units have been invaluable - providing multi-patient transport during disaster  read more...

Instructor+
Joseph Zalkin, BSHS-EMC, Paramedic
Executive Director
Wake County EMS Foundation
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake ABC
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)
Pet First Aid for EMS providers is designed for EMS professionals outside of a veterinary hospital setting for dog and cat. Administering O2 to an injured dog or cat increases their chance of survival and may reduce the severity of hypoxic shock, trauma and recovery. Numerous municipalities have  read more...
Instructor
Lisa Faust
Master Trainer, CMPTI (Certified Master Pet Tech Instructor)
Pet Tech, Inc
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake DEF
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, this four-hour workshop will do a deep dive into  read more...
Instructor
Faizan H. Arshad, MD
EMS Medical Director
Healthquest Systems
United States

9:00 AM-10:30 AM

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 11

a. Refractory ventricular fibrillation is a unique clinical entity requiring alternative treatment techniques. Some experts suggest that traditionally used treatment algorithms do not adequately address cases of refractory ventricular fibrillation. In this session, Dr. Cortez will provide a working definition of refractory ventricular, provide you with tips for  read more...

Speaker
Eric Cortez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Ohio Health Doctors Hospital
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 3

This lecture will discuss novel uses of waveform EtCO2 monitoring for both BLS and ALS providers. Dr. Andrew Latimer will cover the history and science behind waveform capnography as well information that can be gained from the waveform beyond the value and slope. He will introduce you to  read more...

Speaker
Andrew Latimer
EMS Physician
Seattle Fire, Medic One, University of Washington, Seattle, Airlift Northwest
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 7-9
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)
Don’t miss your chance to hear successful experiences from EMS quality experts! Join these industry leaders as they share their groundbreaking quality projects. This fast-paced class will offer you the opportunity to ask questions and formulate ideas for your  read more...
Panel Moderator+
Mike Taigman , MA
Improvement Guide
FirstWatch
United States
Panelist
Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE
Quality Director
Gold Cross Ambulance
United States
Panelist
Justin Reed, NRP, BS
Assistant Chief - EMS
Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department
United States
Panelist
Scott Bourn, PhD, RN, EMT-P
VP of Clinical Quality & Impact, Securisyn Medical
Senior Quality Consultant, ESO Solutions
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3

The FBI’s EMS Outreach is working to bridge the gap between the FBI and medical community related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents/threats. Attend this informative session to learn how the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) Biological Countermeasures Unit (BCU) has jointly lead the Joint  read more...

Speaker
Jessica Young, MSFS
Management and Program Analyst
FBI
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 4
This session will discuss the benefits of going through the process for achieving professional designation such as Chief EMS Officer and provide a tutorial on requirements of the  read more...
Speaker
Debbie Sobotka
Deputy Director
Center for Public Safety Excellence
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 12
Format: Individual Presentation

Join EMS attorney, Allison J. Bloom, and data specialist, Dr. Greg Mears on a journey through the minefield that is cybersecurity in today’s healthcare environment and learn how to protect your agency. With advances in technology, the frequency of data loss and breaches is on the rise. In  read more...

Speaker+
Allison J. Bloom, Esq., EMT, EMS-I, FACPE
Attorney
Law Office of Allison J. Bloom
United States
Speaker
Greg Mears, MD
Medical Director
ZOLL
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6

Fire-based EMS systems are experiencing ever-increasing workloads and this is only the beginning. Drawing from generational demographics, Medicare data and decades of experience managing large EMS systems, this session will demonstrate why and how big the EMS system workload will increase in the next 5-10 years. Learn how  read more...

Speaker
Bruce Moeller, PhD
Principal
Juncture Group, Inc.
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 10
Ketamine is a old analgesic and dissociative anesthetic that has gained traction in multiple areas of medicine - lead by prehospital medicine. Ketamine has a wide therapeutic range, is inexpensive, has an excellent safety profile and multiple routes of administration, making it an optimal medication for prehospital emergency  read more...
Speaker
Jared Ross, DO, FF/EMT-T
EMS Fellow
Washington University in St Louis
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 5
Format: Individual Presentation

This course is designed to address safety and medical assessment and treatment considerations associated with Confined Space and Trench Rescue Environments. Attendees will learn how to size-up the scene to ensure safety for themselves, their crews and the victim(s). Specific patient needs and specific treatment required for these emergency incidents  read more...

Speaker+
Greg Merrell, EMT-B
Major
Oklahoma City (OK) Fire Department
United States
Speaker
Brian Weatherford, EMT-P
Major
Norman, OK Fire Department
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 6 & 7

Medical errors stem from 3 broad categories: 1) Procedural, 2) Affective, 3) Cognitive. Recognizing these errors and personal biases, as well as applying different decision making strategies can reduce and hopefully prevent such cases. Dr. Will Smith will show how crew resource management (CRM) and other systems of  read more...

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

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 13
Format: Individual Presentation

CMS will mandate all ambulance service providers to submit cost data beginning in 2019. In order to reform future ambulance payments, Congress may use the data collected to determine reimbursement levels and other alternative payment methods. This team of experts will present on the necessary data elements you  read more...

Speaker
Asbel Montes, BS
V.P. of Governmental Relations and Reimbursement
Acadian Ambulance Service
United States
Speaker
Kathleen Lester, JD, MPH
Principal
Lester Health Law PLLC
United States
Speaker
Rebecca Williamson, BA, RN, NRP, SANE-A/P
Chief Compliance Officer
Pafford EMS
United States
Speaker
Scott Moore, Esq., EMT
AAA HR Consultant
EMS Resource Advisors LLC
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake GHI
Format: Individual Presentation

In the wake of the mass shooting atrocity on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Community Ambulance’s Special Event Medical Standby Division manager and paramedic, Glen Simpson, offers a multi-media snapshot of internal and external measures the company has taken since the tragedy occurred. Glen will provide you  read more...

Speaker
Glen Simpson, BS, AEMT, TECC Instructor
Director of Special Operations
Community Ambulance
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake DEF
Format: Individual Presentation

Telemedicine improves access to care for varying conditions but can be challenging in the prehospital setting. This lecture will present four current uses around Charleston, South Carolina to illustrate ways in which telehealth can improve prehospital care. Distance Education: Sharing lecture content that allows for real-time interagency collaboration  read more...

Speaker
David French
Medical Director
Charleston County EMS
United States

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 2



Anchorage Fire Department Medical Director, Mike Levy will review the promises of community paramedicine as well as the barriers to sustainability through an overview of the highly-successful Alaska Health Aide program which has provided an extensive network of quality care by non-physicians in remote areas of  read more...

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

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake ABC

This presentation explains how a unit dispatched to a medical emergency can quickly and effectively identify it as a technical rescue incident. This presentation also explains how to understand immediate hazards, request needed resources, and operate safely within their scope until properly trained units arrive. Being that technical  read more...

Speaker
Brendan Abell
Firefighter
District of Columbia Fire Department
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6
The experiences of every first-responder organization are unique and are often based on geographical region, system design, organizational framework and first-hand experiences. Preparedness for active shooter/hostile environment continues to evolve as organizations are identifying unique methods of ensuring preparedness, training, and resource allocation. In this presentation, attendees will gain insight  read more...
Speaker
Hezedean Smith, MA, CFO, CPM, CHSE, MIFireE
Assistant Chief
Orlando Fire Department
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake GHI

Fatigue and sleep deprivation affect more than half of all EMS personnel with 50% reporting inadequate recovery between shifts. In some locations, greater than 80% of EMS personnel work more than one job or extended shift durations of 48 hours or longer. In this important lecture, EMS researcher/paramedic  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

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 3

Dr. Michael Wilcox will present multiple important applications of Community Paramedicine in this informative lecture with and special focus on how Community Paramedicine can be effectively used for geriatric and special needs care in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hospice units, and adult day care units to  read more...

Speaker
Michael Wilcox, MD, FACEP, FAAFP
Medical Director and Owner
WGH Group, LLC
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 10
Sometimes, even when a protocol is followed, patients deteriorate. Every medical procedure comes with risks of complications and, when complications do occur, patients can suffer. While complications don't mean someone made a mistake, its easy for a provider to doubt their own care after the complication occurs. This  read more...
Speaker
Kevin Collopy
Clinical Outcomes Manager
AirLink/VitaLink Critical Care Transport
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 4

This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the specific issues threatening the health and safety of women in emergency services, and will offer strategies to reduce fatalities and injuries among responders with a focus on women's issues. The presentation is based on a study funded by the  read more...

Speaker
Angela Hughes
President, International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services
Fire Captain, Baltimore County Fire Dept.
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 6 & 7

Reading peer-reviewed research can sometimes feel like trying to decipher code: Odds ratios. P-values. Confounders. Yet it's vitally important that leaders and practitioners understand how a study was designed, what the results mean, and whether or not it will or should impact our clinical practice or daily operations.  read more...

Speaker
Michael Gerber, MPH, NRP
Paramedic
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 13
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)

This insightful session will show you how a to creare a people-centered EMS system with input from hundreds of members in the Fire First Response,  EMS providers and the public. A vision has been created of emergency response systems that are inherently safe and effective, integrated and seamless,  read more...

Speaker
Jon Krohmer, MD, FACEP
Director, OEMS
NHTSA
United States
Speaker
Mike Taigman , MA
Improvement Guide
FirstWatch
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake ABC

In this compelling session, two Houston Fire Department firefighter/paramedics and Associate Medical Director Chris Souders will detail important aspects about how the Houston Fire Department, one of the most progressive fire/EMS agencies in the United States, managed the many obstacles presented to them by Hurricane Harvey. Houston is the  read more...

Speaker
Chris Souders
Associate Medical Director
Houston Fire Dept.
United States
Speaker
Sundown Stauffer
Firefighter/Paramedic
Houston Fire Dept.
United States
Speaker
Thomas Pierrel
Engineer Operator Paramedic
Houston Fire Dept.
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 7-9

The use of video in healthcare is becoming more common, particularly in simulation and educational settings. However, recording live episodes of clinical care is far less routine. Clinicians are faced with considerable ethical, legal and data protection challenges which are the primary barriers for services that pursue video  read more...

Speaker
Paul Gowens, FCPara. MSc. AASI. PGCert. DipIMC,RCSEd. MCMI.
Vice Chair College of Paramedics
Scottish Ambulance Servce
United Kingdom

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 11

This fast-paced lecture by JEMS Medical Editor, Ed Dickinson will review the fundamentals of ballistic injuries and the science and operationalization of the interventions listed above. This is an important presentation because the world is an increasingly dangerous place, with rising tolls of gun shot wounds in urban  read more...

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

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3

With the surge in violence against emergency personnel., traditional scene safety classes and staging policies are not doing enough to prepare our crew members to prepare for  these attacks and hands-on self-defense training, while helpful, teaches perishable skills. And, while many agencies are equipping units with soft body  read more...

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

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 5

EMS organizations are continually under the threat of litigation from the public and at times our own firefighters, EMT's, staff or their families. Many times, failure to administer a policy, stop discriminatory behavior, applying a faulty technique or tactic coupled with outdated Policies may result in litigation. This  read more...

Speaker
John Murphy, JD
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Murphy Law Group, North Bend, WA
United States

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Chesapeake DEF
Format: Individual Presentation

In today’s world of emergency care, we have a legal obligation to protect patient information - even in the emergent setting when it is often difficult to control. There are also specific rules under HIPAA as to what can be shared with others without the patient’s authorization. This  read more...

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

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 2

EMTs frequently practice in tandem with a paramedic. Cardiac monitoring is often used yet EMTs have not widely been permitted to interpret the ECG rhythm despite knowing that this ability would enhance their ability to improve the quality of care. Additionally, some first responder and BLS services allow  read more...

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

2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room: National Harbor 12
Format: Individual Presentation

Learn about Northwell (NY) Health's Center for EMS’ 5-year journey to improve employee engagement, recruitment and retention. These industry leaders will share the practices, techniques and lessons learned that took their High Performance EMS organization to a top tier cultural performer that other organizations are now  read more...

Speaker+
Jonathan Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Northwell Center for EMS
United States
Speaker
Alan Schwalberg, EMT-P
Vice President
Northwell CEMS
United States
Speaker
James Jackson
Regional Director of Operations
Northwell Health System
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Maryland Ballroom A

Join a diverse group of women in EMS and Fire Service agencies who have been successful in achieving leadership positions - and careers that support the delivery of emergency services. Each will discuss their path to success as well as the obstacles they face along the  read more...

Panel Moderator+
W. Ann Maggiore, JD, NRP
Attorney/Paramedic
Butt, Thornton & Baehr, P.C.
United States
Panelist
Angela Hughes
President, International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services
Fire Captain, Baltimore County Fire Dept.
United States
Panelist
Ann Payne, MB, BAO, BCh, MRCPsych, MA (CBT), FFSEM
Doctor
St Stephen's Hospital, Cork, Ireland
Ireland
Panelist
Dannie Myers, EMT-P, RN, CCT-RN
Critical Care Nurse, EMS Educator and Blogger
Rescue Chic
United States
Panelist
Regina Godette Crawford, BS
Advocacy Liaison
EMS Management & Consultants
United States

8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Format: Special Session

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 hands-on practicum. The  read more...


8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6



This one-hour session will provide an overview on the changing roles of EMS delivery during active shooter or terrorist attacks are extremely challenging in our current culture. The implications of new ‘offensive’ roles to the EMS first responders and specifically, those essential safety requirements for each level of  read more...

Speaker+
Paul Schuller
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
San Jose Fire Dept.
United States
Speaker
Geoffrey Williams, QFSM, ChFI, CIETecRI, MIFireE
Retired Principal, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer
Scotland, UK
United Kingdom

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake DEF

In this powerful session, Annette Hill, a certified therapist and Gold Star Mom who has assisted veterans and first responders struggling with substance use, PTSD, grief/loss and moral injury, will help you understanding the purpose and logic of intense emotions and the purpose they serve for survival and  read more...

Speaker
Annette Hill, MC, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
The Journey of Me, LLC
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 3

This lecture will outline best practices in BLS airway management. Dr. Andrew McCoy will present topics such as how to optimize bag-mask ventilation; use of airway adjuncts including oral airway and nasoharyngeal airway; BLS end-tidal capnography; BLS positive pressure non-invasive ventilation; and PEEP as a BLS adjunct. After  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

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 6 & 7

Do you have a conversation with your student, intern or mentee after every EMS run? This session will teach you how to use proven techniques to get the conversation started and engage your personnel. Learn how to dial in and focus on improving their performance and keeping them on  read more...

Speaker
Duane Tenney, BS, NRP, NCEE
Leiutenant
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake ABC

This presentation will discuss a project aimed at objectively reviewing the Scottish Ambulance Service's clinical response model. The new model now allows for a re-categorization of patients based on their clinical need, matching the right response, resource and skill to deliver best care on scene, and consider their  read more...

Speaker
Paul Gowens, FCPara. MSc. AASI. PGCert. DipIMC,RCSEd. MCMI.
Vice Chair College of Paramedics
Scottish Ambulance Servce
United Kingdom

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 2

Applying medical ethics to dynamic situations experienced in prehospital medicine can be especially challenging. Between suicidal patients, unclear “Do Not Resuscitate” orders and patients who may lack decision making capacity, doing what’s right for the patient may not always be straightforward. This session will start with a description  read more...

Speaker+
Keith Wesley, MD
Medical Director
HealthEast Medical Transportation
United States
Speaker
Jared Ross, DO, FF/EMT-T
EMS Fellow
Washington University in St Louis
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 10

Current treatments and strategies for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have hit an impenetrable wall, leaving the true survival for all cases in single digits in many emergency response systems. Dr. Joseph Ornato will prsent several breakthrough strategies and technologies that are on the horizon with the high potential to  read more...

Speaker
Joseph Ornato, MD
Professor & Chairman, Dept of Emergency Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 13
Format: Individual Presentation

What does the Data Show? This exceptional  data talk is based on the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance Annual Data Survey, along with the annual CDC Report on Emergency Department patients. You will be  introduced to the trends in emergency care utilization in America, and likely future use of  read more...

Speaker
James Augustine, MD, FACEP
Chairman, National Clinical Governance Board
USACS
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 4

FireCARES, is a “big data” analytical system that provides important information to fire service and community leaders about their local fire department and the risk environment in which firefighters are called to respond. FireCARES includes more than a decade of research on structure fires and related injuries and  read more...

Speaker
Tyler Garner
Vice President and Chief Software Engineer
International Public Safety Data Institute
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3
Format: Individual Presentation

Joshua Holloman will detail how a rural community paramedic program was created with partnerships from Public Health, the local hospital system and the County EMS System. Because of great partnerships to make this program a reality, the program received a special award from the North Carolina Public Health  read more...

Speaker
Joshua Holloman
EMS Division Chief
Johnston County Emergency Services
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 11

Prehospital stroke care is rapidly advancing. The utility of mechanical thrombectomy for large vessel occlusions has been confirmed and emergency responders are now being tasked with identifying large vessel occlusions in the prehospital setting and making tough transport decisions based on their findings. This powerful session will present  read more...

Speaker
Eric Cortez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Ohio Health Doctors Hospital
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake 7-9
During this session the panelists will discuss incorporating private, non government based EMS organizations into high threat response planning. Every day all EMS providers who go into the public space could be called to act.  Also, the threat and instances of active shooter or hostile events  read more...
Moderator
John Montes, NREMT
Emergency Services Specialist
NFPA
United States
Speaker
Ed Racht, MD
Chief Medical Officer, American Medical Response
Associate Medical Officer, Evolution Health
United States
Speaker
Glen Simpson, BS, AEMT, TECC Instructor
Director of Special Operations
Community Ambulance
United States
Speaker
Jamie Pianka
Chief Operating Officer
Pro EMS
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 12
Format: Individual Presentation
We are all truly in a turbulent ocean of EMS development today with a high level of unpredictability as we face more challenges than ever before. But we must do more than “survive” these challenges - we need to “thrive” amidst this turbulence if we are to advance EMS in  read more...
Speaker
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P
Attorney at Law
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake GHI

This informative course will illustrate have anyone can propose and contribute to improvement. In the past, many EMS quality programs focused mainly on retrospective chart review. Brooke Burton will review the basic concepts of performance improvement and discuss how data can easily be turned into improvement projects that  read more...

Speaker
Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE
Quality Director
Gold Cross Ambulance
United States

8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 5

What makes all the difference when facing the adversity and PTSD that life has handed you is how you choose to react to it. Stefanie Miller, A-EMCA, an Ontario, Canada, paramedic, wore a “mask” because she was afraid of what others would think. The stigma was holding her  read more...

Speaker
Stefanie Miller, A-EMCA
Owner/CEO, Stefanie Speaks
Paramedic, BRANT/Brantford Paramedic Service/ Stefanie SPEAKS
Canada

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 2
Respiratory emergencies are some of the most common patient conditions presented in EMS. Understanding their pathophysiology better will prepare you to deal with them. This lecture will reinforce your knowledge of the respiratory system and integrate it with a common sense approach to respiratory distress. The basic pathophysiology  read more...
Speaker
Keith Wesley, MD
Medical Director
HealthEast Medical Transportation
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 12
Format: Individual Presentation

The rash of high profile cases involving allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault should be a wakeup call for all emergency service agencies agencies. It’s time to re-evaluate a central leadership responsibility - establishing a culture that prevents and effectively responds to unlawful harassment. Sexual harassment isn’t  read more...

Speaker+
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P
Attorney at Law
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
United States
Speaker
W. Ann Maggiore, JD, NRP
Attorney/Paramedic
Butt, Thornton & Baehr, P.C.
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3
Format: Individual Presentation

The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis that requires a coordinated response from a variety of stake holders, including all emergency response agencies. Because you have significant access to community members who suffer from addiction as well their loved ones, you have an opportunity to provide care  read more...

Speaker
Simon Taxel, NRP, BA
Crew Chief
City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake DEF

This will give fire service training officers, and company level officers the tools needed to create a competent and enthusiastic environment during EMS responses. Brian Pond will present training evolution that can be used throughout the year with both career staffing and volunteer firefighters. Attendees will learn new drills that  read more...

Speaker
Brian Pond, EMT-Paramedic I/C
Training Officer
Standish (ME) Fire/EMS
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake ABC
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)
A massive effort is underway to revamp the digital communication infrastructure that serves public safety, from Next Generation 911 to the FirstNet public safety broadband network. EMS providers will realize a number of benefits when emergency dispatchers can provide more detailed data, such as improved patient location accuracy and access  read more...
Speaker
Barry Luke
Deputy Executive Director
National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NSPTC)
United States
Speaker
Dia Gainor, MPA, QAS
Executive Director
NASEMSO
United States
Speaker
Jon Krohmer, MD, FACEP
Director, OEMS
NHTSA
United States
Speaker
Laurie Flaherty
Coordinator, National 911 Program
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake 7-9

Hurricane Harvey was a devastating hurricane to forty (40) counties throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. While many have heard of the challenges faced by emergency responders in the City of Houston, this presentation will detail Harvey’s impact on Harris County Texas, the third largest County in the nation,  read more...

Speaker
Justin Reed, NRP, BS
Assistant Chief - EMS
Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department
United States
Speaker
Rodney Reed, M.S.
Assistant Chief
Harris County Fire Marshal's Office
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 5
Format: Individual Presentation

Join Dr Ann Payne, a Consultant Psychiatrist and clinical lead in Ireland as she teaches you how to recognize, manage serious mental health disorders and deal with crisis encounters through actual clinical scenarios. The session will then follow with a demonstration where, individual participants will interview and interact with  read more...

Speaker
Ann Payne, MB, BAO, BCh, MRCPsych, MA (CBT), FFSEM
Doctor
St Stephen's Hospital, Cork, Ireland
Ireland

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 3

This session will utilize a problem-based review to review the initial assessment and management of major chest and chest wall trauma. Topics that will be covered include: hemo/pneumothorax, flail chest, pulmonary contusion, pericardial tamponade, and blunt cardiac injury. The session will start with a description of care that  read more...

Speaker
Babak Sarani, MD, FACS, FCCM
Professor of Surgery and Emergency Medicine
George Washington University
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 11
Withdrawal syndromes are becoming more and more commonly encountered by EMS providers, both during emergency response and interfacility transfers. While most providers are familiar with alcohol and opiate withdrawal , other syndromes, such as benzodiazepine, gabapentin, and GHB withdrawal are now being seen with increasing frequency. Thislecture will  read more...
Speaker
Gerald Maloney, DO
Associate Chief, Emergency Department
Cleveland VA Medical Center
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 4

Volunteer fire and EMS agencies are experiencing challenges with recruitment and retention of personnel. This lecture will outline how departments can cost successfully recruit and retain personnel for their agency. The lecture will be based on a three-year doctoral study on retention and  read more...

Speaker
Candice McDonald
Firefighter/PIO
Sebring & Winona (OH) Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake GHI
Format: Individual Presentation

In addition to a skyrocketing increase in wounded armed service members who face disabling or disfiguring injuries, up to 20% may be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and another 19% may develop traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition, “moral Injury” leads to family instability, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse  read more...

Speaker
Annette Hill, MC, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
The Journey of Me, LLC
United States
Speaker
Dean Pedrotti
Captain/Paramedic, Phoenix Fire Department (ret.)
Arizona Coalition for Military Families
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6
Format: Individual Presentation
With NEMSIS Version 3 becoming the standard in today’s pre-hospital data collection arena new and improved documentation systems are at the forefront of our attention. This means that our methodologies for documentation training must change; spoon-feeding students, SOAP methods, CHART methods, and utilizing death-by-Power Point are now a dread from  read more...
Speaker
Kerby Johnson
Medical Records Coordinator
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 13
Format: Individual Presentation

Richmond, Virginia’s EMS system is one of America’s most clinically-advanced and operationally-innovative systems. However, several decades ago, failure was of this system was imminent: Competing ambulance services, medical politics, fights with fire agencies, new state legislation, and lawsuits were all part of its history. Richmond’s story helped define  read more...

Panel Moderator
Jay Fitch, PhD
Founding Partner/President
Fitch & Associates, LLC
United States
Panelist
Ed Racht, MD
Chief Medical Officer, American Medical Response
Associate Medical Officer, Evolution Health
United States
Panelist
Joseph Ornato, MD
Professor & Chairman, Dept of Emergency Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 10

This fast-paced and informative lecture will focus on five common causes of sudden death and how you can better gain clues pre-arrest, provide emergency care and modify your resuscitations in light of the likely etiology. The five topic areas featured will be AMI, potentially fatal arrhythmias, massive CVA,  read more...

Speaker
Jared McKinney, MD
Medical Director, LifeFlight Event Medicine, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Associate Medical Director, Nashville Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 6 & 7

One of the biggest challenges continuing education providers face is uncovering new content. Run reports are a treasure trove of CE topics. Training Officers and medical directors must work together to meet agency CE needs. While medical directors usually focus on big picture topics, Training Officers have to  read more...

Speaker
Marcus Allen, EMT-P
Training Supervisor
Mercy Flights Inc.
United States

10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Special Session

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 hands-on practicum. The  read more...


1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Special Session

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 hands-on practicum. The  read more...


2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Chesapeake GHI
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)

This session will present how a diverse group of emergency providers created a connected network to collaborate on both the shared and unique aspects of their mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) programs. The result of this network was a unique opportunity to share information and experiences among both new  read more...

Panel Moderator+
Michael Baker, MA, BUS, NRP
Chief of EMS
Tulsa Fire Department
United States
Panelist
Brian Schaeffer
Fire Chief
Spokane Fire Department
United States
Panelist
Malachi Winters, Paramedic, FP-C
Program Manager
Sedgwick County Public Safety
United States
Panelist
Selia Moya
Clinician/Co-Responder
EMS Community Outreach
Johnson County MED ACT
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: National Harbor 11
NFPA 3000 is now out, Warm zone ems for first responders is now the acceptable standard and most likely your agency has begun some kind of training in it. But the reality is you must train and prepare your schools, citizens and other target hazards to be able to respond  read more...
Speaker
Ofer Lichtman, NRP
Founder/Lead Instructor
High Threat Innovations
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)

Is it time to? Many EMS systems are facing whether to compete, cooperate, sell or consolidate in our tumultuous and rapidly changing healthcare and reimbursement environment. Come learn from some of the industry's top minds on EMS economic sustainability with over 100 years of collective EMS turn-a-round experience.  read more...

Panel Moderator
Jonathan Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Northwell Center for EMS
United States
Panelist
Bill Atkinson, Ph.D., Dr.Sc(h), MPH, MPA, EMT-P, FACHE, FACPE
President
Guidon Healthcare Consulting
United States
Panelist
Lou Meyer
President
LKM & Associates
United States
Panelist
Robert Nadolski, BS, NREMT-P (R)
Clinical Administrator
Emory Healthcare / School of Medicine
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Chesapeake ABC

Managing pediatric patients can be scary, but designing a pediatric simulation doesn't have to be. Come learn from the AHA Training Center Coordinators (Paramedics) and Simulation Educators (RN's that support the Pediatric Transport Teams) from two renowned stand-alone Pediatric Hospitals: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours, AI Dupont  read more...

Panel Moderator+
Fran Hildwine, BS, NRP
AHA Training Center Program Coordinator
Nemours, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
United States
Panelist
Christine Bailey
Clinical Nurse Educator
Neumours, AI DuPont Hospital for Children
United States
Panelist
Grace Good
Simulation Educator
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
United States
Panelist
John Erbayri, MS, NRP, CHSE
Emergency Care Program Manager
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Chesapeake DEF
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)

Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”. Today's fire-based EMS environment demands that supervisors, managers, and leaders plan for all-hazards incidents. Events dictate that systems provide resources for active violent incidents, community health programs and  read more...

Speaker+
Michael McAdams
Program Manager, Planning & Organization
Maryland National Capital Emergency Response System
United States
Speaker
Phil Raum
Program Manager Training & Exercise
Maryland National Capital Region Emergency Response System
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6

Suction, BVM, Intubation. Done. Airway Managed. Right? Come learn a refreshing new approach to airway management. This pael will encourage you to assume nothing, question everything, throw lots of things out of your airway bag and learn new solutions to the important oxygenation/ventilation physiology needs of your patients.This dynamic  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
Curtis Knoles, MD, FAAP
Assistant Medical Director
Medical Control Board, EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa
United States
Panelist
David Howerton
Director of Clinical Affairs - Western Division
Office of the Medical Director, EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: National Harbor 2

Come hear experts in resuscitation science discuss the physiology of CPR and introduce the latest addition to the bundles of cardiac arrest care: Head Up CPR. They will explain how and why Head Up CPR works, the do’s and don’ts of Head UP CPR implementation, best practices for  read more...

Panel Moderator
Keith Lurie
MD
Minnesota Resuscitation Solutions
United States
Panelist
Joe Holley, MD, FACEP
EMS Medical Director
Memphis Fire Department & Paragon Medical Education Group
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 Jacobs, EMT-P
Paramedic/Manager, Specialty Systems of Care
Alameda County EMS
United States
Panelist
Sean Grayson, MS, EFO, CFO, MIFIReE
Fire Chief
Rialto Fire Department
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: National Harbor 10

Your safety and effectiveness at every emergency scene hinges on one major factor: your ability to “read” the situation and reach into your toolbag for the most appropriate interpersonal communication methods needed at that moment. People succeed (and fail) at talking to strangers in crisis all the time.  read more...

Speaker
Kate Dernocoeur, WEMT, FFI&II, MFA
Writer
WinInk
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: National Harbor 3

Along each of our journeys in life, we tend to gravitate towards something that we can put our entire heart and soul into with a calling to serve others. This is the greatest gift we could give one another. During this lecture, Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, Former Navy SEAL  read more...

Speaker
Ryan "Birdman" Parrott
Former Navy Seal, Founder/President
Sons of the Flag
United States

2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Room: National Harbor 6 & 7
Format: Panel Discussion (Panel Moderator+Up to 4 panelists)

Assault and violence events happen frequently in the prehospital setting. Join Joe Zalkin as he presents the North Carolina State Office of EMS and NC Consortium Against Responder Violence  two-year journey to survey responders of their perception of these events, create of a web reporting portal for actual  read more...

Panel Moderator+
Joseph Zalkin, BSHS-EMC, Paramedic
Executive Director
Wake County EMS Foundation
United States
Panelist
Donald Garner Jr. , BAS, NRP
Deputy Director
Wake County EMS
United States
Panelist
Jennifer Wilson, BA, EMT-B
Director
UNC Chapel Hill - EMSPIC
United States


8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Maryland Ballroom A

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  read more...


8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Maryland Ballroom C
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 time for  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
Andrew M. McCoy, MD, MS
Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington
Shoreline Fire Dept., American Medical Response Puget Sound Operations
United States
Panelist
Ed Racht, MD
Chief Medical Officer, American Medical Response
Associate Medical Officer, Evolution Health
United States
Panelist
James Augustine, MD, FACEP
Chairman, National Clinical Governance Board
USACS
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
Paul Banerjee, DO
Medical Director
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake DEF

The reverse specialty center is another tool in the triad of “right place, in the right time, and for the right care”. Since the creation of formal EMS systems and agencies, the identification of special emergencies and the need for regionalization of care drove the rise of specialty  read more...

Speaker+
Roger Stone, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM, FAEMS
Medical Director, Montgomery County MD Fire Rescue
Faculty, Univ of MD School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine MIEMSS Region V Regional Med Director
United States
Speaker
Alan Butsch, M.A., NRP
Battalion Chief
Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Service
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 11

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) account for approximately 2.5 million annual ED visits. Of these, many patients leave with lifelong disabilities, and, sadly, more than 50,000 don’t leave at all. This represents 33% of all injury-related deaths. Rommie Duckworth will teach you how your assessment and emergency you provide  read more...

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

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3

A student seems burned out with school, the program, and life; what on earth are you going to do? Have you noticed your staff and cohorts are not interacting with the students and each other like they once did? Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought  read more...

Speaker
Kirk Mittelman, M.E.d., NRP
Founder
Mt Nebo Training
United States
Speaker
Margaret Mittelman, M.E.d., NRP
Professor
Utah Valley University
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 6 & 7
Mass gatherings pose potential threats to the community that can overwhelm a 911 and healthcare system. This presentation will review national events and apply a lessons-learned approach to better understand each threat. It will discuss the planning principles required to mitigate those threats including engaging your law enforcement and healthcare  read more...
Speaker
Andrew Maurano, PA-C
Director of Event Medicine, Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
The George Washington University
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 12

With an ever changing healthcare landscape, EMS delivery has gained new prominence in the minds of health system leaders. The once vendor relationship is slowly transforming to one of a partner as EMS touch with the community becomes a valuable asset to hospitals and health systems. This interactive discussion will  read more...

Speaker
Brenden Hayden
System Vice President of EMS
Steward Health Care System
United States
Speaker
Ronald Audette
EMS Manager
Steward- St. Anne's Hospital
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 5



Come learn how the positive traits of a leader are often defined by their values, passion for what they do, and their ability to “see” things that others don't. Rick Lasky will show you how those that lack an understanding of EMS view it as a  read more...

Speaker
Rick Lasky
Fire Chief (ret.)
Lewisville (TX) Fire Department
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake GHI
Format: Individual Presentation
Follow a fire department's implementation of an ALS clinical checklist program and learn firsthand how clinical care improved. Topics discussed will include the trials and tribulation involving implementation of a practice changing program, key performance indicators, and data support tools. Participants will leave motivated to take the skills they've learned  read more...
Speaker
Rich Campbell
Medical Director
South County Fire and Rescue Mukilteo Fire Department
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake 7-9

Emergency personnel are currently trained in the provision of emergent patient care. But moving into home care practices presents many different issues, responsibilities and the need for specialized training. Come hear infection control expert Katherine West discuss the important aspects of home care of indwelling devices; careful trach  read more...

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

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 4

This presentation will walk the audience through a soup to nuts explanation of the new NFPA 451. It will begin with what is required of an agency that would like to start a community healthcare program and review the components needed to make it happen. The material in  read more...

Speaker
John Montes, NREMT
Emergency Services Specialist
NFPA
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 13

CPAP, BiPAP and High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) are all Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) tools that save lives. This presentation will provide a history of NIV, overview various NIV tools, patient selection criteria, standards of care, assessment, application in the field and transition of care to the ED. Disposable  read more...

Speaker
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 10
Format: Individual Presentation
Everyone says that they want to improve outcomes and save more lives in their EMS system. So why isn’t the change happening in your community? To improve survival where historical outcomes have been poor requires a different process, one of radical innovation. Innovation sent a man to the  read more...
Speaker
Sean Grayson, MS, EFO, CFO, MIFIReE
Fire Chief
Rialto Fire Department
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 2

When prehospital management of suspected spinal trauma victims began to shift away from the use of the long backboard, were you skeptical? Having suffered a near-fatal cervical spine fracture himself, David was greatly distressed when his agency announced that the backboard was being removed from the spinal trauma  read more...

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

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake ABC

As a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department Chief Sommer takes you through the streets of Chicago. She will share her experiences with you while working on some of the country's busiest ambulances in the toughest neighborhoods. Learn what experiences shaped her career path from a candidate straight  read more...

Speaker
Deborah Sommer
Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedic
Chicago Fire Dept.
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6
Format: Individual Presentation
Cars have changed significantly since the early 20th century. From hybrid vehicles, to SRS systems, to airbag locations, many of these changes are done in the name of efficiency.... but as a rescuer, they can pose some serious risks to you. Even if your agency doesn't perform the actual disentanglement,  read more...
Speaker
Dan Greenhaus
Director of Operations
Emergency Services Educators & Consultants
United States

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: National Harbor 3

Pediatric bones break in a different manner  than adult bones. Lisa Drago will discuss common pediatric fracture patterns and red flags for fractures that may signal child abuse to you. Treating fracture pain in the midst of an opioid epidemic can be challenging. Lisa will also present alternative  read more...

Speaker
Lisa Drago, DO, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/ Cooper University Hospital
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 3

When you transferred care of your six-year-old patient to the ED staff, you had a weird feeling that the story was not correct. But you didn’t tell anyone. You think to yourself, “Was it abuse?” “Should I have called child protection?” “Something was not right.” Being an advocate  read more...

Speaker
Derrick Jacobus, MA, FP-C, NREMT
Flight Paramedic/Detective
MidAtlantic Medevac
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 6 & 7
In light of recent incidents around the world involving chemical and nerve agents, this presentation will discuss current trends and important information needed by responders to properly recognize, respond, and treat patients in these environs. Updates to patient care and clinical implications will also be  read more...
Speaker+
Randy G. Stair, MA, BSN, RN, NRP
Supervisory Emergency Services Specialist
United States Secret Service
United States
Speaker
Mark Kirk, MD
Director, Chemical Defense
DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6

Pinned in a car for 1 hour, trapped in a building collapse for 6 hours, or immobile in a rescue harness for 10 minutes. Each of these patients may be experiencing different, but deadly aspects of crush injury, crush syndrome, rhabdomyolysis or suspension trauma. Why are some victims  read more...

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

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake ABC

This program is for all EMS leaders and EMS members interested in improving their communication skills to connect with their membership. This dynamic presentation will offer the Power and Pitfalls of effective EMS Officer management skills and provide real-world scenarios to enhance the subject matter. Utilizing an interactive  read more...

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

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 5
The attendee will have exposure to the basic explosives used in terrorist events in the past and present. The focus will be on some commercial explosives as well as homemade explosives. Detonation velocities will be discussed as it pertains to the various explosives used today. Other factors such as confinement,  read more...
Speaker
Jarred Alden, M.A., NRP
Lieutenant
The Akron Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 13

Come learn how Polk County (FL) Fire Rescue redesigned their pediatric and neonatal resuscitation practices and went from 0% resuscitations to an amazing 35% survival-to-discharge. This session will detail how they achieved this great success and illustrate why post–cardiac arrest care should focus on maintenance of adequate oxygen  read more...

Speaker+
Paul Banerjee, DO
Medical Director
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States
Speaker
Lisa Correll, B.A., EMT-P
Captain-Training Officer, Office of Medical Direction
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States
Speaker
Raf Vittone
Deputy Chief Emergency Services
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3



Airway trainers can be beyond your current budget capacity. Manikin heads are used to exhaustion. And, once you intubate a manikin, it's difficult to create additional airway management experience with it. In this informative and innovative presentation, Matthew Philbrick will show you how to build two different, inexpensive  read more...

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

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 10
Format: Individual Presentation
Human Factors Psychology is the science of optimizing human performance and minimizing error. We are now collecting and analyzing vast amounts of data. So how do we optimize human well being and overall system performance? Human Factors help you understand interactions among humans and other elements of the  read more...
Speaker
Shaughn Maxwell, EMT-P
Deputy Chief EMS
South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake DEF
Format: Individual Presentation

There are over 20 million victims of human trafficing, often forced into slave labor or into sexual exploitation. Reponders routinely have contact with these victims and often do not recognize the signs of human trafficking, how to report it, record it, and take action. The speakers will look  read more...

Speaker
Michele Sorrell, MSN, SANA-A
Forensic Nurse Program Manager
Cleveland Clinic
United States
Speaker
Thomas Beers
EMS Manager
Cleveland Clinic
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 2
The incidence of two specific Cerebrovascular Injuries are increasing, blunt cerebrovascular injury and subdural hematomas. Both can be life threatening and both mimic other benign conditions. Attendees will be presented with cases with a thorough discussion of the anatomy and pathophysiology, as well as prehospital and in-hospital  read more...
Speaker
Robert Curran
Injury Prevention and Trauma Outreach Coordinator
NYP/Cornell Department of Trauma
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake 7-9



For many fire agencies, EMS represents most of their response volume. Changes in stakeholder expectations for how EMS will demonstrate value provide an exceptional opportunity for entrepreneurial fire service leaders to capitalize on the EMS 3.0 transformation. Las Vegas Fire Rescue, Baltimore City and Montgomery County  read more...

Moderator
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Speaker
Alan Butsch, M.A., NRP
Battalion Chief
Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Service
United States
Speaker
Mark R. Fletcher, NRP
Deputy Chief
Baltimore City Fire Department
United States
Speaker
Sarah McCrea, EMTP, MCCREA
Assistant Fire Chief
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 11

Sepsis just means “infection” to many health care providers. Yet germs alone cannot be credited for the severe, multisystem organ failure that occurs with sepsis. This session explains what goes wrong in the human body that leads to sepsis, how commonly this occurs, why sepsis is so difficult  read more...

Speaker
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: Chesapeake GHI
Format: Individual Presentation

Tony Walker, ASM, Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria (AV) in Australia will present how his system redesigned its Clinical Response Model (CRM) and is now able to respond more quickly to patients across all priority levels as a result of changes to better assess, and meet, the  read more...

Speaker
Tony Walker, ASM
Chief Executive Officer
Ambulance Victoria
Australia

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 4

Students will learn methods to prevent suicide by learning its traceable causes. Rather than focusing on individual risk factors, this course is designed to explain how creating an environment to encourage help seeking behavior can alter an individual's trajectory from reaching suicide.  Individual, company level & departmental  read more...

Speaker
Dena Ali, FF
Captain
Raleigh Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: National Harbor 12
Format: Individual Presentation
It's often said that people don't quit their jobs...they quit their bosses! Bad coaching demotivates people, causes attrition and negative workplace behaviors. Good coaching helps build on the high degree of motivation that people already have. It can also build your team and help make your organization the place that  read more...
Speaker
Jonathan Politis, MPA, NRP
EMS Educator/Consultant/Paramedic
Jon Politis Emergency Services Education
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 12



This session will enable you to gain insight into the everyday working environment and service provided by a progressive and innovative ambulance service from the United Kingdom. You’ll learn about their latest research projects, their coordinated response system and how incidents are managed ran from  read more...

Speaker+
Ross Ludford
Clinical Operations Manager and Paramedic
East Midlands Ambulance Service
United Kingdom
Speaker
James Harness
Paramedic
East Midlands Ambulance Service
United Kingdom
Speaker
Ricky Harrison
Clinical Operations Manager
East Midlands Ambulance Service
United Kingdom
Speaker
Rosie Sears
Paramedic
East Midlands Ambulance Service
United Kingdom

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 10
Format: Individual Presentation
The Promoting Innovation in EMS (P.I.E.) project was a groundbreaking undertaking which assembled key emergency service industry leaders and external stakeholders to identify and break down barriers to EMS innovation. The report generated from this initiative contains exceptional insight into how to implement innovation in EMS and specifically  read more...
Speaker+
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
United States
Speaker
Kevin Munjal, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 11
Many ground and and helicopter emergency services still rely in crystalloids and colloids fortrauma resuscitation. However, prehospital blood transfusions have been shown to help decrease mortality and blood transfusion requirements. Most prehospital and military blood transfusions are given as component therapy of red blood cells and/or fresh frozen  read more...
Speaker+
Andrew Fisher
Medical Student
Texas A&M College of Medicine
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: Chesapeake 7-9
Format: Individual Presentation

Audience is EMS and CP/MIH program leadership that have an interest in working, partnering and collaborating with Hospitals, ACOs, MCOs and Health Benefits Advisors. This session will help you understand how to discover the needs and pain points of hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Managed Care Organizations  read more...

Speaker
Charles Blankenship, FACPE, MBA, CCEMTP
Manager, System EMS Transport
Mission Health
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 13

Caring for a critically ill infant who may have congenital heart disease can be an extremely stressful experience. This insightful lecture uses a simple approach, similar to the pediatric assessment triangle, to help providers distinguish cardiac from noncardiac causes in acutely ill infants. You will leave this session  read more...

Speaker
Lisa Drago, DO, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/ Cooper University Hospital
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: Chesapeake 4-6
The presentation will outline the actions and lessons learned during the consolidation of the EMS and Fire Departments in the City of Pearland (TX) into the Pearland Fire Dept. In 2013, accomplished through the Fire Marshal’s Office, the Office of Emergency Management and the City of Pearland Code  read more...
Speaker
Jason Jackson
Assistant Chief
Pearland Fire Department
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: Chesapeake GHI

Tony Walker, ASM, Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria in Australia will detail how Ambulance Victoria, which for years, accepted that injury, including psychological injury, was just part of the job for their personnel, developed and implemented a comprehensive program to improve the mental health and  read more...

Speaker
Tony Walker, ASM
Chief Executive Officer
Ambulance Victoria
Australia

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: Chesapeake 1-3
Format: Individual Presentation

America is aging, with the number of older Americans expected to double, to 72.1 million by 2030. By 2050, people over 65 will represent more than 20 percent of the population, up from 15 percent today. This will have significant impact on EMS agencies because many ofhese patients  read more...

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

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 3

We know early acquisition and interpretation of 12 lead ECGs are key to effective treatment of patients with STEMI, but are we identifying all of the patients who should be evaluated with a 12 lead? Can 12 lead ECGs be effectively acquired by BLS providers? The answer is  read more...

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

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: Chesapeake ABC

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include feverincreased heart  read more...

Speaker+
Paul Banerjee, DO
Medical Director
Polk County Fire Rescue
United States
Speaker
Curtis Knoles, MD, FAAP
Assistant Medical Director
Medical Control Board, EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa
United States
Speaker
Mark Piehl, MD, MPH
Pediatric Intensivist
WakeMed Children's Hospital
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 6 & 7

This will introduce you to the vast experience and lessons learned from years of experience in Israeli EMS response to hundreds of terror related MCI's. Dovie Maisel will discuss critically important aspects of staging, incident command, triage, safety measures, and unsecure scene medical response. He will teach you  read more...

Speaker
Dovie Maisel, EMT-P
Senior Vice President International Operations
United Hatzalah/United Rescue
Israel

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: Chesapeake DEF
Format: Individual Presentation
One of the most difficult patients we encounter is the mental health patient. Now with so many inpatient mental health programs eliminated, seriously ill patients are left in the community often without viable treatment options. This puts EMS “in the middle”, and in some cases, “between a rock and a  read more...
Speaker+
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P
Attorney at Law
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
United States
Speaker
Pat Songer, NREMT-P, BS, FACPE
Senior Vice President
Ready Responders
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 2

Vasopressors have been used for decades to treat hypotension, often with life-saving results, but sometimes with serious adverse effects. This session will review modern day vasopressor infusion, oral and push dose pressors, their indications, actions, administration pearls, monitoring, pharmacokinetics and adverse effects. Mike McEvoy will present everything you  read more...

Speaker
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 4

Seconds count. Exsanguination is still the leading cause of prehospital death in the United States. Warm Zone trauma care is not just scenes of mass violence. It applies to our daily operations on any call with violence and to accidental trauma as well. Hemorrhage control requires  read more...

Speaker
Chris Lorenz
Deputy Fire Marshal/SWAT Medic
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue
United States

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Room: National Harbor 5

In life, we experience a variety of stressful events. These can include, but are not limited to relationships, injuries, mental health concerns, suicide, job, family, and financial.  Having a career in EMS exposes individuals to significantly more taxing, disturbing, sometimes heart wrenching events that have a cumulative effect. While  read more...

Speaker
Dan DeGryse, BA, BS, CADC, CEAP, LAP/C, CAI
Director, Rosecrance Florian Program
Battalion Chief, Chicago Fire Dept.
United States

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