Course Topic: EMS
Sink or Sim: Capnography in the Classroom

Sink or Sim: Capnography in the Classroom

Capnography reflects ventilation, perfusion, metabolism, acid-base balance and reflects the effectiveness of critical patient care interventions. Many educational programs teach capnography using static pictures of capnography waveforms, but by incorporating capnography into simulated patient care situations, you can give providers the knowledge to interpret end-tidal CO2 in fast-paced, real-life patient care situations. Please join us for this event sponsored by iSimulate.
Tackling Refractory Cardiac Arrest: New Concepts for System-wide Collaboration

Tackling Refractory Cardiac Arrest: New Concepts for System-wide Collaboration

This session will highlight presentations from three leading researchers in the field of cardiac arrest care. Dr. Karl Kern, a professor of medicine a the University of Arizona, discusses the statistics associated with treatment of refractory v-fib patients. Dr. Demetri Yannopoulos, a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, discusses patient selection and management regarding transporting refractory v-fib patients. Dr. Brian Grunau, an emergency physician and director ECPR program of St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC, will discuss the value of a load and go approach vs. a stay and play model for cardiac arrest and refractory v-fib patients.
The Evolving Role of the Supraglottic Airway in Prehospital Airway Management

The Evolving Role of the Supraglottic Airway in Prehospital Airway Management

Supraglottic airways have evolved beyond the combitube with more and more devices available in the field today. They can be very powerful tools in the management of airways both in the field and the hospital in well trained hands. With so many available devices it can be a task for an agency to decide which device to use. This session will explore the role that supraglottic airways play in prehospital airway management as well as discuss the commonalities between devices as well as the differences. Tips and tricks for better supraglottic airway management will be discussed.
The High Stakes for the States: EMS Safety

The High Stakes for the States: EMS Safety

This session will provide an overview of three initiatives, the products of which are of direct benefit to EMS personnel and the EMS systems in which they function: fatigue risk guidelines, long distance ground transport of patients with high consequence infectious disease, and crashworthiness of ambulances.
The Role of Perfusion and ECMO in Cardiac Arrest: How Pre-Hospital and In-Hospital Initiatives are Directly Related and Vital for Successful ECMO Outcomes

The Role of Perfusion and ECMO in Cardiac Arrest: How Pre-Hospital and In-Hospital Initiatives are Directly Related and Vital for Successful ECMO Outcomes

In this modern age, it's remarkable that after more than a half-century survival from cardiac arrest have shown minimal improvement. However, in some cutting-edge cities, survival rates exceed the national average, leading us to reevaluate what is necessary to improve outcomes. From adopting new technologies that enhance blood flow in the prehospital setting, to implementing resuscitative protocols, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), we must be open to new ideas when tackling cardiac arrest. To make progress in a field that has been seemingly stagnate, progressive programs may finally move the needle on survival rates while also creating best practices for future resuscitation initiatives.
Unlearning Cardiac Arrest – What You Thought You Knew

Unlearning Cardiac Arrest – What You Thought You Knew

Unlearning what you thought you knew about cardiac arrest requires challenging our traditional way of thinking. Do you defibrillate all patients in V-Fib? Give Epi? Stop compressions to intubate? Ventilate 10-12 times a minute? Not at Rialto Fire Department. In fact, we don't care if you ever ventilate. Nothing trumps compressions - nothing! We have changed the way we approach cardiac arrest and it has resulted in a large jump in ROSC rates and an 83% Utstein rate. Join us, Fire Chief Sean Grayson and EMS Chief Joe Powell, as we describe the journey to significant sweeping changes in our cardiac arrest approach and our culture.
Using Technology to Enhance Quality Improvement in Cardiac Arrests

Using Technology to Enhance Quality Improvement in Cardiac Arrests

The standards for CPR have been published, and we know the benchmarks, but how do we know if we are meeting them? Until recently, it has been difficult to assess CPR quality and provide timely feedback to our field providers. Modern defibrillator technology has made this possible and an essential component for enhancing quality improvement in cardiac arrests. Join Dr. Clayton Kazan, medical director, and Nicole Steeneken, M.Ed., EMS quality improvement program director, as they describe their experiences with using technology to improve CPR performance at Los Angeles County Fire Department.
When One Patient Turns into Two! – Simulation for Field Deliveries

When One Patient Turns into Two! – Simulation for Field Deliveries

A careful curriculum design process can help to ensure positive outcomes when providers care for obstetric patients who deliver in the field. In this session, Paul Phrampus, MD, will present various education strategies, objectives and equipment types, allowing you to create a successful program for knowledge, skills and attitudes surrounding the assessment and management of both mom and baby after a field delivery.
You Ask‚ We’ll Answer: Answers to the Most Pressing MIH-CP Questions

You Ask‚ We’ll Answer: Answers to the Most Pressing MIH-CP Questions

In 2009, only a handful of MIH-CP programs were operating in the U.S. Today, according to a database maintained by the National Association of EMTs, there are about 230. Despite this phenomenal growth, there are still many questions surrounding this evolving service delivery model. How do you get started? What are some current models for economic sustainability? How do you select and train providers? How do you measure success and demonstrate value? Who are some of the stakeholders that are supporting MIH-CP programs? What next on the horizon for EMS? Dan Swayze and Matt Zavadsky are two of the pioneers in this service delivery model and have the scars to prove it! Join this informative session to hear from Dan and Matt the answers to not only these commonly asked questions, but also live interactive questions posed by participants.

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