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2015 Course & Speaker List
Miltary Trauma
Dr. Alan Philp, Allegheny Health Network, Allegheny General Hospital

As the USA prepares to de-escalate in the Middle East, a lot of lessons have been learned. How to treat blast injuries, how to better control bleeding, how to better care for trauma patients. In this lecture Dr. Philp will take us inside the world of the military medicine and show us how it will impact civilian EMS care.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.0 Core/Clinical Credit and 0.5 Other credit (course # 004230)

Organ and Tissue Donation: Perspectives from a Clinician, A Donorís Family and A Recipient
Mark Succeralli Jr., Center for Organ Recovery and Education

Itís clearly marked on a driverís license. Your patient wanted to be an organ donor, but what does that really mean? Should you start CPR? How should you transport the body? Who do you notify? These are all questions that Mr. Succeralli will answer. He will introduce us to a patient and family members that received organs and help us understand what we can do to help someone else when our patient wishes to donate his or her organs.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other credit (course #900808)

Lightening Rounds: Strokes, Neck Injury, Vascular Emergencies
Dr. Brian Risavi, UPMC Hamot, EMMCO West Regional Medical Director

Join Dr. Risavi once again this year as he brings a variety of topics to light. Using case scenarios Dr. Risavi will discuss strokes, vascular emergencies, and new drugs of abuse. This will be a fast paced lecture that will challenge your knowledge and expand your horizons.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 009986)

Call Me CrazyÖ Call Me SickÖ Either Way Iím Calling You
Dr. David Shellenbarger, Sharon Regional Health System

Altered Level of Consciousness has many different etiologies. As a prehospital practitioner a patient with an altered level of consciousness can challenge our assessment skills. Is it a medical emergency? Is psychological issue? Or maybe a trauma patient. In this lecture Dr. Shellenbarger will review the most common reasons for an ALC.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007754)

Human Lives for Sale, No Coupon Necessary
Lisa Simonian, UPMC Hamot

The Blue Campaign is a Department of Homeland Securityís department-wide effort to combat human trafficking. Human trafficking is a crime involving the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of exploitation. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are trafficked each year and are forced in to this modern-day form of slavery. Human trafficking isnít just a problem in other countries- cases have been reported in all 50 states. EMS professionals, like you, are in the unique position to encounter victims while they are held by their trafficker because you answer to call to help people whenever they need help, including their homes or businesses.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007747)

Risky Teen Behavior Part Deux
Josh Stuart, EMS for Kids, Medical Rescue Team South Authority

Learn new types of risky behavior, such as Vampirism, ďplankingĒ, car surfing, improvised forms of ingesting alcohol from distilling hand sanitizer to soaking gummy bears in vodka. Josh will also discuss kids using E-cigs to smoke Hash oil, condom snorting and many new scary trends.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 003494)

Cardiac Patients and STEMI
Dr. Wayne Jones, Allegheny Health Network, Saint Vincent Health System

Does you patient need to go straight to the cath lab or be admitted to the emergency department? Is the chest pain truly cardiac related or is it a result of injury or trauma to the chest. Dr. Jones returns to the Symposium to discuss key aspects of cardiac emergencies and the ST elevated MI.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.0 Core/ Clinical for BLS Or 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit for ALS (course # 003473)

ABCs of Trauma: Interesting Cases and Lessons Learned
Dr. Cross, Allegheny Health Network, Allegheny General Hospital

Being a Trauma Surgeon is not what it used to be. With an aging population, trauma services are finding themselves dealing with more complex patients. Fall patients with undiagnosed bone cancers or an auto accident patient with dementia. In this lecture Dr. Cross, keys us in on other aspects of trauma patients you might need to be aware of while assessing your patients.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 002875)

Survival: The Right Stuff
Dr. Bruce Gebhardt, Allegheny Health Network, Saint Vincent Health System

EMS is a hard job. We all face the risk of burn out. In this lecture Dr. Gebhardt teaches us how to survive the crazy world of EMS. He compares and contrasts real world events and explains how we can instinctively survive longer in our career.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other (course # 007759)

Special Needs Kids

Pediatric calls are some of the most heart wrenching calls. We all tend to be a little frightened by children. How do you approach a special needs child who may shy away? How do you assess a child who may not be able to communicate with you? What can you expect during transport? UPMC will enlighten us on the needs of some very special patients.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.0 Core/ Clinical for EMR, 1.5 Core/Clinical for EMT and ALS (course # 003929)

Care Under Fire
Doug Dick & Levi Hipps, Superior Ambulance Service

You arrive at a scene you believe to be safe. You enter the house and suddenly realize it is not. In this interactive lecture Doug and Levi will coach you on how to prepare a survival pack for yourself. How to treat yourself in the event of a traumatic incident while you are taking fire. This session is limited to 25 students per session. Sign up at the registration area on Friday March 20, 2015 for your spot. First come, first served.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007762)

Data From Your PCR- What Do They Do With It?
Nate McWilliams, Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation

Ever wonder why we have so many required fields on the patient care reports? Does anyone actually read those things or what happens to all that information? Nate will give us the answers to how the information is actually used and why it is so important to have accurate data.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1 Other credit (course #006282)

Recruitment and Retention
Steve Rabine, VFIS

What motivates people to stay in your organization? How do you keep good people involved? How do you find someone who will volunteer to do what others get paid to do? These are all questions that will be discussed in Steveís lecture about recruiting and retaining personnel.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other credit (course #000674)

Lost Art of Professionalism
Dave Basnak & Jason Chenault, UPMC Hamot

Surveys suggest that EMS personnel are among the most trusted people. We strive to look and act professional, but at times our image can be our own worst enemy. Do we look professional? What kind of bedside manner do you have? How are we viewed by the public? How do our patients perceive us? Join Dave and Jason as we discuss how to improve ourselves.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other credit (course #901078)

A New View: Care From The Patient Perspective
Bonnie Sickler, Spring Creek Volunteer Ambulance, Warren General Hospital

As a cancer survivor, Bonnie relates how it is to get the devastating news that you are facing a potentially life threating illness. We as EMS professionals can make a big difference to the patient as we interact with them on a daily basis. A little compassion combined with our ability to treat the patient does make a difference.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007753)

Domestic Violence: A Family Secret or Community Epidemic
Linda Trojak, Stop Abuse For Everyone (S.A.F.E.), EMMCO West CISM Team

This lecture will provide EMS/Fire providers with information needed to understand the issues involved in responding to domestic violence calls. While pre-hospital providers are trained in patient assessment and the care of physical illness and injuries, scenes of domestic violence can include issues often not addressed during our initial training programs.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical (course #900832)

Trauma and Burns UPMC
UPMC Trauma Services

UPMC Trauma Services will review how to manage patients that fall victim to both trauma and burn emergencies. Both trauma and burns each individually can be difficult to manage however mixing the two together can be very complex. This lecture will provide a review of treatment priorities and strategies for EMS Providers.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007918)

Education on Driving Related Laws & Fatigue And Safety In EMS
Steve Rabine, VFIS

Steve will be here to teach two separate classes during the 1.5 hour time slot. Both classes are approved for EMSVO credit which is an educational requirement under the new EMS Act. We will begin with the new EMS Act and how it affects you as you operate an ambulance within your department. A second session will be held dealing with the effects of Fatigue while operating an ambulance.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 0.5 Other Credit (course # 007171) (Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.0 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007364)

Thou Shall Not Eat Thy Neighbor
Caleb Dixon, EMMCO West

Join Caleb for a continuing education session that will kick off our Friday night party. In this lecture we will look at preparedness activities that can help you mitigate large scale events such as earthquakes or tornados or maybe a Zombie Apocalypse that may require you to use some basic survival skills. Will you survive or will the zombies eat your brains?
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other Credit (course # 007752)

Hot Baby Hot
Sarah House

Over the past decade pediatric vehicular hyperthermia related deaths have been on the rise. The causes of these deaths range from being forgotten, to children playing, all the way to intentional abuse. As human beings, we are quick to judge and lash out at those involved in this type of tragedy. This presentation will demonstrate the causes of these deaths, who it happens to, and what can be done to prevent this tragedy from occurring.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007766)

Old Habits Are Hard To Break
Carrie Colleran, Saint Vincent Health System

Protocol changes are in the process. You may have noticed we donít do things the way we used to any longer. For instance, back boarding, O2 therapy and CPR are different than how you were trained. In this lecture Dr. Colleran will explain why we do things differently now.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007756)

Medical Transport of Complex Children

This presentation will help the Emergency medical provider to become more comfortable with the transportation needs of medically complex children. EMS providers at the EMT-B and EMT-P level will benefit from an expanded knowledge of children dependent on tracheostomies, ventilators, gastrostomy tubes, feeding pumps and multiple medications. As a result of this program, EMS providers will be able to interact with families and other health care providers to deliver optimum care to this population.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other Credit (course # 007751)

PTSD in the Veteran Community
Jamie Zewe, Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, Erie PA

Our nationís heroes are returning home from the battlefield. Unfortunately, many are not finding it easy to cope with the horrific events that occurred while deployed. Many are being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In this lecture Jamie will discuss the signs and symptoms of PTSD and how we can help our warriors win their battles on the home front.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007748)

Coffee and Questions with the DOH
Richard Gibbons, PA Department of Health Bureau of EMS

Still have questions on the new EMS Act? What is the difference between the new EMS Act and the new EMS Regulations? Are there other issues you would like to discuss with someone from the State Bureau of EMS? This is your chance to have your questions answered. Join Bureau of EMS Director Dick Gibbons for answers to your questions.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other Credit (course # 007755)

The First Ten Minutes- Caring for Children in Emergencies at School
Sarah House

Medical and trauma emergencies present a unique situation in a school environment that differs from your run-of-the-mill call. The lack of parent presence, unfamiliar environments, and misunderstood resources can cause a benign call to turn catastrophic. If the thought of treating a child in a school environment leaves you feeling lost or anxious this lighthearted and informative presentation will help you find your way. In this lecture we will review responder roles, review ways to build and foster working relationships with other onsite healthcare providers, identify environmental factors that can impact patient care, and discuss case studies involving incidents at schools. Join us for this fun and interactive approach to emergency care as we navigate through the first ten minutes of an emergency.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007765)

Management of Polytrauma and Burns
Dr. Castanon, West Penn Hospital, Allegheny Health Network

As if suffering a traumatic event isnít enough, many trauma patients also suffer from burn injuries. Management of both types of trauma can be very tricky at times. In this lecture Dr. Castanon will keep us up to date on how to address both types of cases.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007749)

EMS on the Front Lines of a Pandemic
Dave Basnak & Jason Chenault, UPMC Hamot

Recent scares with Ebola in the US or even a deadly outbreak of the flu tend to put EMS practitioners right in the middle of a possible pandemic event. Do you have enough PPE? Do you know how to don and doff it appropriately? Dr. Jason Chenault and Dave Basnak will review EMS response to patient suspected to fall victim to a pandemic.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other credit (course #004265)

Dr. Scott DuCharme, Saint Vincent Health System

Hypothermia has been proven to be beneficial to cardiac arrest patients, but for some reason it still isnít widely used. What happens to the heart when it is cooled? Is this a therapy that could be done in the field? In this lecture Dr. DuCharme will discuss the pros and cons of hypothermia treatment.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 007764)

Concussions in Sports
Dr. Vince Mossesso

Iím sure you have heard about major sports figures being sidelined with sports related concussions. Why did it take so long for them to recuperate? What are the signs you should be looking for to protect your own family? What are the long term effects on the athletes? Dr. Mossesso will provide a wealth of information you donít want to miss.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Core/Clinical Credit (course # 006224)

Finding the Magician withinÖthe Power of Hidden Habits!
Sarah House

We make thousands of decisions each day. Some are as simple as what to have for breakfast or what to wear that day. Others are more complex such as how to deal with stress and emotion. In the world of emergency medicine we are trained to make split-second life and death decisions with little to no time to think about it. Considering we still hold our certifications and licensures, we are pretty good at making those decisions. However, what if I told you the choices you made each day were not well-considered decisions, but in fact just a habit that we have trained ourselves to do? Join us in this lecture to take a fresh look at our common routine behaviors in both our personal and professional lives.
(Con Ed Credit: Approved for 1.5 Other (course # 007767)