Courses

Courses

ALL EDUCATIONAL COURSES HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR CE CREDIT!

The following courses will be offered for the 2017 WV EMS Conference. Continuing education credits will be offered for educational sessions.

General Session Courses

Day: Thursday, October 5
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Course Title: EMS Substance Abuse and Diversion
Course Description: Within this presentation, Dustin Hazlewood tells his personal story of addiction and drug diversion that took place as a result. He describes the downward spiral of his personal and professional life as well as the legal implications. He provides an eye-opening look at the realities of addiction that can exist within the EMS community, the consequences of drug diversion and multiple ways to prevent, detect and address the issue.
Course Presenter: Dustin Hazlewood, BS
Credit Level: EMS-Related
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours

Day: Friday, October 6
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Course Title: West Virginia Office of EMS (WVOEMS) Updates and Issues
Course Description: Provide an update to attendees about the world of EMS in West Virginia, changes in the past year, and expected changes going forward.
Course Presenter: WV OEMS Director Melissa Raynes
Credit Level: EMS-Related
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours


Bonus Informational Sessions

Day: Thursday, October 5
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Course Title: FirstNet Network
Course Description: Earlier this year, West Virginia became the 7th state to opt-in to the FirstNet Network. FirstNet will give a presentation about the network it is building with AT&T and what this means for West Virginia and our Emergency Responders. Continuing education credits will not be available for this short informational session.
Course Presenter: Lori Stone

Day: Thursday, October 5
Time: 4:45 p.m.
Course Title: REPLICA and National Registry Information
Course Description: During the 2017 legislative session, a bill was introduced, but did not pass, to allow West Virginia to join the EMS Compact (REPLICA). As we look towards the 2018 session, this non-credit informational session sponsored by the WV EMS Coalition will educate participants about REPLICA, its potential benefits, the requirements for state participation in the Compact and National Registry’s role in REPLICA.
Course Presenter: Donnie Woodyard, Chief Information Officer
Course Sponsor: WV EMS Coalition


Day One: Thursday, October 5

Time: 10:45 a.m.

Administrative Course
Course Title: Treat ’em Right: Customer Service in EMS
Course Description: Most of us don’t think of customer service in the EMS field the same way we do in other industries. However, we should, because the last word in our name is ‘Service’. This class will help you identify EMS/ambulance service customers and better understand the needs of those customers above the obvious medical care. We will look into the need and methods for quality improvement in EMS, identify different methods of responding to customer needs; through patient medical care, caring for family, friends, and understand the overall impact of effective customer services. Finally it will address the impact on EMS providers of the jobs we do, related stresses and the ways we can improve our lives by CISM and other stress reducing programs in order to excel at customer service and make every patient encounter good for them and us, truly making a difference!
Course Presenter: Rory Putnam, AA, NR-P, I/C
Credit Level: EMS-Related
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours

Clinical Course
Course Title: ABC’s for TBIs: Evidence-based First Responder Care for TBI Individuals
Course Description: The severe traumatic brain injured patient has a poor prognosis starting immediately with the incident; however, as EMS providers with a thorough understanding of the acute critical care of these patients, we can maximize their survival and neurological outcomes. Typically, one-half of severe TBI patients die within two hours of the injury. With maximal therapy, including close attention to airway, breathing with pulse oximetry and end-tidal capnography, circulation, disability and exposure, we can save lives. After all, it all comes down to our ABCs.
Course Presenter: Sara Fitzwater Miller, MPH, CBIS, TBI Specialist
Credit Level: ALS, BLS
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
Course Sponsor: WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Time: 1:15 p.m.

Administrative Course
Course Title: What Are We Really? The Changing Paradigm of Small Community EMS
Course Description: EMS is still young, having been born only in the 1970’s. But we are a profession that is ever-changing and adapting to the world of emergency healthcare. Many people debate whether we are public safety, healthcare, public health or something else. This class will look at the different missions we have as EMS personnel and dispel the myths that we are merely here for emergency responses. We will also discuss the reality of what we should be doing in EMS, drawing from Rory’s own experiences as a current Paramedic and Educator and former Chief officer for small towns in Maine. It will explore the very real truths that because of low call volumes, we should embrace new programs like Community Paramedicine, education, public awareness/relations, safety campaigns and student EMS programs to prevent injury and illness, and promote youth entering this noble field. These programs have a positive impact on increasing funding and support by expanding knowledge of what we do in our communities.
Course Presenter: Rory Putnam, AA, NR-P, I/C
Credit Level: EMS-Related
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours

Clinical Course
Course Title: Video Airway, Intubation, and QuickTrach Lab
Course Description: A lecture and hands-on session that covers everything airway. Topics discussed include but not limited to: basic airway anatomy, guided video intubation, cricothyrotomy emergency airway devices, supraglottic airways, and much more. You will go hands on with all the latest Rusch, LMA, and Hudson RCI products in this very interactive session.
Course Presenter: Jeffrey Goldberg
Credit Level: ALS
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
Course Sponsor: Teleflex

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Administrative Course
Course Title: Provider Survival – Changing the Culture in Emergency Services
Course Description: This presentation will discuss the stigma of mental health in emergency services and how we always claim to “have each other’s backs” but the exception seems to be in mental health. We will talk about the signs and symptoms for self-identification and for those we work with. Discussion will cover practical ways to decrease the stress emergency service providers experience with an interactive demonstration-based presentation.
Course Presenter: James Mitchell, M.A., NR-P
Credit Level: EMS-Related
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
Course Sponsor: Life Saver Training & Peer Support

Clinical Course
Course Title: It’s Just a Flesh Wound: Soft Tissue and Extremity Trauma
Course Description: Trauma for the Black Knight is a given, but what about your patient. We see a lot of soft tissue and extremity trauma in EMS, but there are so many variations and issues with it, that the treatments aren’t all the same, despite being similar. We’ll explore a detailed look at musculoskeletal injuries, compartment syndrome, burns and other soft tissue trauma as well as bleeding, with special focus on the use of tourniquets. Remember, trauma doesn’t just appear, it happens! Join this graphic and humorous quest with a touch of Monty Python, to examine through slides, video and photos of traumatic accidents what actually transpired, getting into detail about mechanisms involved in the trauma and results of the accident, including important treatments.
Course Presenter: Rory Putnam, AA, NR-P, I/C
Credit Level: ALS, BLS
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours


Day Two: Friday, October 6

Time: 10:45 a.m.

Administrative Course
Course Title: Operations Tempo – Using Real-Time Workforce Optimization Analytics
Course Description: High-performance EMS Organizations apply best practices, measurement, and real-time analytics to continuously improve operations, allocate resources, balance workload, and manage their workforce. A variety of factors, including an organization’s culture, teamwork, partnership among its staff, and its ability to analyze and improve upon care delivery processes are crucial in driving and sustaining the transition to a system that continuously learns and improves. Operations Tempo is a relative effort measurement based on a point system as defined by field personnel. Points are assigned to elements of the workload and calculated in real time. These values are then used to better understand and distribute workload during daily operations. When using these metrics, operations management will reduce burnout, improve response quality and improve crew and patient safety.
Course Presenter: Todd Sims, Mecklenburg EMS Agency Operations Manager (Ret.)
Credit Level: EMS-Related
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
Course Sponsor: DataTech 911

Clinical Course
Course Title: Sepsis Awareness for EMS
Course Description: This presentation will cover everything the acute care provider needs to know about sepsis for both the pre-hospital and in-hospital settings. We will discuss methods to recognize sepsis during the initial EMS or Emergency Department assessment. The presentation will review the history of sepsis care and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. We will also address how management guidelines and Sepsis 3.0 need to be applied by EMS and ED practitioners.
Course Presenter: Joshua Borkosky, BS, FP-C, NRP
Credit Level: ALS, BLS
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
Course Sponsor: University of Cincinnati Division of EMS

Time: 1:15 p.m.

Administrative Course
Course Title: Best Practice Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Clinical, Revenue, Workforce and Response Improvement
Course Description: High-performance EMS organizations use measurement and analytics to allocate resources and manage quality improvement. Using real-time analytics, EMS organizations can be alerted immediately as KPIs become out of compliance. The granular real-time data provides mechanisms to triage events when performance criteria are not being met and indicate where problem areas may exist. To be useful, KPIs need to be monitored and reported on; if they change in real-time, they should be monitored in real-time.
Course Presenter: Todd Sims, Mecklenburg EMS Agency Operations Manager (Ret.)
Credit Level: EMS-Related
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
Course Sponsor: DataTech 911

Clinical Course
Course Title: Beyond the Elevation – STEMI Mimics and STEMI Equivalents
Course Description: As EMS providers, we must be experts in ECG interpretation to properly advocate for our patients. This presentation will examine subtle ECG findings in the presence of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) that may not be recognized by the cardiac monitor’s interpretive algorithm. We will discuss ECG findings that do not meet the American Heart Association’s STEMI criteria, but are strongly predictive of acute coronary occlusion. The presentation will also discuss conditions that cause ST segment evaluation that are not related to ACS.
Course Presenter: Joshua Borkosky, BS, FP-C, NRP
Credit Level: ALS
Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
Course Sponsor: University of Cincinnati Division of EMS

Disclaimer: Conference course are subject to change without notice. In the event a course is changed, the event organizers will make a reasonable attempt to secure suitable replacements of a similar subject matter.