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9th Annual EMS Conference Octobe


									9th Annual EMS Conference October 3-4, 2008 Shooting Star Casino Mahnomen, MN

This EMS Conference is geared towards those involved in pre-hospital care with basic and advanced training, including first responders, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, nurses and law enforcement personnel. Funding for this conference is made possible in part through a grant from the EMSRB and a sponsorship from North Memorial.


Advance registration is strongly recommended. Advance registration AND payment must be received by Thursday, September 18, 2008 in order to avoid paying a late fee. Walk-in registrations are accepted, however the late fee will be applied.


An ICS 400 course will be offered as a pre-conference event. There is no charge for this training, however, pre-registration is required by September 18, to guarantee space. Note class size is limited to the first 30 registrants.


Continuing education certificates will be distributed at the conclusion of each session. Pre-conference training includes 14 contact hours. A total of 13.0 CEUs will be available for the general conference; 7.0 on Friday and 6.0 on Saturday.


Meals and refreshments are included in the registration fee, as outlined in the attached daily schedule. Friday night will include a dance with music again provided by “Four Wheel Drive!” This year’s dance theme is “Pirates” - come dressed accordingly!


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Shooting Star Casino, which features a pool, fitness center, restaurant, buffet, lounge and casino. The conference rate is $60 per room. Each room includes two double beds. Rooms are available at the conference rate through Thursday, September 18 by calling the Shooting Star Casino at #800-453-7827. Please refer to the “EMS Conference.” Free secured parking is available at the Shooting Star Casino. The Shooting Star Casino is pleased to provide a new smoke-free environment throughout the hotel and event center! NOTE: Alternate lodging is available approximately 30 minutes away in Detroit Lakes, MN. Please contact our office for a listing of hotels and restaurants if you are interested.


A variety of vendors will again be displayed at this year’s conference, see enclosed for details! Full refunds will be made only if cancellations are received by Thursday, September 18; substitutions are welcome at any time. Greater Northwest EMS reserves the right to change or alter program contents/scheduling as needed.


8:00am-6:00pm ICS 400 Thomas Vanderwal, AA, Mark Jones, NREMT-P, and Brian Holmer, EMT-P The ICS 400 course is an advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). NOTE: Pre-requisite ICS 700, 100, 200 and 300.

5:30pm-8:00pm Medical Directors Meeting EMS and Community Health Board Medical Directors An opportunity for regional medical directors and advisors to meet each other and begin discussing their role in a health emergency. NOTE: Dinner included

8:30am-10:30am and 2:50pm-4:50pm Landing Zones Debra Fischer, RN, BSN, EMT Come spend two hours with North Memorial Air Care and learn about landing zones. You will spend one hour in the classroom and one hour “hands on” outside. NOTE: Limited to 40 persons per session. Pre-registration required.

8:00am-9:00am Registration (Richwood Room Entrance)
9:00am-10:30am Trauma: Country Style (Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room) Tim Hillier, EMT-P This presentation will review some of the common injuries on the farm and look at safe patient assessment and management. 9:00am-10:30am Highway & Scene Safety (Beaulieu/Elbow Lake Room) Sgt. Andrew Schmidt This session will provide information relating to safe driving to/from emergency scenes, crashes involving ambulances and watching your back at the scene.

10:30am-10:50am Break & Vendor Exhibit Area (Bejou & Detroit Lakes Rooms)
10:50am-12:20pm The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence: Adult Education (Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room) Tim Hillier, EMT-P This session is meant to reinvigorate the seasoned adult educator and put the new instructor off on the right foot. As a group we can share some great ideas! 10:50am-12:20pm Pediatric Resuscitation (Beaulieu/Elbow Lake Room) Jess Langerud, RN, MBA The key elements of successful pediatric resuscitation will be discussed in this session, including early recognition and vital components of the first minute.

12:20pm-1:00pm Lunch/Door Prizes (Mahnomen Ballroom) & Vendor Exhibit Area (Bejou & Detroit Lakes Rooms)
1:00pm-2:30pm Uh...Could I Try That Again? (Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room) Al Benney, EMT-P Ever transport a patient and say to yourself, “How stupid was that!?” This session looks back at over 25 years of emergency calls and reviews some of those more interesting moments. 1:00pm-2:30pm Apparent Life Threatening Event: A.L.T.E. (Beaulieu/Elbow Lake Room) Dawn Bidwell, EMT-P This is a new diagnosis for infants. It is what some doctors used to call a “saved SIDS.” EMS providers will play a major role in the care and diagnosis of this event.

2:30pm-2:50pm Break & Vendor Exhibit Area (Bejou & Detroit Lakes Rooms)
2:50pm-4:20pm Sickly Sweet: Diabetic Emergencies (Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room) Tim Hillier, EMT-P The incidence of diabetes is increasing in North America at an alarming rate. This session will review the how’s and why’s of diabetic emergencies. 2:50pm-4:20pm The Basic Airway: Not So Basic (Beaulieu/Elbow Lake Room) Keith Wesley, MD There is nothing basic about airway management because all airway management should be assumed to be difficult. Come explore common pitfalls and learn some tricks of the trade.

4:20pm-6:00pm “Legislative Issues & Updates” (Mahnomen Ballroom) ~ Panel Presentation, Buck McAlpin (Moderator) & State Legislators This is a valuable general session for all conference attendees! Come hear an overview of the previous legislative session and look at future legislative issues in EMS. Also learn ways to obtain information on legislators, bills, and schedules. NOTE: Free munchies and a cash bar will be available immediately following the Legislative Panel.

8:30pm-12:30 pm Social Events
8:30pm-12:30pm “Dance” (Mahnomen Ballroom) Relax, socialize and have fun while listening to live, great music by “Four Wheel Drive”! Come dressed for a “Pirate” theme!!

8:00am-9:00am Registration (Richwood Room Entrance) & Breakfast (Mahnomen Ballroom)
9:00am-10:30am Basic Animal Rescue Training: BART (Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room) TBA BART is a nationally recognized course, training first responders for pets encountered during emergencies and disasters. Come learn more about BART and the restraint/handling of these pets, horses, and livestock. 9:00 am-10:30 am Ambulance Crashes (Beaulieu/Elbow Lake Room) David McGowan, MS, EMT-P Ambulance crashes account for 74% of the fatalities in EMS. Case studies will help us look at safety programs, preventable events, and driver monitoring systems. The future in equipment, training, ambulances, and federal regulations will also be discussed.

10:30am-10:50am Break & Vendor Exhibit Area (Bejou & Detroit Lakes Rooms)
10:50am-12:20pm Sorting It All Out: Field Triage (Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room) Tim Hillier, EMT-P Triage is difficult at the best of times. This session uses scenarios and practice to review the START triage system. 10:50am-12:20pm “EMS Response to Stroke” (Beaulieu/Elbow Lake Room) Craig Rees, BA, NREMT-P, WEMT Participants will learn about the two different types of stroke, the Cincinnati Pre-hospital Stroke Scale and optimal pre-hospital care. A patient case study is part of the presentation.

12:20pm-1:00pm Lunch/Door Prizes (Mahnomen Ballroom) & Vendor Exhibit Area (Bejou & Detroit Lakes Rooms)
1:00pm-2:30pm Full Contact Medical Pictionary (Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room) Al Benney, EMT-P Enjoy some friendly competition as teams combine Pictionary, EMS topics, and Rugby in this very active game of skill and knowledge. No prior experience in Pictionary or Rugby is required! 1:00pm-2:30pm Somedays You’re The Bug, Somedays You’re The Windshield (Beaulieu/Elbow Lake Room) Dawn Bidwell, EMT-P An honest look at healthcare personalities and how we interact with each other. A chance to explore ways to make a bad day tolerable and a good day even better!

2:30pm-2:50pm Break (Bejou & Detroit Lakes Rooms)
2:50pm-4:20pm Man, That’s Gonna Leave A Bruise! (Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room) Tim Hillier, EMT-P This case-based, interactive session will review rapid assessment of the trauma patient to help sort out those who need your immediate attention for the best chance of survival. We will also take a critical look at some time honored EMS treatments for trauma patients. 2:50pm-4:20pm You Ain’t Doin’ That Right: Designing Reviews With Purpose (Beaulieu/E. Lake Room) Sherm Syverson, EMT-P Reviewing calls that we’ve been on is part of learning and improving patient care. However, many squads don’t actually perform meaningful analysis of calls or create learning experiences based on their real-world challenges. Come learn some fun ideas to help learn from calls!

4:20pm Adjournment & Evaluation

Tim Hillier, EMT-P
Tim Hillier began his career in 1984 as a volunteer in his hometown of Rivers Manitoba, population 800. His love of the profession moved him up the ranks going from EMT to Paramedic, Shift Supervisor to Director of Education. He has a passion for teaching others and currently holds instructor certifications in ACLS, BCLS, BTLS and CAMATA (Aeromedicine).

Al Benney, EMT-P

Al began his EMS career as an EMT for Stillwater, MN Ambulance while attending paramedic school at Mankato State. In 1980 he started his career at North Memorial and has worked as an EMT, paramedic, flight paramedic and educator. His experience includes over 20,000 emergency ambulance calls.

Keith Wesley, MD

Andrew Schmidt

Dr. Wesley is the State EMS Medical Director for Minnesota and is a board certified emergency medicine physician. Dr. Wesley is the author of many articles and EMS textbooks and a frequent speaker at EMS conferences across the nation. He is an active EMS medical director and lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Mr. Schmidt is a Sergeant with the Minnesota State Patrol. He has worked out of the Thief River Falls, Hallock, Detroit Lakes, and Wadena areas in speed enforcement, road patrol, and public information. Sergeant Schmidt is currently the Public Information Officer for the Detroit Lakes District.

O.J. Doyle, BA

Thomas Vanderwal, AA

O.J. began his own company, lobbying and providing advocacy for EMS, in 1985— “Doyle Consulting.” His EMS experience includes the roles of paramedic, dispatcher, and public relations. His legislative experience is extensive, including numerous written publications, appointments by the Governor and contracts with EMS organizations.

Tom has been the Director of Greater Northwest EMS since 1999. Prior to his management experience, he was employed by the Wheaton Community Hospital as an Assistant Administrator/Chief Financial Officer. He additionally has 20 years experience as an EMT-B.

Dawn Bidwell , EMT-P

Debra Fischer, EMT-P, RN, EMT

Deb is the Trauma Program Manager for MeritCare Medical Center, an American College of Surgeons Level II Trauma Center. Highlights of her career include being a pre-hospital provider and an ICU/Flight RN. She was appointed by the MN Department of Health’s Commissioner of Health to the MN Department of Health’s Trauma System Planning Sub-committee in 2003.

Dawn is currently the Coordinator for North Memorial EMS Education, Alexandria. She has been a paramedic for North Ambulance since 1995, as well as past experience as a deputy coroner/investigator and LPN/respiratory technician. She is certified to teach almost every EMS course!

Sherm Syverson, EMT-P

Craig Rees, WEMT, NREMT-P, BA

Craig has been a Flight Paramedic and EMS Educator. He has been a member of the MN Stroke Partnership’s EMS Education Task Force, which lead to the development of the EMS Response to Stroke presentation. He spends some of his free time working as a tactical medic for the MN State Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI.

Sherm has been involved with EMS for 17 years. The majority of his experience is with F-M Ambulance Service and MeritCare LifeFlight, in Fargo, ND. Sherm is currently the Education Manager at the Emergency Medical Education Center at FM Ambulance a part time mortician at Korsmo Funeral Service in Moorhead.

David McGowan, MS, EMT-P

Mark Jones, NREMT-P

Mark is the Director of Operations at North Valley Health Center and an active member of the Warren Volunteer Ambulance Corp. in Warren, MN. Mark has been a Paramedic for 13 years and has worked in all areas of EMS. He is very passionate about the implementation of NIMS and the NRP and is active in the development of a coordinated response system.

David has more than 30 years EMS experience. He has served as an air and ground Critical Care Paramedic before moving into management 15 years ago. He developed a vehicle safety program for HealthEast in St. Paul, MN where he currently is the Director of Clinical and Operational Quality.

Jess Langerud, RN, MBA

Jess began his healthcare experience as an EMT-B with HealthEast Transportation and the St. Peter Community Ambulance Service. His nursing career has included Neonatal Intensive Care and Emergency Departments in California and Minnesota. He received his Master’s in Business Administration in 2005.

94 Services, Inc.
Monticello, MN

Merigen Medical
Fargo, ND

Altru Health System
Grand Forks, ND

MN Ambulance Association
St. Cloud, MN

Altru Regional EMS
Grand Forks, ND

MN EMS Honor Guard
St. Louis Park, MN

Ambulance Claims Processing
Moorhead, MN

North Memorial
Robbinsdale, MN

Basic Animal Rescue Training
St. Paul, MN

MN FIAM Book Sales
Minneapolis, MN

Emergency Apparatus Maintenance
Lino Lakes, MN

Roger’s Two Way Radio
Bemidji, MN


Stryker EMS

Minneapolis, MN

Maple Lake, MN

F-M Ambulance Service
Fargo, ND

North Central Ambulance Sales & Service
Lester Prairie, MN

Henry Schein Matrx Medical
Fargo, ND

Northland Community & Technical College
East Grand Forks, MN

Zoll Medical
Brainerd, MN


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ICS 400 Medical Directors Meeting Landing Zones (am) OR Landing Zones (pm)

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