2009 Resuscitation Conference Agenda All events will be at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska May 6th & 7th Paramedic Refresher (preconference) May 7th 10AM-4PM Inaugural Meeting of The Ravens; Medical Directors of the Northwest think tank May 7th 6-9PM Welcome Reception hosted by the Fire Chief and Medical Director for the Anchorage Fire Department May 8th; 9:00AM-10:30AM Dr. Ben Abella “Opportunities to Improve Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Resuscitation Performance 11:00AM-12:00PM Dr. Levy “Anchorage EMS' Cardiac Program: Anchorage's Big Wild Heart” 12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch. Onsite lunch lecture by Dr. Bryan Bledsoe 1:00PM-2:00PM Dr. Tom Rea “EMS Systems and Resuscitation Issues” 2:00PM-3:00PM Dr. Ben Bobrow “Strategies to Improve Outcomes of Resuscitation Efforts” 3:30PM-5:00PM Dr. Michael Sayre and Diana Cave RN “Hands Only CPR” May 9th; 9AM-10:30AM Dr. Peter Morley “CPR quality, its effects on outcome, and what we can do to improve it” 11:00AM-12:00PM Dr. Bryan Bledsoe “Have We Set The Bar Too High” 12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch. Onsite lunch lecture by Dr. Keith Wesley 1:00PM-2:00PM Dr. Peter Morley “The C2010 evaluation process and its hot topics” 2:00PM-3:00PM Jim Menegazzi, PhD “Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Research: Where are we going, and why is it taking so long?” 3:30PM-5:00PM Dr. Keith Wesley “CPAP For Everyone” May 10th; 10:00AM-11:30AM Dr. Mike Kellum “Training the Resuscitation Team” 11:30AM-12:30PM Lunch. 12:30PM-2:00PM Dr. Robert O’Connor “ACLS update” 2:00PM-3:00PM Bob Niskanen “The Take Heart America Program” Dr. Abella is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Clinical Research Director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the clinical care of cardiac arrest victims, with a special emphasis on methods to improve the quality and training of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). He also maintains an active research program in the use of therapeutic hypothermia to improve survival after resuscitation from cardiac arrest. Dr. Abella graduated magna cum laud from Washington University in St. Louis, and then received a Masters degree in Genetics from Cambridge University in England. After attending medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed dual residency training in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where he won the Hilger Perry Jenkins award for outstanding teaching and patient care, given to only one resident hospital-wide each year. Dr. Abella has authored over 50 research papers, book chapters and abstracts. He has spoken widely on cardiac arrest and therapeutic hypothermia, as an invited speaker at national and international meetings. He has been active in national initiatives on resuscitation care through his volunteer activities with the American Heart Association (AHA). Dr. Abella has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the AHA and other sources, and has won numerous awards for his work, and this year won the “health breakthrough award” from Ladies Home Journal magazine. His work has been featured in Newsweek, Popular Science magazine, on National Geographic television and the ABC network program 20/20. Dr. Kellum is currently the EMS Medical Director for Mercy Health System where he has worked since November of 1994. He is the documentation author and primary developer for the Rock and Walworth County Sudden Death Project; the document is available on the project web site www.CallAndPump.org. Information about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is available. Dr. Bryan Bledsoe is an emergency physician and EMS author from Midlothian, Texas. He entered EMS in 1974 as an EMT and attended one of the first paramedic programs in north Texas. Dr. Bledsoe worked for several years in Fort Worth as a paramedic and went on to become an EMS Instructor and Coordinator. He is board-certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Bledsoe is the author of numerous EMS textbooks including: Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, Essentials of Paramedic Care, Paramedic Emergency Care, Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology for Emergency Care, Critical Care Paramedic, and many others. He is a frequent contributor to EMS magazines and presenter at national and international EMS conferences. Dr. Bledsoe is on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, School of Medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada. He co-chairs the Curriculum and Evaluation Board (CEB) of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill AFB, Florida.
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