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PRECONFERENCE CLASSES

November 16, 17 and 18

Early registration deadline October 5

 Prices increase October 6

 

Friday-Saturday-Sunday

National Association of EMS Educators Instructor Course, Level I

Early rate $575; after 10/5/18 $675; Friday, 11/16, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; Saturday, 11/17, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; and Sunday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Fort Worth Convention Center; CE: Additional, 24 hours. Ready to take your dream of becoming an EMS educator to the next level? NAEMSE presents the EMS Instructor Course, which has been designed and developed by the same individuals who produced the DOT/NHTSA 2002 National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors. The NAEMSE Instructor Course represents the didactic component and practical application of the beginning education process to become an EMS instructor. The content of this 40-hour course (16 hours online) aligns the NAEMSE developed modules with the curriculum objectives of the 2002 National Guidelines and complies with EMS rules for lead instructors in more than 40 states, including Texas. The course content provides an introduction to a broad span of educational theory that is heavily reliant on brain-based learning and evidence-based best practices for all levels of experience as an EMS educator. Individuals who attend the entire course and pass the post-test will receive a Certificate of Course Completion from NAEMSE and will be eligible for Texas instructor certification. Continuing education hours have been applied for through NAEMSE, which is accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). For more information on class content, contact Laurie Davin at Laurie.Davin@naemse.org or 412-343-4775.

Saturday–Sunday

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care **Class Full, Please Contact registration@texasemsconference.com for Waitlist Options

Early rate $525; after 10/5/18 $625; Saturday, 11/17, 8:00 am–6:30 pm; and Sunday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Fort Worth Convention Center; CE: Special considerations and trauma, 16 hours. Hurry! This class fills fast and is capped at 35 attendees! The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care course introduces evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care in hostile environments that emergency responders may find themselves in around the world. The program meets the guidelines established by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (Co-TCCC). The course will include classroom and hands-on exercises, including a scenario on the second day. Any EMS practitioner called upon to respond to a mass casualty or active shooter event will benefit from this course. Upon completion of the course you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) or the Certified Tactical Responder (TR-C) certification examinations issued by the International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC) (pencil/paper exams are being offered in conjunction with the conference). Students will receive a Tactical Paramedic or Tactical Responder Certificate worth 16 CEs. This very popular class sold out quickly last year. For more information on class content, go to the website (911TacMed.com or https://www.911tacmed.com/tactical-paramedic.html) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/911TACMED), or contact Matthew Kinney at 911tacmed@gmail.com.

Saturday

Critical Care Skills 2018: Procedural Anatomy Cadaver Lab

Early rate $285; after 10/5/18 $340; Saturday, 11/17, 7:30 am–5:30 pm; lunch included; off-site (meet at Omni Fort Worth by 7:00 am for bus transportation to UTSW anatomy facilities); CE: Preparatory, 8 hours. Limited to 48 participants (course always fills quickly—please sign up early). The Critical Care Skills course—also known as “The Procedural Anatomy Program”—is a nationally recognized offering, specifically focused on optimal resuscitation and emergent interventions. This program is a complete, hands-on experience that gracefully blends fresh (not embalmed) human specimens, highly experienced professionals and the most demanding procedures (with the right dose of reservation). The course is tightly orchestrated and designed to comprehensively dissect, explain and train through: bleeding control, ventilation management (BLS, ALS and Surgical), vascular access (IV: peripheral and cut-down, IO and central venous access), thoracic injury management (anterior and lateral needle decompression, finger thoracotomy, chest tube placement and pericardiocentesis), ultrasound assessment and usage, as well as fundamental suturing and more. Participants actively locate, visualize, mobilize and explore the freshly dissected anatomy of the neck, chest, abdomen and extremities to better appreciate the efficacy and impact our interventions have on the human body (while simultaneously defining the common medical and traumatic disease processes we encounter). This 8-hour course has been specifically designed with the single goal of improving indication recognition while simultaneously offering hands-on experience for “low frequency–high value” procedures. Suggested attire: scrubs/running shoes. Participants should not wear shorts or open toed shoes. Who should register for this exciting preconference class? Paramedics, nurses, physicians and educators. This program is a hands-on effort involving human specimen—all PPE is provided. NOTE: This course involves a full day of active engagement and a tremendous amount of standing, moving and skills refinement. Participants should expect to be emotionally charged, completely satisfied, yet utterly exhausted at the course’s conclusion. This program consistently receives the highest evaluation scores for content, instruction and value. With that in mind, participants are strongly encouraged to come well rested and prepared to learn. As a bonus, each participant receives the 2018 procedural anatomy program DVD. Participants are REQUIRED to ride on the provided bus and be escorted to the lab—no exceptions. For information on course content, contact Ashley Hoppe at ashley.hoppe@hiscentre.com.

 

The Basics of Clinical Research and Presentation Strategies

Early rate $225; after 10/5/18 $250; Saturday, 11/17, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Additional, 8 hours. This 8-hour class will introduce participants to the fundamentals of performing basic and clinical research as well as literature reviews. The instructors will discuss interesting uses of widely available research tools and how to find and use some of the lesser-known resources. In this program the regulatory requirements and pitfalls of human-based research will also be discussed. Hands-on experience in developing specific scientific-focused poster and oral presentations will be available. Participants who attend with research ideas in progress will be offered individualized project assistance from highly experienced faculty. For more information on course content, contact David Wampler, PhD, LP, at wamplerd@uthscsa.edu.

 

Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist (CADS)

Early rate $200; after 10/5/18 $240; Saturday, 11/17, 9:00 am–4:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: AOR or additional, 6 hours. Why become a Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist? High-quality patient care reports (PCRs) can keep your service out of trouble! Poor PCRs can expose providers to liability in court, decrease revenues and create compliance problems. Developed by the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance, this dynamic, interactive course with real-world scenarios will keep your attention while you learn key concepts. Topics addressed include documenting medical necessity, writing effective clinical narrative that supports proper ICD coding, addressing special challenges for non-emergency and repetitive patient documentation, identifying proper methods of modifying or amending PCRs and reducing medical malpractice liability. CADS content is geared specifically to EMS personnel such as EMTs and paramedics, and is appropriate for QA/QI personnel, supervisors/managers, compliance officers, billers and anyone else involved in EMS. For more information on course content, call the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance at 877-765-6222 or go to https://www.ambulancecompliance.com/content/about-certified-ambulance-documentation-specialist-cads

 

NAEMT’s Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP)

Early rate $150; after 10/5/18 $180; Saturday, 11/17, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Special Considerations and Patient Assessment, 8 hours. NAEMT's Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP) course gives EMS practitioners the resources they need to help alleviate patients’ hidden wounds—intense fear, stress and pain—during a medical emergency. PTEP educates EMS practitioners about the biological underpinnings of psychological trauma, the short- and long-term impact on the brain and body, and warning signs that a patient is experiencing extreme psychological distress. The 8-hour classroom course features scenario-based interactive sessions and lectures. Topics covered include: Reducing psychological traumatic stress, understanding the physiological stress response, applying the eSCAPe principle to patient care and recognizing psychological trauma within EMS. For more information on class content, contact Macara Trusty at mtrusty@medstar911.org.

 

Slap the Cap: The Role of Capnography in EMS

Early rate $165; after 10/5/18 $200; Saturday, 11/17, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Medical, 8 hours. New, 8-hour comprehensive course! First it was a nationally presented, eye-opening experience of capnography allowing participants to learn the incredible benefits gained from full ETCO2 monitoring and waveform assessment. Now it is expanded to a full-day, comprehensive course that will fully explain all concepts in capnography. In this exciting and informative session, Page reviews the related anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and explains, through the use of multimedia and audience involvement, the role of capnography in trauma. Topics will range from cases of cardiac arrest to airway and ventilation assessment and management; from closed-head injury to tension pneumothorax to shock; from triage of any patient to the ongoing monitoring of the patient. In fact, anyone with a problem with ABCs should have continuous monitoring of ETCO2 and waveform. Come and learn how to integrate this session into your practice and utilize it to its fullest potential! Capnography: It’s not just for confirming tube placement! New DSHS rules require EMS personnel to be proficient in capnography if a patient is intubated. For more information on class content, contact Bob Page at lead2noclue@me.com.

 

Sunday

Multi-Lead Medics: 12-Lead ECG for Acute and Critical Care Providers

Early rate $175; after 10/5/18 $210; Sunday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Medical, 8 hours. New lower price! If anyone told you that you could take a 12-lead class and have fun, would you believe them? Presented by Bob Page, author of 12-Lead ECG for Acute and Critical Care Providers, this 8-hour, highly motivating, non-stop interactive course on 12-lead ECG is comprehensive, including proper lead placement, axis and hemiblock determination, bundle branch blocks, differentiating wide-complex tachycardia and myocardial infarction recognition. Also included is the use of a 15-lead ECG for increased sensitivity for STEMI. Participants in the program will read approximately two hundred 12-lead ECGs, gaining both experience and confidence in their newly learned skill. This is a great course for EMS and hospitals implementing STEMI programs or for continuing professional development. Important information on drug interactions and QT intervals is included as well. This course is the perfect filler to pick up where ACLS and experienced provider courses leave off. Page’s textbook is not included or required, but it might help your understanding of the class. New, used and electronic editions are widely available at booksellers, including Amazon. For more information on class content, contact Bob Page at lead2noclue@me.com.

 

Advanced Administrator of Record Course

Early rate $225; after 10/5/18 $275; Sunday, 11/18, 8:30 am–5:00 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Administrator or CRO, 7 hours. New year, new topics! An attorney and a medical director walk into a bar … okay, maybe a classroom … and answer your biggest medical and legal questions about EMS. Attorney Steve Wirth of Page, Wolfberg and Wirth, one of the most well-known names in EMS law in the U.S., joins Ed Racht, chief medical director for American Medical Response, for a day-long session on compliance, managing threats to your agency, and issues in patient care and medical direction. This is a tremendous opportunity to hear two of the best minds in EMS—and ask them questions. Come ready to listen to the voices of experience that will provide information you can take back and put right to use in your own services. Administrators and all others are welcome. For more information on course content, contact Joe Schmider at joseph.schmider@dshs.texas.gov.

 

The Human Factor: Cadaver-Based Anatomy Lab for Emergency Medicine

Early rate $185; after 10/5/18 $225; Sunday, 11/18, 7:30 am–2:00 pm (includes transport time); off-site (meet at Omni Fort Worth for 7:00 am bus transportation to UTSW anatomy facilities); CE: Preparatory; 4 hours. Limited to 48 participants (course always fills quickly—please sign up early). This half-day, focused human anatomy program literally takes your medical education and turns it “inside out” —with non-fixed/fresh human specimens as your guide. Participants in this class will actively locate, visualize, mobilize and explore the anatomy of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and extremities to appreciate the medical and traumatic disease processes we frequently encounter. Participants will assess the impact of life on human systems, while we compare and contrast today’s medical efforts with the science and truth of our own mortality. Engaging in this hands-on experience will completely immerse you in human anatomy with experienced professionals by your side for the journey. Suggested attire: scrubs /running shoes. Participants should not wear shorts or open-toed shoes. Who should register for this exciting preconference class? Paramedics, nurses, physicians and educators. This program is a hands-on effort involving human specimen—all PPE is provided. NOTE: This course involves a half day of active engagement and tremendous amount of standing, moving and skills refinement. There is no breakfast or lunch provided, but there will be refreshments for the bus ride back. Participants should expect to be emotionally charged, completely satisfied, yet utterly exhausted at the conclusion. This course, like the Critical Care Skills program, consistently receives the highest evaluation scores for content, instruction and value. With that in mind, participants are strongly encouraged to come well rested and prepared to learn. As a bonus, each participant receives the 2018 procedural anatomy program DVD. Participants are REQUIRED to ride on the provided bus and be escorted to the lab—no exceptions. For information on course content, contact Ashley Hoppe at ashley.hoppe@hiscentre.com.

 

Basic Designated Infection Control Officer Course

Early rate $375; after 10/5/18 $450; Sunday, 11/18, 9:00 am–4:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Administrator or Preparatory, 6 hours. Who is the designated infection control officer for your agency? This 8-hour course is designed to prepare the Infection Control Officer to fully meet the requirements established under NFPA 1581, OSHA, and the Ryan White Law. The Ryan White Law states that each fire, EMS and law enforcement agency must have a designated officer to manage exposure issues for the department. The class will focus on how to comply with the law using practical examples and an emphasis on implementation of the program, taught by instructors with many years of experience in emergency response. Participants receive a USB drive at the conclusion with resources, including a template for an infection control plan that can be modified for your service. For information on course content, contact Fred Ortiz at fred.ortiz@ljems.org.

 

Brain Dissection Stroke Lab

Early rate $100; after 10/5/18 $120; Sunday, 11/18, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm; Fort Worth Convention Center; CE: Preparatory, 4 hours. How many times do you have the opportunity to dissect a brain and learn what happens to a brain during a stroke? The Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center has collaborated with Baylor College of Medicine Neurocritical Care and Neuroendovascular Neurosurgery Physicians to create a unique and interactive educational experience for EMS. This interactive preconference class includes, sheep brain dissection, hands-on flow simulator demonstration, case studies and lively discussions with physician experts. For information on course content, contact Suzan Styron at sstyron@stlukeshealth.org.

 

Improving Airway Management

Early rate $285; after 10/5/18 $340; Sunday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Airway, 8 hours. Limited to 24 participants! This class sold out last year! Do you understand airway management—REALLY understand it? If you don’t (and we won’t tell), here’s your chance to learn in an interactive, 8-hour session. Using lectures and lots of hands-on-time, EMS Medical Director Jeff Jarvis, MD, EMT-P, and his colleagues at Williamson County EMS will expand the practicing paramedic's "airway toolbox." Get the knowledge and practice skills at stations for delayed-sequence intubation for adequate apneic oxygenation and pre-oxygenation, push-dose pressors, PEEP, RAMP positioning, intubation with horribly soiled airways and several types of video laryngoscopes. For more information on course content, contact John Gonzales at jgonzales@wilco.org or Jeff Jarvis at jjarvis@wilco.org.