COMPLICATIONS! CASES OF PATIENT DETERIORATION
NREMT CATEGORY: MEDICAL
Kevin Collopy, Clinical Outcomes Manager, AirLink/VitaLink Critical Care Transport
While complications and patient deterioration don’t always mean someone made a mistake, it’s
easy for a provider to doubt their own care after the complication occurs. This lecture discusses
several interventions, known complications, and their evidence-based frequency. Kevin Callopy will
present actual cases where things went wrong: hypotension following RSI, intracerebral hemorrhage
following fibrinolytics, and respiratory arrest following analgesia and sedation, and tell you how the
involved providers managed their patients’ complications and how structured support was provided to
help support the involved crew members improve future care delivery.
EMERGING ISSUES FOR WOMEN IN FIRE & EMS SERVICE
NREMT CATEGORY: OTHER
Angela Hughes, President, International Association of Women in the Fire & Emergency Services, Fire
Captain, Baltimore County Fire Dept.
This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the specific issues threatening the
health and safety of women in emergency services and will offer strategies to reduce fatalities and
injuries among responders with a focus on women’s issues. The presentation is based on a study
funded by the USFA, led by i Women and in partnership with several fire service organizations. Key
issues covered in the session include Fatalities/Injuries; Cardiac health; Cancer; Behavioral Health and
Suicide; Bullying; Recruitment and Retention; Apparatus Safety; and Roadway scene safety. Each topic
covered includes strategies, solutions and materials to assist with best practices.
THE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT JOURNEY
NREMT CATEGORY: OTHER
Alan Schwalberg, EMT-P, Vice President, Northwell CEMS
James Jackson, Regional Director of Operations, Northwell Health System
Jonathan Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD, Assistant Vice President of Operations, Northwell CEMS
Learn about Northwell (NY) Health’s Center for EMS’ 5-year journey to improve employee engagement,
recruitment and retention. These industry leaders will share the practices, techniques and lessons
learned that took their High Performance EMS organization to a top tier cultural performer that other
organizations are now adopting.
EVALUATING AND INTERPRETING EMS RESEARCH
NREMT CATEGORY: OPERATIONS
Michael Gerber, MPH, NRP, Paramedic, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
Reading peer-reviewed research can often feel like trying to decipher code: odds rations, p-values,
confounders, etc. Yet, it’s vitally important that you understand how a study was designed, what the
results mean, and whether or not it will or should impact our clinical practice or daily operations.
Michael Gerber will use examples from recent EMS research, teach you a simple six-step method to
use when you read a research study and how to incorporate those findings in your own practice.