PREVENTING EMS LEGAL FIRES
NREMT CATEGORY: OTHER
John Murphy, JD, Attorney at Law, Murphy Law Group
Organizations are continually under the threat of litigation from the public and at times our own
firefighters, EMT’s, staff or their families, with failure to administer a policy, stop discriminatory
behavior, applying a faulty technique or tactic coupled with outdated policies resulting in litigation.
Learn high risk legal issues facing your organization and the need to develop specific and general
policies including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment. How adequate documentation is
used as a cornerstone of a legal defense will be discussed along with need for a strong driver
education program and the 1st Amendment, freedom of speech and social media, and how it affects
TACKLING THE TOUGH HIPAA AND PATIENT PRIVACY ISSUES
NREMT CATEGORY: OPERATIONS
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P, JD, Attorney at Law, Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
We have a legal obligation to protect patient information - even in the emergent setting when it is
often difficult to control. Learn specific HIPAA rules about what can be shared with others without the
patient’s authorization and the rules to follow with requests for “protected health information” (PHI):
from various sources. Steve Wirth will also discuss proper access to PHI - the concept of “role-based
access” - and the use of PHI in QI activities.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019
8: 30 AM – 9: 30 AM
COPING WITH THE UNPLEASANT EMOTIONS
NREMT CATEGORY: MEDICAL
Annette Hill, MC, LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor, The Journey of Me, LLC.
Come learn anxiety-reduction tools you can use anywhere from a certified therapist and Gold Star
Mom who has assisted veterans and first responders struggling with substance use, PTSD, grief/loss
and moral injury. Also learn how to understand the purpose and logic of intense emotions and the
purpose they serve for survival and learning, the natural emotions that intrude on responders and what
it means when they cannot contain their emotions. This session will also address the purpose behind
chaos, help you understand emotional bias and baggage, judgements and expectations, and help you
understand how you can cope when you are off the clock.
CUTTING EDGE FIRST LINE AIRWAY MANAGEMENT: MULTIPLE WAYS THE
EMT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
NREMT CATEGORY: AIRWAY, RESPIRATORY, VENTILATION
Andrew M. McCoy, MD, MS, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington, Shoreline Fire
Dept., American Medical Response Puget Sound Operations
This lecture will outline best practices in BLS airway management. Dr. Andrew McCoy will present
topics such as how to optimize bag-mask ventilation; use of airway adjuncts including oral airway and
nasopharyngeal airway; BLS end-tidal capnography; BLS positive pressure non-invasive ventilation;
and PEEP as a BLS adjunct. After attending this insightful session, attendees will be able to describe
appropriate methods and their rationale for BLS airway management.