NREMT CATEGORY: AIRWAY, RESPIIRATORY, VENTILATION
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN, EMS Coordinator, Saratoga County, New York
CPAP, BiPAP and High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) are Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) tools that save
lives. This session will review NIV tools, patient selection criteria, standards of care, assessment,
application in the field and transition of care to the ED. Mike McEvoy will review CPAP devices, BiPAP
machines, and soon-to-be released prehospital high flow nasal oxygen therapy (HFNC) that will
improve patient outcomes and provide tips for better monitoring using capnography.
REDESIGNING YOUR RESUSCITATION APPROACH: THE RIALTO FIRE
NREMT CATEGORY: OPERATIONS
Sean Grayson, Fire Chief, Rialto Fire Department
To improve survival where historical outcomes have been poor requires radical innovation. Chief Sean
Grayson will show you how his department changed assumptions and envisioned a future where
survival is the norm, not the exception, and achieve an 80% cardiac arrest survival rate. His data will
show you how, when bench-marking and industry best practices don’t yield the desired outcomes,
your agency must look to reverse-benchmark instead. Come see how you can apply this and other
lessons of innovation leadership in your community.
SPINAL TRAUMA MANAGEMENT: A SKEPTIC EXAMINES THE EVIDENCE
NREMT CATEGORY: TRAUMA
David Dalton, BS, EMT-P, Captain, St. Charles County Ambulance District
Were you skeptical when management of suspected spinal trauma victims began to shift away from
the use of long backboards? Having suffered a near-fatal cervical spine fracture himself, David was
greatly distressed when his agency announced that the backboard was being removed from the spinal
trauma protocol. He set out to learn all he could about the supposed science behind these changes.
But instead of finding flaws in the research, he learned that traditional immobilization can contribute to
a patient’s death; and recent research suggests that even more changes may be on the horizon.
TALES FROM THE STREETS OF CHICAGO EMS
NREMT CATEGORY: OTHER
Deborah Sommer, Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedic, Chicago Fire Dept.
As a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department Chief Sommer takes you through the streets
of Chicago. She will share her experiences with you while working on some of the country’s busiest
ambulances in the toughest neighborhoods. Learn what experiences shaped her career path from a
candidate straight out of the Fire Academy to Chief Officer still working in the field.
VEHICLE EXTRICATION FOR EMS
NREMT CATEGORY: OPERATIONS
Dan Greenhaus, Director of Operations, Emergency Services Educators & Consultants
Cars have changed significantly since the early 20th century. From hybrid vehicles, to SRS systems, to
airbag locations, many of these changes are done in the name of efficiency.... but as a rescuer, they
can pose some serious risks to you. Even if your agency doesn’t perform the actual disentanglement,
you should be familiar with many of the common practices involved in vehicle stabilization and
extrication. After all, extrication and disentanglement is supposed to be a patient care driven process.