ALS Track Schedule

Friday, May 18th


7am: Conference Registration Opens

7am to 8am: Light Breakfast

8am to 9:15am: "Inside Out" with Scotty Bolleter

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Trauma

9:15am to 9:30am: Break

9:30am to 11am: "Vein'ously Speaking" with Scotty Bolleter

A tremendous amount of confusion surrounds various treatments found in emergent medicine. Today’s provider must be able to understand not only what needs to happen, but why as well. When considering venous access a number of options now present themselves to the patient and provider. A detailed review of current equipment and methods will follow a discussion centered on case studies and selected research. Included in this program will be an exciting look into the future, and options that will soon present themselves to all levels care. Suffice to say that what was once difficult and exclusionary in its application now beams with potential.

NYS Core Category: (1.5) Special Considerations

11am to 11:15am: Break

11:15am to 12:30pm: "What's in My Patient?: The Good, The Bad, and The Implanted" with Reuben Farnsworth

This class takes a look at all the gadgets our patients have to aid their medical situation. We will cover common devices that are implanted and attached, while discussing common issues with these devices and the best methods for EMS providers to assist in their operation or malfunction.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Pulmonary

12:30pm to 1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm to 3:15pm: "Sheepdogs vs Wolves: EMS Role in Protecting At-Risk Populations" with Kelly Grayson

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.” That particularly describes how EMS providers must deal with the horror of abuse and neglect. We need compassion and tenderness towards the abused patient, but passionless, clinical objectivity when it comes to documenting our findings and dealing with the people who prey upon them. If we’re going to protect the most vulnerable among us, we need a tough mind and a tender heart.

NYS Core Category: (1.5) Special Considerations - Abuse and Assault

3:15pm to 3:45pm: Break

3:45pm to 4pm: IAC 2018 Opening Ceremonies

4pm to 5pm: Keynote Address - "Shoot For Exceptional & Leave Acceptable Behind" with Reuben Farnsworth

Are you settling for less than your best? No more. We will talk about the importance of exceptional medicine and why it matters. We will talk about how in depth assessments and the constant pursuit of excellence can elevate us as providers. What you do is important and this presentation will remind you why.

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory

5pm to 6:30pm: Exhibit Hall Opening and Welcome Reception (Drinks, Giveaways, Hors d'Oeuvres)


Saturday, May 19th


7am: Conference Registration Opens

7am to 8am: Light Breakfast

8am to 9am: Keynote Address - "The Last Lesson - Put Your Heart Into It!" with Kelly Grayson

If you knew you were dying, and you had one last lesson to share with your peers, what wisdom would you impart? That was the premise for Carnegie Mellon University’s “Last Lecture” series, in which Professor Randy Pausch, recently diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, delivered his inspiring talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” The lecture and resulting book were an inspiration to millions, including one paramedic who pondered what wisdom he would impart to his profession if it were his very last chance. Join Kelly Grayson as he delivers his inspiring, hypothetical last lesson: put your heart in it.

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory 

9am to 9:30am: Break

9:30am to 11am: "Pediatric Prehospital Neuro-Critical Care: Avoid Insult to the One Organ That Can't Be Transplanted" with Dr. Robert Newmyer

Neuroprotection by minimizing secondary insult to the brain and spinal cord can extend to the prehospital environment. What is the current evidence? How do I best care for a critically ill child in the prehospital setting with a neurologic insult? Case-based review of status epilepticus, cardiac arrest and anoxic brain injury, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury are presented with pearls for each.

NYS Core Category: (1.5) Pediatrics

11am to 11:15am: Break

11:15am to 12:30pm: "Are You Ready for Baby? An Update on Emergency Childbirth and Newborn Care" with Dan Batsie

Managing prehospital childbirth is an infrequently used skill with very high stakes. Many of the traditional steps and skills we once took for granted are now being replaced with more updated practices. Are you ready? This class is designed to update providers on modern best practices and review the key interventions necessary to overcome several different childbirth and neonatal complications. 

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Gynecology and Obstetrics

12:30pm to 1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm to 3pm: "Until All the Pieces Fit" with Chris Ebright

As a pre-hospital care provider, on average, you are seven times more likely to come in contact with a person on the autism spectrum. It is not one condition, but rather a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. As a result, these patients can present EMS providers with unique assessment and management challenges. This presentation will explain the autism spectrum, the uniqueness of each part, as well as certain notable characteristics of these patients to consider when performing an assessment and rendering medical treatment.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Special Challenges

3pm to 3:15pm: Break

3:15pm to 4:30pm: "Capnography: Best Practices, Documentation and Advanced Uses" with Kelly Grayson

Capnography is one of the most valuable clinical tools to be embraced by EMS in a generation. Aside from being the "12-lead of the lungs," quantitative waveform capnography also provides valuable insight into perfusion status and other metabolic derangements. Join Kelly Grayson as he explains how to understand capnography in depth, and how how to use it for something beyond confirming tube placement.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Airway Management and Ventilation

4:30pm to 5:30pm: It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere...A Beer, Wine and Soda Social in the Exhibit Hall


Sunday, May 20th


7:45am: Conference Registration Opens

7:45am to 8:15am: Light Breakfast

8:15am to 9:15am: "The Perils of Suspension Trauma" with Chris Ebright

Those who work at heights on scaffolds and other structures higher than six feet often wear safety harnesses. The technology of safety harnesses has progressed in recent years, but even with the best designs in safety gear, those who fall in an upright position are at risk of death. This can happen even after a relatively short and effective rescue. This presentation will explain the physiological consequences of suspension trauma and what EMS professionals need to consider during treatment and transport.

NYS Core Category: (1) Trauma

9:15am to 9:30am: Break

9:30am to 10:30am: Keynote Address - "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Role of Mentoring in EMS" with Dan Batsie

No one in EMS succeeds alone. However, far too frequently new practitioners are left to “take their lumps” and languish without proper guidance. This common dilemma leads to not only poor patient care, but serves to weight down EMS as a profession in face of progress. This motivational discussion will describe the importance of mentors in EMS. It will focus not just on the new provider but discuss how mentoring and cooperation can improve EMS as a whole.

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory

10:30am to 10:45am: Break

10:45am to 11:45am: "The STEMI That Got Away; M.I. Missing Cardiac Patients?" with Rom Duckworth

We know that early acquisition and interpretation of 12 lead ECGs are key to effective treatment of patients with STEMI; but are we identifying all of the patients who should be evaluated with a 12 lead? This highly energetic lecture presents the pathophysiology of S-T elevation myocardial infarction in an easy to understand style to help you best identify, triage and treat patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes. Using the latest research behind the AHA Guidelines changes, this program will help you better coordinate with your healthcare partners along the continuum of cardiac care. Emphasis is placed on risk factors, recognizing truly sick patients and coordinating care with cardiac systems of care.

NYS Core Category: (1) Cardiac/Cardiology

11:45am to 12pm: Break

12pm to 1pm: "Fluid Resuscitation: Stop the Madness!" with Tim Redding

This Class will discuss the deadly triad in trauma and common pitfalls with prehospital fluid resuscitation and ways we can improve outcomes by changing current practice. We will also cover different prehospital fluids and any advantages and disadvantages they may have.

NYS Core Category: (1) Trauma