BLS Track Schedule

Friday, May 18th


7am: Conference Registration Opens

7am to 8am: Light Breakfast

8am to 9:15am: "Old MacDonald Had a Multisystem Trauma - Farm Trauma...What You Need to Know" with Reuben Farnsworth

You are toned to respond to a local farm for…(Use your imagination and insert your favorite farm trauma here.) If you want to know more about crazy trauma, look no further. Whether you crave arms wrapped around PTO shafts, or muddy corrals where someone just played chicken with a Brahma bull, this is the class for you. We will delve into the many unique injuries and mechanisms of injury that occur on the farm and ranch. And don’t forget scene safety.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Trauma

9:15am to 9:30am: Break

9:30am to 11am: "Crazy or Not?: EMS Mental Health Case Studies" with Mike McEvoy

We often associate bizarre behavior with mental illness, yet not all strange behavior results from psychiatric causes. Join Mike McEvoy, who holds a doctorate degree in forensic psychology, in reviewing a series of EMS runs for emotionally disturbed individuals. Learn to pick up on some of the subtle clues and assessment findings that will point you, and your patient, in the right direction.

NYS Core Category: (1.5) Psychiatric

11am to 11:15am: Break

11:15am to 12:30pm: "Pre-Hospital Precipitous Deliveries: A Review of Delivery Techniques and Neonatal Resuscitation" with Dr. Maia Dorsett

In EMS, we hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Prehospital deliveries are no exception to this rule. In this presentation, we will review the recognition and management of high-risk vaginal deliveries. Techniques for management of delivery complications including nuchal cord, shoulder dystocia, and breech presentation will be demonstrated. Finally, assessment of the newborn and the most recent algorithms for neonatal resuscitation will be discussed.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) OB/Neonate/Pediatrics

12:30pm to 1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm to 3:15pm: "Thoracic Park" with Scotty Bolleter

Injuries to the chest are common and frequently lethal. Your understanding of the anatomy as well as the lifesaving evidence that supports current interventions is imperative. This lecture is designed to illuminate injuries, define complications, and highlight management options. This program includes newly created images and videos accompanied by case studies and an unapologetic reality check! 

NYS Core Category: (1.5) Trauma

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: "What Were You Thinking?" with Kirk Mittelman

Too often we get tunnel vision and miss the signs and symptoms we are trained to find. On a regular basis we all wonder “What Were You Thinking?” and want to ask the patient. During this session we will evaluate critical calls and what could have changed the outcome of these calls. We will also look at patient and EMS thinking while on calls. What is critical thinking and how can I use it to better my patient outcomes? Grab your TOPHAT and join Kirk for a session filled with videos and case histories to help improve your Critical Thinking Skills and figure you “What were they thinking?”

NYS Core Category: (1.5) Assessment

11am to 11:15am: Break

11:15am to 12:30pm: "Yes, We Do Diagnose!" with Kelly Grayson

“Do paramedics diagnose?” Few questions are guaranteed to spur as spirited debate in EMS as that one. Whether you call it a field impression, a field diagnosis, a differential diagnosis, or a Supermedic Hunch, what we do accurately meets the definition of a diagnosis. Not only do paramedics diagnose, but so do EMTs! Join Kelly Grayson as he examines the outdated and inaccurate practice of treatment by symptom management, how diagnoses are formed, refined, and changed, and how it is absolutely necessary to diagnose a patient before we can treat one.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Assessment

12:30pm to 1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm to 3pm: "Strangulation Injuries in the Domestic Violence Patient: Why EMS Plays a Critical Role" with Dan Batsie

Domestic violence patients face a variety challenges that frequently involve EMS. From critical medical interventions to access to social services, EMS practitioners provide a vital service. With strangulation injuries however, the EMS response is even more important. Beyond the obvious threats to airway and breathing, identification of these injuries can provide hugely important insight into the ongoing safety of the patient. A victim of domestic violence who is strangled by their intimate partner is 800 times more likely to be killed. Are you prepared to recognize this warning sign? This interactive session will discuss the recognition features and the specific treatment strategies associated with strangulation injuries. We will further describe the vital role of EMS plays in both social service referral and in forensic documentation leading to successful prosecution. The intent is to provide practitioners tangible resources that will improve the overall care for these patients and enhance their contribution to the ongoing challenge of ending the vicious cycle of domestic violence.  

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Airway

3pm to 3:15pm: Break

3:15pm to 4:30pm: "The Old and the Beautiful: Geriatrics 102" with Tim Redding

Patients older than 65 make up the majority of EMS calls. How good are you at treating your geriatric patient? This session will discuss common geriatric issues seen by EMS providers and the myths and misconceptions surrounding the care of a geriatric patient.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Geriatrics

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


Sunday, May 20th


8am: Conference Registration Opens

8am to 8:30am: Light Breakfast

8:30am to 9:30am: "Hemorrhage Control: What's In & What's Out!" with Tim Redding

We will review hemorrhage, shock and the assessment and management of a patient bleeding. We will then review current and future trends available for treating bleeding in the prehosptial environment.

NYS Core Category: (1) Trauma

9:30am to 9:45am: Break

9:45am to 10:45am: 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

10:45am to 11am: Break

11am to 12pm: "To Pee is To Be" with Chris Ebright

When the kidneys fail, your patient becomes sick with a variety of non-specific signs and symptoms. Whether from an acute situation or from a chronic problem, kidney failure may lead a patient being dependent on dialysis. This presentation helps you gain some insight into the challenges these patients provide to the EMS professional.

NYS Core Category: (1) Abdominal, Geni-Renal, GI, Hematology

12pm to 12:10pm: Break

12:10pm to 1:10pm: "Bus Accident Response: The 3 Things You Need To Know" with Rom Duckworth

Every day in your community, vehicles travel the road carrying large numbers of potential victims; some children, some elderly, some with special medical issues, and all your responsibility. Every year 63,000 inter-city, transit, and school buses crashes result in over 14,000 injuries and hundreds of fatalities. This program will help make you ready when it happens in your area. Presenting lessons learned from around the world along with personal experience managing school bus and inter-city tour bus incidents, Rom lays out the 3 key steps to managing major (and minor) motor coach collisions in your response area.

NYS Core Category: (1) Operations