Wednesday, August 4th Conference

0800 - 0915
General Session


1.5 Hours Operations

So often we talk about the “bad calls.” What we should be focusing on, are the positive ones. We all have of plenty of calls that drag us down and make us question our choice of profession. While important to learn from, these calls don’t build us up. Come while I share some of the Mile-Hi Moments in my career. Together we will remember all the awesome reasons that we chose EMS as our profession, and why there is nothing else we would rather do. What you do is important and this presentation will remind you why.


  1. The student will identify the importance of focusing on positive career points.
  2. The student will list reasons why they chose EMS as a profession.
  3. The student will be revitalized and state that the job they do is important and that they are valuable.
  4. The student will list identifying factors for RVI.

0930 - 1045

Chris Ebright

1.5 Hours Medical

Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by an overwhelming bodily response to an infection. Caring for a septic infant or child presents not only a management challenge, but also causes anxiety and fear in even the most seasoned EMT or paramedic. As one of the leading causes of death for children in the U.S., the EMS professional must be familiar with the signs and symptoms of this possible life-threatening event, and vigilant in his or her examination. This presentation will help you to recognize and properly intervene, which is essential to improve patient outcome.

Nicholas Smith

1.5 Hours Instructor

Using Your Lecture to Lead is a course in how to transform your lecture curriculum or meeting agenda into an experience that produces authentic behavioral change from your students or administrators in the field. The time in the classroom or in meetings that instructors have with their students is extremely valuable. When we fall into the routine of “just getting through the material” to satisfy our short-term objectives, we miss the big picture opportunity to improve the team and further the ultimate mission of positively impacting patient care. Many of our traditional classroom experiences have been focused on simply covering objectives in order to “pass the test” and our meeting agendas fall into “maintaining the status quo.” This approach often falls short when it comes to producing sustainable, longterm results, and that lands squarely on the shoulders of the instructor. Using Your Lecture to Lead is an interactive course that is aimed at demonstrating to instructors the importance of creating relationships up and down the chain of command, how to appropriately manage a classroom or meeting to exponentially improve the curriculum or agenda itself, and to show attendees how to play the long-game.


  1. Discuss strategies and tactics to utilize in any classroom setting or meeting that you can employ immediately in order to produce a direct impact on your organization.
  2. Provide a methodology to create relationships up and down the chain of command in your organization and lead from your current position.
  3. Learn how to improve your ability to see the big-picture, protect your well-being, and respond appropriately to what may seem like failure in your classroom or meeting experience.
  4. Prioritize and execute your class or meeting agenda with the “Power of Less” by utilizing your skill in the area of Triage and Transport.
  5. Develop strategies to engage team members who are already performing well, in need of improvement, or are purposefully working in opposition to your goals.
  6. Learn about the dynamics of how behavioral change works on the individual level through the example of “The Elephant, the Rider, and the Path” to better lead your team in any group setting.

Kim Brandenburg

1.5 Hours Cardiac/Medical

Description Coming Soon

POCUS For Resuscitation of the Critically Ill
Darick Day

1.5 Hours Cardiac/Medical

Implementation of ultrasound in the emergency department and prehospital arena is becoming more common every day. The clinical applications are numerous and the diagnostic data invaluable. How can we utilize this tool in the crashing patient? We will discuss some helpful strategies for incorporating Point of Care Ultrasound or POCUS into your patient assessment.

This course will:

  1. Discuss the basics of ultrasound function
  2. Discuss some common views utilized in the emergency setting
  3. Review the anatomy of physiology of the cardiopulmonary system
  4. Review pathophysiology of various shock states
  5. Review resuscitation techniques for various shock states
  6. Review vasoactive medications commonly utilized in resuscitation

1100 - 1215

The Night Joe’s Crab Shack Almost Changed Everything
Chris Ebright

1.5 Hours Medical

This presentation explains and follows the development of the pathophysiology, signs, symptoms and treatment of a severe anaphylactic reaction. This case study shows how an allergic reaction develops into an anaphylactic presentation in real time with real events. Audience participation will help demonstrate the components of the immune system and the events of a normal immune response. All of the actual events during this case study correlated with the underlying pathophysiology of the immune response and will help the EMS professional better understand the development of anaphylaxis and its management.

#MillennialsAreMakingMeCrazy : Managing the Millennia Workforce
Rueben Farnsworth

1.5 Hours Operations

Overview: There are a new generation of workers in EMS, and many members of the administrative team are struggling to interface with them. We will talk about the ways in which millennial workers differ from their more seasoned co-workers. We can either learn to interface or we can #DealWithIt for the next 20 years until the millennial generation is running management. Come join the discussion and improve your communication with the younger generation.


  1. The student will be able to identify differences in how the millennial generation view their careers.
  2. The student will be able to list methods of improving communication with the millennial generation.
  3. The student will be able to compare and contrast management strategies for millennial workers.
  1. What Do Millennials Want In A Career?
    1. Make a Difference
    2. Advancement
    3. Instant Gratification
  2. The Now Generation
    1. Impatience
    2. This generation has been brought up with the world at their fingertips
    3. Understanding how these individuals were raised can help
  3. Everyone's a winner
    1. I’m great at everything I do
    2. I tried, so that is really all that matters
  4. Discussion
    1. What Are Challenges You Have Encountered?
    2. Solutions to these issues?
    3. New Solutions from the Group
  5. Get Tech Savvy
    1. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are your friends
    2. They are also your worst enemy
    3. Consider placing some boundaries on tech in the workplace
      1. For example, maybe all cell phones go in a box when entering training or meetings
      2. Do you have a policy on device usage while with patients?
  6. Effective Communication
    1. Several strategies
      1. Train your millennial employees to communicate like you do.
      2. Learn to communicate differently.
      3. Is there a right answer? The one that works for you.
  7. Summary
    1. Understanding differences in generations is the first step
    2. Create an open discourse in which your employees are comfortable addressing any perceived issues they may see
    3. Set boundaries and enforce them
    4. Challenge to be a RockStar Adminstrator

Sink or Swim: Water Safety Tips That Will Save the Day
Mariah Swinker

1.5 Hours Trauma/Medical

Everyone assumes that the lake is where to come for a fun filled and care free weekend. Most don’t consider the dangers associated with the water. This lecture will review the most commonly seen injuries, rescue techniques, treatment goals, and injury prevention strategies that are ready to be implemented in your area

Course Objectives:

Too Much of a Good Thing: Pediatric ventilation in the pre-hospital and intra hospital transport space
Ronda Bradley

1.5 Hours Airway, Respiratory, Ventilation/Medical


  1. Review common modes of ventilation
  2. Discuss the most commonly used modes/Breath types in Pediatric ventilation (Invasive)
  3. Discuss the literature and why specific modes MAY be better than others when ventilating Peds
  4. Discuss oxygenation of the Pediatric patient
  5. Provide Monitoring options used during pediatric ventilation
  6. Provide a top level look at NPPV and the PEDs patient
  7. Scenario discussion

1330 - 1445

Picasso, Judy Garland and Indiana Jones all walk into a bar….
Chris Ebright

1.5 Hours Medical

This presentation will describe the organic, psychosocial and environmental causes of mental health derangement as well as providing information on schizophrenia, phobia and depression. Specific pathophysiology, signs and symptoms and EMS treatment options are provided to the participant during the discussion as well as addressing the prevalent problem of PTSD and suicide that is affecting all of us in the EMS community, now more than ever.

Managing the 1500 lb patient
Brian Hokamp

1.5 Hours Operations

Between 2017 and 2019 Christian Hospital EMS (CHEMS) provided care to an approx. 1,625 lbs. patient. During this time, we provided in home treatment in collaboration with our Wash U. Medical direction, State Resources, Hospital Administration, Hospice, Behavior Health and our Mobile integrated Health team. In addition to the in-home treatment CHEMS provided complex transportation of the patient multiple times to and from the hospital. Finally, CHEMS provided post-mortem care and transportation to the cemetery. We will provide visual aids through approved video footage and documented photographs.

Lifestyle Medicine and how it applies to care in the ED
Kim Brandenburg

1.5 Hours Medical

Description Coming Soon

Thoracostomy Master Class
David Wright

1.5 Hours Trauma

We often run critical calls, but when the moment arrives, do you know how to evaluate the need, the locations, and the maintenance required for thoracostomies. It is important to understand the anatomy, physiology, and procedural aspects of an emergent thoracostomy. From needles, to fingers to tubes, we will cover it all, so when the time comes, you will be well prepared to execute the procedure like a pro.


  1. The student will identify the important anatomical structures involved in thoracostomy placement
  2. The student will list the various types of thoracostomies
  3. The student will review signs and symptoms requiring the need for thoracostomy in a patient
  4. The student will be able to troubleshoot the most common causes of thoracostomy malfunctions and complications

1515 - 1630
Closing General Session

Why Do We Eat Our Young? Breaking The Hazing Trend -- Reuben Farnsworth

1.5 Hours Operations

Overview: A look at common hazing practices in EMS. We will talk about the culture of “breaking in a rookie”, hazing, and the ways that we often discourage new providers. Prepare yourself for some laughs as you encounter Reuben’s unique brand of EMS Poetry. Prepare for some personal introspection as well. If you are ready to change the way we encourage new EMS providers, come and join the fun.


  1. The student will identify some of the ways that new providers are discouraged on entering EMS.
  2. The student will recite better ways to encourage new providers.
  3. The student will identify the necessity of breaking away from the current culture and embracing a new paradigm.