This presentation will review the trials that led us to endovascular therapy, issues with the trials, how to identify large vessel occlusion strokes, and finally how to put it all together into one concise workflow.
- Understand the evidence supporting endovascular therapy in large vessel occlusion strokes.
- Understand the limitations of the supporting evidence for endovascular therapy in large vessel occlusion strokes.
- Be able to identify a large vessel occlusion stroke clinically using the VAN tool.
The emergency services are a male-dominated field, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the upper levels of management. Whether fire-based, municipal, private, or state, the female presence is thin at the top. For women who are in leadership roles or aspiring to attain them, there is not much information available that can be practically applied to gender challenges. This presentation will take an honest and objective approach to the social and generational influences that shape the industry. It will offer advice on how to improve professional and personal communication and help you learn to spot pitfalls and instances where "imposter syndrome" and social conditioning may be holding you back.
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You are confidently responding to media inquiries to your agency, you’ve successfully pitched some stories and your digital media presence is growing. That’s it, right? Not even close. During this pre-conference session, participants will dig deep into public relations, audience engagement, writing, planning, tools for execution and how to evaluate. Participants will leave this session with hands-on experience creating a successful PR campaign, developing a media plan and calendar including how to identify opportunities and how to create messaging. In addition, they will learn how to generate interest and connect with audiences by revisiting (and practicing) the fundamentals of writing pieces like press releases, social medial posts, blog posts and media pitches. Information will be useful for new/occasional PIOs as well as for more seasoned professionals.
Opioid overdoses, and the long-term issues surrounding addiction, present significant challenges to communities across the country and EMS providers are on the front lines of this crisis. From naloxone-leave-behind programs to pre-hospital treatment with suboxone, EMS has shifted from an emergency response role to becoming a key driver in developing a comprehensive approach to helping our patients who are victims of this long-term epidemic. This presentation will highlight innovative, evidence-based initiatives led by EMS providers serving on those front lines combating the opioid crisis and saving lives. Attendees will gain an increased awareness of direct strategies and how to form necessary partnerships essential to be effective in addressing opioid issues in their communities. Join this experienced panel of EMS and public health experts as we look at some of the cutting-edge solutions that EMS systems have developed as they respond every day to this public health crisis.
- Understand the pharmacology of different opiod substances
- Understand recommended treatment options for Narcotic overdose treatment
- Understand the use of Buprenorphine for opiod withdrawal treatment
By forging a new partnership between EMS providers, insurers, and emergency physicians, UCM brings emergency medicine triage directly to the location of the patient. With telehealth communication that includes responding EMS crews, a patient can be assessed, diagnosed, referred, and treated in place. The Virtual ER reduces unnecessary hospital ER visits, freeing up EMS resources and time for patients with true emergencies. Through health insurance partnerships, the Virtual ER pays EMS agencies for treat-at-home visits.
UCM's EMS partnerships have rapidly expanded during 2020, securing EMS payment opportunities for treat-at-home for Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Advantage, and commercial insurance patients across a growing swath of Upstate NY. A growing body of evidence is being collected that shows a high percentage of patients calling 911 for non-emergent conditions can be successfully treated at home, rather than in the emergency room. This has added extra value during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Demonstrated savings has expanded health insurer participation, making this a viable innovation pathway for a growing number of for-profit, fire-based, and not-for-profit EMS agencies. After the short introduction to the concept at the 2020 Virtual EMS World, this presentation will examine data and key performance indicators that drive the success of EMS treat-at-home.
Agencies' attempts to address mental health issues often fall short of intended goals. Rarely do they do anything to correct underlying challenges. Instead, embracing and owning a culture of supporting mental health takes intentionality, purposeful steps, and dedication. Embracing mental health has to be threaded throughout the organizational structure and a core part of agency identity. This presentation will review common cultural barriers and look at simple steps agencies can take to shift their department culture in the right direction.
- Recognize common barriers to embracing a mental health culture.
- Describe the steps necessary to create avenues to open conversations about mental health in your agency.
- Locate appropriate resources for agencies to utilize to provide education on mental health and the EMS responder.
Salacious videos and social media posts can show providers at their absolute worst: arguing, physically assaulting patients, criticizing and fighting with their public safety partners. Unprofessional interactions have plaintiffs’ lawyers seeing dollar signs—instead of focusing on care, lawyers can focus on how providers act and sway juries toward big verdicts. This session explores how public safety agencies can support a culture of professionalism, manage the difficult conversations, and address interpersonal and interagency issues before the next big lawsuit.
- Illustrate and discuss examples of unprofessional interactions among EMS providers, law enforcement, fire departments, and hospital personnel.
- Examine the effect of unprofessional interactions on legal liability for providers and their agencies.
- Describe best practices for leaders to support a professional culture and address interpersonal and interagency conflicts.
EMS was hit hard by COVID-19 — but the implications for workforce planning are long lasting. In this fast paced engaging seminar, Fitch will outline how leaders and team members can better use resources to improve customer service and caregiver satisfaction.
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For far too long EMS has been relegated to “you call, we haul.” As we all struggle with funding challenges, it is time to look at ourselves differently. With recent events such as active shooters, the opioid epidemic, MIH, the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, and more, the role of EMS has changed forever. This session will connect the dots between EMS, MIH, and public health. EMS has never been properly assimilated into public health, but when we as EMS take one step back, we are at the epicenter of it. No other entity nationally or internationally has the routine and trusted access to the public we do! Join us to see how to change the narrative and trajectory of EMS.
- Understand the concept of EMS providers functioning as a part of public health.
- Have a greater understanding of how quality data drives funding, which drives staffing and legislation.
- Understand that the EMS provider is perfectly poised to assist with issues concerning public health.
Remember the days of old, when the doctor would be handed the handwritten EMS patent care report, when EM physician trainees were taught to always read the EMS report? That was 10 years ago! We have generations of emergency physicians not understanding the importance of reading EMS notes. What was the blood pressure on that trauma patient? When was the last dose of inhaled epinephrine given to that child with croup? When was the IM epinephrine given to the patient with anaphylaxis? EMS care is critical to both the patient and the team receiving them. This presentation discusses the history of EMS going electronic and how San Diego is getting both the EMS report to the hospital and the hospital outcomes back to the agency.
- Describe how EMS went from paper to electronic records.
- Describe the importance of the emergency department receiving timely EMS records.
- Describe the importance of EMS receiving hospital outcomes.
If anything, the COVID-19 response has inspired some outside the box thinking for EMS agencies. This includes staffing, deployment models and major protocol change. Some agencies have even stepped deeper into the public health role as a result. Albert Einstein said "In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity". This presentation highlights the opportunity that EMS has been afforded during this difficult time. An opportunity to bolster the efforts of public health and further impact the communities they serve. Learn how Indianapolis EMS and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security partnered with state and local health assets to stand up Indiana's first EMS lead mass vaccination clinic.
This session will go over the different types of simulation, simulation objectives, simulation resources and how to select the best type of simulation for your objectives. Simulation in medical and nursing education is formalized and requires additional education and certifications. EMS has been doing simulation for years, but not necessarily in a formal way. Learn how to approach simulation effectively and professionally. NAEMT’s integrated testing scenario uses simulation as a summative assessment. What can you use simulation for? Learning objectives, formative and summative assessments, and just about anything else. If you are a new instructor or have been doing EMS education for years you can learn something or get some new ideas.