COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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KNOCKING CRUSH INJURIES OUT OF THE PARK

In this class we will discuss the latest trends in managing the patient who is suffering from Crush Injuries.  For years we have rushed to free people from car wrecks as fast as possible to get them to the Trauma Center within the Golden Hour.  What if, by slowing down and initiating some therapies before extricating a patient, we could actually provide a greater chance of survival to our patients?  This class will explore the latest theories and treatment modalities for just this scenario to better treat our patients with Crush Injuries.

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SMASHING THE STIGMA

The challenges public safety personnel face these days are multi-faceted.  We are seeing more and more first responders suffering because they are exposed to human suffering, violence and chaos over and over again.  You voluntarily immerse yourself in the chaos and confusion of other people’s worst days.  Living in this type of environment as a first responder can wound you in ways far more destructive than your worst multi-system trauma patient.  Just as you administer the necessary medical care to such a trauma patient through providing airway, chest tubes and blood, we want to administer the necessary psychological care to you as the provider through a delicious lunch, an educational video on first responder resilience, and…therapy dogs.  Does it get any better than food, CEUS and puppies?!?

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TRAUMATIC ARREST: FROM STRIKEOUT TO HOME RUN

This course will cover all aspects of the traumatic arrest patient.  We will cover the pathophysiology of severe blunt and penetrating trauma as well as why these patients arrest.  Treatment plans will be discussed as well as the “recipe” to manage the arresting trauma patient.  A review of current trauma literature (myth- busting!) will also be included.  

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PREVENTING THE TRAUMA TRIAD OF DEATH

In this course you will identify the individual components of the trauma triad of death. You will learn why these three components share a complex relationship and how each factor can compound the other–potentially resulting in high mortality if this positive feedback loop continues uninterrupted in critical trauma patients. Participants will discuss simple interventions EMS providers can perform to help prevent or slow the rapid progression of the triad.

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TBI Grand Slam

This lecture will provide an introduction into the world of TBI for all levels of providers.  Focus will be placed on early recognition and management of the TBI patient to ensure the best possible outcomes.   Special considerations regarding pediatric brain injury will also be covered.   A succinct review of the latest literature and practice management guidelines will finish off the talk.

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