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2022 Interior Region EMS Council's Symposium
2022 Interior Region EMS Council's Symposium
IREMSC CONFERENCE
Wed, March 23, 2022 @ 08:00 AM — Sat, March 26, 2022 @ 06:00 PM (AKDT)
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THIS EVENT IS 100% FREE!

Interior Region EMS Council 2022 Symposium


We invite you to attend the premier EMS training opportunity in Interior Alaska. Offerings will be for all levels of providers. From the BLS first responder to the most experienced paramedic and mid-level practitioner, we have something for everyone, including FUN and ADVENTURE.

  

Dr. Corsa will be delivering an engaging keynote address during the opening ceremony followed by more engaging breakout sessions with seasoned instructors in their field for the entirety of the symposium. And don't miss our closing session with Dr. Dow,  It’s not just PTSD: Tools for staying in the game.


Don’t miss the numerous vendors attending that will be showcasing the newest technologies and explaining their role in EMS.

 

Free light morning foods and COFFEE are provided each day along with a FREE lunch on Friday and Saturday to all attendees.

AND.....


The 2021 Alaska Governor's EMS and IREMS' Awards will be given out Friday evening at the If It's Wet & Not Yours, Don't Touch It Awards Night. Help us celebrate some amazing EMS Providers! There will be hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar.


Full Day Pre-symposium Classes (separate from main symposium fee)


Handtevy Instructor (8 hours)  Limited to 12 seats 

Anatomy Lab with Dr. Corsa (4 hours)

ITLS (16 hours) with Wilma Vinton and Mio Rheins     

ACLS & PALS Heartcode with Matt Blood and Mike Wagner

Part 2 of the provider transition courses with Emery Johnson



REMEMBER


IF IT’S WET AND NOT YOURS… DON’T TOUCH IT… BE COVID CONSCIOUS

 

WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU AT THE 2022 INTERIOR REGION EMS SYMPOSIUM


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Event Dates
MAR
23
WEDNESDAY
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MAR
26
SATURDAY
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (AKDT)
Registration Closes
March 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
Summary Agenda
IREMSC SYMPOSIUM AGENDA
Wednesday, March 23
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
ACLS Heartcode
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Anatomy for EMS: The Coolest Show & Tell Ever
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
ITLS - International Trauma Life Support
12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
PALS Heartcode
Thursday, March 24
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Handtevy Instructor Course
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Part 2 of the Provider Transition to the New Scope of Practice
5:30 PM
See full Agenda
Friday, March 25
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Check in
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Opening Session
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Thinking About Thinking: How to (Sometimes) Ignore Your Brain and Make Good Decisions
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Prolonged Trauma Patients
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
The PQRST of 12-lead ECG
2:45 PM to 4:15 PM
Back to Basics: Airway Management for All Levels of Providers
2:45 PM to 4:15 PM
BSI, Scene Safe, Now What???
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
IREMSC Annual Membership Meeting
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
If It's Wet & Not Yours Don't Touch It Award Ceremony and Cocktail Hour
Saturday, March 26
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Saturday Opening Session: Hypothermia - The Cold, Hard Facts
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
EMS and Law
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
TXA - Does It Really Work? And For What?
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Caring for Mentally Ill Patients
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
EMS Medication Errors, Prevention and Treatment
3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
Closing Session: It’s not just PTSD: Tools for staying in the game
Featured Speakers
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Photo of Dr. Joshua Corsa
Dr. Joshua Corsa
Providence Regional Medical Center
SPEAKER
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Dr. Marc Dumas
SPEAKER
Photo of Dr. Joe Livengood
Dr. Joe Livengood
SPEAKER
Photo of Dr. Jenn Dow
Dr. Jenn Dow
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pre-symposium classes
PALS Heartcode
PALS Heartcode
$ 175.00 
IREMSC
Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 @  12:30:PM  —  05:00:PM AKDT

The PALS Provider Course aims to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers to effectively recognize and intervene in patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest by using high-performance team dynamics and high-quality individual skills. The course includes a series of case scenario practices with simulations that reinforce important concepts. Students must complete the online course prior to the hands-on skills.

 
ACLS Heartcode
ACLS Heartcode
$ 175.00 
IREMSC
Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 @  08:00:AM  —  12:00:PM AKDT

This ACLS course teaches the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, high-performance teams, early and continuous high-quality CPR, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, post-cardiac arrest care, acute dysrhythmias, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Students must complete the online course prior to the hands on skill sign off.

 
Anatomy for EMS: The Coolest Show & Tell Ever
Anatomy for EMS: The Coolest Show & Tell Ever
$ 150.00 
North Star Fire Station 31
Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 @  08:30:AM  —  12:30:PM AKDT

Functional anatomy is incredibly important for prehospital providers, but it is rarely covered in depth. Dr. Corsa will take you on a guided tour of important organs systems and how they relate to prehospital care. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to see and examine the specimens, providing you a better appreciation for your patient’s anatomy and disease process.

 
Handtevy Instructor Course
Handtevy Instructor Course
$ 200.00 
IREMSC
Thursday Mar 24, 2022 @  08:00:AM  —  05:00:PM AKDT

The Handtevy Pre-Hospital Pediatric Instructor Course is an 8-hour live lecture and hands-on course that is intended to certify instructors to teach the Handtevy Pre-Hospital Pediatric Provider Course at their agency and earn credit. The course uses the basic tenets of ACLS training as the foundation while still covering the basic pediatric ALS principles and nuisances. The course focuses on the skills needed to rapidly and accurately treat the sick and injured pediatric patient and is intended to be used with the Handtevy Pediatric System.


Course Pre-requisites:

• Instructor candidates must be an advanced life support instructor (ACLS OR equivalent) and provide proof of such prior to registration

• Instructor candidates must have at least 5 years of clinical experience OR hold the position of Field Training Officer

• Must hold a current ACLS Provider Card

 
ITLS - International Trauma Life Support
ITLS - International Trauma Life Support
$ 375.00 
Steese Fire Station 62
Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 @  08:30:AM — Thursday Mar 24, 2022 @  05:30:PM AKDT

ITLS Trauma course provides the student the knowledge and hands-on skills to take better care of trauma patients. ITLS stresses rapid assessment, appropriate interventions, and identification of immediate life threats. The ITLS framework for rapid, appropriate, and effective trauma care is a global standard that works in any situation.

ITLS combines classroom learning, hands-on skills stations, and assessment stations that put learning to work in simulated trauma scenarios. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has endorsed ITLS since 1986 and recognizes the importance of quality pre-hospital care. It is dedicated to a leadership role in improving the standards and training of EMS providers. EMS providers, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians are members of the same team. If EMS providers are well trained and receive quality medical direction, the patients for whom they care will likely have a better chance of recovery.

 
Part 2 of the Provider Transition to the New Scope of Practice
Part 2 of the Provider Transition to the New Scope of Practice
$ 210.00 
North Star Fire Station 31
Thursday Mar 24, 2022 @  08:30:AM  —  04:00:PM AKDT

This is the skill session for the EMS provider transition. This skill session is for all levels of EMS providers.

 
 
pre-hospital providers registration
PRE-HOSPITAL Conference Pass
PRE-HOSPITAL Conference Pass
$ 150.00 
 
PRE-HOSPITAL Friday Pass
PRE-HOSPITAL Friday Pass
$ 100.00 
 
PRE-HOSPITAL Saturday Pass
PRE-HOSPITAL Saturday Pass
$ 100.00 
 
 
healthcare providers
HEALTHCARE Conference Pass
HEALTHCARE Conference Pass
$ 150.00 
 
HEALTHCARE Friday Pass
HEALTHCARE Friday Pass
$ 100.00 
 
HEALTHCARE Saturday Pass
HEALTHCARE Saturday Pass
$ 100.00 
 
 
ems student
STUDENT Conference Pass
STUDENT Conference Pass
$ 75.00 
 
STUDENT Friday Pass
STUDENT Friday Pass
$ 50.00 
 
STUDENT Saturday Pass
STUDENT Saturday Pass
$ 50.00 
 
 
speaker registration for cme
Speaker Conference Pass
Speaker Conference Pass
No Charge 
 
 
friday sessions
Opening Session
Opening Session
No Charge 
Friday Mar 25, 2022 @  09:30:AM  —  10:30:AM AKDT

This will include a brief overview of our symposium, introduce the IREMSC staff, and light refreshments.

 
Thinking About Thinking: How to (Sometimes) Ignore Your Brain and Make Good …
Thinking About Thinking: How to (Sometimes) Ignore Your Brain and Make Good …
No Charge 
Wedgewood - Borealis Ballroom
Friday Mar 25, 2022 @  10:30:AM  —  12:00:PM AKDT

We’ve learned all about ABCs, algorithms, and flowcharts. But how much time did we spend learning about HOW to think? Inherent bias, cognitive traps, and assumptions can all affect our performance on calls and in the classroom. In this interactive class we’re going to discuss different strategies to identify and avoid these pitfalls. We’re making critical thinking cool again, and you’ll leave with strategies to help you improve your thought processes and share it with the next generation of prehospital professionals.

 
Prolonged Trauma Patients
Prolonged Trauma Patients
No Charge 
Wedgewood - Gazebo Room
Friday Mar 25, 2022 @  01:00:PM  —  02:30:PM AKDT

Contingency and crisis standards have become a reality with COVID-19 patients filling up hospitals and leaving inadequate resources to care for patients of any type. Without the ability to accept patients even into the ED hallways, EMS agencies are having to absorb the care of these patients. This is a direct parallel to issues faced on the battlefield and the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines and curriculum were developed to address this issue. The concepts of triage, ongoing triage, casualty collection points, evacuation care and prolonged field care will be discussed in the context of Alaskan Emergency Medical Services. Pushed to the forefront of civilian EMS by COVID-19 these concepts are applicable to

 
The PQRST of 12-lead ECG
The PQRST of 12-lead ECG
No Charge 
Friday Mar 25, 2022 @  01:00:PM  —  02:30:PM AKDT

We will discuss the purpose and advantages of obtaining 12 ECG lead EKGs. Discuss understanding polarity and how to critically analyze 12-Lead ECG complexes for abnormalities of interval lengths, depression, elevation, inversion, notching and intrinsic deflection, definition of electrical axis, determination of mean electrical axis, and common causes of axis deviation (LAD, RAD, IAD). Then we will describe ECG features of: ischemia, injury, infarction; chamber enlargement, bundle branch blocks, hemiblocks, pericarditis, and electrolyte and drug effects.

 
Back to Basics: Airway Management for All Levels of Providers
Back to Basics: Airway Management for All Levels of Providers
No Charge 
Wedgewood - Gazebo Room
Friday Mar 25, 2022 @  02:45:PM  —  04:15:PM AKDT

Airway management is arguably the most important thing we do as prehospital providers. In this lecture we will get back to basics. Hand & mask positioning, airway adjuncts, and supraglottic airways will be covered in depth. Strategies for streamlined and effective intubation and cricothyrotomy will also be discussed.

 
BSI, Scene Safe, Now What???
BSI, Scene Safe, Now What???
No Charge 
Wedgewood - Board Room
Friday Mar 25, 2022 @  02:45:PM  —  04:15:PM AKDT

Take your Patient Assessment to the Next Level with using a Universal Team Lead Approach. Learn how to combine the various Patient Assessment tools; ABCDE Approach, MARCH Assessment, AMLS Pathway, Pediatric Assessment triangle, and deploy these tools as an effective Team Lead. We will provide you with a brief Introduction to the Internationally recognized CALS course, with some highlights on the effective use of the Universal Approach to the Patient Assessment of a Critical Patient.  This course is intended for all levels.

 
IREMSC Annual Membership Meeting
IREMSC Annual Membership Meeting
No Charge 
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Wedgewood - Gazebo Room
Friday Mar 25, 2022 @  04:30:PM  —  05:30:PM AKDT

During this meeting we will be electing members of our Board of Directors. Each agency in our region has a vote, one delegate per agency. Please join us, meet the IREMSC Board of Directors , get an overview of accomplishments and challenges in our region and help vote for new directors.

 
If It's Wet & Not Yours Don't Touch It Award Ceremony and Cocktail Hour
If It's Wet & Not Yours Don't Touch It Award Ceremony and Cocktail Hour
No Charge 
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Wedgewood - Borealis Ballroom
Friday Mar 25, 2022 @  06:00:PM  —  08:30:PM AKDT

Please join us for the ACEMS & IREMSC If It's Wet & Not Yours, Don't Touch It Awards!!! Help us support your fellow EMS provider.



Please select this item on your registration if you are planning on attending.

 
 
saturday sessions
Saturday Opening Session: Hypothermia - The Cold, Hard Facts
Saturday Opening Session: Hypothermia - The Cold, Hard Facts
No Charge 
Wedgewood - Borealis Ballroom
Saturday Mar 26, 2022 @  09:00:AM  —  10:30:AM AKDT

Hypothermia presents many diagnostic and treatment challenges. Here in Alaska, hypothermia represents a very real, year ‘round danger to patients, particularly trauma patients. We will examine these challenges and determine a means of addressing core temperature issues in the field.

 
EMS and Law
EMS and Law
No Charge 
Wedgewood - Gazebo Room
Saturday Mar 26, 2022 @  10:45:AM  —  12:15:PM AKDT

This presentation will cover some of the major issues related EMS law in Alaska. Major topics will include negligence, immunity statutes, Good Samaritan laws, invasion of privacy, refusal of service & informed consent, DNR/end of life issues, abandonment, the importance of proper documentation, and how to protect yourself if you do find yourself being sued.  

 
TXA - Does It Really Work? And For What?
TXA - Does It Really Work? And For What?
No Charge 
Saturday Mar 26, 2022 @  10:45:AM  —  12:15:PM AKDT

TXA has been around for decades but is now seeing a surge in use. But does the medication live up to all the hype? There are many potential uses, but the literature is mixed. We will examine the current research and examine the risks and benefits of TXA.

 
EMS Medication Errors, Prevention and Treatment
EMS Medication Errors, Prevention and Treatment
No Charge 
Wedgewood - Board Room
Saturday Mar 26, 2022 @  01:30:PM  —  03:00:PM AKDT

We will discuss who is at risk for medication errors. Discuss understanding of medication error causes and what to do in case of a medication error this will include reporting and treatment of specific patients. We will work through some case studies from an operational and legal view. Last, we will identify ways to reduce medication errors in EMS.

 
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Caring for Mentally Ill Patients
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Caring for Mentally Ill Patients
No Charge 
Wedgewood - Gazebo Room
Saturday Mar 26, 2022 @  01:30:PM  —  03:00:PM AKDT

Let’s face it – handling calls involving mental illness is one of the hardest and most dangerous things we do. But mental Illness affects all of us and we need to be prepared. It manifests itself in a myriad of ways, some of which can be dangerous for responders. In this lecture we’ll discuss new and old strategies for the treatment of psychiatric patients. We’ll also cover the latest legal findings regarding dynamic environments and unpredictable patients. You’ll leave with an understanding of the current science and strategies regarding patients with psychiatric disease so that we are equipped to get these patients the help they need.

 
Closing Session: It’s Not Just PTSD: Tools For Staying In The Game
Closing Session: It’s Not Just PTSD: Tools For Staying In The Game
No Charge 
Saturday Mar 26, 2022 @  03:15:PM  —  04:30:PM AKDT

Burnout has become a “buzzword” for the reason many providers leave the field, whether it is the field of medicine, law enforcement, search and rescue, or any career that incudes stress. PTSD is an extreme end of a spectrum of psychological stress injury. This presentation will introduce the participant to the psychological stress injury continuum, provide tools for personal and team assessment for readiness. Additionally, the presenter will introduce an exercise to promote the recognition of stress injury and discuss how to support those that are injured.  

 
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