Agenda—Day 1

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 11:00 AM-4:00 PM ET

11:00 AM-12:00 PM FirstNet Response Operations: Supporting You in Ordinary – and Extraordinary – Times

Speakers: Ryan Fields-SpackFrederick Scalera

Join members of the FirstNet Response Operations Group as they discuss how they’ve answered hundreds of calls for support. Through a pandemic that has claimed more than 450K lives, to hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and man-made emergencies, FirstNet, Built with AT&T, has been there for public safety. We’ve been in lockstep with first responders on the front lines – supporting medical facilities, quarantine and mobile testing sites, and providing much-needed connectivity following devastating hurricanes and wildfires. Learn how we’ve answered hundreds of calls for help from agencies across the country and streamlined the process for deploying the 76 satellite cellular assets across states and territories in an average of 14 hours or less. And see how FirstNet will continue to work with you for years to come.

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12:00-1:00 PM Capnography Workshop (BLS) 

Speakers: Glen Keating, Chris Kroboth, Ginger Locke, John Winstead

We all know “shark fin” and "keep it above 10" during CPR, but when is the last time you were taught or used capnography for evaluating metabolism and perfusion? Do you titrate your interventions using capnography? This case-based workshop will take a deep dive into capnography’s critical use in evaluating and trending the patient's metabolic and perfusion status. A live Q&A will follow.

1:00-2:00 PM  Blood in the Streets (ALS) 

Speakers: Dan Avstreigh, John Morgan, CJ Winckler, Betty Yang 

This session provides an overview of prehospital blood administration programs including Balanced Component Therapy and Low Titer O+ Whole Blood. The discussion will include patient outcomes, lessons learned, regulations from state statutes, FDA and American Association of Blood Banks. SAFD EMS and Seattle Medic One will compare their systems.  Dan and John's presentation will outline a roadmap for developing reach-back and prepositioned blood programs, including Virginia's Field Available Component Transfusion Response (FACT*R) protocol. A live Q&A will follow.

2:00-3:00 PM  Meet the Medical Directors: The Ketamine Panel (Lead/Ops/Mgmt) 

Speakers: Peter Antevy, Stein Bronsky, Chris Colwell, Remle Crowe, Paul Pepe, Kenneth Scheppke 

EMS's use of ketamine for excited delirium has been a hot topic for the lay press lately.  What should EMS medical directors and chiefs do to educate their local population, local leaders and the media about the truth regarding this condition and the use of ketamine? Join an esteemed panel of experts from the Eagles who will guide you to best practices in managing your message.  A live Q&A will follow.

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3:00-4:00 PM  BLS Matters: Your Tools and Your Skills (BLS) 

Speakers: Gary Heigel, Stephanie Louka 

This dynamic session is a BLS-focused discussion about the goals of the first 10 minutes of any EMS call. Tips and tricks will be shared to strengthen assessments and decision-making, improve patient outcomes, and perform successful patient handoffs.  As tools and technology increase in EMS, it becomes more important to understand the pitfalls and limitations of each device we use in our daily operations. We'll discuss the tools we use every day to diagnose and treat our patients, and limitations of each.  A live Q&A will follow.