Wednesday, March 14

Bureau of EMS: CEP Orientation


Ryan Nix

8:00 p.m.-9:55 a.m.

Conducted by Ryan Nix, Compliance Manager for DHEC Division of EMS and Trauma – Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Bureau of EMS: EMT Instructor Orientation


Ryan Nix

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Conducted by Compliance Manager for DHEC Division of EMS and Trauma – Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Outside the Lines…Teaching Those Who Teach Others

Sponsored by the South Carolina EMS Educators' Association

Stephen Murphy

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

This interactive workshop will present a fundamental review of basic teaching concepts. It will also provide a variety of nontraditional methods that anyone involved with education can use to spice up their classes. This year we will focus on using actual trip sheets as teaching tools, and use scenario based pictures to emphasize critical thinking skills in order to prevent tunnel vision care.

Thursday, March 15

SC EMS PIER Team Town Hall Meeting

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m

Join members of the SC EMS PIER Team as they discuss and address issues facing EMS in South Carolina and beyond in a Town Hall Meeting format. This will be an interactive discussion forum of speakers and attendees.

Emerging Issues in EMS

Chris Kelly
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m

Session Description to be announced.

Changing Culture Through Crew Resource Management and Mentoring

George Rice
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m

To physically work on a piece of machinery, you have to have the right tools. When a prehospital care giver becomes a leader or person in charge, they need the right tools to lead when those around them are seeking direction. This session will tell you about tools that are available to you in your own back yard and how you can be a mentor to others. You will also learn how to dust yourself off after a bad shift and continue to make a difference.

General Session: The Magic Behind the Medicine

Stephen Murphy

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

This is a session in affective care and discusses the personal attributes common to all of us who make helping people our business. This program takes an historical look at what makes people feel better when they don't feel good. Bedside manner and the art of effectively touching the patient, their family and all those around us is a skill that is seldom evaluated and almost never taught…

General Session: State of the State - South Carolina Bureau of EMS

Robert Wronski

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Join South Carolina Bureau of EMS Chief Rob Wronski as he shares the State of EMS within South Carolina. What has happened, what is happening, and what is going to happen. This will be a very informative session to know where we stand.

General Session: Field Use of Blood and Plasma

LifeNet - Shawn Griffin

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Session description to be announced.

Friday, March 16

Medical Control Physicians Workshop

DHEC, EMS Division
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Presented by the EMS Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, this half-day workshop satisfies the training requirements for all new Medical Control Physicians and also satisfies the recertification requirements for current Medical Control Physicians who have not yet recertified.

#101 Young Stroke: Realigning Field Training with Field Experience

Amy Edmunds & Gary Moore

Despite the frequent assumption of stroke as an elderly affliction, there is an increasing prevalence of stroke among adults under 65. This is especially true within South Carolina. According to DHEC, stroke resulted in 15,059 hospitalizations in 2015. Of these patients, 38 percent were less than 65 years old. Among African Americans, 52 percent were less than 65 years old. Among women, 35 percent were less than 65 years old. Yet, training has not kept pace with the presentation of young stroke in the field for emergency dispatchers and first responders. This session explores young stroke as a trendsetting phenomenon propelling reassessment of stroke across the stroke continuum of care. It highlights training opportunities inclusive of definitions, risk factors, causes and symptoms to raise awareness for emergency response of young stroke victims.

#102 The Meaningful Pursuit of People

Ryan Thorne

The scope of EMS has evolved greatly over the past decade, and so has its workforce. Different generations represent new workplace demands, challenges, and expectations. With so many employment options within our industry, how do we attract the quality and quantity of applicants required to respond to this demand? In this session, we will review the steps Thorne Ambulance Service has taken to meet the demands of the millennial workforce.

#103 Football Equipment Removal: Utilizing Athletic Trainers

Michael Rice

The purpose of this session is to educate EMS professionals that may respond to a football or a sport related emergency during which special sport equipment considerations may need to be taken into account to administer appropriate care. Instructors will instruct, demonstrate, and practice with the audience in order to learn and perform the removal steps for football equipment.

#201 Best Practice KPI’s for Revenue, Work Force Response Improvement

Todd Sims & Michael Salonish

A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is a measurable value that demonstrates how effectively an agency is achieving key objectives. KPIs evaluate the success of an organization or of a particular activity in which it engages. Often success is simply the repeated, periodic achievement of some level of operational goals (e.g. zero defects, 10/10 customer satisfaction, etc.), and sometimes success is defined in terms of making progress toward strategic goals.

There are hundreds of EMS related KPIs established by federally funded national organizations, state EMS Agencies, as well as regional/local entities. With so much variability in any given dimension (rural, suburban, urban, annual call volume, organization type, etc.), a “one size fits all” application is not feasible.

The presentation will identify KPIs that are important in EMS operations and a method of categorizing KPIs to facilitate understanding and adoption. Additionally, the presentation will look at how agency types, culture, and requirements impacts priority and focus.

#202 Pediatric Simulation Lab – EMS for Children

Palmetto Health

Join this interactive and informative session in which the focus is to learn about treatments and practices as related to the treatment of children in a pre-hospital setting. Attendees will be able to put skills to work in simulation platform.

#203 When Your Blessing Becomes a Curse

Angie Stewart

The horrors we see create a fertile ground for us to develop negative consequences, both mentally and emotionally. When we caught up in the cultural brainwashing that expects us to be "superhuman" and don out uniforms. This has cost us many a brother and sister. Always caring and empathetic towards our patients, it's time to fully understand the changes that happen within us and change the mindset of our profession.

#301 The Overdose Crisis: Are We Ready to Handle It?

David Glendenning

There is a new crisis upon us in EMS with some solutions available now but are you as a provider prepared to handle this when you may already be fatigued? This session will review current overdose data, provider/compassion fatigue, true OD pathophysiology, and solutions that may integrate well into an EMS system of care.

#302 Pediatric Simulation Lab – EMS for Children

Palmetto Health

Join this interactive and informative session in which the focus is to learn about treatments and practices as related to the treatment of children in a pre-hospital setting. Attendees will be able to put skills to work in simulation platform.

#303 Rescuing Our Responders: Reducing Risk in Public Safety Employees

Bryan Fass

There is a storm coming that is already effecting EMS departments and providers nationwide. The storm is the downward spiral of provider resiliency, fitness, wellness and longevity. As you know traditional ‘wellness’ programs fail to meet the needs of first responders. What shift work, stress and circadian rhythm disruption do to responders hormonally & physiologically is not tested for by traditional medical physicals. This class will take an in-depth look at what new research has shown is truly breaking our responders and provide leaders with an evidence based approach to making your wellness and injury prevention programs work.

Upon completion of program, participant will be able to :

  • Learn why what we don’t train is harming them
  • Understand the myths and misinformation of risk in EMS
  • Learn how to adapt your training to reduce risk in EMS operations

#401 Tomorrow’s Paramedics. Where Will They Come From?

Jeff Hammerstein

Many EMS agencies across the state and nation are facing serious or critical staffing shortages. There are often more vacancies in EMS each year than there are students graduating from EMS schools. As call volume goes up, where will tomorrow’s paramedics and EMTs come from? We can’t just take from each other. The EMS profession as a whole has an obligation to begin cultivating future paramedics from a very young age. Kids know who the police are. They know who firefighters and nurses are. But have we done enough in EMS to stand out as a potential career option? Have we reached out to communities who have not historically identified with EMS as a career option? Let’s talk about multiple strategies to light a passion for EMS in youth of all ages and from all communities. From the young child thrilled by the ambulance to the inquisitive high schooler on the brink of a career pathway decision, we must reach out. Let’s meet them, engage them, and guide them toward the future of EMS.

#402 Follow First, Then Lead: Leadership and Followership Skills Necessary to Succeed in Today’s EMS Environment

David Porter

Learning to lead and follow well is not a skill that can be developed overnight. Too often in today’s personal and professional development programs leadership is portrayed as a pie in the sky idea reserved for directors, owners, supervisors and CEO’s. This session will focus on giving participants of all levels, from both public and private organizations, actionable tools that they can put into practice immediately that will help them better guide South Carolina’s EMS community forward.

#403 Make It Stick: Confronting Your Patient and Equipment Handling

Bryan Fass

There are 5 errors almost every department makes that actually increase your risk of worker’s compensation and liability exposure. We will examine what these 5 cost drivers are plus we will examine exactly why injury occurs in EMS, what patient and equipment handling errors commonly cause injury, look at why some new technology may actually increase injury and uncover the common myths surrounding ergonomics in the field. Then you will learn simple steps applied to patient and equipment handling can reduce your worker’s compensation costs by over 60%.


Saturday, March 17

#501 Understanding EMS Regulations: 61-7 For Dummies

Mitch Stewart

The goal is this session will be to help attendees better understand the regulations that apply to EMS operations in South Carolina. Everyone from EMT to Director needs to know how they affect operations. Topics to be covered include licensing procedures, ambulance permits, equipment, sanitation, EMT certifications, revocations and suspensions, and fines and monetary penalties.

#502 In an Instant

Chris Ebright

One time or another, we take the call for a patient that we know all too well. Sometimes it's a family member, a friend, and in one terrible instance - a co-worker. Based on an actual EMS call, this presentation correlates real timeline history, events, and preventative treatments for a fellow colleague with the underlying pathophysiology of a pulmonary embolism. Various signs, predisposing risk factors and origins of emboli formation are all tied together to give a global perspective of the acute and, in this case, fatal event that shocked and stunned an entire EMS service.

#503 Syncope in Children: Differentiating the Benign From the Deadly

Dr. Eric Hawkins

This talk focuses on a review of syncope in children and the key points in the history and physical that can help differentiate the rare but serious causes of syncope in children versus the more common and benign.

#601 De-escalation Techniques: Let's Talk About It!

Dwight Polk

One of the best skills in the emergency responder’s bag of tricks is the ability to communicate with patients. So how do you go about talking down individuals in crisis who are panicked, scared, or out of control. This class will focus on how to conduct a quick scene-safety check, assess the client, and provide you a model on how to de-escalate patients who need your assistance.

#602 Russian Roulette: The American Way

Chris Ebright

Parents don't know that inhalants - cheap, legal and accessible products, are as popular as marijuana. Even fewer know the deadly effects the poisons in these products have on the brain and body when they are inhaled or "huffed." It's like playing Russian Roulette - the user can die the 1st, 10th or 100th time a product is misused. This presentation will explain the pathophysiology of various gases, nitrites, volatile substances and other information you need to know about this deadly underground problem affecting teens and pre-teens.

#603 Stroke Care 2018

David Glendenning

Are you currently in an active stroke system of care? It starts with EMS making the right call in the field utilizing a comprehensive assessment and a hospital that trusts their providers. This session will review current stroke care with components from Advanced Stroke Life Support, the RACE exam model, and current best pre-hospital and in hospital care models.

#701 Mental Health Aspects of The Aging Mind

Dwight Polk

There are many myths associated with growing old. Most people believe that dementia, depression, and anxiety are part of the aging process. This presentation will provide you with information about what really happens as we age. Myths, stereotypes, pathophysiology and assessment of geriatric mental health will be discussed. We will also explore other topics such as substance abuse, medications, and caregiver stress.

#702 Pediatric Sepsis

Chris Ebright

Sepsis is a systemic infection that presents a management challenge to those who care for infants and children. Caring for a septic child can sometimes cause anxiety and fear in even the most seasoned EMT or paramedic. 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.

#703 Rapid STEMI Recognition: From The Bunny Slope To The Black Diamond

Stephen Rahm

Intended for providers who possess both basic and advanced multi-lead ECG interpretation skills, this presentation takes the audience from rapid recognition of the “in your face” STEMI to the less obvious CG indicators of acute coronary occlusion that rely upon a keen eye for reciprocal changes and a knowledge of ECG patterns that are considered to be STEMI equivalents. Based on the leads in which ST/T wave changes are noted, the provider should be able to anticipate where the culprit artery is, thus allowing him or her to anticipate treatment needs. “Rapid STEMI Recognition: From the Bunny Slope to the Black Diamond” features numerous 12-lead ECG tracings - from not so difficult to rather challenging - along with associated patient information and pre- and post cardiac cath images.

#801 Youth Suicide: When Kids Do The Unthinkable

Dwight Polk

Nothing can be more tragic than hearing that a young person has killed themselves. Suicide is the ultimate--a permanent solution to a temporary problem. What makes this particular population at risk for suicide? This lecture will explore common traits of youth suicide, warning signs, and assessment techniques. Intervention and coping strategies for the emergency responder will be also be discussed, as well as examining what happens to the survivors who are left behind.

#802 The Other 3 Stooges

Chris Ebright

Everyone knows Larry, Moe and Curly, but what about their medical counterparts? Beck, Virchow and Cushing all became famous for their breakthrough in identifying life-threatening signs and symptoms. This presentation will review what to look for in a patient suffering from cardiac tamponade, pulmonary embolism and increasing intracranial pressure.

#803 Close To The Chest: Thoracic Trauma

Stephen Rahm

Thoracic injuries are a common cause of untimely death; however, many of these deaths are preventable with prompt recognition and immediate treatment. Your understanding of the anatomy, as well as the lifesaving evidence that supports current interventions, is imperative. This presentation begins with a review of the “anatomic truth,” using cadaveric images that distinguish mythology from reality. Complimented by videos of actual injuries, the discussion continues with common (and not so common) clinical presentations, complications, and current management options.