Wednesday, March 8

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


Julie McCabe

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

Conducted by Julie McCabe, EMT Training & Certification Manager for DHEC Division of EMS and Trauma – Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Teaching Methodologies Workshop

Sponsored by the South Carolina EMS Educators' Association

Stephen Murphy

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

Session Description to be announced.

Thursday, March 9

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.

The International Board of Specialty Certification Testing – Register @

David Bump, IBSC
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m

•Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C), •Certified Community Paramedic (CP-C)
•Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C), •Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C)

Surviving to Thriving

Ryan Thorne
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m

Small to medium-sized services often feel “overpowered” or “overwhelmed” at the size and capability of their larger competitors. When responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), or when attempting to make your organization stand out, having the right mix of small business passion and large system technology are instrumental in succeeding against the giants of the industry. In "Surviving to Thriving", we will look at the challenges facing these providers, and the technology available to experience continued success.

General Session: Psychology of Pediatric Resuscitation in the Field: It’s Time to Start Treating Kids Like Little Adults.

Dr. Peter Antevy

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

Session description to be announced.

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

Robert Wronski

3:00 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.

Friday, March 10

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 Recognizing and Understanding Pediatric Stroke

Mary Kay Ballasiotes

Early recognition of stroke in children is a key educational target for both the general public and health-care professionals, since the diagnosis is often delayed, misdiagnosed or even missed for the pediatric population. This presentation will feature real life stories of children that highlight the critical need to recognize that strokes can and do happen in babies, children and teens. A list of warning signs specific to children will be emphasized. An overview of the basics of pediatric stroke will be included, with information on risk factors and causes. Also discussed will be the lack of treatment that is available for acute stroke in children. Available long term therapies that can be useful for children will be given. The summation will include the need for research and what improvements need to be made to better understand, recognize, treat and hopefully prevent pediatric strokes.

#102 Carbon Monoxide Safety in South Carolina: Statewide Initiative

Dr. Amber Proctor Williams / Dr. Robin Dawson Estrada

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a by-product of fuel combustion, and is only detectable with a CO alarm. It is responsible for over 400 deaths and 20,000 emergency room visits in the US annually. As CO symptoms can be vague and attributed to other causes (e.g., flu, gastroenteritis), non-lethal exposures are likely underestimated. EMS personnel are first responders to a variety of situations in which CO is the causative agent; however, as the gas is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and silent, the source of the patient’s symptoms may not be readily apparent. Further, EMS personnel are at risk of personal exposure if they are not equipped with a CO detector. This presentation details information on CO, exposure symptomology, diagnosis, and treatment. It also describes a collaborative partnership designed to assess SC EMS departments’ preparedness and need for portable personal CO alarms, and provide and distribute monitors to EMS departments throughout the state.

#103 Pour Some Sugar on Me: Diabetic Emergencies

Janet Taylor

We will review diabetes, different medications including insulin, “pills” and the latest medications that have been released to treat diabetes and help patients better control their blood sugar. We will answer what exactly is an A1C and why is it so important in our patient’s medical history. Insulin pumps, Victoza, DKA versus HHS and more. All you ever wanted to know about Diabetes.

#201 You Can Survive Cardiac Arrest – SCORH

Dr. Jason Stopyra

Please join Jason Stopyra, MD has he explores successful interventions for cardiac arrest resuscitation.

#202 Pediatric Simulation Lab – EMS for Children

Palmetto Health

Join members from Palmetto Health as they use items from the Pediatric Simulation Lab to present case studies and treatments as they relate to the pediatric patient.

#203 Caring for Special People (Special Needs Population)

Janet Taylor

Join Janet as she addresses caring for the Special Needs Population. Enjoy a “Hands On” expierence with Tracheostomies, Gastric Tubes, Cerebral/Ventral shunts and Central Lines. Increase your knowledge about an ever growing patient class.

#301 HIPPA After the Affordable Care Act

Chris Kelly

There is more to HIPAA than the Privacy Rule (and there may even be more to the Privacy Rule than you think). The Security Rule enforcement measures are coming. Come learn what changes are coming up, how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the rule and what it means to you and your service.

#302 Pediatric Simulation Lab – EMS for Children

Palmetto Health

Join members from Palmetto Health as they use items from the Pediatric Simulation Lab to present case studies and treatments as they relate to the pediatric patient.

#303 All Jacked Up: Endocrine Emergencies

Janet Taylor

We see endocrine emergencies more often than we realize, not counting Diabetic Emergencies. From Myxedema Coma and Thyroid Storm to Adrenal Crisis, we learn the different presentations of each emergency and the treatments for each. (Please Note: Although Diabetes is an Endocrine Disorder, it is covered in a separate presentation entitled, “Pour Some Sugar on Me: Diabetic Emergencies” )

#401 Emerging Issues in EMS

Chris Kelly

The rules and regulations seem to be in constant motion. Catch up with what's new and what's coming in the near future with this presentation on legal issues that affect EMS and ambulance providers. Covered issues will include the new Red Flag rules for identity theft prevention, the transition to the Medicare Administrative Contractors, the implementation of the Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), and the effectiveness of the Medicare Appeals process and the post-payment review system that the RACs and Program Safeguard Contractors/Zone Program Integrity Contractors are creating.

#402 Fighting to Remember – Alzheimer’s Care

Angie Colbert

Alzheimer’s disease is relentlessly destroying the brains and lives of our nation’s older adults, robbing them of memory, the ability to reason, and affecting their emotions and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the brain. The longer we live, the greater risk. There are no known preventative measures or cure for this diseases. Join Angie as we discuss the triggers, contributing factors, and what we can do as providers to lessen the stress for the patients, families, and ourselves.

#403 Field Training Officer…Where Do I Start?

Chad Beam

Field Training Officer (FTO) is a title given to many with little to no training. Many times we’re told “congratulations, you’re a FTO, now go train.” This is an issue because we promote without support. When you promote a FTO, they should receive a formal education in such. You have to ensure that you’re setting your FTO’s up for success so your new employees will be set up for success. We’ll take a look at who to promote, how to promote, and how to establish a FTO program.


Saturday, March 11

#501 Getting to Know Young Stroke

Amy Edmunds

During the past five years, more than half of all strokes in South Carolina have occurred among those under 65 according to DHEC. For this reason, it is imperative for EMS professionals to gain awareness of this patient profile to administer quality care.

#502 EMS and Extrication Operations

Mitch Stewart

Extrication at crash scenes requires proper cooperation and communication between fire/rescue and EMS crews in order to rescue a patient, while providing proper patient care. Everyone involved must work together from the Incident Commander to the EMT. Without proper scene control EMS crews must work around the rescue team in whatever way they find possible. This session will also look at best practices to incorporate proper trauma care to our patients during extrication operations.

#503 The Reptilian Rise in Popularity and EMS Treatment

Shayna Orsen

Reptiles have become popular again! Pet stores everywhere sell small caged creatures, referred to as “Pocket Pets”, advertising their easy care and maintenance. Kids bring home the pretty bright colored snake they found in the woods behind their home and they want to keep it! What happens when they bite? Can you identify the animal and what dangers it may pose? How do you treat a snake bite? Learn what research has discovered about venom, both its dangers and its benefits.

#601 A View From My Hospital Bed: My “Nasty Little” Gallbladder

Dwight Polk

I’d been sick for nearly two weeks. After being underdiagnosed at hospital #1, I traveled to hospital #2 several days later. The surgeon came in and said “you’ve got sludge in your gallbladder” and it needs to come out. Little did I know how bad it was, how sick I was, and that it was going to lead to a five day hospital stay with an extensive surgical procedure. In a photo documented journey, Dwight will teach you about the disease process of cholecystitis and what happens when you go from EMS provider to patient.

#602 A Fear of Corners: Grappling With the Advancement of Clinical Evolution

Scott Bolleter

“A Fear of Corners” is designed to debunk myth and unravel mystery behind modern emergency medicine’s evolution and our next patient’s need. Regardless of your place along the echelons of care - from fundamental positioning and tissue cooling to the most advanced surgical interventions – this discussion will illuminate the reality of “WHY” so that we are prepared to deliver the “HOW.” Join your colleagues in a journey from the laboratory, to the point of injury (and hopefully back) - while taking pit stops to embrace the clinical pearls. “We have nothing to fear, except fear itself - unless you are the one looking up at the face of incompetence, at which point, all bets are off.”

#603 Demystifying the Surgical Airway

Kevin Collopy

While infrequent, an emergency cricothyrotomy is one of the most important life-saving interventions performed by out-of-hospital clinicians. The cricothyrotomy is the most invasive rescue airway skill and is indicated only when all other means for ensuring effective and safe ventilations are impossible or have failed. This presentation reviews the three strategies for a surgical cricothyrotomy: needle cricothyrotomy, seldinger cricothyrotomy, and open cricothyrotomy. With an understanding of these three options, this presentation lays out a systemic approach for deciding to perform, and successfully executing the cricothyrotomy process regardless of your approach. At the end of this engaging discussion, participants will understand the advantages of several cricothyrotomy devices and know when to best deploy each approach.

#701 HIV and AIDS: Why Don’t We Talk About It Any More?

Dwight Polk

It seems like the EMS world has forgotten HIV and AIDS now that it’s considered a chronic disease instead of a fatal one. The truth is that over 50,000 people a year are infected with HIV in the United States . This presentation will serve as a primer for the EMS provider and discuss the incidence, symptomatology, and current treatment for those infected with this complicated virus.

#702 To Air is Human: Ventilation Management

Scott Bolleter

This interactive session promises a dynamic, experienced centered, evidence based view into ventilation management. Tempering this discussion will be a visit to the graveyard of airway misadventure, the marveling of herculean saves, and a journey home to day to day ventilation realities. This program unapologetically walks through the doors of anatomy, training, education, retention and the frank promise of tomorrow’s challenges. Bolleter promises an entertaining program, but offers no quarter for the status quo or evidence in the absence of experience. So expect to gain new insight beneath the skin - while preparing to manage the complexity of unique ventilation challenges. “To Air is Human” but to remain incompetent is criminal. So join your fellow colleagues in a program that is designed to deliver a fresh air to the problem not yet solved.

#703 Obstetrical Emergencies

Kevin Collopy

Obstetrical emergencies are a low frequency and high stress event for most prehospital providers. Fortunately with a good understanding of the physiological changes occurring during pregnancy, the management of these emergencies can become less daunting. Come join in an engaging discussion of the most serious obstetrical emergencies, and prepare yourself to help make in an impact in your next obstetrical patient’s lives. This presentation discusses placenta previa and placenta abruption, pregnancy induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, and post-partum hemorrhage. Participants of this presentation will enjoy learning the most cutting-edge care of these truly time-sensitive emergencies.

#801 Dying to be Thin: Assessment and Management of Eating Disorders

Dwight Polk

An eating disorder can be a life threatening illness to the prehospital patient and one that is often misunderstood by the provider. Participants will learn about a variety of eating disorders, tools for assessment, and prehospital management technique.

#802 Surgically Yours: Advanced Airway Interventions

Scott Bolleter

Few skills in emergency medicine are as critical as those required for airway management. Emergent providers are often asked to perform vital intervention, such as airway control, in less than optimal environments. Advanced airway management is often further complicated by intense scene emotion and a lack of continued skills exposure on the part of the provider. Surgically Yours is a program about advanced airway management at its definitive end. Surgical interventions are frequently discussed yet remain poorly understood and rarely practiced. This program promises a view that will promote understanding with reserved confidence.

#803 Streamlining Helicopter Interactions

Kevin Collopy

Everyday EMS providers appropriately request the assistance of medical helicopters. When they do, there are often worries about overcharges for patients, and delays in delivery to appropriate definitive care. Come join in an engaging conversation that discusses how and when helicopters can truly make a difference in your patient care; and more importantly…when they cannot! Engage with us in a candid discussion of the common EMS provider complaints and concerns in using helicopters, and then enjoy a presentation on the best-practices that have been proven to maximize patient benefit prehospital helicopter transportation.