Monday & Tuesday, March 11 & 12

Initial FAST Team Training

DHEC EMS

9:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., ETON

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Information To Be Announced

 

Wednesday, March 13

Bureau of EMS: CEP Orientation

DHEC EMS

Ryan Nix

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

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

Reduction of Opioid Loss of Life (ROLL) Program Trainer

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DHEC EMS

Kenneth Polson

9:00 p.m.-11:30 a.m.

This course is offered in conjunction with SC DHEC Bureau of EMS to provide training to South Carolina Fire Departments that focuses on the identification, treatment, and reporting of drug overdoses attributed to opioids, such as heroin and narcotic pharmaceutical drugs. Participants who attend the Reduction of Opioid Loss of Life (ROLL) Program Trainer course will be eligible to teach #1822 Reduction of Opioid Loss of Life (ROLL) Practitioner course.

Bureau of EMS: EMT Instructor Orientation

DHEC EMS

Ryan Nix

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

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

The Insanity of Education

Sponsored by the South Carolina EMS Educators' Association

Aaron Dix & Phillip Head

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

Session description to be announced


Thursday, March 14

SC EMS PIER Team Town Hall Meeting

SC EMS PIER Team
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m

Join members of the SC EMS PIER Team as they host an open forum of issues facing EMS providers in South Carolina and beyond. This interactive session will touch on “Hot Topics” and engage the attendees with productive conversations.

Emergency 4-1-1

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

All the information you need to know about what’s new and coming-up in EMS. This year we will look at the new CMS standardized PCS, Patient Evaluation, and Repetitive Patient Authorization forms; recent OIG enforcement efforts against ambulance services who billed with improper modifiers; analysis of recent lawsuits; TPE reviews; changes in payment policies of major health insurance plans; and other legal/administrative updates.

Compliance- It Takes More Than a Plan: How to Conduct a Proper Risk Assessment

Chris Kelly
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m

This session will look at what it really means to be “compliant” and what it takes to have a “compliance program”, including who’s responsible (even if you out-source billing) and what an actual risk analysis entails, and what the final product should look like. This will cover compliance in the areas of billing, HIPAA, enrollment, and contracting.

General Session: One Purpose 58 Reasons - Lessons learned from the October 1 Shooting in Las Vegas

Troy Tuke

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

Join Troy as he brings us the Keynote for the conference when he reviews the Las Vegas shooting which occurred under his watch.

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

Robert Wronski

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

This session is presented by SC DHEC – Bureau of EMS and Trauma Chief Robert Wronski. Chief Wronski will discuss the happenings of EMS in South Carolina and provide vital information for the 2019 year.

General Session: To Be Announced

TBA

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

Session description to be announced

Friday, March 15

Medical Control Physicians Workshop

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

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 Unusual Rescue, Unusual Relationship

Chris Way

KENSINGTON E

Session description to be announced

#102 Data Driven Decisions in EMS

Troy Tuke

KENSINGTON D

Session description to be announced

#103 Human Trafficking: What the Healthcare Worker Needs to Know

Natalie Darby

KENSINGTON F

Human Trafficking & What the Healthcare Providers Need to Know. Healthcare providers need to know what Human Trafficking is. How to recognize signs and symptoms of victims. Who is effected by trafficking and who is at risk? What are red flags? What can one do if you find someone who is a victim?

#201 Legal Pitfalls for EMS (and How to Avoid Them!)

Samantha Johnson & Nick Adams

KENSINGTON F

Providers, administrators, and educators will benefit from this practical and interactive street-level approach to the current medical/legal issues facing today’s responders. Nick, an EMS operations captain for one of the largest county-based ALS first response agencies in Georgia, and Samantha, an attorney for one of the largest hospital-based EMS systems in the Southeast, examine the legal intricacies of consent, refusals, mental health emergencies, crime scenes, and much more. Using actual incidents and reported legal cases, Nick and Samantha offer tips and tricks for responders to protect themselves and their services from legal liability.

#202 Pediatric Simulation Lab – EMS for Children

Palmetto Health

KENSINGTON E

Join members from Palmetto Health as they provide an “Out of your chair” experience with their Pediatric Simulation Lab props and educational points.

#203 A Nationwide Real-Time Opioid Overdose Surveillance System

Dr. Dumbiri Powell

KENSINGTON D

THIDTA’s Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program – ODMAP, assists public health, fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies in tracking overdose incidents using smartphone technology. ODMAP helps decision makers develop strategies to reduce overdose occurrences and prevalence of substance use disorders. The application is provided free-of-charge. This system relies on first responders to report overdose occurrences by simply touching a button on the ODMAP website application installed on their Smartphone or computer. ODMAP works on Windows, Android, iOS and OS X devices. Geocoded information on the location of an inputted overdose is sent automatically to a secure server where it is mapped. The data quickly reveals where, when and how frequently overdoses are happening. Broome County, NY uses ODMAP to identify areas at great risk of overdose spikes, and deploys peer support teams to these areas for treatment referral to victims.

#301 Please Don’t Help Me: Non-Resuscitation Decisions at the Scene

Samantha Johnson & Nick Adams

KENSINGTON F

At times, patients and their families don’t call 911 for our clinical acuity and our lifesaving skills. What they really need is our understanding of their end-of-life decisions and respect for their dignity. Increasingly, providers are subject to legal liability for unwanted treatment at the end of life. Nick, an EMS operations captain and paramedic with over two decades of experience, and Samantha, an attorney for one of the largest hospital-based EMS systems in the Southeast, use case studies and personal experiences to discuss the legal, ethical and clinical implications when our patients’ last requests intersect – and possibly conflict – with our duty as responders to act.

#302 Pediatric Simulation Lab – EMS for Children (ENCORE SESSION)

Palmetto Health

KENSINGTON E

Join members from Palmetto Health as they provide an “Out of your chair” experience with their Pediatric Simulation Lab props and educational points.

#303 Assessment and Management of the Pediatric Burn Patient

Ryan Howard

KENSINGTON D

Session description to be announced

#304 Ventilator Operations (maximum 25 participants)

Brian Sutton

WINCHESTER

Session description to be announced

#401 Goal Setting...How to Plan, Set and Implement Goals for Personal, Professional and Organizational Success

David Porter

KENSINGTON D

People and organizations that know how to plan for, set and achieve their goals are proven time after time to be more successful. As first responders, we as individuals and organizations, can face some unique challenges when it comes to goal setting. Properly setting and implementing plans that will help us and the organizations we serve set goals will lead to personal and organizational success. This presentation is for people and organizations who have decided that they want to grow and are looking for the tools to help them get there.

#402 Safe Transport of Pediatric Patients

Tracy Cleary

KENSINGTON E

Session description to be announced

#403 Planning For a Large Disaster…It Does Happen At Home

Chad Beam

KENSINGTON F

This class covers how to plan for a large disaster, specifically for an EMS service. Many times, we fail in EMS to prepare for large disasters until its time…then it’s too late. We’ll look at some in state recent disasters and discuss how you prepared for them and provide some tips for preparation in the future. We’ll look at the importance of your EMS service integrating with your ESF 8 desk in your local Emergency Management office as well. Disasters don’t have to happen on a large scale to tax the system, the least we can do as professionals is be prepared.

#404 Ventilator Operations (maximum 25 participants)

Brian Sutton

WINCHESTER

Session description to be announced

 

Saturday, March 16

#501 Improving Patient Care with Prehospital Point of Care Lab Testing

Kevin Collopy

KENSINGTON D

Vital patient data at the touch of your fingers. Point of care lab testing brings accurate lab results to the patient’s bedside quickly and accurately. This presentation will introduce you to the world of point of care laboratory testing and share how you can use laboratory testing to more accurately change the care you are providing in the out of hospital setting in a manner proven to improve
patient outcomes.

#502 Joplin Tornado, EMS /ICS Lessons Learned

Chris Way

KENSINGTON E

Session description to be announced

#503 A Beautiful Mess

Angie Stewart

KENSINGTON F

Heroes are made and broken by the events they experience. They are defined by their actions when faced with adversity. Each emotion is put to the test and individuals have to find their true self in the end. We will explore how to balance our emotion to make us more resilient as we face the obstacles that come with the job. When we fail to control our emotions, we begin to make awful decisions. We will look at acknowledging the different emotions to find a new level of happiness.

#504 Ventilator Operations (maximum 25 participants)

Brian Sutton

WINCHESTER

Session description to be announced

#601 It is OK to Make a Mistake: Time Sensitive Critical Decision Making

Kevin Collopy

KENSINGTON D

We have all done it; we made an error! In the era of time-sensitive emergencies, it’s important to understand that mistakes occur. This presentation will take you through the time-sensitive emergencies of stroke, STEMI, sepsis, and trauma, and share with you the evidence-based over-triage goals set by the American College of Surgeons, American Heart and Stroke Associations, and several research papers.

#602 Leadership, Not Just For White Shirts

Troy Tuke & Chris Way

KENSINGTON E

Session description to be announced

#603 Until All the Pieces Fit

Chris Ebright

KENSINGTON F

As a pre-hospital care provider, on average, you are seven times more likely to come in contact with a person on the autism spectrum. It is not one condition, but rather a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. As a result, these patients can present EMS providers with unique assessment and management challenges. This presentation will explain the autism spectrum as well as certain notable characteristics of these patients to consider when performing an assessment and rendering medical treatment.

#604 Ventilator Operations (maximum 25 participants)

Brian Sutton

WINCHESTER

Session description to be announced

#701 Stabilizing Hemorrhagic Shock: Beyond Bleeding Control!

Kevin Collopy

KENSINGTON D

Stopping the bleeding is vitally important and cannot be understated. What do you do though when bandages are saturated, the blood is lost, or your patient continues to hemorrhage internally? Come join in this engaging presentation that will discuss the latest advances in shock resuscitation, coagulation, and keeping your patient alive when prehospital providers cannot provide the needed critical intervention.

#702 Sign Here: A Practitioner’s Guide to Patient Refusals

Samantha Johnson & Nick Adams

KENSINGTON E

“No, I won’t go!” Those words cost a patient her life and a paramedic his career. The most critical clinical decision a provider can make is not at the devastating wreck or the cardiac arrest; it’s during a patient’s refusal, the most common incident run by responders. How are you managing refusals on scene? How is your documentation? Can it stand up in court? Nick, an EMS operations captain with over two decades of emergency response and quality assurance experience, and Samantha, an attorney for one of the largest hospital-based EMS systems in the Southeast, examine the clinical, legal, ethical and operational implications of patient refusals. Providers, administrators, and educators will benefit from this practical and interactive street-level approach to managing and documenting patient refusals. Using actual incidents and reported legal cases, Nick and Samantha offer tips and tricks for responders to protect themselves and their services from legal liability.

#703 Thwacks, Whacks, Cracks and Smacks

Chris Ebright

KENSINGTON F

Sports-related concussions are serious, widely prevalent, and often under-reported traumatic brain injuries. This presentation discusses the pathophysiology and sequelae of concussion as well as proper identification, evaluation and patient management. Severe, moderate and even mild concussions have a high potential for significant long-term deleterious effects on an athlete. Extensive anatomical and physiological damage may be present from just one traumatic blow to the head. Advocating for an athlete to sit out the rest of an event by knowing the signs and symptoms specific to concussion may be the difference between a decent versus a terrible outcome.

#801 Rainbows and Rabbit Holes

Angie Stewart

Dorothy and Alice both had to endure “travel” different from what they were familiar with. They both experience alternate realities but neither had any “special powers.” Both were restored by simple solutions. When we experience trauma, we travel one way to an alternate reality. We can never return the same way we came. Learning simple new techniques however will allow us to return home with a greater sense of self and a new home for contentment.

#802 Documentation Dilemmas

Samantha Johnson & Nick Adams

Every good story – and every good patient care report - has a beginning, middle, and end. Even in the era of electronic records, providers can’t rely on just clicking boxes to tell a patient’s story. Clinical narratives continue to be the most essential part of a quality chart. Do your narratives stand up to review? Nick, an EMS operations captain with over two decades of emergency response and quality assurance experience, and Samantha, an attorney for one of the largest hospital-based EMS systems in the Southeast, discuss the clinical, legal, and operational aspects of provider documentation. Using real-life examples and interactive scenarios, Nick and Samantha offer practical tips and tricks for documentation that stands up to review and maximizes reimbursement potential.

#803 When a Stroke Really Isn’t A Stroke

Chris Ebright

The diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke is often straightforward. The sudden onset of a focal neurologic deficit with a common presentation - such as hemiparesis, facial weakness and aphasia - identifies a common syndrome of acute stroke. But what if the patient presentation isn’t that cut and dry? Differential diagnostic problems remain because there are several subtypes of stroke and also because some non-vascular disorders may have clinical pictures that appear identical to strokes. This presentation will address these “mimics” as well as other considerations during your assessment of this patient who “didn’t read the textbook."