Finding Your Beat, the Rhythm of Life
Chief Tim Eggebraaten
We all face challenges which create our own beat in life when balancing family, careers, and struggling to find time for ourselves and our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Prepare to be energized, inspired, and entertained as "The Off Duty Chief" shares strategies and tactics for working YOUR BEAT!
Human Trafficking: Recognition in the Field
Ms. Shalotta Sharp
Human Trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, is portrayed in media as a scenario involving foreign countries-trains-lots of gunfire and a happy ending. In reality, human trafficking is modern day slavery with the victims among us in plain sight. The literature tells us the most common types of trafficking are familial trafficking. The attendee of this course will learn tools to recognize human trafficking in the field, medical presentation of victims of trafficking and how to engage with the patient and encourage continuation of care as well as the Mandated Reporting requirements.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Updates
Approach to the Agitated Patient
Dr. Melissa Willett-Caldwell
The second most common injury to EMS workers is violence. EMS workers, due to the unpredictability of the environment in which they provide care, are at times placed in vulnerable situations. Agitated patients are a potential danger to themselves and to EMS providers and are not infrequently encountered. The objectives of this talk include early identification of the agitated patient and discussion of the importance of scene safety. I will identify and discuss many of the underlying medical and psychiatric causes of acute agitation. I will highlight the importance of de-escalation techniques as a critical tool in the EMS toolkit because when appropriately applied can decrease the need for more aggressive interventions. I will discuss your options for chemical sedation and when they, as well as physical restraints, are appropriate. These treatments are not without risk and we will address the importance of reassessments, redosing medications, and when to remove restraints. Finally, we will go over several cases to apply the above-mentioned objectives to real world situations. At the end of this talk the EMS provider will be able to recognize important aspects of scene safety, list common underlying medical and psychiatric etiologies of agitation, discuss de-escalation techniques, and identify when restraints and chemical sedation are appropriate.
State of Alabama EMS Panel
Skills and Labs
We are swapping it up! Hands-on lecture time! Multiple stations to pick from!