EMS Seminar in Montour Falls

Come a day early and attend the Pre-Seminar Workshop

March 3, 2017
Registration 7:30 a.m.

Pre-Seminar 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The following Core CME credits will be awarded:

Preparatory 1.0 Hr Endocrine 0.5 Hr
Airway 2.0 Hr Neurology 0.5 Hr
Patient Assessment 3.0 Hr Hematology 1.0 Hr
Immunology 0.5 Hr

March 4 & 5, 2017
at the NYS Fire Academy
600 College Ave, Montour Falls, NY 14865
(607) 535-7136

Registration 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Seminar starts at 8:00 a.m.

Non-Core CME credit hours will be awarded for attendance at the seminar.

Saturday March 4, 2017

The State of Emergency Medical Service in New York State
Presented by Bureau of EMS, NYS Department of Health and NYSEMS Council

Trends in Substance Abuse: Street Drugs – What You Need to Know
Drug abuse continues to be a major problem in society today. The statistics are alarming.

  • One person dies every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose.
  • Heroin use has increased over 75 percent in the last four years.
  • Marijuana use is increasing across the nation as perception of harm decreases.
  • The rapid and widespread distribution of “designer drugs” has resulted in a
    substantial increase in emergency room treatment of acute toxic reactions.
  • Over-the-counter medication is being widely abused.
  • Dangerous alcohol use is up among teens and young people.
  • Cocaine, crack and meth continue to be cheap and available, even in many small towns.

This session will provide valuable training to help identify substances of abuse, instill a stronger knowledge of the effects that illicit drug use has on users and provide an understanding of how drug use affects all of us. Knowing how to recognize what the drugs look like and the indicators of someone under the influence is only the first part of the battle. The abuse of illicit drugs places every person working in the public sector at risk, especially first responders and hospital personnel.

Trends in Substance Abuse: Opiate Abuse (Prescription Opiates and Heroin) and Marijuana
The consequence of drug abuse extends well beyond the individual user and affects family, friends, co-workers, businesses and the entire community. Marijuana use is increasing across the nation as perception of harm decreases. As more states look to legalize marijuana or allow it for medicinal use, more problems are occurring. Marijuana on the street is extremely potent. Edibles and concentrates are becoming very popular as are ways to disguise its use. The abuse of illicit drugs places every person working in the public sector at risk, especially first responders and hospital personnel. First responders must know how to identify these drugs, recognize someone who is under the influence and assist someone with a substance abuse problem. This session will provide valuable information regarding prescription drug and heroin abuse as well as the effects of the “new” marijuana.

Presented by: Lynn Riemer
lynn-photoLynn Riemer is an accomplished speaker, trainer and advocate focusing on issues relating to substance abuse. Riemer is president of ACT on Drugs, Inc., a not for profit organization with a mission to educate parents, teens and professionals about addictive and psychoactive substances – both legal and illegal – that are available in their community.  With her in-depth chemistry knowledge of drugs from her experience with the DEA and North Metro Drug Task Force as well as her engaging style of presentation, she brings a real, personal and vivid face to the issues presented by illicit drug use. Over the past 13 years, Riemer has spoken to over 250,000 students, community child advocacy groups, industrial and professional organizations, and employees of local and state governmental agencies about drug awareness, recognition and prevention. She is a recognized expert in methamphetamine, drug manufacturing, child abuse, parental issues, health effects and contamination in many counties in Colorado.

Blast Injuries and Explosive Trauma
The physics of high-energy explosives can cause devastating injuries to the human body. These situations also pose very specific challenges to resources and to providers themselves. This session is designed to review the pathophysiology of blast trauma and better prepare first responders at all EMS levels to address this type of emergency. Topics will include the physics of explosives, specific blast-related injuries and a review of best practice treatment strategies.

Presented by: Daniel Batsie
Daniel Batsie has been involved in EMS for over 25 years and has been an EMS educator since 1994. After 15 years as a paramedic program director in Maine, Batsie recently moved on to become the EMS Chief for the state of Vermont.  He is also the author of two EMS textbooks, a contributing author to several other texts and has published numerous journal articles.


Sunday March 5, 2017

Diabetes Mellitus: Houston, We Have a Problem?
One in three Americans has predictable factors for diabetes. Some 29 million people have diabetes, with 8 million of those going undiagnosed. This session will explore the pathophysiology behind the diabetic disease process, covering juvenile and adult onset diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome. Participants will learn the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that are creating the diabetes epidemic. They will develop diagnostic tools for risk factors, predicting the disease process and providing better patient care. This session will explore the long-term impact of the diabetic process on the human body and finish with a look at the impact of this epidemic on the EMS industry and medicine administration.

Situational Awareness in High-Threat Operations (SAHTO) for First Responders
This session was developed as a result of adverse changes in the threat posture of emergency response by fire and EMS personnel. Topics include active shooter, homegrown violent extremism, lone wolf, and other high-threat situations identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. SAHTO strives to heighten fire and EMS awareness and safety when responding to these situations. Additionally, SAHTO provides an overview of the Rescue Task Force (RTF) concept and the application of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) equipment and ballistic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as identified in the U.S. Fire Administration’s Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department Operational Considerations and Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents released in September 2013.

Presented by: Brad Vrooman
Brad Vrooman works for the New York State Division of Homeland Security Office of Fire Prevention and Control in the Special Operations Branch as a technical rescue instructor. He is a certified New York State paramedic and has attended the Critical Care Transport Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Vrooman also works as the Chief of the Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corps in Mohawk, New York, and serves on the Midstate EMS Paramedic Advisory Council. He serves as a paramedic mentor and instructor for the Herkimer College and Mohawk Valley Community College paramedic programs. He is a certified law enforcement tactical emergency casualty care instructor and vertical entry instructor for the Herkimer County SWAT Operator School as well as a New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services special topics instructor. He is a founder of the MOVAC Medical Response Team and a former U.S. Army infantry officer and airborne ranger. He recently commanded a tactical search and rescue team for the New York National Guard and has served on military search and rescue teams in Vermont and Alaska.