19th Annual EMS Odyssey Conference

Thu, June 13 2019, 8:00 AM - Fri, June 14 2019, 5:00 PM [UMST]

4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Event Information

Thu, June 13 2019, 8:00 AM - Fri, June 14 2019, 5:00 PM [UMST]

About the Event

The EMS Odyssey Conference offers all emergeny medical services (EMS), trauma, and other related healthcare and public safety professionals and volunteers with opportunities to expand and advance their knowledge by:

  • Learning from experts in emergency medicine and trauma care
  • Exploring and experiencing the latest and available healthcare products and wares
  • Acquiring topical knowledge and practical skills.
  • Receiving program ideas and resources
  • Networking with professional colleagues

The EMS Odyssey supports a learning format composed of both general and concurrent sessions that provide essential resources and knowledge on various and topical EMS, trauma, helath, and public safety subjects.

A special Hot Topics track on June 13, 2019 will be sponsored and coordinated by the Arizona Emergency Nurses Association (AZ ENA).

Cancellation policy

To receive a refund, your cancellation must be received by AEMS via email, mail, or phone on or before May 30, 2019.  All refunds will be issued within 30 days of notice less a $5.00 handling fee.

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About the Organizer

Arizona Emergency Medical Systems, Inc. (AEMS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a community-based, volunteer organization dedicated to improving emergency medical services (EMS) and trauma care for the Central Arizona region (which includes Maricopa, Pinal, and Gila counties). The Arizona Emergency Nurses Association (AZ ENA) will be sponsoring and coordinating a special Hot Topics track.

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Event Speakers

Allen Wolfe, MSN, CSN
Native Air - Air Methods Corporation

Allen Wolfe, MSN, CSN, APRN, CFRN, CCRN, CTRN, CMTE is currently a Critical Care Clinical Specialist and the Director of Clinical Education for Air Methods Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Allen received his BS in Nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and his MSN in Critical Care Nursing at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He has 34 years in Critical Care nursing and helicopter medevac experience.

Phil Bates
Special Agent, FBI

Special Agent (SA) Phillip Bates is the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Coordinator for the Phoenix Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Division and is assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In his role as Coordinator he oversees the planning, preparation, response, investigation, and intelligence gathering against WMD threats in the State of Arizona.

Mohamed Teleb, MD
Neuroendovascular Surgery, Stroke, and Neurocritical Care. Arizona’s only triple fellowship trained Stroke Expert

Dr. Telebs’ advanced training has made him an expert in treating and managing disorders and diseases of the blood vessels of the brain, neck, and spinal cord. The comprehensive stroke training that Dr. Teleb completed led him to develop the Stroke VAN screening tool which quickly and accurately identifies large artery occlusion.

https://www.strokevan.com
Greg Ruiz
Paramedic, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department

Chief Greg Ruiz has over 30 years with the fire service and has spent the past 25 years of that time with the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. He has worked his way through the ranks of the service while acquiring his Bachelor’s in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Tania Glenn, PsyD, LCSW
President, Tania Glenn and Associates, PA

Dr. Tania Glenn is the president of Tania Glenn and Associates (TGA), PA a clinical practice in Austin, TX that is focused on promoting resilience, critical incident response and peer support team training and activation. As a leading national clinician in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dr. Glenn specializes in working with emergency responders, military and the aviation community.

https://www.taniaglenn.com
Nancy Denke, DNP, RN
Toxicology Consultants of Arizona and a DNP Faculty member at ASU

Nancy Denke, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAEN is a Nurse Practitioner who holds degrees from Penn State University, University of North Carolina, St. Louis University and a DNP- Innovation in Leadership from Arizona State University. Currently she is employed with Toxicology Consultants of Arizona, and a DNP Faculty member at ASU.

John Fraleigh, MSN, RN
Faculty Clinical Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing

Brian Appavu, MD
Epileptologist and Neurocritical Care Specialist, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Dr. Brian Appavu is both an Epileptologist and Neurocritical Care Specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Appavu completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. He went on to do his pediatric and pediatric neurology residency here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital before going on to complete a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Columbia University in New York. He is triple board-certified in child neurology, neurosonology and epilepsy.

Tracey Fejt, RN
Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Tracey Fejt, RN is the Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Prior to their current roles, both Tracey and Melissa were trauma nurses in the emergency department. They decided to take their experience from the bedside and shift focus towards educating the community on how to prevent injury and reduce the overall amount of traumatically injured patients in both the community and the state.

Melissa Luxton, MSN, RN
Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix

Melissa Luxton, MSN, RN is the Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. Prior to their current roles, both Tracey and Melissa were trauma nurses in the emergency department. They decided to take their experience from the bedside and shift focus towards educating the community on how to prevent injury and reduce the overall amount of traumatically injured patients in both the community and the state.

Sydney Vail, MD, FACS
Chairman, Dept. of Surgery; Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgeon, Maricopa Medical Center, Valleywise Health

Dr. Vail attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his General Surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Trauma Medical Director for 17 years of his 22 year career and presently the Chairman of the Dept. of Surgery at Valleywise Health Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Vail has been consultant and educator to several branches of our military, law enforcement, and Dept. of Homeland Security’s medical teams

Michael Beaton
Special Operations Division Commander, Mesa Police Department

Commander Michael Beaton has been with the Mesa Police Department for 25 years. Currently he is assigned as the Special Operations Division Commander. Special Operations supports the Mesa Police Department through major crime investigations, tactical, apprehension and undercover operations. Special Operations is home to the Major Crimes Section, Violent Offender Task Force, Gang Investigations, Organized Crime, SWAT, K9 and EOD.

Glen Simpson, BS, AEMT
Director of Special Operations, Community Ambulance

Glenn Simpson is the Director of Special Operations for Community Ambulance in Las Vegas where he oversees personnel and operations. On October 1, 2017, Mr. Simpson was the lead for the Community Ambulance team providing medical coverage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. He was there during the entire mass shooting that night and was one of the first to begin treating the wounded. His quick actions contributed to saving countless lives.

Josh Canning, MD
Physician Toxicologist, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center

Dr. Canning is a physician toxicologist in the Department of Medical Toxicology for Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix and for the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. He is board-certified in Medical Toxicology and Emergency medicine and works clinically at Arizona’s only Level One Toxicology Center as well as in several local Emergency Departments

http://www.www.oarline.com
Charles F. Swearingen
Critical Care Educator and Flight Paramedic

Charlie Swearingen is a national critical care educator and flight paramedic currently residing in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as an EMT, paramedic and later flight paramedic with AirCare. He is the owner of Meducation Specialists, a business geared to help nurses, paramedics, physicians, NPs, Pas, and RTs prepare for their critical care practice in the air medical environment. He has written a best -selling book, Vent Hero, centering on mechanical ventilation management in transport.

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Event Schedule

  • June 13, 2019
  • June 14, 2019
08:15 AM
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09:15 AM
Track : EMS ODYSSEY CONFERENCE

Think Zebras Not Horses: WMD for Medical Professionals

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

Whether used by terrorists or criminals, cases of WMD exposure will present in clinical settings, especially in emergency rooms and trauma centers. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the FBI’s WMD program and WMD materials of concern. Signs and symptoms of WMD exposure as well as several case studies involving use or attempted use of these agents by criminal and terrorist subjects will be addressed.

Phil Bates

09:30 AM
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10:30 AM
Track : EMS ODYSSEY CONFERENCE

The Dos and Don'ts of Traumatic Amputations - Case Studies

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

Traumatic amputations are devastating and debilitating injuries. Through review of case studies, this presentation will address the importance of knowing the type of amputation, ways to quickly control bleeding, and proper body part preservation that can lead to an increase in survival rates and more satisfactory cosmetic and functional outcomes.

Allen Wolfe, MSN, CSN

10:45 AM
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11:45 AM
Track : EMS ODYSSEY CONFERENCE

Legal and Ethical Issues Facing Paramedics

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

Emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics (EMT-P) have a challenging job. The EMT/EMT-P are often placed in a position in which critical care is administered just minutes following a chronic or acute emergency. The care provided can often contribute to a negative or positive outcome. This presentation will look at real cases and apply the common pitfalls seen repeatedly in medical negligence cases brought against pre-hospital care providers.

Greg Ruiz

Track : *AZENA HOT TOPICS TRACK

*Stroke VAN Assessment

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ocotillo

This presentation will review the why, clinical reasons to care, neuroanatomy, validation of large vessel occlusion screening tools, and future prospectives. This will include the VAN Assessment which is an exciting, easy and proven way to rapidly determine if the patient has a large vessel occlusion.

Mohamed Teleb, MD

12:30 PM
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01:30 PM
Track : EMS ODYSSEY CONFERENCE

First Responder Resilience

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

Resilience means being, living, working, playing and expecting well. It means living the best life possible. While most people want to be more resilient, many simply do not know how. This presentation will help participants define and understand resilience, and teaches ways to build resilience in a no-nonsense and completely achievable way.

Tania Glenn, PsyD, LCSW

Track : *AZENA HOT TOPICS TRACK

*Avoid the Alarms: The Simplicity of Being a Vent Hero

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ocotillo

This session will address some select mechanical ventilation troubleshooting procedures. If you have ever experienced a mechanical ventilator alarm, it may have caused you frustration, aggravation, and a desire to destroy the vent. This session will expose participants to a few simple procedures and/or tests that will provide insight on how to correct and ultimately prevent alarms. A silent ventilator is a beautiful thing. Let’s talk about this.

Charles F. Swearingen

01:45 PM
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02:45 PM
Track : EMS ODYSSEY CONFERENCE

Novel Opioids and EMS Occupational Exposures

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

This session will review the pathophysiology of opioid toxicity, outline several novel opioids, and address the potential risks for occupational (EMS) exposures to these agents. Patient assessment and treatment as well as the Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral (OAR) Line will also be reviewed.

Josh Canning, MD

Track : *AZENA HOT TOPICS TRACK

*A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Basics of X-ray Interpretation

Desert Willow Conference Center

This session will offer an opportunity for participants to understand the basic principles of radiology and how x-rays can be chosen wisely in the management and treatment of the ED patient The basic skills of image interpretation with highlights of the chest, pelvis and extremities and the brain with a stroke will be discussed.

Nancy Denke, DNP, RN

03:00 PM
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04:00 PM
Track : EMS ODYSSEY CONFERENCE

Human Trafficking: The Signs, Symptoms, and Scenes

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

EMS has an important role to play in the effort to end human trafficking. Healthcare professionals are in a position to look for key indicators that may identify potential victims, provide the appropriate care and access to resources, and potentially save a life. This session will address the different types of human trafficking; recognizing patients that may be trafficked; red flags that indicate you are on a crime scene involving trafficking; how children become victims; and how to talk with a victim of sex trafficking. Case scenarios will be reviewed.

John Fraleigh, MSN, RN

08:15 AM
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09:15 AM

Disaster Search Dogs

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

$0.00

Dogs may not only serve as our best friend but can play a critical role in disaster situations. This presentation will explore how highly trained dogs support our emergency efforts to locate, stabilize and extract victims. Watch the dogs in action as they provide an agility demonstration and a simulated search of a hidden victim.

John Dean

09:30 AM
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10:30 AM
Track : EMS ODYSSEY CONFERENCE

*Pediatric Seizures

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

Pediatric seizures are a common cause of the activation of the 911 system and a significant cause or morbidity and mortality. This lecture will provide the current evidence for seizure recognition and treatment.

Brian Appavu, MD

Track : *CONCURRENT TRACK

*Safety Town: A Statewide Mobile Injury Prevention Program

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ocotillo

In the first half of life, more Americans die from violence and injuries — such as motor vehicle crashes, drowning, and firearms — than from any other cause, including cancer, HIV, or the flu. This makes injury the leading cause of death among persons ages 1-44. Banner Health’s Safety Town is an interactive mobile town that covers health and safety topics impacting all ages. Participants can stroll among colorful mini buildings and sidewalks, complete with crosswalks and traffic signals, to learn about safety through discussion, hands-on activities, and simulation.

Tracey Fejt, RN

Melissa Luxton, MSN, RN

12:00 PM
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01:00 PM

Run, Hide or Fight: Active Shooter Panel

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

$0.00

One of the largest threats to the workplace and even in public is phenomenon of the active shooter. An active shooter event can begin suddenly, with little warning, and is a terrifying ordeal. For these reasons and more, it is important to be proactive and make potential plans. How would you react? Where would you go? What would you do? How would you help those around you? How would you deal with potential ethical conflicts? This panel session will explore the considerations that you may need to confront. Learn from the experience of a special operations police commander, a trauma surgeon who is a deploying team member of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s SWAT Team, and a paramedic who was a first responder and target of the active shooting event that occurred during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

Sydney Vail, MD, FACS

Michael Beaton

Glen Simpson, BS, AEMT

01:10 PM
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02:10 PM

Bullets and Ballistics for Dummies

Desert Willow Conference Center - Ballroom

$0.00

Learn realities vs myths related to what bullets do in the human body. See what damage really occurs vs what you may think will occur for a particular caliber. It is not what the movies portray!

Sydney Vail, MD, FACS