Please join us for the
EMS Odyssey Pre-Conference
May 9, 2018
Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Boulevard - Phoenix, AZ
To enroll, click on the REGISTER button below (located directly under Event Properties).
This year’s Pre-Conference offers two unique learning experiences. The first part will be an awareness training relating to EMS response to veterans in crisis. The second part will be a hands-on training with Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs).
• Frontline on the Homefront: Equipping First Responders to Assist Veterans in Crisis Since 9/11, more than 3.2 million veterans have served during the Global War on Terror. For Arizona veterans, the home front has become the new battlefield. The impact of war and the anguish of combat have taken a toll, leaving physical wounds and invisible scars. Crisis and service calls involving combat veterans continue with reintegration into civilian life being one of their greatest stressors. This session, an update to training provided to first responders 5 years ago, will provide a fresh perspective on concepts like post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, and present tips when responding to a vet in crisis. The session will also provide new information on an emerging concept called “moral injury,” and feature a panel discussion where several combat veterans and military family members will share their experiences.< /p>
Dean Pedrotti, BS, MBA is a retired Captain/Paramedic for the Phoenix Fire Department. In his final years on the Department, he was on special assignment extending veterans awareness training to PFD firefighters and first responders across Arizona.
Annette Hill is the former Clinical Director and program author for Warriors Heart, a treatment center near San Antonio, TX which exclusively treats Veterans and First Responders suffering from substance abuse and PTSD.
• Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) Patients with a Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) may now be able to prolong their life until a heart transplant is available. Because many Arizona hospitals are now regularly implanting these devices, healthcare providers may be encountering more VAD patients. These devices vary in design and function with some patients presenting with a pulse and others without. As emergency care providers, it is important that we have a thorough understanding of these devices as well as recognize the special needs of a VAD patients so that we may treat them with confidence. This will be a hands-on workshop with each type of device to be demonstrated. It will provide the caregiver with the expertise to manage VAD patients in emergencies and transport situations.
Allen C. Wolfe Jr., MSN, CNS, APRN, CFRN, CCRN, CTRN, CMTE is a Critical Care Clinical Specialist. He is a Critical Care Nurse and Flight Nurse for over 28 years. Mr. Wolfe is One of the Leading LVAD experts in the country. He is also the Editor of Principles and Practice Transport 2018. Allen also is the recipient of the 2017 Marriot-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award, given for outstanding contribution to the emergency medical transport community.
|Event date||05-09-2018 8:00 am|
|Event End Date||05-09-2018 5:00 am|
|Registration Start Date||12-31-2017|
|Cut off date||05-02-2018|
|Location||Desert Willow Conference Center|