Improving Trauma Care Worldwide

Speakers & Education

The International Trauma Conference brings you leaders in education from around the world for an educational experience that’s second to none.

Hot Topics on the Agenda:

Pediatric trauma • Stop the Bleed • K9 field care • Trauma ultrasound • Early detection of shock • Silver trauma • Crew resource management • More

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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS


Julie L. Bacon, MSN-HCSM, CPN, CPEN, C-NPT, RN-BC, NE-BC

Program Manager and Chief Flight Nurse, John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, USA

GENERAL SESSION

I Shouldn’t Have Gotten Out of Bed This Morning: Pediatric Trauma Cases to Make Your Toes Curl

The opening keynote address spotlights extreme pediatric trauma presentations, including atlanto-occipital disassociation and hangman’s fracture, with a focus on the higher survivability rate in children with early recognition and intervention. Ms. Bacon will review the unique anatomical and physiological characteristics of pediatric patients that impact trauma care, illustrating how the pediatric baseline changes with injury. Seconds count when it comes to treating cervical spine injuries in children – best practices can make the difference.

CONCURRENT SESSION

Every Child Needs a Sherlock Holmes – Recognizing Signs of Non-Accidental Trauma

This session will ask providers to put on their detective caps to assess unexplained injury in children. Ms. Bacon will illustrate subtle – and not-so-subtle – signs of non-accidental trauma in pediatric patients, including in children with disabilities. She will also distinguish mimic conditions to help providers be confident in noticing red flags and reporting suspected abuse to protect this vulnerable population.

CONCURRENT SESSION

It’s All About Me! Taking Care of the Caregiver

 


Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine; Attending Physician, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

GENERAL SESSION

Early Detection of Shock: Beyond Vital Signs

Dr. Bledsoe goes beyond vital signs in the detection of shock to recognize the signs earlier and begin essential interventions sooner. This session will detail the pathophysiological chain of events leading to shock by examining normal physiological events and how they vary. It will address shock from all causes as well as describe recent trends and changes in prehospital shock management.

LIGHTNING ROUNDS

Hidden Dangers– What You Don’t See Can Hurt You!
Topic: Mechanism of Injury

Make your safety a priority with lightning rounds focused on hidden dangers at a trauma scene. Identify the key principles of situational awareness with Mr. Chancey to improve confidence and responder safety. Examine scene violence with Dr. French, analyzing the factors that contribute and best practices for response. Evaluate the relationship between mechanisms of injury and their predictive value to indicate need for trauma center transport with Dr. Bledsoe.

LIGHTNING ROUNDS

Silver Trauma
Topic: Assessment-Based Trauma

Focus on the unique challenges of the geriatric population with silver trauma lightning rounds. Dr. Peter Letarte will outline common head and spine trauma pathologies and the clinical presentations frequently seen among aging adults. Ms. Morrisette will illustrate special considerations for triage, initial stabilization, and transport of the geriatric trauma patient. Dr. Bryan Bledsoe will explore the implications of age on assessment-based trauma with best practices for geriatric care.


Bradley S. Butler, MD, FACEP, CDR MC (FMF), USN

Attending Faculty, Maricopa Medical Center EM Residency; Associate Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix; Associate Professor, Creighton University College of Medicine; Medical Director, ITLS Arizona Chapter; Commander Medical Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve; Specialty Leader for Emergency Medicine, U.S. Navy Reserve; Phoenix, Arizona, USA

GENERAL SESSION

K9 Field Care: Medical Care of Working Dogs for Non-Veterinary Providers

The use of working dogs in the military and in civilian law enforcement is on the rise. Dr. Butler will outline the framework of basic emergency treatment for working dogs in his keynote address specifically designed for non-veterinary providers. This session will analyze the differences between canine and human patients in the trauma setting, including initial assessment, management, and medications and dosages.


Jason Chancey, MSN, EMT-P, CEN, CFRN

Director of Clinical Education, Baptist HealthCare, Pensacola, Florida, USA

LIGHTNING ROUNDS

Hidden Dangers– What You Don’t See Can Hurt You!
Topic: Gaining and Maintaining Situational Awareness

Make your safety a priority with lightning rounds focused on hidden dangers at a trauma scene. Identify the key principles of situational awareness with Mr. Chancey to improve confidence and responder safety. Examine scene violence with Dr. French, analyzing the factors that contribute and best practices for response. Evaluate the relationship between mechanisms of injury and their predictive value to indicate need for trauma center transport with Dr. Bledsoe.


Markus Dorsey-Hirt, RN, CFRN

Chief Flight Nurse, Care Flight, Reno, Nevada, USA

CONCURRENT SESSION

Point of Care Ultrasound in the Aeromedical Environment – Does It Make a Difference?

This session will evaluate the use of point of care ultrasound in the aeromedical environment, examining clinical application, feasibility, training requirements, cost, and the impact of the technology of care processes and patient outcomes. The presentation will identify indications for ultrasound use during patient assessment and outline possible interventions based on prehospital ultrasound findings.


James French, BM, BSc, Dip IMC RCS (Edinburgh), FRCEM (UK)

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halilfax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Emergency Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Horizon Health Network, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

GENERAL SESSION

Crew Resource Management

Dr. French will explore the ramifications of the “human factor” on crew resource management and how key CRM principles should be incorporated into all emergency care systems to minimize preventable human errors and maximize team effectiveness. He will demonstrate the communication, teamwork, and adrenal control skills that contribute to optimized care coordination – mitigating risks and ultimately saving lives in the field.

LIGHTNING ROUNDS

Hidden Dangers– What You Don’t See Can Hurt You!
Topic: Scene Violence

Make your safety a priority with lightning rounds focused on hidden dangers at a trauma scene. Identify the key principles of situational awareness with Mr. Chancey to improve confidence and responder safety. Examine scene violence with Dr. French, analyzing the factors that contribute and best practices for response. Evaluate the relationship between mechanisms of injury and their predictive value to indicate need for trauma center transport with Dr. Bledsoe.


Craig Goolsby, MD, MEd, FACEP

Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Education, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine; Science Director, National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

GENERAL SESSION

Stop the Bleed: Science and Practice to Save Lives

The reality of modern society is that battlefield-style injuries have become increasingly commonplace off the battlefield. Dr. Goolsby will introduce the Stop the Bleed campaign, a grassroots initiative to increase survival from exsanguinating hemorrhage by engaging laypeople as responders. He will discuss simple steps to apply a tourniquet, research efforts to identify innovative education methods to teach laypeople to provide lifesaving trauma care before professional help arrives, and next steps the trauma community can take to meet the campaign’s goals.


Chris J. Hartman, MD, FACEP

Attending Emergency Physician, Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

GENERAL SESSION

iPhone, iPad, iResuscitate – Distilling the Complex Trauma Patient through the Simplicity of Ultrasound

Visionaries such as Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Steve Jobs agree: Complexity distilled is a thing of beauty. Bedside ultrasound as a prehospital tool puts the principle into action with sophisticated technology that simplifies diagnosis. Dr. Hartman will demonstrate the use of ultrasound to navigate the complex patient, with a focus on its use in assessing and resuscitating critically ill and severely injured patients.

CONCURRENT SESSION

Spin, Tumble and Yaw – Gunshot Wounds During One Day in The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Dr. Hartman will examine ballistics and gunshot wounds amid the backdrop of Cite-Soleil, Haiti, once referred to as “the most dangerous place on Earth” by the United Nations. This gritty session will review the pathophysiology of GSW with a focus on damage control resuscitation to replace massive fluid resuscitation as the standard of care. Dr. Hartman will take a unique real-life perspective, illustrating the havoc of one 24-hour period in Cite-Soleil — 18 bullets that found their mark on 11 victims.


Peter B. Letarte, MD, FAANS, FACS

Neurosurgeon, Premier Health, Dayton, Ohio, USA

GENERAL SESSION

GSW to the Head

Neurosurgeon Dr. Letarte will assess recent evidence that describes improved outcomes for patients with gunshot wounds to the head. His session will demonstrate the elements of patient history, physical examination, and imaging that are predictive to patient outcomes, with a review of the history of current practice and an evaluation of the updated best practices.

LIGHTNING ROUNDS

Silver Trauma
Topic: Head and Spine Trauma

Focus on the unique challenges of the geriatric population with silver trauma lightning rounds. Dr. Peter Letarte will outline common head and spine trauma pathologies and the clinical presentations frequently seen among aging adults. Ms. Morrisette will illustrate special considerations for triage, initial stabilization, and transport of the geriatric trauma patient. Dr. Bryan Bledsoe will explore the implications of age on assessment-based trauma with best practices for geriatric care.


Alan Moloff, DO, MPD, COL (Ret.) USA

Adjunct Faculty, Rocky Vista University, Parker, Colorado, USA; Associate Medical Director, Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), Reno, Nevada, USA

GENERAL SESSION

Altitudes, Attitudes and Patient Care

Dr. Moloff will break down physiological and psychological stressors that may impair optimal performance of the flight medical crew during rotary and fixed wing medical evacuation and transport. He will introduce a variety of countermeasures and how to utilize them en route to mitigate adverse effects on the crew and the patient.


Colleen Morissette, RN, CFRN

Executive Business Development Consultant, REMSA Care Flight, Reno, Nevada, USA

CONCURRENT SESSION

Point of Care Ultrasound in the Aeromedical Environment – Does It Make a Difference?

This session will evaluate the use of point of care ultrasound in the aeromedical environment, examining clinical application, feasibility, training requirements, cost, and the impact of the technology of care processes and patient outcomes. The presentation will identify indications for ultrasound use during patient assessment and outline possible interventions based on prehospital ultrasound findings.

LIGHTNING ROUNDS

Silver Trauma
Topic: Special Considerations for Geriatric Transport

Focus on the unique challenges of the geriatric population with silver trauma lightning rounds. Dr. Peter Letarte will outline common head and spine trauma pathologies and the clinical presentations frequently seen among aging adults. Ms. Morrisette will illustrate special considerations for triage, initial stabilization, and transport of the geriatric trauma patient. Dr. Bryan Bledsoe will explore the implications of age on assessment-based trauma with best practices for geriatric care.