Annual EMS Conference

Each year, the FASNY Emergency Medical Services Committee presents the EMS Conference in Selden, New York. The one-day event is packed with presentations that address the most contemporary and critical topics in the EMS community.

These invaluable sessions are complemented by a Pre-Conference Workshop eligible for Core CME credit hours in toxicology, cardiology, respiratory, psychiatric and EMS operations, among others.

The conference enjoyed another successful year in 2018. Look for 2019 schedule and registration details on this page in fall 2018.

Karl W. King presented at the 2018 EMS Conference in Selden, New York.

Past Presentations

Huffin’ and Puffin’: Pulmonary Assessment Essentials
Presented by: Connie Mattera, M.S., R.N., TNS, EMT-P

Life happens. Masterful physiologic machinery breaks or becomes dysfunctional. It’s our job to figure out if a respiratory problem is caused by a ventilation, diffusion or perfusion deficit based on a careful assessment of the pulmonary system using inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation so we select the right intervention for each patient. Easy to say, but not so easy to do.

What are the subjective and objective clues suggesting hypoxia? What’s the difference between capnography and pulse oximetry? What influences the amount of oxygen delivered to the cells? Which patients can be harmed by hyperoxia? Can you distinguish between crackles, wheezes, stridor and a pleural friction rub? Want some practical tips of the trade? This class explores the answers to all these questions and more.

Trauma: What’s Hot and What’s Not?
Presented by: Connie Mattera, M.S., R.N., TNS, EMT-P

Evidence-based practice is evolving at a dizzying pace. Things that were dogma for years have now been proven not useful and potentially harmful. Even our approach to patients with trauma has transitioned from silos to integration. Come assess your adaptive competence. How well can you explain the contemporary rationales for airway, ventilatory and circulatory assessment and management? What’s new in hemostasis, balanced resuscitation, selective spine precautions and burn management? From bougies to backboards, how is the role of EMS changing? Critical thinkers want to know!

You as a Firefighter and Cancer
Presented by: Mahlon Irish, Jr., Retired Lieutenant City of Ithaca Fire Department

The first part of this program presents issues concerning current fire conditions in today’s environment and how this affects our bodies in terms of contamination. This course will discuss the changes to us in the fire situations and the extra possibility for us to absorb carcinogens into our systems. Also addressed are some simple changes to our normal activities and new technologies and practices to decontaminate and protect us, our fellow firefighters and our families from unintentional contamination.

Part two expresses the personal experience and issues of being diagnosed, pre- and postradical prostatectomy surgery, and the physical and mental changes of living with prostate cancer as well as the financial impact. Some portions of this program are very personal and explicit in terms of specifics of the procedures dealing with prostate cancer.

What Kind of an EMT Do You Want to Be?
Presented by: Dan Batsie, EMT-P

This talk describes the unique opportunity EMS provides to constantly redefine who you are as a provider. Specifically, it discusses capability for EMTs to constantly improve and contrasts those with the challenges that commonly impede that progress. The class will discuss performance improvement, changes in EMS and the development of a hunger for excellence in practitioners. This motivational discussion will describe real-world strategies to both change yourself as a caregiver and also change our profession.