Annual EMS Seminar

Each year, the FASNY Emergency Medical Services Committee presents the EMS Seminar in Montour Falls, New York. The two-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.

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EMS Seminar in Montour Falls, NY
February 28 – March 1, 2020

Past Presentations

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

Long May You Run
Providing comfort and compassionate care to those in need is the very essence of what we as emergency service workers do. Our patient may forget what we say, but they will never forget how we make them feel. No doubt about it: emergency service work is a very rewarding career! Yet, there is a dark side. Burnout, stress and poor health are serious problems we all face – unless we learn how to stay balanced. “Long May You Run” gives you the tools allowing that balance to occur between work, family, health, friends and your own spirit.

Presented by: Mike Grill, MS NREMT-P

How Not to Be Wrong When Everything Is on the Line
Safety, assessment, patient care … the success of an EMS practitioner is judged on the quality of their critical decisions. Every day EMTs are forced to critically think their way through complicated operational and care-related situations under the worst possible circumstances, often with life-threatening consequences. Making good decisions is more than just relying upon luck. Strategies exist to improve mental performance under stress. This scenario-based class discussed the limitations of cognition when faced with situational challenges. More importantly, it described specific practices to improve decision making and enhance mental performance under duress.

Presented by: Daniel Batsie, EMT-P

First Responder Resiliency
Oftentimes what we experience on horrific calls are a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It comprises a set of attitudes, skills and behaviors that can be learned. The key to resiliency is not the elimination of stress, but the development of the skills needed to manage stress in an optimal way. First responders are capable of growing from their experience as opposed to becoming a victim of them. This session introduceds the audience to an evidence-based program describing the 12 skills of First Responder Resiliency.

Presented by: Mike Grill, MS NREMT-P

Emerging Drugs of Abuse
This presentation introduced new trends in drug abuse and the clinical effects associated with each of these drugs. Presented was treatment options for acute effects in the field as well as in an HCF. Also covered was drug-seeking behavior identifiers to be aware of together with current initiatives on a State and Federal level in response to this epidemic. Responder coping and wellbeing with these types of calls will also be covered and discussed in this presentation.

Presented by: Michele Caliva, MA, RN, CSPI

Pediatric Assessment
Pediatrics represent just 10 percent of EMS call volume nationwide. This causes us to be uncomfortable with these patients and often afraid of these calls. A review of pediatric patients and tools for assessing them will allow the learner to put their mind at ease for their next pediatric patient. Participants will be more comfortable with assessing pediatric patients by having more knowledge about children and assessment techniques.

Presented by: Jason Haag, CCEM-P, CIC