EMS Seminar

ems seminar 40th Anniversary

March 4-6, 2022
Montour Falls, New York

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The FASNY Emergency Medical Services Committee presents the 40th Anniversary of the EMS Seminar in Montour Falls, New York. The 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-Seminar Workshop eligible for Core CME credit hours in Preparatory, Airway, Pharmacology, Med. Admin, Emergency Meds., Immunology, Toxicology, Endocrine, Neurology, Abdominal, Geni-Renal, GI, Hematology, Respiratory and Psychiatric.


Professionalism in EMS:  Is there any hope?
Presentation by Paul A. Werfel, NRP

EMS has long been protected from the same level of scrutiny police officers face. People are generally glad when we show up. After all, we’re the “good guys.” Yet with social media, there are thousands of “amateur photojournalists” roaming our scenes with phones, and drones have begun to put us in the crosshairs. In decades past we could hide in plain sight, dealing with patient care complaints behind closed-door meetings with management. Every action, right or wrong, now has thousands of potential witnesses. Our encounters with patients and families are memorialized for all time.  We have reached a point where it is no longer good enough to have sound skills and strong medical knowledge. Professionalism is now a job requirement in EMS.

Challenging Prehospital Case Studies
Presentation by Paul A. Werfel, EMT-P

This will be a comprehensive and interactive discussion of ten brand new cases, with the objective of fine tuning the assessment skill of the prehospital practitioner.  Led by JEMS Case of the month author, Paul Werfel, participants will systematically examine and assess each patient, suggest and discuss presumptive diagnosis and BLS and ALS treatment modalities. The group will then compare and contrast these findings with the in-hospital diagnosis and treatment modalities.

About the Speaker: Paul A. Werfel, MS, NREMT-P
A prolific international speaker, and author of over 50 articles, magazine columns, and book sections, Paul brings three decades of EMS experience to the paramedic program. In addition to fourteen years as a NYC Paramedic, Professor Werfel has served as: The Program Coordinator for Advanced Cardiac, Trauma and Pediatric life support at the Emergency Care Institute at Bellevue Hospital-NYU Medical Center in New York City, and as Emergency Care Programs Coordinator at Jamaica Hospital, Queens N.Y.  In addition to being the Director of the program, He also serves as Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Science. As a recipient of the 1998 Faculty Achievement Award, Professor Werfel is also a member of the review boards for Pre-hospital and Disaster Medicine, and Pre-Hospital Immediate Care Magazines.  He is an expert writer for the National Standard EMT-Intermediate/Paramedic Curriculum revision project, and a founding Board of Directors Member of the National EMS Educator’s Association.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from SUNY Empire State College and a Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Management from Stony Brook University and is a frequent standard of care expert for litigation involving EMS practitioners and systems.

Where Did All the EMS Providers Go?
Presentation by Richard Nower

 Every agency big and small, volunteer and commercial, municipal or private, ALS or BLS is facing the same external crisis: how to find EMS providers to provide quality patient care. By 2030, the United States will have as many people retired as there are working. The EMS profession is at the crossroads of time. EMS agencies will have to staff more ambulances and find more crews, but where will they come from? How is your agency going to meet the needs of your community? How, when and why the crisis was created is not important anymore. COVID-19 has changed the prehospital care community forever. Fewer providers are on the streets and even fewer are registering for EMT classes. The road to finding qualified EMS providers will determine the future of our industry. This is a discussion about recruitment and retention strategies. The session will be an out-of-the-book look at alternatives to bring in employees and staff shifts. How is your agency going to meet industry needs of the future? Staffing shortages will continue to grow unless we change the culture of our industry. Let’s look to the future of recruitment and retention. 

About the Speaker: Richard Nower
Richard Nower started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Keuka Park Fire Department in 1991. Richard is the owner of Alert EMS LLC, a CME Education LLC that providers EMS CME’s and codes education. Richard is a 15-year career firefighter Paramedic with the City of Utica Fire Department.  In addition to his firefighting duties, he teaches EMS classes, codes education and works in the Fire Department’s Fire Marshall’s office.  He was awarded EMT of the Year by the VFW and City of Utica Fire Department in 2019. He works commercial EMS for Edwards Ambulance, EAVES Ambulance and TLC Ambulance.   He is a New York State CIC and teaches EMT and Critical Care classes for Madison County Rescue Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Keuka College, a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of San Diego.  While earning his degree at Keuka he did a Field Period for the Yates County Fire Coordinator studying recruitment and retention of volunteer fire fighters.

Managing Respiratory Distress Before ALS Arrives: Assessing and Treating the Dyspnea Patient at the EMT Level
Presentation by Dan Batsie, EMT-P

 Respiratory distress is both a common and frequently life-threatening complaint. Many prehospital assessment techniques and interventions are focused on advanced providers, but far too often we lose sight of the importance of good basic skills.  EMTs play a vital role in early diagnosis and treatment of the dyspnea patient and proper initial care can significantly impact the outcome of these patients.  This class is designed to enhance the EMT’s understanding of the pathophysiology of respiratory distress and will focus on rapid assessment skills for the BLS provider.  We will further discuss key interventions that can be completed by the EMT to improve the outcome of the various causes of respiratory distress.

Drowning and Management of Submersion Injuries
Presentation by Dan Batsie, EMT-P

Each year roughly 4,000 patients die, and 800,000 patients are successfully rescued following a drowning event.  Yet, submersion injuries remain poorly understood and are often improperly assessed and treated.  To optimize outcomes and to separate commonly held myth from fact, providers must understand the true pathophysiology and science behind these far too common drowning situations.  This class will discuss the evidence-based best practices associated with management of submersion injuries.  Specific focus will be offered to submersion related cardiac arrest and how the approach must differ from more frequent sudden cardiac arrest etiologies.  The class will also discuss a detailed evaluation of the rescued patient and describe an algorithm for treatment and transport decisions.  Although some advanced topics will be discussed, this class is focused at the EMT level.

About the Speaker: Dan Batsie, NRP
Dan Batsie is the Director of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Injury Prevention for the Vermont Department of Health.  In his role, he leads emergency medical services for the state.  He has been a paramedic in New York, Maine and now Vermont for more than 30 years.  Over his career Dan has worked hard to elevate the profession of prehospital medicine and demonstrated a particular passion for high quality EMS education.  Dan has directed two accredited paramedic programs, authored two EMS textbooks, and lectured both nationally and internationally on current EMS topics.  In addition to his work at the state level, Dan is active in numerous national EMS projects and committees.