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.

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

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.

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 cance

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!

Can We Talk? EMS Patient Communications in the Age of Social Media
Presented by: Paul Werfel, NREMT-P

Email, texts, Facebook and other social media have seemed to replace conversation and speaking as the preferred methods of communication for many of us. We text our relatives and friends, obtain college degrees online and take credentialing exams on the computer. But, what happens when we actually have to obtain a history and discover that actual human-to-human communications is an essential skill? Our patients do not answer questions in ideas that are 140 characters! This course takes a new and insightful look into a growing area of concern for EMS providers.

Sacred Cows Make the Best Steaks: EMS Myths and Legends
Presented by: Paul Werfel, NREMT-P

Are there EMS myths and legends? Of course there are. We as instructors should try to adhere to the mantra of “evidence-based medicine,” but many do not. They substitute experience for fact and twice-told tales for fact. This session looks into these myths and the evidence that does not support them. We will destroy some sacred cows along the way.