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-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.

Past Presentations

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.

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. 

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.