Annual EMS Seminar

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March 4-6, 2022

Montour Falls, New York

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 toxicology, cardiology, respiratory, psychiatric and EMS operations, among others.

Past Presentations

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Leading the Change in Winning the War Against Occupational Cancer
Presentation by Past Chief Brian McQueen

Head and Facial Trauma for the Prehospital Practitioner
Presentation by Paul A. Werfel, NRP
The pre-hospital practitioner’s handling of the patient with head and facial trauma can be one of the most difficult scenarios to successfully manage. With airway issues to deal with, C-spine injuries and profuse bleeding all factoring into the equation, it’s easy to see how daunting a task this can be. In this discussion, we will discuss the methods of assessing and managing these injuries that affect nearly 2 million people in the U.S. and result in approximately 50% to 55% of all prehospital deaths.

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

45 Years of Tragedies
First Responders have always had to respond to both natural and manmade disasters, but the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, changed the lives of Americans forever! We as first responders have to turn the mirror on ourselves and ask the tough question: “Are we ready?” The world tragedies of the past force first responders to be specially trained for unusual events such as active shooters, school shootings, acts of terrorism, bombings, civil disorder, protests, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. During this session, we will take a look at what we really do and will show that we do more than give people a ride in an ambulance!

Critical Choices: Decision Making in an Emergent Situation
Emergencies require critical choices with minimal information. Psychosis? Metabolic disorders? Overdoses? Trauma? Cardiovascular disasters? Dr. Zesut breaks down multiple scenarios and critical case studies in an informative and entertaining discussion. Learn to identify situations where early identification can lead to positive outcomes for your patients.

Good Enough Won’t Cut It: Why the Future of EMS Depends on Excellence
The world of EMS is changing at a dramatic pace. Innovation, new technology and the dynamic science of medicine constantly demonstrate that meeting the status quo is, in fact, sliding backward. But mediocrity is easy, inexpensive and reachable by most and therefore applies a strong force, especially to our new initiates. To progress as a profession, we must push against this tide. This session will describe the pursuit of excellence in EMS and describe why our future depends on it. More importantly, participants will learn in practical terms how to instill that pursuit of excellence into their daily EMS routines.

Bicycles, Bats, Balls and Trauma Calls
This session will help first responders, EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians better understand sports injuries that occur in neighborhood ballparks. During this session, we will take a look at some of the most common types of sports injuries to children and teenagers from Little League through high school.  We will review how children are often injured while riding bicycles, skateboarding and playing baseball, football or soccer. We will discuss the treatment for sprains, strains and injuries caused by repetitive sports. We will also discuss sports-related trauma calls such as fractures, head injuries and blunt trauma.

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down: Patient Relations in Emergent Situations
Emergency situations are high-stress critical moments where seconds count. Tactical decision making can be the difference between an organized calm treatment plan and chaos. Dr. Zesut brings his background in customer service, having worked and trained customer relations at the Walt Disney Co., into the health care setting. Learn to defuse and calm any situation to provide the best care possible.