20th Annual TSJC/RETAC EMS Symposium


"Making A Difference"

Friday, February 16
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 17
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, February 18
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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Symposium Attendees

Join other emergency care providers for a weekend of EMS training at the 20th Annual TSJC/RETAC EMS Symposium!

All courses are approved for EMS CEUs. A new skills track has been added on Saturday — get your CEUs and brush up on your skills! Classes will be held at Trinidad State Junior College Valley Campus located at 1011 Main Street in Alamosa, Colorado.

Mail registrations to:
Trinidad State
Attention - Deb Haverfield
1011 Main Street
Alamosa, CO 81101

Sign up early and SAVE! CREATE Grant qualifiers prices:

  • Register by February 10th = $125.
  • Same day registration = $150.
  • One day pre-registration = $ 75.
  • Same day registration for one day = $100.

Non-CREATE Grant qualifiers prices:

  • Register by February 10th = $250.
  • Same day registration = $300.
  • One day pre-registration = $150.
  • Same day registration for one day = $200.

Contact Deb Haverfield @ 719-589-7046 if you are not sure if you qualify for the CREATE Grant.

Lodging is available at the Hampton Inn Alamosa, located at 710 Mariposa Ave. for a rate of for single or double occupancy. Reference TSJC EMS Symposium.
For reservations call the motel at 719-480-6023.
For more information about the symposium call 719-589-7046 or 719-846-5524.

TEACHING FACULTY

  • Jeanne-Marie Bakehouse:
    Colorado Department of Health and Environment Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Branch Chief
  • Adam Compton:
    NRP, MS, Instructor Professional EMS Education
  • Don Dustin:
    EMT-I, Mineral County Ambulance
  • Reuben Farnsworth:
    CCP, Owner RockStar Education and Consulting, EMS Instructor
  • Fidel Garcia:
    Paramedic, Professional EMS Education President, EMS Instructor
  • Arlene Harms:
    RN, CEO Rio Grande Hospital
  • Gary Haverfield:
    EMT, CPR and EMS Instructor
  • Laura Henson:
    RN, EMT-I, ACLS, PALS and EMS Instructor
  • Christi Krattli:
    EMT-I, Monte Vista Ambulance
  • Melody Mesmer:
    EMS Educator with St. Anthony Prehospital Services, Fire and EMS background
  • Angela Medina:
    RN, former EMT-I, TSJC Nursing Faculty
  • Joshua Solas:
    NREMT-IV, Firefighter
  • Chris Mulberry:
    NRP
  • Lisa Werts:
    NRP, EMS Instructor
  • Mark Werts:
    Paramedic, Holyoke Police Department, EMS Instructor

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Friday, February 16, 2018
  • 08:30 – 09:00
    Registration
  • 09:00 – 17:00
    ACLS Refresher - - - Laura Henson
  • 09:00 – 10:30
    Electronics in EMS: Treat Your Patient Not Your App - - - Reuben Farnsworth
    Affairs of the Heart - - - Mark Werts
  • 10:45 – 12:00
    Kids Do the Dumbest Things - - - Fidel Garcia
    My Patient is Autistic…Now What??? - - - Christi Krattli
  • 13:00 – 14:00
    For the Love of All That is Holy - - - Reuben Farnsworth
    Concussions - - - Don Dustin
  • 14:15 – 15:30
    It Comes In Threes - - - Adam Compton, Fidel Garcia
    Pediatric Emergencies - - - Josh Solas
  • 15:45 – 17:00
    What’s My Line: How To Identify Medical Problems - - - Fidel Garcia
    Pediatric Emergencies Hands on Skills Practice - - - Josh Solas
Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • 08:00 – 09:00
    Registration
  • 09:00 – 11:45
    Equipment and Devices - - - Fidel Garcia
  • 09:00 – 10:00
    Interfacing With Your Fire Department - - - Josh Solas
    EKG Challenge - - - Chris Mulberry
    Trauma - - - Barry Bertin
  • 10:15 – 11:45
    Birthin’ Babies - - - Angie Medina
    Pre-hospital Sepsis Management - - - Chris Mulberry
  • 13:00 – 14:00
    State of the State EMS - - - Jeanne Marie Bakehouse
  • 14:15 – 17:00
    Running Calls - - - Adam Compton, Fidel Garcia
  • 14:15 – 15:30
    Tactical Medicine Overview - - - Mark Werts
    Another Disaster in the US…I’m Ready to Help I Think? - - - Jim Felmlee
  • 15:45 – 17:00
    Pelvic Trauma - - - Lisa Werts
    Rockstar Physical Exam - - - Reuben Farnsworth
Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • 08:30 – 09:00
    Registration
  • 09:00 – 12:30
    PALS Recert - - - Arlene Harms
    CPR Recert - - - Gary Haverfield
  • 09:00 – 10:30
    Hospice Care In EMS - - - Reuben Farnsworth
  • 10:45 – 12:00
    I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and I’ll Wheeze - - - Mark Werts
  • 13:00 - 1600
    EMS Game - - - Christi Krattli

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Friday, February 16, 2018
  • 09:00 – 17:00
    ACLS Refresher (limited to the first 12 registered) - - - Laura Henson

    This ACLS Refresher course is designed for the ALS provider that has been recently working in the field and is still ACLS certified or recently expired.
    7 hours Elective CEUs for ALS providers.
  • 09:00 – 10:30
    Electronics In EMS: Treat Your Patient, Not Your App! - - - Reuben Farnsworth

    There are countless apps that will do everything from calculating stroke scores to interpreting 12-leads. Which apps are right for you and do they have a place on your ambulance? There are some excellent apps we can use in EMS. Join us as we discuss and evaluate the use of apps in EMS.
    1.5 hours Elective CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
    Affairs of the Heart - - - Mark Werts
    This hands on class will focus on management of cardiac arrest patients. Focus will be placed on team work and pit crew approach and how to best utilize all personnel.
    1.5 hours Medical or Cardiology CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 10:45 – 12:00
    Kids Do The Dumbest Things - - - Fidel Garcia

    How well do you know your pediatrics? This session will be a stimulating and exciting game show with emphasis on all aspects of pediatrics. Compete for bragging rights as the best “Pediatric Provider on the Block.”
    1.25 hours Pediatric CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
    My Patient is Autistic...Now What? - - - Christi Krattli
    What things do you need to know when treating an autistic patient? What can an EMS provider do to help the patient through the situation?
    1.25 hours Medical/Behavioral CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 13:00 – 14:00
    For The Love of All That is Holy - - - Reuben Farnsworth

    Adapting to your patient’s religious beliefs. There are a myriad of religions that you may encounter in EMS. This session will address ways to accommodate these religious beliefs. Join the discussion and improve your patient care through a better understanding of how your patient’s religious beliefs affect your care plan.
    1 Preparatory CEU for all levels EMS providers.
    Concussions - - - Don Dustin
    This session will focus on concussions; how they occur, what is the physiological cause, signs and symptoms, and appropriate EMS care.
    1 hour Trauma CEU for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 14:15 – 15:30
    It Comes In Threes - - - Adam Compton, Fidel Garcia

    This session focuses on medical or trauma patients who exhibit classic triad signs and symptoms and includes the triads of: Becks Triad, Cushing Syndrome, Virchow’s Triad, Meningitis Triad, and others.
    1 hour Medical and .5 hour Trauma CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
    Pediatric Emergencies - - - Josh Solas
    This session will focus on pediatric emergencies and the specific challenges created when dealing with pediatric patients.
    1.25 hours Pediatric CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 15:45 – 17:00
    What’s My Line: How to Identify Medical Problems - - - Fidel Garcia

    Using the format of the “What’s My Line” game show this session will use actual case studies to ask questions, get clues and work through the information that is gleaned to identify the patient condition and develop a treatment plan.
    1.25 hours Medical OR Patient Assessment CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
    Pediatric Emergencies Hands on Skills Practice - - - Josh Solas
    This session will continue from the Pediatric Emergencies session and will allow students to gain confidence in dealing with pediatrics by providing skills practice and review.
    1.25 hours Pediatric CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • 09:00 – 11:45
    Equipment and Device - - - Fidel Garcia

    This session will allow hands on practice with the many devices of equipment EMS providers must be proficient with. This session will also help by providing pearls of wisdom of how to best utilize your resources.
    2.75 hours Elective CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 09:00 – 10:00
    Interfacing With Your Fire Department - - - Josh Solas

    Come join the discussion as a firefighter/EMT shares some of the ins and outs of the fire service. This enlightening discussion will help EMS interface with their local fire department like a seasoned pro.
    1 hour Operations OR Elective CEU for all levels of EMS providers.
    EKG Challenge and Review - - - Chris Mulberry
    This session will offer some EKG review as well as provide some more challenging EKG evaluations. A helpful session for becoming better and EKG interpretations.
    1 hour Cardiology CEU for ALS EMS providers.
  • 10:15 – 11:45
    Birthin’ Babies - - - Angela Medina

    This session provides hands on simulation using the Birthing Noel Simulator. Routine deliveries as well as deliveries with complications are presented to students. A fun way to get those pesky OB hours!!!
    1.5 hours OB CEU for all levels of EMS pro-viders.
    Pre-hospital Sepsis Management - - - Chris Mulberry
    Sepsis is becoming more of an issue in pre-hospital care. This session will help prepare the participant to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis and the value of early intervention for a positive patient outcome.
    1.5 hours Medical CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 13:00 – 14:00
    State of the State EMS - - - Jeanne Marie Bakehouse

    This session allows time for critical updates from the State. In addition, time will allow for questions you may have regarding State regulations.
    1 hour Elective CEU for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 14:15 – 17:00
    Running Calls - - - Adam Compton, Fidel Garcia

    This hands on skills session will allow you to refine your skills through an interactive experience while working as a team on real life calls.
    2 hours Medical CEUs and 1.75 hours Trauma CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 14:15 – 15:30
    Getting Ready to Help with the Next Disaster - - - Jim Felmlee

    So many places EMS providers are needed in disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, etc. If you wait until you are needed to get your papers in order, you’ll be too late to help. This session will focus on what you can do so that when that next disaster comes along, you’ll have everything ready for FEMA.
    1.25 hours Operational CEUs for all levels of EMS providers
    Tactical Medicine Overview - - - Mark Werts
    This session will help EMS see their role with tactical entry teams. This will provide introductory information and determine if there is enough interest to provide a full three day certification course later in the year.
    1.25 hours Operation-al CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 15:45 – 17:00
    Pelvic Trauma - - - Lisa Werts

    This session will help participants know how to anticipate pelvic trauma on their patients and the best course of treatment for a positive outcome.This hands on session will include trauma scenarios.
    1.25 hours Trauma CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
    Rockstar Physical Exam - - - Reuben Farnsworth
    This session will help participants streamline their physical exam and allow EMS providers to quickly determine physical findings of their patients.
    1.25 hours Patient Assessment CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • 09:00 – 12:30
    PALS Recertification (limited to 12) - - - Arlene Harms

    This session is for recertification for current or recently expired PALS providers. This session will provide a very brief review before testing of participants.
    3.5 hours Pediatric CEUs for ALS providers.
    CPR Recertification - - - Gary Haverfield
    This session is for recertification for current or recently expired CPR card holders. It will provide a very brief review before testing of participants.
    3.5 hours Elective CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 09:00 – 10:30
    Hospice Care in EMS - - - Reuben Farnsworth

    This session will address the complicated social dynamic that can exist with hospice patients as well as how to handle these often difficult encounters.
    1.5 hours Operational CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 10:45 – 12:00
    I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and I’ll Wheeze - - - Mark Werts

    This session will discuss the complexities associated with asthma patients covering from the “simple” asthma attack to the severe attack. What happens to the patient and best current treatments will be discussed.
    1.25 hours Medical or Airway/Breathing CEUs for all levels of EMS providers.
  • 13:00 – 16:00
    EMS Game - - - Christi Krattli

    Conclude the conference with a fun and spirit team game to test your wits and knowledge in EMS!
    3 hours Elective CEUs for all levels EMS providers.