2019 EMS conference sponsored by EIRMC and Air Idaho Rescue

EIRMC and Air Methods/ Air Idaho are pleased to host the 2019 EMS Continuing Education Conference. Conference attendees will enjoy a morning of four dynamic keynote presentations, and an afternoon of specialized breakout sessions. Keynote and breakout sessions are designed to support education for AEMTs, EMTs EMRs and Paramedics.

As a thank you to all the first responders and paramedics, this conference is FREE.

Please share with your fellow first-responders. Registration is required to ensure space in break out classes and adequate food counts.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Taylorview Junior High
350 Castlerock Lane Idaho Falls—new location!

Register now!


Time Event
7:00am – 8:00am Check-in
8:00am – 12:30pm Keynote presentations
12:30pm – 1:15pm Free lunch
1:15pm – 4:15pm 3 Break-out sessions


Compassion Fatigue: Building personal and professional resiliency

Compassion fatigue is best seen as a combination of acute and accumulated stress which can affect first responders and health care professionals. This continuum will be presented and interventions discussed.

Presented by Richard Palmer, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Intake Specialist at EIRMC.

Pre-Hospital Care of Orthopedic Injuries

Information on pre-hospital management of orthopedic injuries, including femur fractures, pelvic fractures, acetabular fractures, and limb threatening injuries.

Presented by Dr. Lance Jacobson, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, at EIRMC.

Street Drug Concerns for First Responders and Medical Providers: Effects, Interactions, and Safety When Dealing with Drugs on the Streets

Addressing drug actions, drug interactions, and personal safety concerns for first responders dealing with people using, possessing, and concealing legal and illegal drugs. Ensuring personal safety for first responders, choosing proper preventative measures to avoid exposure, and safely navigating drugs and drug paraphernalia begins with recognizing what is in front of you.

Presented by Lt. Robert Rausch, MS, RN, c-FN, FACFEI, and Deputy District Commander, Idaho State Police, District 4-Jerome.

Burns and Beyond: Case Review of Burn Transports

Learn what went well and what didn’t on actual burn transports to EIRMC.

Presented by Tait Olaveson, MD, Trauma Surgeon, with Burn & Reconstructive Centers of Idaho.

Breakout options (choose 3):

“Cold as Ice”—Prehospital Management of Cold Patients

Winter is coming and we will soon be back into trying to keep our cold patients from getting colder, and the really cold patients form getting worse! Directed to the EMT, this interactive PowerPoint presentation focuses on the continuum of cold stress through severe hypothermia and pre-hospital patient care strategies.

Presented by Lance Taysom, RN, and Cami Taysom, RN

Emergency Care of Burn Patients on the Scene and During Transport

Proper burn care starts with correct management of the patient before transfer.

Presented by Larry Ward, RN, Director of Burn Center at EIRMC.

The Chaos of an Mass Casualty Incident

Lessons learned from a prison riot.

Presented by Gregg Hardy, FFII/FPC, of Air Methods.

LVAD (Left-Ventricular Assist Device)

Learn more how to care for patients with an LVAD.

Presented by Dr. Douglas Blank, Cardiologist.

The Art of Pre-Hospital Physical Exams

Learn from an ER Physician how to perform a comprehensive pre-hospital physical exam for a neuro, cardiovascular and trauma patient.

Presented by Dr. Andy Garrity, Emergency Room Physician at EIRMC.

Strangulation Response for Adults, Teens, and Children

Learn to Identify mehanism of injury; how to determine when transport is necessary; important patient education; and evidence preservation.

Presented by Kara Boll, Trauma Nurse Practitioner at EIRMC.

How to build an educational simulation

This breakout session will help you build an educational simulation for low volume/high risk situations or for problems your crew encounters. Get ideas on how to create an outline, address educational needs, and make a hands-on trainings creative, efficient and competency based.

Presented by Sheandi Richins, RN, BSN, CEN, TCRN, and ER Clinical Educator at EIRMC

STEMI Case Studies

An in-depth look at STEMIs from first medical contact to hospital presentation.

Presented by Tammy Coffel, RN, Cardiovascular Program Manager at EIRMC.

The Scene is Safe: LZ and Helicopter Safety

Discussion on the safety aspects and requirements for a helicopter landing zone and the capabilities of the rotor as it relates to air medical and SAR.

Presented by Kimber Dameron.

Trauma Activation Levels: Making the Right Call

Understanding trauma activation level criteria to make the right call under difficult circumstances.

Presented by Kasia Kohler, RN, Trauma Program Director at EIRMC.

Airway Cricothyrotomy Lab: Advanced Certifications Only

Hands-on cricothyrotomy using with pig airways. This is for those with advanced certifications only.

Presented by Roger Anderson and Joseph Haberlie.

Ambulance Driving Simulator

Improve driving skills and learn more about safety while driving an ambulance in traffic.

Presented by Dean Ellis.

Stop the Bleed (Train the Trainers) Class

Stop the Bleed, a program of the American College of Surgeons, is designed to teach laypeople bleeding control techniques prior to the arrival of EMS. Participate in an actual class, and then learn how to teach the class to laypeople in your community.

Grant Writing for EMS

Learn how to write a grant that will get approved and discover grants that may be available for EMS.

Presented by Rebecca Squires and Jared Giannini.

Mental Health Crisis Management

Learn about mental health crisis development, and ideas for effective communication when a person is in crisis.

Presented by Brandon Clark, Program Leader at EIRMC’s Behavioral Health Center.

Got Stroke? Get Thrombectomy!

Current national guideline recommendations for mechanical thrombectomy with real-life examples.

Presented by Dr. Chris Harker, Interventional Radiologist at EIRMC.