Scientific Assembly


Monday, November 1, 2021

Posters will be on display in the EXPO Hall during show hours. All posters will be presented on Monday morning, November 1st, according to the detailed schedule below. The top 3 posters will be presented in more detail in 20 minute intervals on Monday, November 1st from 3:30 pm - 5:00 p.m in the EXPO Hall education room.

9:00 a.m. to 9:08 a.m.
Missed application of the Field Trauma Triage Standard in secondary interfacility transfers of injury

The Field Trauma Triage Standard (FTTS) is used to identify patients who would benefit from direct transfer to a lead trauma hospital (LTH). This study determined the frequency that patients who underwent secondary interfacility trauma transfer initially met the FTTS and assessed the delay to LTH.

Brad Baumer photo - poster

Bradley Baumber, Critical Care Paramedic, ORNGE

Brad is a Critical Care Paramedic and Field Educator with ORNGE. For 15 years he’s been heavily involved in pre-hospital and critical care transport with a strong passion towards strategic planning and system development, in an effort to improve access to trauma care. 

Ornge is the Air Ambulance and Critical Care Transport provider for the province of Ontario in Canada. A system with an integrated rotor wing, fixed wing and ground transportation service responsible for air ambulance utilization, in an area spanning 420 000 square miles, servicing approximately 20 000 patients per year.  


9:10 a.m. to 9:18 a.m.
The Impact of Peer Support on Chronic Job Stressors

The objective of this research is to identify sources of strain in first responders and promote methods of managing stressors to reduce strain in these populations. First responders are exposed to more frequent and more intense levels of professional stressors than other occupations.

Jon vonRosenberg

John vonRosenberg, Vidant EastCare Flight Paramedic

John vonRosenberg has been in Fire, EMS, critical care, and flight medicine for over 20 years. His primary job is working as a flight paramedic and currently works with a hospital-based critical care service in eastern North Carolina. In addition to his role as a bedside clinician, John is an active instructor at his local college and a clinical instructor with IA Med. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education, a master’s degree is in Biology, and is working on his PhD in Cognition and Applied Neurophysiology.


9:20 a.m. to 9:28 a.m.
Driving as a Perishable Skill: Organizational Benefits of EVOC Training and Video Telematics

To increase provider and patient safety, as well as to reduce operational liability, our organization elected to proactively mandate new-hire remedial EVOC training. Also, the decision was made to phase-in mandatory EVOC refresher training for all existing employees and begin using video telematics.

Justin Koper

Justin Koper, M.S., GSP, MTSP-C, FP-C, HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Safety Officer

Justin Koper is a safety professional, “amateur data analyst”, EMS educator, and college lecturer. He passionately has advocated for a culture of safety in EMS, improved patient safety in the pre-hospital environment, and data-driven decision making by EMS leaders. During his EMS career he has served as a federal disaster responder, flight paramedic, and a primary 911 provider. He holds a Masters Degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University and currently serves as the Safety Officer for HealthNet Aeromedical Services based in Charleston, WV. He also is a lecturer at Youngstown State University in the Public Health program where he teaches Crisis Management in Public Health and Agents of Mass Casualty.


9:30 a.m. to 9:38 a.m.
A Review of Complications Associated with Cricothyrotomy

Airway management is a requisite skill set for emergency medical service (EMS) providers. Cricothyrotomy is a potentially lifesaving skill that is used when other airway maneuvers fail.


Kevin High, RN, MPH, MHPE, EMT, Vanderbilt LifeFlight/Vanderbilt Department of Emergency Medicine, Senior Associate

Kevin began his healthcare career in 1985 as an emergency nurse and EMT working in rural southern Georgia. He started at Vanderbilt in 1989 in the Emergency Department and began working as a flight nurse at Vanderbilt LifeFlight in 1993. Kevin left the program in 2007 to work within the Department of Emergency Medicine. Kevin oversees the intake and resuscitation for our trauma population and actively provides clinical guidance and teaching for Emergency Department staff. He serves as a faculty member teaching on topics surrounding airway management, trauma care, EMS and air medical transport. His educational background includes an Associate's Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor's of Science/Allied Health and a Master's in Public Health and Masters in Health Practitioner Education from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Kevin speaks regularly to professional groups locally, nationally and internationally on issues that affect emergency medicine and healthcare organizations. Born and raised in Tennessee, he resides in Nashville.


9:40 a.m. to 9:48 a.m.
Use of Video Laryngoscopy to Improve Intubation Success on Neo-Pediatric Transport: a QI Initiative

We aimed to implement video laryngoscopy (VL) during neonatal and pediatric transports to improve first pass intubation success rates from a baseline period of Jan 2018- July 2019 to a post intervention period of May 2020-Apr 2021.


Nicole Coutu, RRT, BHSc, SickKids Hospital

Nicole is a Registered Respiratory Therapist currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario at SickKids and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in 2010, and is a proud Alumni of the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences Respiratory Therapy Program, 2013Nicole’s experience as a respiratory therapist includes both adult and pediatric trauma, emergency, and critical care, as well as neonatal and pediatric transport medicineShe is dedicated to championing the respiratory therapy profession through her role at SickKids and in 2020 was honored to receive the hospital wide Respiratory Care Excellence Award.  Most recently, Nicole has been focusing on leading a quality improvement initiative in video assisted laryngoscopy in transport. 


9:50 a.m. to 9:58 a.m.
Intubation Success Rates and Complications After Implementation of a Pre-Intubation Checklist

RSI is fundamental in caring for critical patients, especially for HEMS crews. Multiple variables make RSI a high-risk procedure. Checklists have become ubiquitous to protocolize tasks and minimize adverse events. A pre-intubation checklist was implemented to standardize RSI for our HESM crews.

Dr. Tim Lenz photo (poster)

Timothy Lenz, MD, MPH, EMT-P, FAEMS, FACEP, Medical College of Wisconsin/Flight For Life, Medical Director

Dr. Lenz is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and core faculty for the emergency medicine residency and EMS fellowship.  He is Medical Director for Flight For Life in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and LifeNet in McHenry, Illinois, and Associate Medical Director for Milwaukee County EMS.  He is a former paramedic in Milwaukee and maintains his paramedic license.  He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where he flew with Metro Life Flight as a flight physician.  He completed his EMS fellowship and MPH at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and has been with the Medical College of Wisconsin since 2013.  He has several publications in the Air Medical Journal and American Journal of Emergency Medicine.