Developing a Special Operations Team to Move into the Future and Mitigate the Impossible

Michael Shaffer, MSN, RN, PHRN, NRP, CFRN, CMTE

Developing a Special Operations Team to mitigate the impossible. This is the third part of a survival series, following the two-prior consecutive AMTC lectures: 2018 Surviving an Incident I: Tactics and Strategies to Survival in the Wild & 2019 Surviving an Incident II: Tactics to Orchestrate the Rescue. In the third lecture, the emphasis is placed on the process to develop a special operations team. The attendees will learn how to discover what they do not know about a special operations team and how to modify the process to fit their needs. They will also be introduced to new technologies.

Throw Away the Checklist...Competency Evaluation in the 21st Century

Sue Parrigin, MSN, RN, CFRN, NRP

Utilize the novice to expert matrix to evaluate individual growth over time. This presentation will give real world examples of a competency program focused on evaluating skills and critical thinking utilizing scaled assessment criteria. Instead of a list of static skills that are repeated each year with little real evaluation or feedback, this program utilizes a needs assessment/gap analysis format to identify competencies that will directly affect patient care and outcomes. The results of the evaluation data are utilized to drive both individual and company-wide educational activities.


Accident Survivor Panel

Stories of resilience and recovery, resources available, panel and audience discussion.

Know Your Numbers: Clinical Use of ScvO2, Lactate and Dynamic Measures of Preload Responsiveness

Cindy Goodrich, RN, MS, CCRN

Early, aggressive, goal-directed resuscitation improves outcomes. Many strategies use central venous oxygen saturation (ScvO2), lactate and dynamic measures of preload as endpoints to reflect improving tissue oxygenation and perfusion. ScvO2 and lactate allow for identification of global tissue hypoxia. Dynamic measures of preload predict fluid responsiveness. This session challenges experienced critical care practitioners to explore the use of these additional therapeutic endpoints during resuscitation.

What’s The Value In Values

Bryan Peterson, RN, BSN, CCRN, CFRN, CMTE, PHRN

Core values are what support the vision, shape the culture and reflect the company view of their overall mission. Keeping the Values engrained in everything we do is an absolute must if we expect to be the leaders in our industry. Focused and engaged employees are more productive and the best form of advertisement and customer service advocates we have as they interact with our customers and patients. Enforcing adherence to company Values is as important as company policies and procedures, however, the Values should also be used as a tool assure these policies and procedures are followed.

Let's Talk About Puke, Ad Nauseam

Danny Nayman, MBA, NRP, FP-C

Why Zofran doesn't alway work; is Droperidol a better option? In this session we will review the various intrinsic and extrinsic causes of nausea and vomiting, the chemical triggers in the body that stimulate vomiting, and the most effective measures clinicians can use to prevent vomiting during transport.


Little People, Big Injuries: Resuscitation Techniques in Pediatric Trauma


In this session we will discuss current practices and evidence based interventions for critically ill pediatric trauma patients. We will start with a quick review of the key anatomic differences for pediatric patients, as relative to traumatic injury, and then we will discuss critical resuscitation techniques and strategies for blunt and penetrating pediatric trauma through a case based approach. Key concepts discussed will include optimized RSI intubation, chest thoracostomy, blood product transfusion, resuscitation metrics, ultrasound, and more.

CCTA Info Session

Jeremiah Gleitz, BAS, FP-C & Kim Morgan, MSN, RN, CFRN, TCRN, NREMT


NEMSPA Safety Panel: Focusing on Safety in Aeromedical Transport

Join this guided discussion between audience and NEMSPA Board members as we discuss current topics and trends affecting the industry.

Mechanical Ventilation of Infants and Children in Transport

Bryan Winchell, RN, FP-C, CFRN, CCRN, C-NPT

Transporting children often increases our anxiety as providers, and placing a pediatric patient on a ventilator adds even more stress. Together we will review the important ways in which we must modify our approach to mechanical ventilation for pediatric and neonatal populations, identifying how and when it’s safe to use transport ventilators for our smallest patients. We will discuss dead space elimination, ways to identify CO2 rebreathing, key differences in settings, and sedation/analgesia strategies for pediatric patients.

So You Want to Teach? Pro Tips for Educators!

Jeremy Norman, BAS, FP-C, NRP

The role of the clinical educator is gravely important to the operational effectiveness and quality of the transport program. The educator maybe the greatest clinician but a poor teacher. Or a great instructor and a mediocre clinician. Which ever it may be, the educator must have the trust of the clinical staff, physicians and administrative leadership to guide the organization to its best self. The purpose of this lecture is to provide the educator with the necessary guidance and fine points to be successful in the role as an educator.

Tricks for Tox

Michael Frakes, APRN, CCNS, CFRN, EMTP, FCC

Patients with massive overdoses can present extraordinary management challenges, as the pharmacology overwhelms our best attempts at resuscitation. Some of the most effective interventions for these complex patients are the dusty medications at the bottom of your drug box, some things that don’t make sense, and some things you had never imagines. In this presentation, we’ll talk about how things that sound more like a good meal – salt, fat, glycemic agents, alcohol, and maybe a methylene blue chaser may be great options for managing the sickest overdose patients.


MTLI Info Session 


Multimodal Analgesia in an Opioid Addicted World

Christoper Galton, MD, NRP, FP-C

We all identify the struggles associated with managing pain and discomfort in the opioid addicted patients. This session will identify and expand on the evidence based ideas that health care providers have used to provide analgesia to this patient population. We will be discussing pharmacological management of these patients through a case-based approach, spending most of the time on non-opioid options.


SMTA Info Session

Donna York, DNP, RN, CMTE & Tom Baldwin, NRP, CMTE, MBA


Closing Keynote: Darren Woodson