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(Denison, IA) — The 27th Annual Crawford County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Conference, sponsored by Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Denison High School in the Fine Arts Center. The conference begins at 8 am, with registration beginning at 7:30 am. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Dana Neemann, Nurse Director of Education for CCMH, said the EMS conference is designed to provide Emergency Services personnel with up‐to‐date life savings skills and information from outstanding instructors. Several vendors will also have products on display for purchase.

Kelby Eck, Director of Emergency Services, said the investment in the expertise of each First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic and nurse is vital to providing the best emergency care possible.

“So much of what EMS personnel do in emergency situations is quickly assessing and recognizing actual and potential life threatening situations. These situations can happen just about anywhere, whether that’s at work, at home, or in the community. Our goal is to enhance the skills of our Emergency Service professionals to respond in those situations.”

Instructors will be covering a variety of topics including identifying sepsis in patients, working across generations and cultures, thoracic trauma and blunt cardiac injury, and stroke differentiation, among others.

“We have planned for a variety of instructors with a diverse and broad background in EMS to present at the conference,” Neemann noted. “We are excited to have them share their expertise and experience.”

Speakers scheduled for the EMS Conference include Sami Neville, RN, CRRN; Natalie McCawley, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Children’s Hospital, Omaha; Scott Brown, MSN, RN-CEN, CHI Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy; Dan Stein, MS, Omaha Fire Department Paramedic Coordinator; Cori Rayevich, NREMT Paramedic, CCMH; Don Luensmann, Dana Neemann, and Kelby Eck, CCMH.

Break out sessions during the conference include Zombie Escape Room, the effective management of a multi-system trauma patient by Andrea Syrtad, Flight Paramedic, LifeNet; and SIM Iowa.

Neemann said continuing education credits are available to EMS Conference participants.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer continuing education hours for our EMS and contact hours for nursing professionals. EMS personnel can earn up to 8 continuing education hours and nursing can receive up to 8 contact hours during the conference. This is the first year where attendees can choose what presentations they want to present and receive credit.” Neemann explained.  To pre-register for the EMS Conference, click here. The deadline for pre-registration is Monday, February 26, 2024.



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