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The Winter Symposium


Each January, we are proud to present a unique EMS continuing education opportunity. Professionals from our region and beyond, meet here to offer workshops and presentations on topics relevant in today’s EMS environment. Content is open to all levels of providers. Our keynote speakers are well known and have included Randy Mantooth and Ken Bouvier.

Participants who attend the full day will earn eight CME credits. The registration fee includes workshops, breakfast, hot lunch and snacks.

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Registration ends noon —December 27, 2019


Conference Schedule

07:00 08:00 // Registration opens and hot breakfast is served

08:00 - 10:00 // KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (2.0 hrs.)
Contemporary Cardiac Arrest Management — Past Failures to New Hope presented by Connie Mattera

10:10 - 11:40 // GENERAL SESSION (1.5 hrs.)
Is it Dementia or Behavioral Health? Working and Responding in a Dementia Friendly Community
presented by Mary Moller & Natalie Turner

11:45 - 12:45 // Hot lunch served

12:45 - 14:15 // GENERAL SESSION (1.5 hrs.)
Heart Failure—Do You Need the Plumbers or the Electricians? presented by Connie Mattera

14:25 - 16:05 // GENERAL SESSION (1.5 hrs.)
Shock: What Is It and What Do I Do About It? presented by Tyler Morris

16:05 - 16:15 // Afternoon break with snacks and beverages 

16:15 - 17:45 // GENERAL SESSION (1.5 hrs.)
That’s a Wrap! Thirty Years in New York State EMS presented by Lee Burns

Closing remarks and certificate distribution


Keynote Speaker

Connie MatteraConnie Mattera

MS, RN, Paramedic, EMS Administrative Director and System Coordinator, Director Resuscitation Department, Director Mobile Integrated Healthcare EMS Education Program, Director Harper College IDPH Trauma Nurse Specialist Course Coordinator

Connie receives rave reviews wherever she presents. Our attendees asked for her return and we listened! She believes that patients are best served by competent and compassionate practitioners who have been mentored by exemplary educators and who strive daily for excellence on their journey to self discovery and life-long learning. Take this opportunity to benefit from knowledge gained through decades of exceptional medical experience.



Contemporary Cardiac Arrest Management — Past Failures to New Hope

Cardiac arrest resuscitation requires careful orchestration of many EMS interventions:
high perfusion CPR, timely and appropriate electrical therapy if a shockable rhythm,
apneic oxygenation followed by appropriate airway access and low volume ventilation,
reliable vascular access, judicious use of vasopressors and anti-dysrhythmic agents
if applicable, post-ROSC circulatory support and dysrhythmia management and the ability
to work as a TEAM! The steps are well articulated but are they consistently applied
or done correctly and effectively? How can high perfusion CPR be accomplished? How
should we optimize effective ventilations and oxygenation? Should we be using devices
to enhance cardiac compressions and improve circulation or is extracorporeal
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) the answer? Should we be resuscitating the patient
at all? What if we achieve ROSC? What therapies are indicated to support perfusion? This
is an area of ever evolving science that when accurately applied, really does save lives!


Is It Dementia or Behavioral Health? Working and Responding in a Dementia-Friendly
Preseneted by Mary Moller & Natalie Turner

This interactive presentation will provide experiential training to understand the
complexities of dementia. Information will be provided to assist in detecting behaviors
that may be triggered by a dementia. Best practices of dementia care will be
provided. We will explore the impact of caregiver burden and how that may
complicate the dementia experience.


Heart Failure — Do You Need the Plumbers or the Electricians?
Presented by Connie Mattera

Heart failure has traditionally been treated with marginal success by EMS due to the
nature of the physiological dysfunction and inconsistent use of key interventions.Research
suggests great optimism for improved outcomes based on therapeutic approaches which
key in on the root causes of electrical and hemodynamic derangements. This presentation
highlights effective methods to optimize cardiac output, reduce preload and enhance
oxygenation while reducing the work of breathing. Come gain a better understanding
of the nature and complexities of heart failure so you can apply best practice approaches
to EMS management.


Shock: What Is It and What Do I Do About It? 
Presented by Tyler Morris

Pathophysiology review, clinical application and case studies combine to better define
your role in shock management. Many different culprits can lead to shock but we’re still
combating the same fundamental problems. Dispel commonly held misconceptions,
refresh your knowledge base and have some fun while learning how to better advocate
for some of our sickest patients


That’s a Wrap! Thirty Years in New York State EMS
Preseneted by Lee Burns

Former NYS DOH BEMS director, Lee Burns, will share her insights in a candid discussion
of the many changes she has seen and experienced. Topics include Changes to Article 30
of the NYS Public Health Law — Amendments to Part 800 of the Codes — Rules and Regs
(10 NYCRR) — New regulations, policies, protocols and patient treatments — Education
and Certification — Responses to large events — Statewide disasters through the years
and Changes in the role of EMS responder.