2000 Conference

University of Delaware

Schedule of Events

(Session abstracts are available on a separate page.)

Friday 2/11
1200-2400 Ride-Alongs with New Castle County Paramedics (by schedule only)
1500-2200 Registration in Embassy Suites lobby
1500-1815 Registration for National Collegiate EMS Skills Competition
1830-2230 National Collegiate EMS Skills Competition
2230-2400 NCEMSF Welcome Reception
Saturday 2/12
0800-1000 Buffet Breakfast
1000-1900 Vendor and Exhibit Area Open
1000-1110 Breakout Session I
General - "Behavioral Emergencies"
Clinical - "Responding the Victim of Sexual Assult"
Manger - "President's / Chief's Workshop"
1120-1230 Breakout Session II
General - "EMS Response to College Research Laboratories"
Clinical - "Common Street Drugs on the College Campus"
Manager - "Interacting with the By-Stander Physician"
1230-1430 Lunch on own
1430-1540 Breakout Session III
General - "Crime Scene Preservation"
Clinical - "S.T.A.R.T. Triage"
Manager - "Legal Issues in EMS"
1550-1700 Breakout Session IV
General - "Injury Prevention & EMS"
Clinical - "Rapid Approach to Lethal Medical Complaints"
Manager - "EMS-Fire Service Interface"
1900-2200 Banquet Dinner
2200-0100 Social Dance
Sunday 2/13
0800-1000 Buffet Breakfast
1000-1110 Keynote Lecture - "The Texas A&M Bonfire Collapse"
1120-1300 NCEMSF Business Breakout w/ NCEMSF Board
1315-1415 Conference Hosting / Selection Workshop

Abstracts of Lecture Topics

10:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Behavioral Emergencies 
Ralph Neil, NREMT-P
(Delaware Bay Room)

Behavioral Emergencies are becoming routine calls for EMS professionals especially on the college campus. This lecture will not only teach the EMS responder what to recognize and be careful of when responding to such an emergency, but how to treat the patient as well, in a manner that is safe for both the patient and the rescuer.

Responding to the Victim of Sexual Assult 
Gary Hecker RN, EMT, Clinical Educator, Long Island Hospital
(New Amstel Room)

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience for the victim. The interaction between first responders and the victim is a crucial step in the healing process. A negative first experience with health care providers can cause the patient to feel victimized a second time. The purpose of this lecture is to help the provider understand the trauma experienced by sexual assault victims, and how to respond in a supportive manner.

President's / Chief's Workshop 
George Keonig, NREMT-B, President NCEMSF
(Christina Room)

With recent issues and topics flooding the email server, this workshop will give the President's and Cheif's of campus based EMS groups to network in an informal setting. This round table discussion will give administrators and leaders the opportunity to share ideas and problems commonly found in the campus EMS setting.

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

EMS Response to College Research Laboratories 
Kevin Eichinger, NREMT-B, Environmental Health Specialist, U of DE Occupational Health & Safety
Krista Murray, MS, RBP, University of Delaware Biosafety Officer
(Christina Room)

EMS response to injuries in college research laboratories present a unique challenge to EMS providers. Not only do EMS personnel need to treat the injury, they are also confronted with the hazardous condition created by the nature of a college research setting and any hazardous material involved. This class will concentrate on the hazards associated with research laboratories and laboratory work and cover response procedures for medical emergencies involving chemical / biological / radiological exposures.

Common Street Drugs on the College Campus 
Carol Faedkte, RN, BSN
(Delaware Bay Room)

Ecstasy, shrooms, liquid acid, K, CK-1, liquid E, candy flips. Would you associate these names with other common drugs as an EMS provider? Class participants will be given a brief overview of the most common illicit substances that are now being found on college campuses across the country. Discussion within the class will include current trends, terminology, packaging, paraphernalia and precautions that emergency personnel should exercise when dealing with those common street drugs they may come in contact with.

Interacting with the By-Stander Physician 
Edward Dickinson, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP
(New Amstel Room)

There are few situations in out of hospital care as dreaded by EMS providers as encountering an unexpected on-scene physician. Indeed, these situations are rarely a picnic for the by-stander physician either who is attempting to provide patient care in an unfamiliar environment. Clearly, there is a potential benefit to having a physician on the scene of a critically ill or injured patient. However, this benefit may never be realized if on-scene conflicts emerge and over-shadow the common goal of optimal patient care.

2:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Crime Scene Preservation 
Sgt. Jeff Evans, NREMT-P, DE State Police Aviation Unit
Det. Cpl/2 John R. Evans, BS, Delaware State Police Homicide Unit
(Delaware Bay Room)

What are my responsibilities as an EMT at the scene of a crime? What should I expect to encounter when entering a crime scene? What can and can’t I do while in this special environment? We hope to answer these and many other questions regarding crime scenes and crime scene preservation. Listen as a paramedic and a homicide detective share with you lessons learned on how to handle your dual roles as a health care provider and a crime scene preserver. Several actual cases will be reviewed. Please be advised that some of the slides may be graphic.

S.T.A.R.T. Triage 
Marianne Bitner, NREMT-P
(Christina Room)

Your EMS pager goes off for a fire in one of the campus fraternity houses. It is 02:15 AM and campus police are on scene reporting 12 people trapped inside with heavy fire showing. They also report 3 people have escaped from the fire but are injured. You and your partner are arriving on scene: What do I do first? Where do I start? How do I triage the victims? Where are the Triage Tags? Who do I treat first? Who goes to the hospital first? How do I make sense out of chaos? Join me in learning the technique of Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment “START”.

Legal Issues and EMS 
Doug Poore, NREMT-P
(New Amstel Room)

How many of you fear the words; "Here is your subpoena". Have you ever wondered; "Can I allow this patient to refuse care?". We all face these dilemmas everyday in EMS. Come hear the latest opinions and actual legal cases that shape the care we provided our patients and what our legal, moral, and ethical obligations are.

3:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Injury Prevention & EMS 
Karen Neil, NREMT-P, Commander New Castle County EMS
(Delaware Bay Room)

As EMS professionals, we respond to various injuries everyday as a part of jobs. However, not much consideration is put into the prevention of these injuries to our patients and ourselves. This lecture will contain concepts and tricks the provider can learn to prevent injury.

Rapid Approach to Lethal Medial Complaints 
Edward Dickinson, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP
(New Amstel Room)

Medical patients die acutely for many reasons. All too frequently those who are at the greatest risk for death are those who present with a chief complaint of chest pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath or syncope/seizure. When confronted with one of these "Four Lethal Chief Complaints" the EMS provider must act quickly and take a vectored approach of history taking and physical examination while always obeying certain "Golden Rules" of patient care. With the assistance of case studies, the student will learn how to quickly assess and initiate treatment of these difficult patients.

EMS-Fire Service Interface 
Effective Use of the Unified Command Concept for Major Incident Management 
Lawrence E. Tan, NREMT-P, Deputy Cheif New Castle County EMS
Al Hulsenbeck, NREMT-B, Batallion Chief, City of Wilmington Fire Department
(Christina Room)

Can non-fire department emergency medical services effectively integrate with the fire service? This presentation will outline the Unified Command Concept, and use case studies to illustrate the “lessons learned” from operations with the New Castle County Emergency Medical Service and Wilmington Fire Department. Effective communications, provider safety, and the foundations for mutual respect will be covered during this incident management session.

Banquet Dinner Keynote

Delaware Office of EMS Presents:
What’s Hot and What’s Not in the EMS Literature
Edward Dickinson, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP

The medical literature is the “gold standard” of what interventions are “proven” to be of benefit to patients. So much of what we do in EMS has emerged as a result of trial and error and unscientific implementation. This lecture will orient the attendee to the nuts and bolts of how to access and assess the medical literature as it relates to EMS. It will also highlight current articles in the medical literature that show “what’s hot and what’s not”.

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company Presents:
The Texas A&M Bonfire Collapse 
Jack Van Cleve, EMT-P, Chief of EMS, Texas A&M University EMS
Ryan Carney, EMT-B, Texas A&M University EMS
(Lord De La War Ballroom)

This incident is the type of incident that we all train for, but hope we never have to deal with. This presentation will discuss the Texas Aggie Bonfire in its entirety, which will include, but is not limited to: How the Bonfire is built, pre-planning prior to the incident, the initial response, rescue/recovery operations, and post-incident operations.


Present Biographies

Marianne Bitner, NREMT-P, has been a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic since 1983 and Nationally Registered EMT-Basic since 1972. She holds current paramedic certifications in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Massachusetts. Marianne is Past-Deputy Chief of Administration for Kent County EMS, Dover, Delaware and Past-Operations Supervisor of Sussex County EMS, Georgetown, Delaware. Her instructor levels include: Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support, CPR, AdvancedCardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic, Traffic Occupant Protection Specialist, and Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment. Marianne is the past Assistant Director of NorthEast Emergency Medical Services and current director of Clinical Services/ALS Coordinator of Trinity EMS, Inc., Lowell, Massachusetts.

Ryan Carney, EMT-B, became an EMT in the spring of '98,after one semester of being with the Emergency Care Team and at Texas A&MUniversity EMS. At Texas A&M EMS he has held several positions,including Resources Lt., Logistics Lt., and is now serving as the Logistics Capt. Ryan is a Junior Management Major at Texas A&M University.Ryan is currently certified as a Texas EMT-Basic and holds the following certifications: CPR-I, USLA Lifeguard Instructor, Red Cross Instructor, and Emergency Medical Dispatcher.

Edward T. Dickinson, M.D., NREMT-P, FACEP is an assistant professor and Director of EMS Field Operations for the University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine in Philadelphia. He began his career in EMS in 1979 as an Emergency Medical Technician-firefighter and remains active in hands-on prehospital patient care as an EMS Medical Director for police, third service and fire service agencies. An emergency medicine physician, paramedic, researcher and instructor, he has been continuously involved in EMS for the past 20 years. He is the Medical Editor of JEMS,as well as the medical editor of several EMT and Certified First Responder textbooks. In addition, he has authored an EMT-Basic textbook and co-authored the only available textbook on emergency incident rehabilitation (EIR) operations Because of his background, Dr. Dickinson brings broad experience and prospective to his lectures.

Kevin Eichenger, NREMT-B, University of Delaware Environmental Health Specialist, specializes in chemical and laboratory safety as well as environmental compliance. Mr. Eichinger is a member of the University of Delaware's emergency response team which handles most occupational / environmental health and safety emergencies on campus. He is also the CPR / AED / First Aid training program coordinator. Mr. Eichinger is a National Registered EMT-B, NFPA Fire Officer I certified, a Hazardous Materials Specialist and an Assistant Chief with the Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company of Newark, Delaware.

Sgt. Jeffrey R. Evans, BS, NREMT-P, Paramedic Commander Delaware State Police - Aviation Section is a 13 year veteran of the Delaware State Police where he has been a member of the Aviation Section as a flight medic for nine years and Paramedic Commander of the Section for four years. He is a certified EMS instructor for Christiana Care Health Systems, Bay Health Medical Center, and the Delaware State Fire School.

Det. Cpl/2 John R. Evans, BS, Delaware State Police - Homicide Unit is a 12 year veteran of the Delaware State Police with seven years experience as a criminal investigator and four years experience in the Homicide Unit. He has attended several courses in advanced homicide investigation and crime scene analysis in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Detective Evans is an instructor for police recruits and EMS personnel for death investigations, crime scene safety and crime scene preservation throughout Delaware and neighboring states.

Carol Faedtke, RN, BSN, CEN is an experienced nurse with over 19 years in the field of emergency medicine with specialties in neurosurgery, emergency medicine, mobile intensive care nursing, and pre-hospital education. Her last four years have been enrolled full time with the education of pre-hospital care providers at both advanced life support and basic life support levels.

Gary Hecker RN, EMT, Clinical Educator, Emergency Dept., Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn NY has been involved in Campus EMS since 1986, starting out at SUNY StonyBrook Volunteer Ambulance. He is actively involved with the Brooklyn College Emergency Medical Squad as a riding member and on the Board of Directors. He is also very involved in EMS education as an EMT skills instructor. Gary is a Registered Nurse, working on a GraduateDegree in Critical Care/Trauma Nursing. He previously held a staff nurse position in a Level I Trauma Center in Manhattan (Bellevue Hospital) in both the ED and ICU. He also worked as an RN for a critical care ground transport service in Cincinnati Ohio. His current position is Clinical Nurse Specialist/Clinical Educator for a 911 receiving hospital in Brooklyn NY.

Allen J. Huelsenbeck, NREMT-B, Battalion Chief, Wilmington Fire Department is a 27 year veteran of the Wilmington (Delaware) Fire Department, where he has been a chief officer for the past 13 years. He was the initial incident commander of the Centaurus ship fire in February 1989, and was the 14th floor commander on the Market Street High-Rise fire in April of 1997. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, Chief Huelsenbeck has received two commendations of valor, four unit citations, six achievement awards, and a VFW National Lifesavers Award during his tenure with the Wilmington Fire Department.

George Keonig, EMT-M, President, NCEMSF is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Biomedical Science at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1996, he graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. While attending college, he was active with Bucknell’s quick response group. He served as President of the Bucknell Emergency Response Team from 1994 to 1996. He is currently certified as a Pennsylvania EMT.

Krista Murray, MS, RBP, University of Delaware Biosafety Officer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from West Chester University . She is a Registered Biological Safety Professional. While attending the University of Delaware, Krista was a member of the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit and was a Nationally RegisteredEMT-B.

Karen Neil, NREMT-P is a Lieutenant with the New Castle County EMS. Karen is known for her work with injury prevention and EMS. She has been actively working with the safe kids coalition and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration in that area.

Ralph Neil, NREMT-P has been involved with EMS for an number of years in the State of Delaware. He has been an instructor for EMS professionals at an EMT level and Paramedic level as well. He currently works as a paramedic for Kent County, Delaware.

R. Douglas Poore, NREMT-P has been providing EMS care for 20 years as a volunteer EMT and for the past ten years as a paramedic. He has been teaching EMS for the past seven years, and is currently the EMT Program Coordinator for Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, DE.

Lawrence E. Tan, NREMT-P, Deputy Chief New Castle County EMS is an Emergency Services Assistant Manager with the New Castle County (Delaware) Police Department, where he is assigned as the commander of Emergency Medical Services Operations. He attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed his paramedic field internship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also on the faculty of the Counter Narcotics Tactical Operations Medical Support (CONTOMS) program with the Uniformed Services University in the Department of Defense, and the National Fire Academy.

Jack Van Cleve, EMT-P began in EMS began when he was 16 years old and in his Senior year of high school obtaining his EMT certification. He is currently a Texas EMT-Paramedic holding the following certifications: ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, EMS-Examiner, CPR-I, Swiftwater Rescue. All of this, in his career of EMS spanning only a little over 3.5 years. Jack served as the Public Information / Relations Officer for Cotulla EMS and at Texas A&M he has held the positions of Assistant Training Officer, Assistant Chief, and currently hold the position of Chief of EMS. Jack also works part-time as a Paramedic for Montgomery County Hospital District EMS and as an ER Tech for College Station Medical Center. He serves on the Brazos Valley Regional Advisory Council on Trauma and the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Jack Van Cleve is currently a Junior Community Health major at Texas A&M University while also finishing his Associates degree in EMS at Blinn College.

Groups in Attendance

  • American University
  • Boston College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brooklyn College
  • Center for Emergency Medicine
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • McMaster University
  • Montclair State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Oneonta State Emergency Squad
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rice University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rowan University
  • Saint Michael's College
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Union College
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Western Ontario
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University of PA

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