Conference 2023 Pre-Conference Workshops

NCEMSF is pleased to offer Pre-Conference Workshops as part of the 30th Annual Conference. These workshops offer a chance to go in-depth on a specific topic, and will be held on Friday, February 24th. Registration will be limited to those who are also attending the full Conference. Links to register for a Pre-Conference Workshop will show once you have registered for the Conference and your payment has been processed. The following course descriptions and prices are provided for your planning purposes, but are subject to change. Additional courses may be listed at a later date.

Medical Considerations for Technical Rescue

Knot-Tying PracticeFriday, February 28th, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

The purpose of this course is to introduce prehospital providers to confined space and high angle rescue in a hands on settings. Providers will be introduced to the confined space and high angle environments while applying skills and knowledge related to medical treatment of patients requiring specialized rescue. 

Technical rescues are challenging incidents that require a medically-focused response in order to ensure a successful outcome. Prehospital providers performing technical rescue operations will be faced with unique obstacles that are different from every day emergency medical calls. Examples of some of these obstacles include dark, austere environments, safety issues such as hazardous atmospheres, limited space, and prolonged extrication times. In this course, providers will develop an awareness level of knowledge regarding technical rescue and develop basic operations level knowledge and skills related to medical treatment of patients.

Cost: $25 per person (includes transportation between the host hotel and the course location if needed, as well as lunch)

Class Size: 30 students maximum

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Mass Gathering Medical Preparedness

Friday, February 24th, from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Mass gathering events on college campuses can take many forms - from organized collegiete sporting events, to concerts, festivals, community gatherings, and unorganized spontanious gatherings. Regardless of type, these events often test the resources and reslinency of the campus, community, and region. This pre-conference session will examine how to coordinate medical preparedness and response through the lense of campus-based EMS organizations, public health, emergency management, and event management. Principles will be applied to real-world case studies from events such as NASCAR races, marathons, and EDM concert festivals, and more.

Additional CE will be provided for this course. 

Cost: $10

Class Size: 50 students maximum 

Medical Helicopter and Airport Tour

Friday, February 24th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (approximate) 

This pre-conference course will allow attendees to see two sides of emergency response that most college campuses never experience. Participants will be taken by bus from the hotel to an area airport, where they will visit an air medical company’s headquarters, tour an aircraft, and speak with the flight medics, flight crew, and communications center staff. They will also tour an airport rescue firefighting station and learn more about this specialized branch of the fire service. Attendees will be notified of the meeting point and departure time for the bus and must be there on time or else they will not be able to participate.

Cost: $10

Class Size: 40 students maximum 

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