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Friday, October 4th

Class IDTimeSpeakerEvent
10800 - 0915Kevin HazardThe Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics
 ----Break in the Exhibitor Hall
0800 - 1200----Physicians & Managers ONLY--
0945-1045Rick HowardTwo Years Teaching Them to Walk and Talk
0945-1045Shaun FordAllergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis
1050-1150Matthew NethCardiac Arrest Scientific Updates
31050-1150Rick HowardOh No, O2!
1150-1300----Lunch Break in the Exhibitor Hall
51310-1410David LehrfeldHB 4081 EMS modernization
61310-1410Shaun FordAlcohol-Related Illness
1415-1515Rick HowardThe Things We Believe From The “Old Wives”
71415-1515Peter Overton-HarrisMountain Medicine EMS
81515-1550Break in the Exhibitor Hall
91545-1700Petter Overton-HarrisOB Emergencies - Pregnancy Emergency
101555-1700Matthew EschelbackEMS Wellness, More Thank Just a Word

Details for Friday's Schedule

8:00-9:15 The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First  Paramedics. Kevin Hazzard, 

The Freedom House Ambulance Service, founded in 1967, was the first paramedic ambulance  program in the U.S. and a beacon of innovation and courage. The first recruit class comprised 25  black men from The Hill District (Pittsburgh) who took advanced medicine outside the hospital  and brought it to the bedside, forever changing history.  

Their story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. It's a story of love and selflessness.  

Kevin will share the story of America’s first ALS system in our country. Nancy Caroline was  their Medical Director, and CPR was a brand-new thing. Hear how these forward-thinking  individuals dedicated their lives to pre-hospital care as we know it today.  

The Oregon EMS Conference is honored to bring this story to Oregon; that is what the  conference is all about.  

If you want to learn more about the Freedom House Ambulance Service, check out "American  Sirens" by Kevin Hazzard.  


9:45-10:45 Two Years Teaching Them to Walk and Talk - Rick Howard

Little kids are not small adults. They require a different kind of mindset to manage their unique  medical problems. In this class, we explore the more common childhood ailments and what we  can do to improve them and what we can do to make them worse.  

9:45-10:45 Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis Shaun Ford,  

In this presentation, Shaun will review the physiology and treatment of prehospital allergic  emergencies. Always good to review an event we see in the field regularly and to remember our  treatments. 

10:50-11:50 Cardiac Arrest Scientific Updates Matthew Neth 

Dr Neth will review the recent scientific updates in managing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest  resuscitation. Exploring the impacts of High-Performance CPR and the successful outcomes and  challenges

10:50-11:50 Oh No, O2! Rick Howard 

To put it plain and simple…oxygen treatment is killing our patients. We have thought for years  that more is better, but more is killing those we have been in charge of helping. This class  explains why oxygen use is dangerous for our patients and what our alternatives are. 

11:50-1:00 PM LUNCH with the Vendors  

1:10-2:10 HB 4081 EMS Modernization - David Lehrfeld 

HB 4081, the EMS Modernization Act, Is the most significant change to the Oregon EMS  system in the last 30 years. The EMS modernization act will expand our current trauma system  to other time sensitive emergencies such as strokes and cardiac arrest. Come hear about the plan  to transform our EMS system and how this will affect you over the next five years. 

1:10-2:10 Alcohol-Related Illness - Shaun Ford 

Through an intertwined case review, we will discuss the pathophysiology of alcohol in the body  as well as treatments for acute and long-term effects. Appropriate for all levels of providers 

2:15-3:15 The Things We Believe From The “Old Wives”- Rick Howard

If you have been in EMS for a while or are just learning, we hear things that are 'gospel truth’  because it has been passed from one EMT “expert” to another. This class looks at the “Old  Wives Tales” in EMS and makes the necessary corrections to help us in our quest for excellent  care. 

2:15-3:15 Mountain Medicine EMS. Peter Overton-Harris  

Climbing mountains presents a variety of complex medical emergencies. Breathing in the  Mountain tops the list. How the lack of oxygen drives disease and exacerbates many  underlying medical conditions. Hear how many of these challenges can be resolved and  how you can fix them.


1545-5:00 OB Emergencies -Pregnancy: Petter Overton-Harris 

Special Considerations in a Special Population: Learn how to manage the complications of the  pregnant patient in the prehospital setting and safely transport mom and baby to definitive care. 

3:55-5:00 EMS Wellness, More Than Just A Word. – Mathew Schlabach 

Is your job hazardous to your health? Is a “Bad Shift” simply that or does it leave a scar  with a ticking time bomb that will go off later? Wellness is a term thrown about often, but am I  at risk for burnout? 

We spend a great deal of time training, learning, and preparing for the very worst of  medical and trauma scenarios. We are ready for the worst and ready to treat any malady. EMS  has the reputation of being the heroes of our society, ready to save others from fire, illness, and  trauma. However, our job description is a set-up for those ticking time bombs. Learn that  wellness is more than just a word. Learn how to recognize and combat burnout and find simple  solutions to maintaining wellness. Discover that PTSD lurks to weaken us on many of our bad  days or tough shifts. Find ways to help your organization be proactive for your EMS colleagues'  good health.