EMS Today returns to Washington, D.C.

CarolinaFireJournal -

10/22/2013 -

The EMS Today Conference and Exposition, now on its 33rd year, brings together EMS professionals through high-quality continuing education, networking events, and an exhibit hall boasting the latest life-saving technology. This year’s conference will return to Washington, D.C., Feb. 5-8, 2014.

Attendees will fully grasp, within moments of walking through the doors of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, why EMS Today is delivering the entire experience for EMS personnel worldwide.

Educational Offerings

The Advanced Airway: Cadaver Lab is one of 20 workshops being offered at EMS Today. This comprehensive four-hour hands-on workshop will challenge attendees’ knowledge of basic anatomy and will review advanced airway management skills. This is a great opportunity for EMS professionals to practice these skills via a hands-on cadaver lab.


The Resuscitation Academy, presented by the faculty of the internationally-recognized Resuscitation Academy from Seattle, Washington and Howard County, Maryland, is a four-hour preconference workshop held on Feb. 5, 2014. It will be fast paced, informative and hands-on. Attendees will take home the latest information and techniques on resuscitation science, such as the “pit crew” approach, to help your EMS system increase ROSC and cardiac arrest survival rates.

Another preconference workshop on Feb. 5 will tackle the hot EMS topic of Community Paramedicine Programs: Development and Implementation. In this eight-hour class, participants will hear from national and international experts about programs in place, their performance, where reimbursement may be headed, and how to construct a business case to use with stakeholders and potential funders.

Conference Tracks

The conference program is comprised of six tracks: BLS/ALS Clinical, ALS Clinical, Management and Operations, Tomorrow’s Healthcare System, Education and Special Focus. Examples of presentations attendees will hear about are: “Changing the Active Shooter Response Paradigm,” “Big Challenges in EMS: Bariatric Medicine,” “The Top 10 Documentation Mistakes EMS Providers Make ... and Supervisors Overlook,” “New Roles for EMS in Healthcare Reform,” “National Ambulance Standards: What’s Ahead,” and panel discussions on Airway Management and Spinal Immobilization.

Alexander Garza, MD, MPH, former Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will present the opening keynote. Dr. Garza will address how we can improve the quality of care within EMS and its role in the larger healthcare system.

Steve Berry, BA, NREMT-P will bring his unique and humorous perspective to surviving the BS (Bureaucratic Suffering) with “Crossing the Toll Bridge To Future Healthcare. Do You Have the Right Change?” in the closing keynote.

Special Events

Special events are another area that EMS Today separates itself from other EMS conferences. The JEMS Games is a fun, challenging and educational experience for emergency medical personnel that puts them in the middle of the action. Teams of three have their skills put to the test in a fast-paced, live competition. This year, the first 10 teams to sign up will receive free Gold Passports to the conference.

For rules, regulations and registration form, visit www.EMSToday.com/jems-games.html.

New this year, EMS Today is incorporating a “Disaster City” area and scenario to its exhibit hall. Disaster City will include:

  • A bus accident scenario scene
  • Transportation and support vehicle area Treatment and rehab area
  • Disaster response training, simulation and moulage
  • Command vehicle/trailer area
  • Incident command vests, gear, flags, cones and lights
  • Communications and command
  • Scene lighting and power generators and other disaster response equipment

Two demonstrations will take place at Disaster City during exhibit hours on Friday, February 7, 2014.

To view EMS Today’s Event Guide, which includes detailed information on all of its sessions, workshops, speaker bio’s and events, go to www.emstoday.com.Online registration is open and attendees are encouraged to register by Dec. 16, 2013 to take advantage of its early bird discount.
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