There is no panel matching the key "Alert"
There is no panel matching the key "MicroAlert"
Registration Closed

Advances in Trauma Care

DateBox EventDetailTime EventDetailLocation
May 18, 2018
7:30 AM - 4:45 PM
La Crosse Campus
La Crosse, WI

1 Alternative Date Available

Advances in Trauma Care is also offered...

7:30 AM - 4:35 PM
La Crosse Campus
La Crosse, WI
Registration Open

This symposium will cover trauma-related topics in healthcare.

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 11, 2018. Registrations will not be accepted after that date. Registration fees include light breakfast, lunch and certificate. Certificates will be emailed to attendees within four weeks of date of the conference. An email will be sent the week of the conference to registered participants with parking information and other details about the conference.

Fees & Payment

  • No charge for Gundersen Health System students, residents, fellows or emeritus
  • $35 First Responders, EMTs, Paramedics
  • $35 GHS social workers and affiliate support staff
  • $50 GHS and affiliate nurse practitioners, physician assistants
  • $65 GHS and affiliate physicians
  • $50 Non-Gundersen support staff
  • $75 Non-Gundersen nurse practitioners, physician assistants
  • $100 Non-Gundersen physicians


2018 Advances in Trauma Care

Friday, May 18, 2018
7:30 AM – 4:45 PM
Rasmus Center, Gundersen Health System
La Crosse, WI

Intended Audience and Purpose: This program is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, residents and students of healthcare-related fields.

Accreditation: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Inc., provider #1089, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. Social Workers will be offered 6.0 continuing education credits. ASWB Approval Period: 11/14/2015 – 11/14/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

EMS personnel will be offered 7.0 Continuing Education Units through Pre-hospital Advanced Care Education (PACE) ID#D1800001.

AgendaFriday, May 18, 2018
7:30-7:55 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
7:55-8 a.m. Welcome
Christine Waller, MD, Division of Trauma, Gundersen Health System
8-8:45 a.m. Agricultural Trauma: Mechanisms and Injuries
Thomas Cogbill, MD, Emeritus, Division of Trauma, Gundersen Health System
  • Describe injury mechanisms unique to agricultural accidents in our area
  • Recognize types of injuries and methods of management associated with common agricultural accidents
EMS Response to Farm Accidents
Tom Carpenter, NRP, CCEMTP, FPC, Emergency Medical Services, Gundersen Health System
  • Develop a process for the safest/smartest way to approach entrapment rescue procedures
  • Contrast farm accidents with other types of accidents
8:45-9:30 a.m. The Essential Role of Injury Prevention in Trauma Centers
Megan Anderson, BS, CHES, Division of Trauma, Gundersen Health System
  • Review the role and importance of an Injury Prevention Coordinator
  • Identify current, local injury prevention programs and community program partners
  • Discuss the key elements of an effective injury prevention program
9:30-10 a.m. Break
10-10:45 a.m. Breakout Session 1
  • VTE Prophylaxis in Patients with Trauma – When and What do I Institute? (Rasmus)
    Jamie Prather, MD, Surgery Clinic, Gundersen Health System
  • Initial Assessment & Management of Maxillofacial Trauma (Overholt)
    Martin Koop, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Gundersen Health System 

10:45-11:30 a.m. Breakout Session 2
  • Acute Care Imaging – What to Order and Why (Rasmus)
    Andrew Weiss, MD, Emergency Medicine, Gundersen Health System
  • Multi-Victim Scenarios-Bus/Dump Truck Incident (Overholt)
    Phyllis Fuerstenberg, West Grant EMS; Ben Harris, Crossing Rivers Hospital; Randy Young, TSA Regional; Lance Luther, Gundersen AIR with Dr. Christine Waller, facilitator

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15-1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Stopping the Revolving Door Violent Injury
Rochelle Dicker, MD, Surgery, UCLA
  • Define the public health approach to injury prevention and apply it to hospital-based violence intervention
  • Describe the basic framework of how to evaluate injury prevention from the inception of a program to final outcomes
  • Construct a best practices violence intervention model and cite resources available for assistance
1:15-2:15 p.m. Trauma Jeopardy
Thomas Cogbill, MD, Emeritus, Division of Trauma, Gundersen Health System
  • Develop a systematic approach to the resuscitation and early evaluation of traumatic injuries following Advanced Trauma Life Support guidelines
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the priorities involved in managing complex traumatic injuries
  • Express familiarity with techniques employed in the early resuscitation and management of trauma patients
2:15-2:45 p.m. Slow Medicine in the Fast Pace Paradigm: The Geriatrician's Approach to Trauma
Elizabeth Cogbill, MD, Internal Medicine, Gundersen Health System
  • Recognize the underlying ethical concepts that guide medical decision-making in the care of the older adult
  • Describe the principles of geriatrics used to manage older adults involved in trauma
  • Identify measures which can lead to improved outcomes for older adults prior to a trauma (advance care planning)
  • Identify measures which can lead to improved outcomes for older adults following a trauma (during and post-hospital)
2:45-3 p.m. Break and Educational Displays
3-4:30 p.m. Multidisciplinary Case Review – Logging Injury with Intraabdominal Free Fluid
Laura Hill, Resident MD, Medical Education, Gundersen Health System
  • Review abdominal injury patterns in the patient with acute trauma
  • Assess "seat belt" type blunt abdominal injuries not involving car accidents
Sandblaster Disaster
Humera Ahmad, Resident MD, Medical Education, Gundersen Health System
  • Review management of a patient post-code
  • Review management of an arterial/venous injury
  • Identify when to go to OR for potential vascular injuries
4:30-4:45 p.m. Closing Comments

Breakout sessions descriptions:

VTE Prophylaxis in Patients with Trauma – When and What do I Institute?

  • Review the risk factors for venous thromboembolism in trauma
  • Review the contraindications and relative contraindications to chemical VTE prophylaxis in trauma
  • Discuss the role of IVC filters in the trauma patient
  • Discuss the appropriate timing for starting chemical VTE prophylaxis and current literature
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different pharmaceutical options for chemical VTE prophylaxis

Initial Assessment & Management of Maxillofacial Trauma

  • Interpret key clinical findings of common facial fractures
  • Recognize and manage facial trauma that can lead to compromise of the airway
  • Gain a better understanding of the fracture patterns of the midface

Acute Care Imaging – What to Order and Why

  • Identify appropriate indications for imaging in trauma
  • Identify which type of radiographic study (X-ray vs CT vs US) is most appropriate in trauma situations
  • Review clinical decision rules such as PECARN, Canadian Head and C-spine rules, NEXUS
  • Review risk of imaging in special populations, including pregnant and pediatric patients

Multi-Victim Scenarios – Bus/Dump Truck Incident

  • Review triage principles utilizing a multi-victim scenario
  • Discuss early assessment and treatment at the scene in which there are multiple victims
  • Outline disposition guidelines that are applicable in complex situations
  • Recognize management principles of treating multiple patients and their families simultaneously

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be requested via email or phone prior to May 11, 2018. A refund minus a $25 administration fee will be issued. No refunds will be made after May 11, 2018.

If the 2018 Advances in Trauma Care conference is postponed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund of registration fees will be provided. Gundersen Medical Foundation Inc. will not be responsible for any related travel costs to the conference.

ADA: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gundersen Medical Foundation Inc. seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability requiring special accommodations, please email your needs to or call (608) 775-2281.

Contact Information: If you have questions, need additional information or have special dietary needs, please email your needs to or call (608) 775-2281.


Medical Education at send an email

Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, May 18 7:30 AM to 4:45 PM La Crosse Campus

Location Details

  • La Crosse Campus
    1900 South Avenue
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Main: 608-782-7300

Related Events

Find more events

At this location La Crosse Campus
Beginning on May 18, 2018

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

Share Your Story