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Advances in Trauma Care

DateBox EventDetailTime EventDetailLocation
May 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
La Crosse Campus
La Crosse, WI

This activity is designed for paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, nurses and clinicians.

Registration Details

Registration Cancelled

The registration deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020. Registrations will not be accepted after this date. Advance registration is required. Registration fees include a light breakfast, lunch and certificate. 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: Gundersen fellows, residents, students, emeritus (Limited to 25 Participants)
  • $45: Paramedics, EMTs, First Responders, Nurses, and others


Friday, May 15, 2020
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rasmus Center
Gundersen Health System
1900 South Avenue
La Crosse, Wis.

Intended Audience and Purpose: This activity is designed for paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, nurses and clinicians.

This redesigned conference includes a variety of topics given in a lecture and hands-on format. Topics include different types of medical holds; waking patients up in the field; rib plating; stopping a life-threatening bleed; choosing an airway; and the difference between medical and traumatic arrest. A patient story will be shared, along with hands-on training, including dissecting and identifying heart chambers and valves. A full list of topics and speakers can be found on the registration page.

Continuing Education Credits: 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 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

EMS personnel will be offered 6 Continuing Education units through Pre-hospital Advanced Care Education (PACE) ID#D2000003.

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Certificates: Certificates will be emailed to attendees within four weeks of completion of the date of the conference.

SWRTAC Members: Registration fee reimbursement will be available to the first 55 SWRTAC members who register.

Please Note:

You are encouraged to wear clothing that may get soiled (gowns, gloves, booties, and safety glasses will be provided). There will be a survey sent out within one business day to sign-up for the hands-on sessions in the afternoon. If we do not receive a survey response from you, there will be a sign-up in the morning of the conference. There is limited space for the hands-on sessions and preference will be given to those who fill out the survey.

Agenda Friday, May 15, 2020
7:30 to 8 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
8 to 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Christine Waller, MD, Gundersen Trauma
8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Wake Up, Now What?
Sergeant Brandon Penzkover, La Crosse County Sheriff's Department
8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Ethics in Trauma
Catherine Wooten, legal counsel, Gundersen Legal
Danielle Murphy-Sprain, social worker, Gundersen Social Services
9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Triage, Scene Care, Hand Off
Chris Eberlein, MD, Gundersen Emergency Medicine
9:45 to 10 a.m. Break
10 to 10:30 a.m. Research and What is New at Gundersen
Christine Waller, MD, Gundersen Trauma
Jacob Peschman, MD, Gundersen Trauma
10:30 to 11 a.m. How Trauma Changed My Life (Patient Story)
11 to 11:45 a.m. Lunch and Trauma Panel
(Panel will begin at 11:15)
11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Travel to Gundersen Integrated Center for Education (ICE House) for Hands-On Sessions
12 to 12:45 p.m. Hands-On Session One
12:45 to 1 p.m. Transition Time
1 to 1:45 p.m. Hands-On Session Two
1:45 to 2 p.m. Transition Time
2 to 2:45 p.m. Hands-On Session Three
2:45 to 3 p.m. Transition Time
3 to 3:45 p.m. Hands-On Session Four
3:45 to 4 p.m. Transition to ICE House 4th Floor
4 to 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up and Adjourn

Afternoon Session Descriptions

Intubating and Dissecting a Lung
Terry Dorshorst, Flight Nurse, GundersenAIR

How does trauma affect your heart and lungs?  During this hands-on session, you will be intubating pig lungs & dissecting the heart.  You will identify the lobes and chambers along with identifying the valves transplanted into a human.

Choices of Airway- What Will you Choose and Why
Michael Bottcher, MD, Gundersen Anesthesiology

During this hands-on session, there will be several airway mannequins, simulating difficult scenarios.  Will you be able to suction & intubate? Participants will practice different types of airway.

"The Bleeding Won't Stop"
Tom Carpenter, EMS educator, Gundersen Emergency Medical Services
Luis Illescas, TOR/Course Coordinator, Medical Simulation Training Center

During this hands-on session, there will be live actors, mannequins, distractions & blood
spurting.  Will you be able to stop the bleeding?

Management of Traumatic Cardiac Arrest- When do we do CPR?
Rick Barton, EMS educator, Gundersen Emergency Medical Services
Jacob Peschman, MD, Gundersen Trauma, Marlis Obrein, Training Center Faculty, Gundersen Integrated Center for Education

During this hands-on session, you will practice and discuss the important procedures and priorities that are related to traumatic arrest versus medical cardiac arrest.  Hands-on needle decompression will be included.

Anatomy Table
Shannon Brozak, PA-C, Gundersen Surgery Clinic

During this hands-on training, use the digital anatomy table to view the body and better understand
what we cannot see.

Social Media and Trauma Scenes
Christopher Stauffer, Senior Consultant- Media Relations, Gundersen Corporate Communications

How has social media (Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter) changed reporting of accident scenes?

Case Studies
Shauna Schilling, Flight Nurse, Gundersen AIR

Case presentation and discussion of trauma that is complicated by drug and/or mental health.

Flight or Flight? Utilization of Helicopter Air Ambulance for Trauma Care and Transport
Jacob Schultz, Gundersen AIR Quality Improvement Specialist

Identify the appropriate of helicopter air ambulance for transport of trauma patients.

Triage Case Studies
Julie Sonsalla, RN, NP, Gundersen Surgery Clinic, Nick Eastman, NRP, CCEMTP, program manager, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance

Case review & discussion of the patient story that was presented earlier.  Identify important aspects of trauma documentation.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be requested via email or phone prior to May 8, 2020. A refund minus a $25 administration fee will be issued. No refunds will be made after May 8, 2020.

If the 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 or call (608) 775-6909.

Contact Information: If you have questions, need additional information or have special dietary needs, please email or call (608) 775-6909.

Advances in Trauma Care: The planning committee has no affiliation/financial relationships to disclose.


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Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, May 15 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM La Crosse Campus

Location Details

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

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