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Trends in Emergency Care

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Nov 1, 2019
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
La Crosse Campus
La Crosse, WI

The purpose of this symposium is to enhance the knowledge and skills of healthcare providers who manage a variety of trauma and emergency medicine patients.

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. Registrations will not be accepted after this date. Advance registration is required. Registration fees include 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 for Gundersen Health System residents, students, fellows, emeritus
  • $35: Gundersen Health System and Non-Gundersen Health System Nurses, Paramedics, EMTs, First Responders and others


2019 Trends in Emergency Care
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
Rasmus Center
1900 South Avenue
La Crosse, Wis.

Intended Audience: Anyone working with patients in pre-hospital, emergency care, including nurses, EMT’s, first responders, paramedics and students, is encouraged to attend this conference.

Accreditation: EMS personnel will be offered 7.25 Continuing Education Units through Pre-Hospital Advanced Care Education (PACE) ID#D1900008.

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 conference

Agenda Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
7:30 to 7:45 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
7:55 to 8 a.m. Opening Remarks
8 to 8:45 a.m. Obstetrical Emergencies
Kenneth Merkitch, MD, Ob/Gyn, Gundersen Health System
  • Recognize emergent complications that may arise during delivery
  • Identify steps to take to manage specific complications that may arise during delivery
  • Summarize how to stabilize the mother and infant during transportation to a hospital
8:45 to 9:30 a.m. End Tidal Capnography: Waveform for the Win
Cynthia Griffin, DO, NRP, flight physician, Emergency Medicine, UW Health
  • Recognize and identify the various uses of waveform capnography in the cardiac arrest patient
  • Illustrate and reconstruct end tidal CO2 waveforms for the critically ill patient
  • Interpret end-tidal CO2 waveforms for the various pathophysiological conditions and relay these to their patient care for medical decision making
9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Break and Vendors
9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Trauma Beyond the Scene: A Troubled Teen Turned Firefighter/Paramedic and the Call That Changed His Life Forever
Tyler Greenwood, captain, Baraboo Fire Department; paramedic, Dells-Delton EMS
  • Identify the difference between who you are and what you do
  • Recognize and prepare for the possibility of a life changing call
  • Discuss life changes after a traumatic event/call
10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Establishing a Standard of Bereavement Care for Emergency Personnel
Taylor Buchanan RN, NRP, Gundersen Health System; Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance
Mary Beth Hensel, MBA, director, Resolve Through Sharing, Gundersen Health System
  • Discuss the gap in bereavement education for EMS personnel
  • List the steps needed to establish a bereavement program for your EMS department
  • Identify the benefits of a bereavement program for patients, families, and staff
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Learn – Winona Area Ambulance Service
Andy Teska, NRP, director of Operations, Winona Area Ambulance Service, Inc.
  • Discuss information about the current operations of Winona EMS
  • Identify how Winona EMS fits into the general EMS community
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Triage for the K-9 Trooper; or Where to Go When a K-9 has a 'Ruh-Roh'
Randy Pribbernow, DVM, Sparta Small Animal Veterinary Clinic
Brian James, K-9 Officer, and Larz, Sparta Police Department
Corey Johnson, K-9 Officer, and Kaiser, Sparta Police Department
  • Discuss a treatment plan for police canines that are injured while working
  • Identify symptoms of a police canine that require immediate attention
  • Discuss the increased risk to police canines regarding ingesting illicit drugs
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Airway Management: Success is in the Details
Nick Eastman, NRP, CCEMTP, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance
  • Review basic airway anatomy
  • Describe strategies to optimize ventilation
  • Discuss available adjuncts for airway management
2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Break and Vendors
2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Life Amidst Tragedy
Curt Walker, BSN, RN, CFRN, GundersenAIR
Seth Barna, Organ and Tissue Donation Liaison, Gundersen Health System
  • Identify the stages of grief
  • Discuss the organ donation process
  • Express the importance of everyone’s roll during a traumatic event
  • Describe ways to cope with stress after a critical incident
3:45 to 4 p.m. Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be requested via email or phone prior to Oct. 25, 2019. A refund minus a $25 administration fee will be issued. No refunds will be made after Oct. 25, 2019.

If the 2019 Trends in Emergency 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 your needs to or call (608) 775-6909.

2019 Trends in Emergency Care Conference: The planning committee has no affiliation/financial relationships to disclose.

Special Thank You: This conference is underwritten in part by the Janis Memorial Fund of Gundersen Medical Foundation.


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Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, November 01 7:30 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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