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Advances in Trauma Care

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May 17, 2019
7:30 AM - 4:35 PM
La Crosse Campus
La Crosse, WI

This symposium will cover trauma-related topics in healthcare.

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 10, 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 GHS residents, students, fellows, emeritus
  • $40 First Responders, EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, Nurses, and others
  • $50 GHS and affiliate Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
  • $65 GHS and affiliate Physicians
  • $75 Non-Gundersen Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
  • $100 Non-Gundersen Physicians


Friday, May 17, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Rasmus Center
Gundersen Health System
La Crosse, Wis.

Intended Audience: This program is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, 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 7.0 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 7.0 Continuing Education Units through Pre-hospital Advanced Care Education (PACE) ID#D1900002.

Certificates: Certificates will be emailed to attendees within four weeks of completion of the on-line evaluation.

Agenda Friday, May 17, 2019
7:30-7:55 a.m.


7:55-8 a.m. Welcome
8-8:30 a.m. A Community in Distress – Illicit Drug Use
Christopher Eberlein, MD, Emergency Medicine, Gundersen Health System
  • Identify the regional impact of illicit drug use on the community and individual person
  • Describe other sequela of IV drug use
  • Review the importance of appropriate narcotic prescribing
8:30-9 a.m. Stop the Bleed
Mason Fisher, MD, Surgery Clinic, Gundersen Health System
  • Identify why this course is important to the general public
  • Review current state of the bleeding control campaign
  • Review any course updates regarding education and/or equipment
9-9:40 a.m.

Adverse Childhood Experiences
Lacie Ketelhut, MS, Quality Administration, Gundersen Health System

  • Describe prevalence of adverse childhood experiences
  • Define a trauma-informed care approach and implications in a professional practice
9:40-10 a.m. Break and vendors
10-10:40 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

Rehab of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury in the Hospital Setting
For Hospital Personnel (located in the Rasmus Center)

  • Christine Brose, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehab, Gundersen Health System

New Advances in Emergency Equipment and Procedures (Panel Discussion)
For EMS Personnel (located in the Overholt Auditorium)

  • Christine Waller, MD, Surgery Clinic, Gundersen Health System
  • Joe Pfaff, Chief, Stoddard Bergen Fire Department
  • Nate Melby, Fire Chief, Campbell Fire Department
  • Travis Proksch, Training Officer, Shelby Fire Department
  • Tony Holinka, Assistant Fire Chief, Shelby Fire Department
  • Billy Hayes, Fire Chief, Onalaska Fire Department
10:40-11:20 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

Little Bodies, Tiny Bones, Big Injuries
For Hospital Personnel (located in the Rasmus Center)

  • Scott Bassuener, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Gundersen Health System

A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Counter-Strategy
For EMS Personnel (located in the Overholt Auditorium)

  • Tom Wright, Program Manager, Safety, Gundersen Health System
11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. Lunch and vendors
12-1:15 p.m. Resilience and Renewal: A Path Towards Well Being
Elizabeth Warner, MD, FACP, CPE, Warner Wellbeing, LLC
  • Describe a time of personal resilience and identify resilient behaviors and practices in self and others
  • Define burnout, its symptoms, and evaluate caregiver behaviors as burnout manifestations
  • Contrast gender-based responses to burnout symptoms and evaluate if these responses are observable in Gundersen staff and caregivers
  • Explore the concept of renewal and its practices
  • Generate ideas for renewal practices for individuals and teams
  • Practice at least two resilience and renewal practices during the presentation
  • Devise a personal plan for ongoing renewal practices after the presentation in order to support well being
1:15-2:15 p.m. Trauma Jeopardy
Tom Carpenter, EMS Educator, Emergency Medical Services, Gundersen Health System
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the priorities involved in managing complex multi-injured trauma patients
  • Discuss and demonstrate the techniques and treatments employed in the early management of seriously injured trauma patients
  • Recognize the immediate life-threatening conditions that may present in a trauma patient
2:15-3 p.m. Patient Scenarios – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Christine Waller, MD, Surgery Clinic, Gundersen Health System
  • Review patient stories of trauma and therapies
  • Relate to patients using empathy
  • Discuss patient challenges and possibilities for changes in treatment from EMS to hospital
3-3:15 p.m. Break and vendors
3:15-3:45 p.m. The PAUSE Project
Christine Waller, MD, Surgery Clinic, Gundersen Health System
  • Outline the PAUSE project (Promoting Acknowledgement, Unity, and Sympathy at the End of Life)
  • Review the importance of resiliency and national EMS/Trauma trends
  • Review Gundersen Health System’s standard operating procedure and initial statistics of the project
  • Discuss the future vision of the project
3:45-4:30 p.m. Trauma Pearls and Pitfalls: Case Reviews
Shannon Brozak, PA-C, MSPAS, Surgery Clinic, Gundersen Health System
Julie Sonsalla, RN, NP, Surgery Clinic, Gundersen Health System
  • Review case studies
  • Identify areas of success and areas of improvement
  • Discuss possibilities for changes moving forward in caring for trauma patients
4:30-4:35 p.m. Adjourn

Breakout Session Descriptions

Rehab of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury in the Hospital Setting

  • Recognize the importance of sleep in early treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Recognize the challenges presented by social media use in the injured patient
  • Summarize the importance of family/caregiver education, and describe how to set expectations for recovery
  • Describe the factors that contribute to agitation during early recovery with Traumatic Brain Injury

New Advances in Emergency Equipment and Procedures

  • Review equipment advancements in Firefighting
  • Review novel practices in EMS/Firefighting
  • Discuss best practices in Firefighting including training opportunities

Little Bodies, Tiny Bones, Big Injuries

  • Define pediatric polytrauma
  • Summarize resuscitation parameters
  • Identify fractures with case studies
  • Produce initial and definitive treatments

A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Counter-Strategy

  • State the decision criteria necessary during an active threat of the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (A.L.I.C.E.) methodology
  • List methods of Lockdown, Counter, and Evacuation strategist based on location of the threat

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be requested via email or phone prior to May 10, 20109. A refund minus a $25 administration fee will be issued. No refunds will be made after May 10, 2019.

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 your needs to 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.

Advances in Trauma Care: 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.

Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, May 17 7:30 AM to 4:35 PM La Crosse Campus

Location Details

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

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