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2021: Trauma REACH

        Kessler Trauma Center         

2021 Health Coalition Emergency Management Seminar

Trauma Management for Rural EMS and Community Hospitals
April 14 & 15, 2021


please contact the Finger Lakes Regional Training Center


The Health Emergency Management Seminar - Trauma Management for Rural EMS And Community Hospitals (T-REACH) is designed to better prepare hospital and non-hospital response partners in planning, mitigating, responding to and recovering from natural and man-made disasters that impact the delivery of health care in a community or impact the environment of care for responders. The goal of the 2021 virtual seminar is to enhance knowledge in the management of multi-injured patients and to understand the importance of working as a team of professionals in caring for patients with life-threatening traumatic injuries in the rural EMS setting and community hospitals. Relevant information and stimulated discussions will focus on best practices in the management of trauma/disaster patients.


Based on presentations, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare and respond to mass casualty events in the rural community
  • Differentiate severity of injuries across multiple mechanisms
  • Discuss management and destination decisions for the multi trauma patient


Healthcare professionals (MD/DO, PA, NP, RN and other allied medical professionals) in rural settings caring for trauma patients (ED, Acute Floor, ICU and EMS) in New York State.

*topics and speakers subject to change*
Final Agenda


The virtual seminar series will occur over 2 days (April 14 & 15, 2021) and include three 1hr presentations starting at 8:30am and concluding by noon each day.  Registrants can register to attend one or both sessions.

Session 1: April 14, 2021 @ 8:30am - 12:00pm

Initial Resuscitation: Too Sick to Stay, Too Sick to Go

Presented by: Michael A. Vella, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery - University of Rochester Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center
- Prepare providers in a rural setting to appropriately care for the injured patient.
- Assess and resuscitate a trauma patient, while simultaneously initiating the transfer process early if it is needed.
- Define relationship between the rural trauma facility and regional trauma system through effective communication.

Head and Neurological Trauma

Presented by: Richard Spiro, MD, FACS, FAANS
Chief of Neurosurgery - Erie County Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries.
- Understand the components of destination decision making for the head injuried patient.
- Understand treatment priorities for the newly head injured patient.

Initial Management of the Burn Patient

Presented by: Jessica Summers, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery - Upstate University Hospital, Clark Burn Center
- Determine the TBSA of burn wounds using the rule of 9's
- Understand the basic resuscitation of a burn patient
- Understand basic differences between adult and pediatric burn patients

Session 2: April 15, 2021 @ 8:30am - 12:00pm 

Mass Casualty Event in a Rural Environment

Presented by: William Hallinan, RN, MSBA
Trauma Program Manager - University of Rochester Medical Center, Kessler Trauma Center
- Discuss the risk assessment and impact of the multiple patient incident in their community.
- Plan and execute a response plan focused on patient outcomes.
- Identify the lessons learned from real world multiple casualty incident.

Airway First! Management of Traumatic Airways

Presented by: Michael O'Brien, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, CCEMT-P
Attending Physician, Emergency Department - Erie County Medical Center
- Identify risk factors for a difficult airway.
- Discuss airway and ventilatory management in traumatic airways.

Falls Across the Ages: Injury Patterns and Fall Related Case Reviews

Presented by: Jerome Morrison, RN
Trauma Outreach and Education Coordinator - Upstate University Hospital
- Identify the types of falls commonly associated with specific age groups to include pediatrics and elderly adults.
- Describe the injuries typically associated with the above fall types.
- Identify fall patients who should be treated at a Trauma Center based upon the CDC's 2011 Guidelines or Field Triage of Injured Patients, New York State Basic Life Support Adult and Pediatric Treatment
   Protocols and Collaborative Advanced Life Support Adult and Pediatric Treatment Protocols.


A Certificate of Attendance for each session will be available to all attendees that complete a post-session evaluation.

This activity has been approved by NYS BEMS for EMS CME Core and Non-Core Credits.  EMS CME Credits available for each session will be listed on the Certificate of Attendance. 

Regional Training Center (RTC) Grant funds are available to cover the cost of CME for appropriate Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition (HEPC) attendees that work in the Western, Central New York, Capital District and Metropolitan Area Regions of NYS (excluding NYC). We ask that you only request CME if your NYS Licensed Profession requires continuing medical education for license/certification renewal. This may include physicians, mid-level providers and nurses.

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Erie County Medical Center, John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and the Finger Lakes Regional Training Center.  The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CERTIFICATION:  The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.





This seminar has been funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the 2019-2021 New York State Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness awarded to the University of Rochester Medical Center - Finger Lakes Regional Training Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University - Central New York Regional Training Center.


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