Sep 10
7:30am - 4:00pm Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) is designed to provide first responders, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistance and physicians with the ability to assess and stabilize patients with burn injuries during the first critical hours post-injury. ABLS programs support emergency preparedness needs for disaster management. The course involves a didactic portion followed by case scenarios, practical assessment and testing, followed by a written exam.

Presenter: University of Iowa Healthcare

8:00am - 4:00pm Simulation in Motion (SIM) - Hands on Trauma Skills Training (Hourly Training Sessions)

Medical simulation allows the acquisition of clinical skills through deliberate practice rather than an apprentice style of learning. Simulation tools serve as an alternative to real patients. A trainee can make mistakes and learn from them without the fear of harming the patient during a simulated encounter.

Presenter: Brian Rechkemmer, University of Iowa College of Nursing – SIM-Iowa

8:00am – 12:00pm Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Training

This course teaches every responder community how to safely and quickly clear traffic incidents. Traffic incident responders include EMS, transportation and public works, fire and rescue, law enforcement, towing and recovery, and other professionals who support traffic incident management.

Presenter: Sgt. Neil Morenz, Iowa State Patrol

9:00am - 12:00pm Trauma Program Manager, Registrar, & Trauma Medical Director Bootcamp PART 1: The Core

Session Details coming soon

Presenters: Sarah Eason, Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services, Iowa HHS; and panel

9:00am – 3:00pm Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 10th Edition Refresher Course

The ATLS Refresher Course is designed to provide doctors the opportunity to maintain current provider status. This program provides systemic and concise training for the early care of trauma patients. The ATLS program provides participants with a safe, reliable method for basic knowledge and immediate management of the injured patient.

Presenter: University of Iowa Healthcare

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm - 4:00pm Trauma Program Manager, Registrar, & Trauma Medical Director Bootcamp PART 2: ImageTrend + Data Science = Cool Reports

During this course, participants will have a chance to learn how to build tabular and analytical chart reports within ImageTrend in a live demonstration and hands on practice session. Participants will learn key data science principles that are related to each demonstration and Hands-On practice component of the session. By the end of the session each participant will have developed reports within their own ImageTrend is instance that they can then utilize for live data analysis for their trauma program.

Presenters: Dr. Nicolas Foss, Bureau of Emergency Medical and Trauma Services, Iowa HHS; and panel

1:00pm - 4:00pm EMS Medical Director and Service Director Workshop

This training supplies EMS Medical Directors and Service Directors an interactive format to assist the medical director and service director in providing administrative oversight to maintain authorization as an Iowa EMS program.

Presenters: Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed and Gary Merrill, Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services, Iowa HHS

1:00pm – 4:00pm Advances in Disaster Medicine: Treatment Considerations During a Disaster

The session will cover the triage process for victims during a disaster, define initial treatment considerations for patients following a disaster, list guidelines for transferring patients to a burn center and assess the role of trauma and/or burn centers following a disaster.

Presenter: Judy Placek, APRN

4:00pm - 5:00pm American College of Surgeons - Committee on Trauma, Iowa Chapter Resident Paper Competition

General surgery residents, surgical specialty residents, and trauma fellows in Iowa that have submitted abstracts for the 2024 Resident Trauma Papers Competition will present their research. Winners of this paper competition at the State level will compete at the Region VII 45th Annual Committee on Trauma – Advances in Trauma Conference in Kansas City on December 4, 2024.

Sep 11
7:00am – 8:00am Registration and Refreshments

7:40am – 8:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:00am – 9:00am Keynote Speaker – Boyle Lecture

Lecture History of Blood Transfusion in Military Medicine and Transforming our Ability to Save Civilian Lives
(Session details coming soon)
Presenter: Dr. Jay Johannigman

9:00am – 9:20am Break

9:20am – 10:20am Concurrent Breakout Sessions

EMS Session: Poison Control
(Session details coming soon)
Speaker: Dr. Dan McCabe, University of Iowa Healthcare

Nursing Session: Frostbite Injuries
(Session details coming soon)
Speaker: Dr. Robert Bertellotti

Physician Session: Pelvic Fractures and Pediatric Ortho Injuries
(Session details coming soon)
Speaker: Dr. Chinedu Nwosa & Dr. Stephen Carveth, MercyOne Des Moines

Hospital Preparedness Session: Iowa Trauma System 101
(Session details coming soon)
Speaker: Jill Wheeler, Bureau of Emergency & Trauma Services, Iowa HHS

Public Health Preparedness Session: The Mendon Amtrak Crash; Lessons for the Rural EMS Service
Learn about the events of the 2022 Mendon AMTRAK Derailment with the following in mind: Apply principles of Mass Casualty Response to the Rural EMS setting; understand unique benefits and limitations of an MCI in a rural location; understand the role of the Rural EMS Medical Director in a mass casualty event; adopt lessons learned back to own agency for implementation
Speaker: Dr. Joshua Stilley, University of Missouri

10:20am – 10:40am Break

10:40am – 11:40am Concurrent Breakout Sessions

EMS Session: High Risk Refusals
In this session learn about the following objectives: Review concepts of competence and capacity; Describe how to assess for capacity; Review concepts of informed decision-making; Documentation and Legal Concerns; High risk populations (Alcohol, Neurodegenerative disease,  Psychiatric illness, Opioid/Narcan, Hypoglycemia).
Speaker: Dr. Pete Georgakakos, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Nursing Session: OB Trauma
(Session details coming soon)
Speaker: Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Physician Session: Geriatric Trauma
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participant will be able to: describe the epidemiology of elderly trauma; understand the unique considerations in the evaluation of injured elderly people; outline some best practices in the management of injuries in elderly patients.
Speaker: Dr. Richard Sidwell, UnityPoint Health Iowa Methodist Medical Center

Hospital Preparedness Session: Sport related concussions for the trauma professional
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participant will be able to: understand updated and current recommendations for management of sport related concussions; incorporate new guidelines for recommendations on return to learn and return to sport.
Speaker: Richelle Williams, Drake University

Public Health Preparedness Session: Mental Health for First Responders – Assessing Resilience – a different set of vital signs.
This session will cover exploring what resilience is, what it looks like in your life practically; identifying the ‘vital signs’ or measures of your personal resilience; understanding why self-care isn’t selfish and other obstacles to resilience; creating your personal plan to grow your resilience.
Speaker: Gus Henrici, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

11:40am – 12:15pm Lunch Break

12:15pm – 12:50pm Trauma State of the Union and Awards

12:50pm – 1:50pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

EMS Session: A Journey into PTSD
Roughly 1 in 3 of all emergency responders have either been diagnosed with or report symptoms of stress-related disorders. However, experts estimate the true number may be as high as 50% or more. Meanwhile, similar numbers have been reported among healthcare workers, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. While awareness about stress-related disorders has increased in recent years, we continue to lose alarming numbers of providers to burnout and in the worst cases, suicide. Using his personal experience from his own PTSD diagnosis in 2017, Jacob will provide a candid look at how PTSD affects healthcare providers, recognizing the manifestations of stress-related disorders in both ourselves and our co-workers, as well as effective mitigation strategies that can be used to prevent and manage PTSD within our professions. The primary goal of this presentation is to erase the stigma that “not being okay” is a weakness, and instead facilitate frank discussions about the importance of mental health in our professions.
Speaker: Jacob Dodds, Iowa HHS

Nursing Session: Crush Injuries
(Session details coming soon)
Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Wilkinson, University of Iowa Healthcare

Physician Session: American College of Surgeons Traumatic Brain Injury Best Practice Guidelines 2024: Recommendations for Trauma Systems
In 2015, the ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program published the first Traumatic Brain Injury Best Practice Guidelines. The BPGs intention was to guide all accredited levels of trauma programs to provide the highest quality care for survivors of TBI through evidence and expert-based recommendations. The current BPGs have recently undergone revisions due to the continued evolving evidence related to improving the care and outcomes of survivors of TBI. The 2024 edition provides updates of previous BPG recommendations as well as new chapters focused on additional areas of TBI trauma care. This symposium will provide an overview of the updated TBI BPGs, methodological process of developing expert consensus on recommendations, and specific focus on De Novo chapters now included in the 2024 edition and how trauma systems can move towards implementation.

Participants will be able to: Describe the purpose of ACS TQIP TBI BPGs; identify De Novo chapters included in the 2024 TBI BPG edition; appraise facilitators and barriers of implementation of BPGs within trauma systems.
Speaker: Brooke Murtaugh, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals

Hospital Preparedness Session: Advances in Disaster Medicine: Treatment Considerations during a Disaster
Participants will understand: Describe the triage process for victims during a disaster; Define initial treatment considerations for patients following a disaster; list the guidelines for transferring patients to a burn center; assess the role of trauma and/or burn centers following a disaster
Speaker: Judy Placek, APRN

Public Health Preparedness Session: Tornado Lessons Learned
Participants will hear about lessons learned from the tornado that came went through Pella, Iowa and impacted Vermeer Manufacturing.
Speaker: Billy Fox, Vermeer Corporation

1:50pm – 2:10pm Break

2:10pm – 3:10pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

EMS/Nursing/Physician Session: Trauma Case Presentations
(Session details coming soon)
Speaker: Dr. Patrick McGonagill, Dr. Dionne Skeete, and panel

Hospital Preparedness Session: Preparing for Children: Ensuring Pediatric Readiness
Participants will understand the following after this session: Identify the unique physiologic differences in pediatric patients; understand developmental considerations for treating and protecting pediatric patients; identify equipment and medication needs specific to pediatrics; identify pediatric, adolescent, and young adult reactions to trauma and stress; understand special considerations for children with special health care, emotional and social needs; identify post-disaster/event considerations and mental health needs for pediatric patients; provide resources for preparing organizations and facilities; identify opportunities for advocacy, addressing needs, and information management.
Speaker: Dr. Amy Kimball, Madison County Health Care

Public Health Preparedness Session: Crisis Communications
(Session details coming soon)
Speaker: Eileen Wixted

3:10pm – 3:20pm Break

3:20pm – 4:20pm Keynote Speaker

Trauma From the Other Side
(session details coming soon)
Speaker: Dr. Dustin Smoot

4:20pm – 4:30pm Closing Remarks