Sep 08
7:30am - 4:00pm Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) is designed to provide first responders, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants 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 – Tara Maurer, University of Iowa

8:00am - 4:00pm 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

9:00am - 12:00pm EMS Medical and Service Director Training

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.

Presenter – Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed, Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services, Iowa Department of Public Health & Gary Merrill, Iowa Department of Public Health

9:00am - 12:00pm Radiation Planning Workshop for Emergency Preparedness

This workshop will provide an overview of radiation incident characteristics and response priorities to aid emergency and medical response professionals in planning for patient care and management during a radiation incident. Important radiation response references and resources will be shared to facilitate communication with and inclusion of these assets in response plans to ensure strong coordination and a common operating picture across all jurisdictions throughout the response.

Presenter – Angela Leek, Iowa Department of Public Health and Steve Sugarman, SummitET

9:00am - 4:00pm Rural Trauma Outcomes & Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC)

The Society of Trauma Nurses offers the Rural Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course to provide education and a better understanding of the Performance Improvement process in trauma care to Level 4 and Level 3 (those in small communities or low trauma volume) trauma centers.

Presenters – Joann Burrington, Sarah Mattocks, and Diana Norris, Society of Trauma Nurses

10:30am - 4:00pm Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 10th Edition Refresher - This course is no longer being offered.*

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: Dionne Skeete, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm - 4:00pm Special EMS Topics

Session – High Risk Refusals

This presentation will review concepts related to capacity versus competence, capacity assessment, informed decision making and documentation and legal concerns. Lecturer will go through high risk populations and discuss capacity considerations in each and offer suggestions related to designing refusals protocols for certain scenarios.

Presenter – Peter Georgakakos, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Johnson County Ambulance Service


Session- Working the Crowd: Mass Gathering Medicine

The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview to the many aspects of mass gathering medicine to empower the learner to plan their next event with skill and confidence.

Presenter –
Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed, Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services, Iowa Department of Public Health


Session – EMS Provider Wellness

This lecture will discuss epidemiology of wellness in civil service yet the distinct absence of standardized recommendations for EMS providers. Lecturer will underscore the effects of fatigue on provider wellness and agency functionality and the effects of COVID. Lecturer will provide recommendations for agencies to deal with perceived barriers to promoting wellness.

Presenter – Peter Georgakakos, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Johnson County Ambulance Service

1:00pm - 4:00pm Region 7 Regional Disaster Health Response Ecosystem (RDHRE) Planning Workshop

Join Kevin Kemp, MD, and Judy Placek, APRN, as they discuss how the Regional Disaster Health Response Ecosystem (RDHRE) plays a role in disaster preparedness at the trauma and burn level. These experts will discuss the regional burn optimization along with continued development of regional approach to trauma care during a disaster.

Presenters – Judy Placek, Nebraska Medicine & Kevin Kemp, University of Nebraska Medical Center

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 2023 Resident Trauma Papers Competition will present their research. Winners of this paper competition at the State level will compete at the Region VII 44th Annual Committee on Trauma – Advances in Trauma Conference in Kansas City on December 7, 2022.”

Sep 09
7:00am – 8:00am Registration and Refreshments

7:40am – 8:00am Opening Remarks

8:00am – 9:00am Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stephen Barnes – Transformational Leadership in Trauma Care: Improving Outcomes

Transformational leadership is a necessary component of any high functioning organization. Organizations which experience rapid rates of change such as healthcare seek out transformational leaders at all levels to promote growth and success. We will explore the transformations in injury care related to 15 years of combat operations, my own experiences with a regional trauma center in rural Missouri and explore opportunities for transformational change in Iowa trauma care.

9:00am – 9:30am Break

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

EMS Session – CNS Injury
Description – This session will focus on the prehospital assessment and management of CNS (head, spinal column) injury.
Presenter – Richard Sidwell, The Iowa Clinic

Nursing Session – Radiation and Nursing Care
Description – This presentation will outline the fundamentals of radiation dose and risk as it relates to patient care during a radiation incident. The goal is to provide nursing staff with a basic understanding of the screening, decontamination, and treatment measures that may be considered for patients with contamination or exposure from radiation. We will also provide information what radiation subject matter resources are available to assist throughout an emergency and how to acceess them.
Presenter – Angela Leek, Iowa Department of Public Health

Physician Session – Radiological Considerations for Physicians
Description – Radiological Considerations for Physicians will address early dose magnitude estimation and its impact on treatment considerations. Reach-back SME support will also be discussed.
Presenter – Steve Sugarman, SummitET

Hospital Preparedness Session – Planning Disaster Drills to Include Children
Description – We will share successful examples of disaster drills involving pediatric “victims” from small scale “paper patient” drills to large mass casualty surge exercise incorporating community first responders and volunteer mock pediatric “victims”. We will identify valuable resources for pediatric preparedness and give participants a template to start planning their own disaster drill customized for their own circumstances. Throughout the session, we will encourage attendees to share their challenges, successes, and questions about pediatric preparedness to enrich our discussion.
Presenters – Dr. Carlyn Christensen-Szalanski, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics & Kristel Wetjen, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Public Health Prep Session – Caring for new Iowans: an introduction to refugee health and cultural considerations
Description – This presentation will provide an introduction to refugee health in Iowa including an overview of the refugee resettlement process, the overseas and domestic medical exams, and refugee populations in Iowa. The presenters will discuss the potential health needs of newly arrived refugees and key cultural considerations for working with refugee communities in Iowa, including newly arrived Afghans from Operation Allies Welcome and Ukrainians arriving through the Uniting for Ukraine program.
Presenters – Nola Aigner David, Polk County Health Department & Jill Schacherer, Iowa Department of Public Health

10:20am – 10:40am Break

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

EMS Session- Pre-hospital Radiation Response
Description – Pre-hospital radiation response will address basic risk considerations and patient handling when responding to a radiological incident.
Presenter – Steve Sugarman, SummitET

Nursing Session – Nursing Care of Spinal Cord Injuries from Resuscitation to Rehab
Description – This session will discuss the anatomy of the spinal cord and key components of a complete spinal cord assessment as well as the care of the patient needed to prevent complications. The session will conclude with the importance of providing hope and knowledge to the patient and their family.
Presenter – Karen Stenger, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Physician Session – ACS/TQIP Spine Care Guidelines
Description – This session will review the general concepts regarding spine care of the injured. The session will outline the guidelines as outlined by the American College of Surgeons/TQUIP recommendations and some of their rationale.
Presenter – Joseph Sherrill, The Iowa Clinic Neurological and Spinal Surgery

Hospital Preparedness Session – Madison County Resilience: March 5th EF4 Tornado
Description – On March 5th 2022, Madison County was impacted by an EF4 tornado which caused loss of lives, homes and infrastructure. This presentation will discuss preparedness before the tornado, response of first responders, volunteer management and community recovery.
Presenter – Diogenes Ayala, Madison County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency

Public Health Prep Session – Sexual Violence Prevention & Disaster Preparedness
Description – Disasters are destabilizing. Data shows disasters increase risk factors for being exposed to sexual violence. We will review data and share resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Participants will leave with the ability to incorporate sexual violence prevention into their disaster preparedness plans.
Presenter – Monika Goedken – Iowa Department of Public Health

11:40am – 12:20pm Lunch

12:20 pm – 12:50pm Trauma State of the Union and Awards

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

EMS/Nursing/Physician Session – Agriculture Related Emergency
Description – Working in primary production agriculture exposes individuals to a multitude of potential traumatic and medical emergencies unique to this field. This presentation will review the types of hazards and injury patterns related to production agriculture and will highlight prehospital and hospital responses to the various types of agriculture related emergencies.
Presenter – Dr. James Hart, Mid America Emergency Physicians

Hospital Preparedness Session – Michigan Mortuary Response Team: One Approach to Fatality Management
Description – Recognize the indicators and trippers to the implementation of a hospital, regional, and state mass fatality response where the surge is impacting multiple hospitals in a large geographic area. Describe the Michigan Mortuary Response Team (MI-MORT), including use of volunteers, training and exercises for mass fatality readiness.
Presenter – Jessica Gould, State of Michigan, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness

Public Health Prep. Session – First Responder Wellness and Resiliency
Description – This training program discusses the psychology of first responders throughout their careers. It discusses how first responders are affected by hypervigilance both short and long-term. The training discusses the peer support concept and how a peer support can be helpful to first responders. The training will discuss stress management techniques and resources for first responders.
Presenter – Jeremy Sprague, Des Moines Police Department

1:50pm – 2:10pm Break

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

EMS/Nursing/Physician Session – Rural Trauma Case Presentations
This session will explore cases of trauma patients who presented to rural hospitals and detail care provided at these hospitals and other tertiary care facilities to highlight optimal care for injured patients in our system
Presenter – Patrick McGonagill, University of Iowa, Dionne Skeete, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and panel

Hospital Preparedness/Public Health Prep. Session – Radiation Response Network
Description – An understanding of the radiation aspects of an incident requires specialized assets and tools to assess the radiation risk and determine appropriate public protections and patient care. This session will outline these radiation specific assets and tools, and offer suggestions for incorporating these into plans to promote a common operating picture and effective response across all jurisdictions.
Presenter – Angela Leek, Iowa Department of Public Health

3:10pm – 3:20pm Break

3:20pm – 4:20pm Keynote Speaker

Chris Norton – The Power to Stand

Chris Norton got knocked down. Hard. After suffering a spinal cord injury playing college football, he lost all feeling and movement from the neck down. Chris was only given a 3% chance to ever move again. He travels across the country to inspire people from all walks of life and focus on our abilities to unlock the POWER TO STAND

4:20pm – 4:30pm Closing Remarks