OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. — This week marks the 7th year of the Conference of Guardians of the Heart (GOTH). The 3-day conference begins Monday at the Downstream Casino and Resort. From February 21 to 23, 2022, it is said to be the best EMS conference in the region.
Quapaw Nation Fire & EMS Deputy Chief Dean position shares with us that the conference is completely free for everyone. You can register online but you can also attend independently of registration. The costs are covered each year by generous sponsors.
Who is this conference for? “Anyone from EMT Basic to doctors. Really anyone related to health.” This includes nurses, nursing students, police, firefighters, first responders. Education and certification levels specifically to benefit include: EMT, EMTA, EMTP, NP, LPN, RN, MD, Law Enforcement, Firefighter, and even the general public, therapists, counselors, etc.
Although this free conference is being held in Oklahoma, “This event is for anyone in any state“, says the deputy chief of post, “there will even be some who come from Texas.”
The conference courses are topics relevant to anyone in healthcare, applying to many EMS and first responder events:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Trauma vignettes
- Well, it’s just smashing… (crush injuries)
- Man versus Machine (course on a current topic)
- First aid and trauma in the wild
- Myths in emergency medicine
- Multi-lead ECG interpretation
- Normal vs. Special needs; Let’s redefine normal
- Be where your feet are…Build your own resilience
- There is no “I” in the airways
- To the nth degree… A new look at Burns
- “Waiting to expire: capnography” (1 hour)
- You can’t touch this: how not to screw up the collection of evidence at a crime scene
- The Right Stuff: Applying Critical Thinking (1 hour)
- Extreme Cases of Pediatric Trauma III
- Pediatric head trauma: case study
- Decompensated acute heart failure
- Death by fan
- How low can you go? ER Emergency Severity Index
- Short circuit: epileptic seizures (1 hour)
- “Sort them Out”: SALT triage in an MCI (1 hour)
- An Extraordinary Mind: The Basics of Mental Illness
- Mysteries of History: Interesting Ways Famous People Die (1 hour)
- “Emerging Skills Required for the Peri-Arrested or Arrested Patient – A Web-a-Daver Experience”
Conference class schedules, descriptions and more details can be viewed by clicking here or scrolling below.
The conference will also host a supplier space where one can connect with companies sharing the latest products, technologies and information for EMS related entities.
- Pinnacle Emergency Vehicles
- Southern Uniform
- Medic Built LLC
- Peregrine Company
- Mercy Hospital
- Henry Shein SMU
- OSU firefighter training
- KU Health System
- Smith two-way radio
- Oklahoma Homeland Security
- Missouri EMS Funeral Response
- Cox Health
- Conrad Fire Equipment
The keynote speaker is David Mellen from Valor Fire Training. The keynote, “The Perfect Storm: Preventing Operational Disaster”.
With ever-changing roles in the fire and emergency services, our organizations have plenty of opportunities to shine. Equally important, there are as many opportunities as possible for our organizations to suffer the ramifications of bad decisions. Often, after a bad event, organizations realized that there were red flags being ignored or missed, which helped develop “The Perfect Storm.”
This lecture is based on both professional and personal tragedies that could have been avoided. It discusses common red flags and situations that need to be addressed and corrected to keep our brothers and sisters safe. From morale issues to safety issues, from equipment failures to changing standard operating procedures, the process for predicting what might happen in the future is the same. Students will learn effective ways to manage risk and create a culture of change, whether they are trainee members or leaders.
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