Texas EMS Conference

November 22-25, 2020

Fort Worth, Texas

COVID-19 Update:  Texas EMS Conference 2020 is proceeding as planned.

Attendee Information

Attending Texas EMS Conference 2020 provides the ability to earn 15 Hours of Continuing Education from the top educators in the EMS field.  With an extensive program agenda featuring over 100 lectures, you are sure to find a series of topics to advance your professional skillset.  As always, attendee registration also includes attendance to the 160,000 square foot exhibit hall where the newest products, technologies, and emergency vehicles are on display.  With so much included in registration, Texas EMS Conference gives you the most for your education dollar.  Make plans to join us in Fort Worth for Texas EMS Conference 2020!

Conference Registration Options

Conference attendees may choose from several registration options, including full-conference, Monday only and Tuesday only.  In addition to first-class conference education attendees may also add one or more of the 13 Pre-conference courses to fully capitalize on your time in Fort Worth.  Conference and Pre-Conference course registration includes admittance to the Texas EMS Conference Trade Show.

If you are interested in visiting our 160,000+ square foot Texas EMS Trade Show, click here to purchase an Exhibit Hall Pass.

Full Conference

One-Day (Monday or Tuesday)

Early (Open – July 31, 2020)

$260

$175

Regular (August 1 – October 6, 2020)

$295

$175

Late (October 7 – Onsite)

$335

$175

Pre-Conference Courses

Pre-Conference courses for Texas EMS Conference 2020 will be held November 20, 21, and 22, 2020.  This years’ Pre-Conference course selections offer some of our most popular classes from prior years as well as several brand-new choices.  Below is a list of available 2020 options containing class descriptions, schedules and instructor contact information.  We have lots of great options, but encourage early sign-up as space is limited, and many of our most popular classes fill quickly.  Early registration rates for all Pre-Conference courses are good through October 6, 2020.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

National Association of EMS Educators Instructor Course, Level I

Early- $610 / Regular- $675

CE: Additional, 24 hours

NAEMSE presents the EMS Instructor Course, which has been designed and developed by the same individuals who produced the DOT/NHTSA 2002 National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors. The NAEMSE Instructor Course represents the didactic and practical application components needed to become an EMS instructor. The content of this 40-hour course (16 hours online completed prior to arrival onsite) aligns NAEMSE developed modules with the curriculum objectives of the 2002 National Guidelines and complies with EMS rules for lead instructors in more than 40 states, including Texas. This course provides an introduction to a broad span of educational theory that is heavily reliant on brain-based learning and evidence-based best practices for all levels of experience as an EMS educator. Individuals who attend the entire course and pass the post-test receive a Certificate of Course Completion from NAEMSE and are eligible for Texas instructor certification. Continuing education hours have been applied for through NAEMSE, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). For more information on class content, contact Jarred Kallmann at j.kallmann@naemse.org or 412-343-4775.

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

1 1/2 hours for lunch on own, Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Friday and Saturday

DSHS Coordinator Course

Early- $800 / Regular- $900

CE: None

DSHS will hold the 2020 Coordinator Course in conjunction with the Texas EMS Conference. Candidates should be prepared for two fast paced and intense days of classroom instruction to prepare to become a Course Coordinator. The occupational licensing exam will be offered at the end of the course for those who successfully attend and complete the full course. You are encouraged to review the requirements for certification listed in the link below before you register for the course or apply for certification; you will be asked to attest that you have reviewed and meet the requirements for certification when registering for the course. The DSHS certification process can be found at the following link (EMS Course Coordinator rule: EMS Rule §157.43). For more information on class content, contact Jaime Valllejo (Jaime.Vallejo@dshs.texas.gov) or Mattie Mendoza (Mattie.Mendoza@dshs.texas.gov).

Friday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday lunch included; Fort Worth Convention Center

Saturday and Sunday

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care

Early- $600 / Regular- $675

CE: Special Considerations and Trauma, 16 hours

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care course introduces evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care in hostile environments. The program meets the guidelines established by the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (CTECC). Classroom, hands-on and scenario-based exercises are included in this interactive, fast-paced workshop. Any EMS practitioner called upon to respond to a mass casualty or active shooter event will benefit from this course. Upon completion attendees will receive a NAEMT Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) certification good for four years, and extra material will be covered so you will be able to sit for the Tactical Paramedic or Tactical Responder Certification Tests provided by the IBSC (tests are being offered in conjunction with the conference separate from the TECC Course). Students receive a Tactical Paramedic or Tactical Responder Certificate worth 16 CEs. For more information on class content, visit (911TacMed.com or  https://www.911tacmed.com/tactical- paramedic.html); FB or IG @911tacmed; or contact Matthew Kinney at 911tacmed@gmail.com.

Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:30 pm; Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

1 1/2 hours for lunch on own; Fort Worth Convention Center

Saturday

Critical Care Skills 2020: The Procedural Anatomy Cadaver Course

Early- $325 / Regular- $375

CE: Preparatory, 8 hours

The Critical Care Skills course, also known as The Procedural Anatomy Program, is a nationally recognized offering like no other. Our program specifically focuses on evidence-based emergent interventions and the patients that require them. Participants engage in a comprehensive hands-on experience that gracefully blends fresh (non-fixed) human specimens, highly experienced medical professionals, and the most demanding procedures (with just the right dose of reservation) for your next patient. This course is orchestrated to dissect, explain, and train through: bleeding control (digital; wound-packing; tourniquets; junctional bleeding, and REBOA), airway and ventilation management (BLS; ALS – video and direct laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, and cricothyroidotomy) vascular access (IV – peripheral, cut-down, and exchange; IO – manual, powered; and central venous access), thoracic injury management (anterior and lateral needle decompression, simple thoracostomy, chest tube placement, pericardiocentesis, and resuscitative thoracotomy), fundamental suturing and securing, ultrasound usage and more as time permits. Participants actively locate, visualize, mobilize, and explore the freshly dissected anatomy of the neck, chest, abdomen and extremities to better appreciate the efficacy and impact of interventions on the human body (while simultaneously defining the common medical and traumatic disease processes we frequently encounter). The goal of this course is to improve indication and anatomic recognition while simultaneously offering hands-on experience where it matters most. What should you wear? Suggested attire includes scrubs and running shoes but “professionally comfortable” clothing is certainly fine. Participants are not permitted to wear shorts or open toed shoes. Who should register for this exciting preconference course? Paramedics, EMTs, nurses, mid-levels, physicians and medical educators. This program is hands-on and involves human specimens—all PPE is provided. NOTE: This course involves a full day of active engagement and a tremendous amount of standing, moving, and skills refinement. Participants should expect to be intellectually stimulated, yet physically exhausted at the course’s conclusion. Participants are strongly encouraged to come well rested and prepared to learn. As a bonus, each participant will receive the 2020 Critical Care Skills Procedural Anatomy Course memory stick full of the latest images, videos, PowerPoints and information. Participants are REQUIRED to ride on the provided bus and be escorted to the lab – no exceptions. For information on the course, contact Ali McCully at alison.mccully@hiscentre.com.

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Lunch Included; Off-Site – Meet at Omni Fort Worth Hotel by 7:00 am for bus transportation to UTSW anatomy facilities.

Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist (CADS)

Early- $249 / Regular- $269

CE: AOR or additional, 6 hours

Why become a Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist? High-quality patient care reports (PCRs) can keep your service out of trouble! Poor PCRs can expose providers to liability in court, decrease revenues and create compliance problems. Developed by the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance, this dynamic, interactive course with real-world scenarios will keep your attention while you learn key concepts. Topics addressed include documenting medical necessity, writing effective clinical narrative that supports proper ICD coding, addressing special challenges for non-emergency and repetitive patient documentation, identifying proper methods of modifying or amending PCRs and reducing medical malpractice liability. CADS content is geared specifically to EMS personnel such as EMTs and paramedics and is appropriate for QA/QI personnel, supervisors/managers, compliance officers, billers and anyone else involved in EMS. For more information on course content, call the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance at 877-765-6222 or visit https://www.ambulancecompliance.com/content/about-certified-ambulance-documentation-specialist-cads.

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

1 1/2 hours for lunch on own; Fort Worth Convention Center

Slap the Cap: The Comprehensive Capnography Course

Early- $200 / Regular- $240

CE: CRO or Medical, 8 hours

First nationally presented comprehensive course (since 1998) on capnography that is an eye-opening experience! Participants learn the incredible benefits gained from full ETCO2 monitoring and waveform assessment. In this exciting and informative session, Bob Page reviews the related anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. He explains the role of capnography in all aspects of emergency and critical care: from cases of cardiac arrest to airway and ventilation management and patient assessment as an initial triage through primary, secondary, and ongoing reassessment. In medical and trauma cases alike, the case is made for using capnography as a key patient assessment tool for every patient, whether it’s the triage of a patient or the ongoing monitoring of the patient. In fact, anyone with a problem with ABCs should have continuous monitoring of ETCO2 and waveform. Be a part of this comprehensive course that explains in detail why you measure CO2, how the machine measures it, how the waveforms are made and real cases from A to Z. Come learn how to fully integrate this session into your practice and utilize it to its fullest potential! Capnography: It’s not just for confirming tube placement! For more information on class content, contact Bob Page at lead2noclue@me.com.

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

1 1/2 hours for lunch on own; Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Operational K9 Emergency Care

Early- $200 / Regular- $240

CE: Additional, 8 hours

This course provides foundational knowledge for EMS providers at the BLS and ALS level to provide emergency care to an injured operational K9. Participants will explore canine anatomy and physiology, differentiate treatment modalities in the canine patient and identify leading causes of operational canine death and disability in the prehospital environment. Pending real world incidents or deployments, live K9’s are anticipated to be present for physical assessment practice. Material presented is developed for EMS agencies, both metropolitan and rural, to render care to injured law enforcement and search/rescue canines. Advanced life support topics will also be covered including Intubation, fluid resuscitation, RECOVER cardiac life support guidelines and surgical airways in canines. For information on course content, contact Rick Maricle at rmaricle@toccc.org.

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

1 1/2 hours for lunch on own; Fort Worth Convention Center

Sunday

The Human Factor: A Cadaver-Based Anatomy Course for Emergency Medicine

Early- $250 / Regular- $300

CE: Preparatory, 5 hours

This half-day, keenly focused, human anatomy program promises to turn your medical education and training inside out with fresh, non-fixed human specimens as your personal guide. Participants in this class actively locate, visualize, mobilize, and explore the anatomy of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and extremities to appreciate the medical and traumatic disease processes we frequently encounter. Participants will assess the impact of life (medical and traumatic processes) on human systems, while we compare and contrast today’s medical efforts with the science and truth of our own mortality. Engaging in this hands-on experience will completely immerse you in human anatomy with highly experienced medical professionals by your side. What should you wear? Suggested attire includes scrubs and running shoes but “professionally comfortable” clothing is certainly fine. Who should register for this exciting preconference course? Paramedics, EMTs. nurses, mid-levels, physicians and medical educators. This program is a hands-on effort involving human specimen—all PPE is provided. NOTE: This course involves a half day of active engagement with a tremendous amount of standing, moving and skills refinement. With that in mind, participants are strongly encouraged to come well rested and prepared to learn. Participants should expect to be intellectually stimulated, yet physically exhausted at the conclusion. There is no breakfast or lunch provided, but there will be refreshments for the bus ride back. As a bonus, each participant receives the 2020 Procedural Anatomy Program memory stick full of the latest images, videos, PowerPoints, and information. Participants are REQUIRED to ride on the provided bus and be escorted to the labno exceptions. For information on course content, contact Ali McCully at alison.mccully@hiscentre.com.

7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Off-Site – Meet at Omni Fort Worth for 7:00 am bus transportation to UTSW anatomy facilities

Advanced Administrator of Record

Early- $200 / Regular- $240

CE: Administrator or CRO, 7 hours

New year, new topics! This year, the first half of the class is everything you ever wanted to know about EMS regulations and rules, from the two guys who know it best: State EMS Director Joe Schmider and EMS attorney Scott Merchant. Be prepared to bring your questions and get real answers. For the second part of the course, it’s everybody’s favorite–Maggie Adams of EMS Financial. (Crowd cheers!) Adams, who knows more about the ins and outs of EMS revenue than most anyone, will take you through the most current challenges (and we mean up-to-the-minute) of billing and collecting revenue for the weird times we live in. For more information on Advance AOR course content, contact Maggie Adams at maggie@ems-financial.com or Joe Schmider at joseph.schmider@dshs.texas.gov.

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

1 1/2 hours for lunch on own; Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Multi-Lead Medics 12 Lead ECG Interpretation

Early- $195 / Regular- $235

CE: Medical, 8 hours

 If anyone told you that you could take a 12-lead class and have fun, would you believe them? For 30 years, Bob Page, author of the book 12-Lead ECG for Acute and Critical Care Providers, has delivered this 8-hour, highly motivating, non-stop interactive course on 12-lead ECG. The course includes proper lead placement, axis and hemiblock determination, bundle branch blocks, differentiating wide complex tachycardia and myocardial infarction recognition. Also included is the use of a 15-lead ECG for increased sensitivity for STEMI. Participants in the program will read approximately 200 12-lead ECGs, gaining both experience and confidence in their newly learned skill. This is a great course for EMS and hospitals implementing STEMI programs or for continuing professional development. For more information on course content, contact Bob Page at lead2noclue@me.com.

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

1 1/2 hours for lunch on own; Omni Hotel Fort Worth

RAID (Resuscitation Airway and Internal Dynamics)

Early- $265 / Regular- $315

CE: Airway, 8 hours

A true team-approach to the management of advanced airways and, most importantly, our own human performance under pressure. The biggest risk factor to our patients is us; the human factor can affect us in multiple ways, making a critical patient even more challenging. We will give you the tools to understand and overcome stressful environments while managing critical airways. With new scenarios for 2020, this 8-hour course challenges students to master internal stressors that affect how we perform during critical tasks. We use a dynamic learning environment meant to challenge students with real-life patient scenarios, taking a pit-crew approach to difficult critical patients requiring airways. Through understanding of human behavior and physiology in high stress scenarios, we can overcome the challenge of mastering our mindset. For information on course content, contact Juan Mejias at juanmejias91@gmail.com.

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

1 1/2 hours for lunch on own; Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Half Day Course: Brain Dissection Stroke Lab

Early- $125 / Regular- $150

CE: CRO or Medical, 4 hours

The Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has collaborated with Baylor College of Medicine Neurocritical Care and Neuroendovascular Neurosurgery Physicians to create a unique and interactive educational experience for EMS. This highly interactive workshop invites students to explore brain complexity, review the criteria for emergent thrombectomy intervention, and participate in thrombectomy treatment simulations. Along with physician experts and fellow classmates, participants will use brain dissection, flow simulator demonstrations and case studies to deepen discussions on pre-hospital emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO) stroke scales and other topics of interest. For information on course content, contact Suzan Styron at sstyron@stlukeshealth.org.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fort Worth Convention Center

Half Day Course: 5 Ways to Improve Your EMS Classes TODAY

Early- $125 / Regular- $150

CE: Preparatory or Special Considerations, 3 hours

One primary goal of all educators is to improve upon their classroom instruction techniques. However, many educator presentations claim to help but prove to be largely theoretical. Participants leave energized—but with no clear direction once back in the classroom. This class is DIFFERENT! Attendees are immersed in three hours of hands-on instruction designed to address the relationship between pathophysiology and patient presentation, the development of critical thinking and differential diagnostic habits in students and the usefulness of case-based learning in EMS classrooms. Participants will also explore problem-based learning (PBL) and strengthen their NREMT-style question writing ability. Each concept is presented in detail with examples. The class will then break into groups to develop and share dynamic classroom activities. At the end of this session participants will have both the ability and the materials to use these techniques immediately. For information on course content, contact Daniel Limmer at dan@LimmerEducation.com.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Texas EMS Conference Education & NAAC Partnership

Texas EMS Conference is proud to partner with the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance (NAAC) to offer Pre-Conference and Conference education classes designed to provide industry-specific training for ambulance billing, coding and compliance professionals. 

Texas EMS Conference is an approved CE provider (DSHS Program Approval Number: 600733) throu the Texas Department of State Health Services.  The National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) accepts for recertification purposes continuing education hours approved by state offices, such as DSHS.

Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 21

7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Exhibitor Registration
Attendee Registration

Sunday, November 22

7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Monday, November 23

7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration

8:00 am – 9:15 am
Opening Session

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Education Sessions

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Coffee Break Exhibit Hall

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Education Sessions

Monday, November 23 Cont.

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Education Sessions

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Snack Break Exhibit Hall

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Education Sessions

Tuesday, November 24

7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Registration

8:00 am – 11:30 pm
Education Sessions

11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Awards Luncheon

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Education Sessions

Wednesday, November 25

8:30 am – 10:45 am
Education Sessions

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Closing Session

Payment Information

Attendee registration for Texas EMS Conference 2020 will be online only.  Click here to register now.

You may register multiple attendees on one form.  Please fill out the form exactly as you want to be identified on the Conference name badge, which is required to be worn at all times during the Conference.

By registering, you accept our Terms & Conditions for Attendees and agree to have your likeness reproduced in publications.  Conferees assume all risk incidental to participation in all activities, including loss or damage to property, and release management, its employees and agents against all claims.

Conference registration fees may be paid by credit card, check or purchase order.

Please make checks payable to: Texas EMS Conference.

Please Note New Mailing Address Below

Texas EMS Conference
PO Box 187
Lampasas, TX 76550

Refunds may be requested, subject to a 20% administrative fee, through October 20, 2020.  Refunds will NOT be given for any reason after October 20, 2020.