Air Documentation Compliance Essentials
Maggie Adams, BBA, EMS Financial Services, Inc.

Air providers need to document the care they gave their patients in an environment where compliance and fraud oversight continues to be a concern. Taking a down‐to‐earth approach, this lively session will grasp your attention as we explain the ever‐changing regulatory requirements of air documentation.  We help you respond to the challenges of the field, facilities and your own operational management.  Quality documentation will follow your patient and be the key to successful claims submission, legitimate reimbursement and compliance.

For Leaders: Navigating the Post-Crash Landscape
Kathleen Mayer, MSN, RN, CMTE Flight for Life Colorado  And René Borghese, MSN, RN, CMTE, Duke Life Flight

The presenters will describe their experiences and challenges following fatal air medical crashes in 2015 and 2017.  Guidance will be provided for how to lead a program through the post -crash environment, with attention to the immediate and longer term time frames.

Our Air Medical Community – Photographic Views and Insights
Mark Mennie, Mark Mennie Photography

This session will describe professional Air Medical imagery by Mark Mennie, explaining reasons why particular insights, angles and photo decisions are made when photographing an air & ground medical program, their staff, operations and guiding the attendees to create their own better images and organized archives all within the spirit of HIPAA compliance.

Dang-it Jim, I’m Not a Doctor! – Techniques to Improving Performance under Crushing Expectations
Laurel Whittemore, CFRN, TNCC, Life Flight Network

We are not doctors, but we are often expected to perform like one. When we arrive, we are looked upon as an instantaneous solution, no matter what the problem is.  In this evidence-based lecture, we will discuss how overwhelming stress can harm you as well as your performance and how you can be prepared for that moment when you become “Contents under Pressure.”

Bodies of Evidence
Jason Noel, NREMT-P, FP-C and Michelle M. McLean, MD, EMT-P, CHSE, Air Methods Corporation

The purpose of this session is to define and describe the implementation of a cadaver lab for low volume, high risk procedural skills educational session for air medical transport critical care providers.  This presentation will take the audience through the development, implementation, and evaluation of this procedural skills experience. With a focus on Bloom’s levels of learning, defined outcomes and objectives will be shared. A discussion on how these objectives defined the overall design of the educational experience will be discussed.  Finally, utilizing Kirkpatrick’s training evaluation model a discussion of lessons learned will be presented with a focus on the future of cadaver labs for procedural skills.

Checklist Absurdity: The Actual Impacts of Task Lists in the HEMS Industry
David Weber, FP-C, Denali National Park & Intermountain Life Flight

This presentation will highlight the history, prevalence, and both the positive and negative impacts of checklist utilization within the HEMS industry.  Checklists have seen a meteoric rise in recent years in a variety of disciplines and new research has outlined their actual influence in the field of medicine.  Dave Weber, a mountaineering ranger at Denali National Park and paramedic at Intermountain Life Flight, will discuss various aspects of medical task lists, current research showcasing the unintended negative consequences, and tangible suggestions for proper checklist incorporation.

Experience is the Best Teacher: But Few Are to Be Found
Michael Harmon, MHPE, RRT, PHI Air Medical

This presentation is our simulation project developed to give our crews the experience they need to reduce errors. We know from the study of human performance that errors happen for a number of reasons. The most common error type is due to misinterpretation as a result of change in conditions, sensory overload, and account for about 60% of all errors.  The average flight crew member does not get enough experience in the most difficult types of transports.  Since experience is the best teacher and for a fool the only teacher, we owe it to our patients that our experience shouldn’t be gained at the expense of the innocent. We need to learn from others errors-Why waste a good disaster?

How to Read the Medical Literature: A Field Guide
Michael A. Jasumback, MD, FACEP, PHI Air Medical

Hey, did you read that article on THE NEWEST THING?  We should start doing that!  Well, maybe not.  This lecture will acquaint the listener with how to read, interpret and apply the medical literature. We will delve into how data is presented, how it is manipulated and common pitfalls in interpretation of the medical literature.  We will further discuss the tenets of evidence based medicine and its limitations. In depth discussion will be based on current literature and studies that have become widely cited in the EMS community.

Implementing an Effective Airway Course for Local Clinical Programs
Sam Marshall, MS-CCP, CCEMT-P, FP-C, CMTE, University of Mississippi Medical Center

In this practical and informative lecture, future clinicians and EMS professionals will learn the importance of developing a proper airway management course for area physician residency, nursing, and paramedic programs to prevent and reduce sentinel events.  Unfortunately, many programs focus mainly on training students to pass national tests while failing to emphasize the necessary critical-thinking skills that can make such a profound difference in the field. Sam Marshall — a critical care flight paramedic with over twenty years of EMS experience — wants to rectify that imbalance. This lecture teaches the most effective ways to develop and implement an airway curriculum to assist current and future students to make conscious evaluations, decisions, and implementations regarding patient management and care.

Recipe for Success: Preventing Preceptors from Becoming Well Done
Tara Beebout, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, CMTE and Lindsey Castle, MSN, RN-BC, MedFlight

How do you know that all of the cooks in the kitchen are not becoming burned-out from continual preceptorship?  Faced with staffing challenges and recurrent onboarding, preceptors can become over cooked with the demands of educating new staff members.  In this lighthearted presentation, we will be addressing the serious issue of burnout.  A complete recipe to prevent preceptor exhaustion will be discussed.  Ingredients will include a dash of staff education, a pinch of prevention and a spoonful of resiliency.  Following these simple steps is all that is needed to extinguish the flames of burnout.

Personal Preparations for Survival Situations
Kevin T. Collopy, BA, FP-C, CCEMT-P, NR-P, CMTE, AirLink/VitaLink Critical Care Transport

Preparedness isn’t a catch phrase and it isn’t just about surviving a disaster; it is about being ready to get caught in an unexpected moment. Have you ever been caught in the rain?  Stuck without shelter when cool became cold?  This presentation makes survival personal. Come learn the truth behind common survival myths and hear how you can better plan and anticipate your needs should you be caught in the environment. After destroying a dozen survival myths, you’ll hear about how to evaluate the environment to assess your local risks and hazards. Finally, we will discuss how to pack a personal survival kit designed to keep you safe for at least 24 hours.