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Spring Fever Trauma Conference

21st Annual Conference

April 22, 2017 | Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center

Providence is pleased to offer this free, high quality trauma CNE-accredited conference. We have outstanding speakers who can teach trauma care from their personal experiences, and relate to the issues we face in rural Montana—isolated areas, long distances, extreme weather, delayed discovery and prolonged transport to a hospital.

Registration is closed

Walk-ins are welcome.

Vendor Fair

Multiple vendors will be on display at the conference center to provide information on their products and services. Take the opportunity during breaks to network with colleagues and visit company representatives to review the latest products, medications, services and technologies in the health care industry.


Blocks of rooms for reduced conference rate at the following hotels:

  • Hilton: 406-532-5300
  • Hamptons Inn: 406-549-1800
  • Ruby’s Inn: 406-721-0990
  • Marriott: 406-274-9002

Be sure to mention St. Patrick Hospital Spring Fever Trauma Conference when you make your reservations to receive this special rate. Reserve your rooms early all blocks will be released for general rate on April 10.

Target Audience - Spring Fever Trauma Conference

The topics presented at this conference target: midlevel practitioners (APRNs, PAs, etc.), nurses and pre-hospital personnel involved with emergency resuscitation and critical care management. To meet the needs of all participants, breakout sessions and skills labs are offered for specific groups (mid-level, hospital and pre-hospital). Everyone is welcome to attend any lecture. However, some material may not be pertinent to the individual’s specialty, so please make your choices on what suits you best.

Spring Fever is a one-day conference of didactic lectures to provide these front line providers with an opportunity to explore several aspects of trauma care. Continuing trauma education is vital to improving patient outcome and provides an excellent opportunity to review and refine protocols to ensure the best care for the injured patient. This conference will address many topics that face field and hospital personnel in the rural setting.

Trauma Conference Topic Summaries & Schedule

7 a.m. | Registration/Sign in

8:10 a.m. | General Session | Caring for Burns Outside the Burn Center

Presented by Samuel P. Mandell, MD, MPH, FACS – Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harborview Medical Center. Review of early, emergency burn care in adult and pediatric patients from the field to the ER. This will cover airway management, wound care, resuscitation, and transfer issues.

9;05 a.m. | General Session | The Evolution of EMS Systems: From Hurst Cars to Mobile Health Units

Joel Edminster MD, FACEP. EMS Systems have evolved from military based triage strategies of trauma to integral elements of modern health care delivery. How have practice patterns changed and what do we know now that we didn’t know then? The role of the EMS provider is expanding and the ever changing health care environment has unique challenges that EMS may be best qualified to fill.

9:55 a.m. | Break with Vendors

10:15 a.m. | General Session | Survivor Story

11:10 a.m. | General Session | Medical and surgical care in austere environments

US military personnel are tasked with providing world-class medical care in difficult and austere environments. This presentation will focus on the role and structure of the US Army's Forward Surgical Team and relate, through a discussion of medical and surgical cases, the provision of care at a remote and austere forward operating base in Afghanistan.

12 p.m. | Lunch – Trauma Trivia

1-4 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

EMS Breakout Sessions

EMS will participate in two outside sessions. Choose either to start and rotate to the other to complete. Both sessions are outside; bring appropriate clothing.

  1. Low Angle/Wilderness rescue- by staff from Missoula City Fire at Grizzly Stadium. This will be an offsite training reviewing current best practices and equipment Missoula Fire Department uses to rescue patients from wilderness and low angle responses. Safety, Rescue techniques, equipment and patient care will be discussed at this demonstration.


  2. Pediatric/Bariatric/OB Patients/ Wilderness Rescue by Staff from MSLA Emergency Services and Aerie Backcountry Medicine at Hilton Garden Inn. Focus on each station for traumatic OB patients, Bariatric patients with IV/IO skills, assessment and equipment use, along with how to move these patients, plus a Pediatric airway station.

Hospital Breakouts

1 p.m. | Getting a Grip on Strangulation

Presented by Cat Otway, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P/Forensic Interviewer. Strangulation is the fastest way to kill someone without leaving a mark. Emergency providers, in addition to first responders, are often the front line to assess, treat and document victims of non-fatal strangulation. This training will provide information about recognizing strangulation signs and symptoms in order to improve responses to victims and learn about documentation used by the criminal justice professionals to assist with holding offenders accountable through prosecution.

1:55 p.m. | Break with Vendors

2:15 p.m. | Abdominal Imaging in Pediatric Trauma

Presented by Samuel P. Mandell, MD, MPH, FACS -Assistant Professor of Surgery- Harborview Medical Center.This will review the role of FAST and CT scan in the management of the pediatric trauma patient.

2:15-4 p.m. | Hands on Skills Stations

Presented by Tina Barker, FNP; Jennifer Scalise, PA-C; and Megan Hamilton, RN. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on review and practice of chest tubes and EZ IO, based on the Breakout Session selected. If you choose not to attend the Skills Sessions, you will attend both Breakout Sessions.

The chest tube session will focus on setting up, assisting with insertion and overall management of chest tube and chest drainage collection devices. The IO session will include landmark identification, set-up, insertion and management.

3:10 p.m. | Management of Patients with Facial Injuries: Optimizing Outcomes and Workflow

Presented by Armando Gama, DDS. Facial injuries, both hard and soft tissue in nature, are common presentations in the emergency setting. As such, the approach that ED physicians and auxiliary staff take to assess, stabilize, treat and triage patients with facial trauma can facilitate to a greater or lesser degree the subsequent definitive facial injury repair. Similarly, addressing general trauma surgery concerns with coexisting facial trauma often requires coordination and communication. This presentation gives insight into possible ways our services can work together to streamline treatment while ultimately improving outcomes of care.

4:05 p.m. | Case Studies

All conference attendees will reconvene to discuss real case studies from the past year in western Montana in an interactive format. Both pre-hospital and hospital issues will be covered. Dr. Brad Pickhardt, St Patrick Hospital Trauma Medical Director, will lead the session.