Spring Fever Trauma Conference

24th annual conference

April 13, 2019 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 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.

We know there will be something for every provider who attends. Hope to see you there!

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:

  • Hampton Inn: 406-549-1800
  • Hilton: 406-532-5300
  • La Quinta: 406-549-9000
  • Marriott: 406-274-9002
  • Ruby’s Inn: 406-721-0990

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 6.

Target Audience

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. 

General session topic summaries

Burn Injury: Not too Hot to Handle!

Annette Newman, MS, RN, CCRN - University of Utah, Tele-Burn

Initial treatment for patients who have sustained a burn injury presents unique challenges to responders and can significantly impact long term outcomes. This session will provide education on the emergency care required to successfully manage adult and pediatric burn patients. Core concepts will include airway and fluid challenges in addition to treatment priorities. The session will conclude with a review of available resources, a simulated patient and consultation with burn specialists via distance utilizing telemedicine.

Kids Will Swallow Just About Anything: What Do I Need to Know?

Denis Bensard, MD - Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center

This presentation describes the peak ages and common types of ingestions by children and will discuss the recognition and initial management of the two most feared ingestions—button batteries and rare-earth magnets. This session will discuss prevention measures that parents and care takers can institute to reduce the risk of foreign body ingestion in children.

Rural Trauma

William Oley, MD, FAAFP, FAWM - Trauma Medical Director, Beartooth Billings Clinic

The residents of rural Montana often sustain significant trauma in resource challenged environments. As practitioners in this region we should be familiar with a system of interventions that can be used to rapidly identify injuries, stabilize injuries, and transport traumatically injured patients to the appropriate level of care. Many of these interventions can be done in the trauma receiving facilities, clinics, and pre-hospital settings that constitute our practice environments.

Surviving a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: From Scene to Rehab

Shaela, an active teen, was involved in a motor vehicle crash in March 2018 that changed her life as well as her families forever. This session will follow Shaela’s care from the scene all the way to rehab and will display the Western Montana Trauma System in action. Providence St. Patrick Hospital strives to improve the health and well-being of the injured, their families, the community and our region through clinical excellence and innovation in conjunction with injury prevention and outreach education. We hope to share this story to highlight our pre-hospital care and how we strive to implement evidenced based practice in the field of traumatic brain injuries. This session will also discuss the lack of specific pediatric traumatic brain injury rehabilitation centers in rural Montana as well as resources for patients after they return to their community.

Suicide Prevention & First Responders

Karl Rosston, LCSW

This presentation focuses on suicide within our culture with specific attention towards the role of primary care in assessment and intervention with high risk suicidal patients. The training is based on SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers and covers national and Montana data, demographics of a suicidal person, warning signs, risk assessment utilizing the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, safety planning, lethal means counseling and caring contact. The training will also focus on evidenced-based practices and available resources.

Learning objectives for this presentation include:

  • Participants will be able to identify the warning signs of an at-risk person
  • Participants will be able to complete a suicide risk assessment
  • Participants will be able to complete a safety plan
  • Participants will know the questions to ask concerning lethal means counseling and safe storage of firearms and medications

Breakout session topic summaries

Pre-hospital/EMS breakout sessions

  • Back-country rescue
    Dr. Oley and Aerie Backcountry Medicine will provide instruction and hands-on training in the use of various EMS wilderness rescue skills
  • Extrication with Missoula Fire Department
    Participants will work with the MFD in hands-on extrication techniques

Hospital breakout sessions

  • Session 1: Update in Pediatric Trauma
    Led by Dennis Bensard, MD - professor of surgery, Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center, this session will describe early measures of damage control—particularly in the pre-hospital phase—and discuss early recognition of hemorrhage shock in pediatric patients with attention to the 5 H’s (hypothermia, homeostasis, hemorrhage control, hemostatic resuscitation, and hypotensive resuscitation). The session will describe the early management of traumatic brain injury by the non-neurosurgeon and finish on discussing the importance and controversies of the following: blunt carotid vertebral artery injury in children, blunt thoracic injury, non-operative management of solid organ injury and blood transfusion.
  • Session 2
    • Ultrasound IV starts and Intraosseous IVs
      This break-out session will include instruction and hands-on practice in the use of ultrasound to start IVs, as well as hands-on practice in starting intraosseous IVs.
    • Hemorrhage Control Wet Lab
      In this break-out session, participants will learn to use various bleeding control techniques in a hands-on wet lab.
    • FAST Ultrasounds & IV Ultrasounds (for APPs and physicians)
      Providers will work with Dr. Gee, receiving instruction in the use of ultrasound to perform a FAST (Focused Assessment using Sonography for Trauma) exam and utilizing ultrasound for other purposes in an emergency department.


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