Ohio EMS Conference Presented by OhioHealth Uses Patient Simulation to Educate Providers
2018 marked the 11th year of the Ohio EMS Conference presented by OhioHealth. The conference always occurs during EMS Week.
The objectives of the conference are to discuss current trends in the early management of critically ill or injured patients and to discuss care and treatment modalities of critically ill or injured patients.
In addition to keynote presenters, educational tracks and a trade show, this year’s conference included something different – three simulation set-ups in the areas of trauma, heart and neuro.
For example, attendees had the opportunity to take part in a recreated trauma scene that would allow them to take a patient simulator from an ambulance to a simulated trauma bay. There was also a simulation center that took attendees into a heart catheterization laboratory and another that took them into a simulated neuro intervention suite.
“It allows for learning, education, experiences, and sharing of information,” said Rob Lowe, MD, medical director of OhioHealth EMS. “It gives providers a chance to see what we do and also interact with the specialists. It allows them to build that rapport and that knowledge and that relationship. We want them to be comfortable with what we’re doing to care for their patients.”
“It’s always important to have as realistic of an approach as possible,” said Vic Graymire, with Central Ohio Trauma Systems. “When you get out there in the trenches and you’re doing your work, it’s not the time to think about how we’re going to train and practice.”
The 2019 EMS Conference presented by OhioHealth will take place on May 20- 21, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For more information on next year’s conference, click here.