20th Annual Symposium - Making a Difference
Valley Campus / January 19, 2018 / Written by Greg Boyce
Once again Trinidad State and RETAC (Regional EMS and Trauma Advisory Committee) are teaming up to offer an opportunity for emergency medical personnel to earn continuing education credits toward recertification. Deb Haverfield, EMS Program Director, has been coordinating the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Symposium for over twenty years. From February 16-18 both Colorado and New Mexico instructors, including a team from REACH Air Medical and Flight for Life, are offering a diverse selection of topics totaling over 55 credits. Emergency workers are required to attend training regularly to stay fresh on their skills and learn new techniques. Topics include CPR, EKG, delivering a baby, heart attacks, pediatric trauma and emergencies, concussions and more. Some classes will make use of Trinidad State’s Sim-man manikins. These are highly specialized “dummies” that can be computer programmed to speak, breathe and mimic real-life medical emergencies.
Dependent on weather or need elsewhere, either a REACH Air Medical or a Flight for Life helicopter will land in the parking lot each day to give the attendees a close-up look at a fully-equipped medical emergency helicopter. They will also learn about safety procedures and scheduling concerns.
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