2021 Virtual Con-Ed Day – Front

Small Group participation for the Con-Ed day is now available. Click HERE for more information on how.



Below are EMS continuing education offerings available to Commonwealth EMS providers on March 13, 2021.  These programs are being sponsored by Seven Mountains EMS Council in lieu of our 2021 Spring Conference which unfortunately needed to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.   These sessions are being offered FREE to providers using financial support from the PA Department of Health, Bureau of EMS using Emergency Medical Service Operating Funds (EMSOF).

We are sure you will find these sessions both interesting & informative and hope it spurs your interest in attending our 2022 Spring Conference – March 11-13, 2022 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center, State College PA.

Thank you for your involvement and best wishes for a successful EMS career – paid or volunteer!!

0830-1000          Super Sick Kids
Approved:  1.5 hrs. Critical Patient Care (CPC) – All levels
Presenter:   Rommie Duckworth
-In the United States each year approximately 75,000 children develop severe sepsis, approximately 6,800 of whom will die. Many of these cases may include missed or delayed diagnosis. As an EMS provider you play a decisive role in the identification and early treatment of these critically ill children. This program will show EMS providers how to identify, assess, and begin treatment for pediatric patients with sepsis as well as how to coordinate care with emergency department and critical care staff. This program is intended for both advanced and basic providers whether working or not your EMS system currently has formal sepsis alert protocols. Learn the latest updates and take home the knowledge of how you can make the biggest difference for our littlest patients.

1015-1145             Commanding Critical Care for the Elderly
Approved:  1.5 hrs. Critical Patient Care (CPC) – All levels
Presenter:   Rommie Duckworth
-Whether you’re ALS or BLS, when it comes to caring for critical elderly patients, it’s more than just a matter of knowing the ABCs. New research has led to greater understanding of how the prehospital management of airway, breathing, and circulation can work against each other if we’re not careful. How does apneic oxygenation differ from passive insufflation? Why is it better to elevate the patient’s head for both airway and breathing management? What are the five ways you can kill a patient with intubation? What are the most important considerations for geriatric airway issues? This program answers these questions and many more to help providers of any level give their best work to our most fragile patients.

1215-1330             Top 10 Cardiac Resuscitation Headlines
Approved:  1.5 hrs. Critical Patient Care (CPC) – All levels
Presenter:   Rommie Duckworth
-We’ve all heard the controversies for cardiac resuscitation. “Medications don’t matter!”, “No more ET tubes!”, “Epi never!”, “Epi forever!” It can be confusing for EMS professionals to sort out exactly what they’re supposed to do. Taking a look at the Top Ten Headlines for cardiac resuscitation this program evaluates the strength of the science behind each recommendation as well as how they might be implemented in different EMS systems. Getting past the “Headlines”, attendees will return home well-equipped to open up discussions about optimizing EMS cardiac arrest resuscitation in their systems beyond “I read this study once” or “This is what the algorithms say now.”

1345-1445             PA Bureau of EMS Update
Approved:  1 hr. Other – All levels
Presenter:   Dylan FergusonDoug Kupas MD
-Participants will be updated on recent happenings, both legislatively and administratively, that impact EMS providers & agencies and the Commonwealth EMS System as a whole.  The Bureau Director & EMS Medical Director will discuss ongoing, new, and potential/anticipated projects and processes which will keep Pennsylvania as a leader in EMS System delivery.  As time permits, Regional staff will be available to discuss Regional initiatives and/or assist in addressing questions/concerns.  Though an opportunity will be provided for on-the-spot questions, providers/ agencies with specific issues are asked to submit them to Council prior to the session to assure they discussed.

1500-1600            Safe Backing – VFIS
Approved:  1 hr. EMSVO or Other – All Levels
Presenter:   Scott Reiner
-Through use of a video presentation, this program will focus on understanding the importance of safe vehicle backing measures and adopting these best practices into your organization’s driving procedures.  Time will be allowed for interactive discussion as well as a Q & A period.  This program was developed by Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services (VFIS) and was included in the EMSVO Con-Ed package (DVDs) provided to all EMS Agencies in 2014.

Seven Mountains EMS Council Board & Staff thank you for your support of our initiatives and your commitment to quality EMS care throughout the Commonwealth.  We want to recognize last year’s sponsors and vendors; without THEIR support our in-person, Annual Spring Conference could not continue without program cuts or a tuition increase.  If you have the opportunity, please thank them for their support and we look forward to working with everyone (sponsors, vendors, presenters, participants) for a successful relaunch of our Spring Conference in 2022.  Plans are already underway for an Hawaiian Luau as the Saturday evening (3/12/22) social event.