Region 3 Medical Reserve Corps Training Day "Everyone Matters!"

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Middlesex Community College Bedford Campus

591 Springs Road

Parking: Available in Lot D

Bedford, MA 01730

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MRC Training Day: Everyone Matters!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

When registering please check 3 different registraions:

1. MRC volunteer, family or friend of a MRC volunteer or from the general public

2. What session you will be attending between 1:15-2:15

3. What session you will be attending between 2:30-3:30

4. We need people to help set up and do registration and break down.

5. We need a assistant for each of the speakers in the afternoon to help set up, sign in participants and take photos and videos during the sesision-please check if you are able to help.

Please plan to attend the plenary sessions and lunch as a group. There will be five concurrent classroom sessions
from 1:15 to 2:15 and four from 2:30 to 3:30. Each class (except nursing skills) is appropriate for all levels of members.
Most sessions provide continuing education hours – CEUs and OEMS credits – for medical participants.

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. – Registration opens; coffee and networking

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Plenary; approved for 4 OEMS hours and 4.8 CEUs

9:00 to 9:45 – Introduction and Keynote (Campus Center Café East and West)

Marian Ryan, DA: Matching Volunteer Engagement With Our Most Pressing Issues

We welcome Marian Ryan, District Attorney for Middlesex County, as our keynote speaker. Ms. Ryan will highlight some of the most urgent crises affecting our region and the Commonwealth. She’ll discuss what MRC volunteers and newly-graduating RNs should know about the current climate of protecting health and safety, and how best to prepare for a range of responses.

9:45 to 10:45 – Plenary Sessions

Sandi Mackey, RN, Lahey Medical Center: Teamwork in Trauma Response

Through decades of leadership experience in emergency rooms and providing urgent care, Mackey will explore the outcomes of various strategies when participants from across multiple disciplines work together to care for people affected by a range of trauma experiences.

10:45 to 11:00 – Break

11 to 11:30Putting It Together: Highlights of an Effective Response

Joanne Belanger RN; Nancy Burns EMT; Liisa Jackson

The most ‘high-profile’ incidents supported by local units during 2018 were the gas explosions that rocked Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence in September. Three MRCs joined forces under difficult circumstances to provide a wide range of care. Learn what worked, what didn’t, and how general best practices apply to all MRC responses.

11:30 to 1:00 – Lunch and Informal Presentations

Rod Fritz, News Anchor: Disaster Response from a News Perspective

Terry Downes, Esq. Exec. Director, MCC Homeland Security Program: The Long View of Disaster Response

Enjoy your meal over thought-provoking presentations and mingle with your fellow members! Presentations will include general discussion about local MRCs unit and their activities, with informal networking and light-hearted fun!

1:00 to 1:15 – Locate classroom for chosen session. Most classes provide 1 OEMS hour and 1.2 CEUs.

1:15 to 2:15 – Henderson Hall:

Effective Management of Cardiac Arrest (Room 109)

Shaun Dean, EMT-P

Drawing on many years of field experience as a seasoned paramedic, EMT instructor and preceptor, the speaker is reprising his popular seminar about strategies for responding to sudden cardiac arrest. Learn how the cardiac arrest management program at Lowell General Hospital is saving lives at higher than the national rate. Get an insider’s view of how to manage the scene, strategies for positioning the available assets, and tactics to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Protecting Mini-Me: Pediatrics in Disasters and Terrorism Response (Room 114)

Rory Putnam, EMT-P

Because of their unique characteristics, children cannot be treated merely as ‘little adults’ in a disaster. Pediatric care already requires the mastery of special skills. The challenges are magnified in disasters caused by terrorism, which present challenges that most responders feel unprepared to address. This class explores the preparations to take and considerations for helping pediatrics throughout trauma and other urgent crises.

Hands-on Nursing Skills (Room 306)

Arlene Sullivan, RN

This session is for nurses at all levels who want to reinforce their practical skills for a range of environments – from supporting flu clinics to screening incoming clients at an emergency shelter. Take advantage of this no-risk opportunity to brush up on techniques for injections, triage, bleeding control, clinical screenings, and other essentials. MCC nursing students are especially welcome!

Regional Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis (Room 115)

Deputy Chief Rich Patterson, FF/EMT and Jon Kelley, EMT-B

Just how serious IS the opioid problem across the Merrimack Valley? And what are the myths vs. facts on actions being taken to address the issue? Come ready to learn about the role of EMS and other responders, with secondary concerns that may not be obvious. (Yes, there are ‘tentacles’ to the problem, and not just with opiates themselves!) Most important, discover how responders need to protect themselves even before they approach the scene.

Emergency Risk Communication (Room 116)

Seth Eckhouse, MPH

Don’t ruin a good response with bad communication! The right message, from the right person, at the right time saves lives. In a crisis, every word counts. Our job as communicators during an event is to offer the information the public needs and counter some of the harmful behaviors that are common during an emergency, so we can effectively support the public, our colleagues, and the organizations that are offering help. By applying emergency risk communication principles, you can learn what to say, when to say it, and how to say it to help you preserve or win the public’s trust.

2:15 to 2:30 – Break, locate next classrooms

2:30 to 3:30 – Henderson Hall sessions:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (Room 109)

Peter Laitinen, RN, NREMT-P

The news coverage of Aaron Hernandez and the severity of TBI with which he was diagnosed highlights the growing concerns about head injury and concussion. Learn about the causes, impacts, prevalence, treatment, and outcomes of those who have experienced TBI and what might be expected throughout the course of recovery.

Narcan Training (Room 115)

Lowell Community Health Center Staff (LCHC)

Taylor Koch – the Overdose and Education Narcan Distribution (OEND) representative – and other staff from LCHC will explain how to recognize and address the effects of an opioid overdose, and train attendees in the use of Narcan in the community.

Service Animals and Pets in Disaster Response (Room 114)

Dr. David Schwarz, DVM

Animals are so often considered as family members – and providers of essential services – that disaster victims often put their own welfare at risk by refusing to evacuate a dangerous situation without them. This session describes the need for ‘pet preparedness,’ explaining typical hazards that animal owners and care providers may face. Learn about the impact of disasters and what to do if you need to evacuate with a pet or service animal to an emergency shelter.

Diabetes TODAY! (Room 116)

Samir Malkani, MD, UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence
More than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and nearly 80 million others have pre-diabetes. Diabetes increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, eye and kidney disease, neuropathy, and more. Learn the different types of diabetes, clinical signs and symptoms, latest treatment options, and what’s on the horizon for diabetes care. Discover what to look for and how YOU can best care for people with diabetes during an emergency, as well as minimizing their risk of complications.

We are grateful for the teamwork of MRC volunteers and response partners throughout the Commonwealth!

Thanks to their willingness to further their disaster training, local communities are safer and better protected.

Special appreciation to MCC and the Homeland Security Program for use of their facility!

Plenary Speakers

Marian Ryan, Middlesex an accomplished trial and appellate prosecutor. She is a leader in the battle against the opioid crisis, an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform, and a collaborative innovator in developing crime prevention programs. She has created a robust juvenile and young adult diversion program, a drug diversion option and a restorative justice initiative, helping to build a Conviction Integrity Unit. She has successfully prosecuted many of Middlesex County’s most complex and violent cases and herself been the victim of a brutal attack. From personal and professional experience, she has developed a deep understanding of how to best protect the public’s safety and administer justice with compassion and fairness.

Sandi Mackey, RN is the Trauma Service Nurse Director at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, which is a Level II ACS verified Adult Trauma Center. She has been in her current role for almost ten years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the trauma center. She has been a registered nurse for 27 years. In addition to service at Lahey, she has worked at most of the community hospitals in the Merrimack Valley area. Her primary nursing interest is in the field of trauma, injury prevention and outreach. She is very active with teaching and speaking on trauma-related topics. She is active in the Society of Trauma Nurses, American Trauma Society, and the Emergency Nurses Association.

Rod Fritz has devoted his career to keeping people informed of the pressing issues of the day. Rod is currently the Director of Media Relations for AfriMedNetwork. This nonprofit strives to improve the conditions of those living in the West African country of Code d’Ivoire. Rod is a seasoned news anchor with a strong history of work within the entertainment industry. He’s known most recently for his decade as news anchor for WBZ CBS radio in Boston. Previously, he spent over ten years as the news director for WRKO, then was a network radio anchor for Fox News in NYC. In his early years, he was a Vietnam Combat Veteran in the U.S. Army.

Terry Downes, Esq. is Executive Director of the MCC Program on Homeland Security, and Director of the MCC Law Center. MCC maintains campuses in Bedford and downtown Lowell, enrolling approximately 23,000 students. A lawyer and former long-time adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School and UMASS-Lowell, Mr. Downes is a former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney. He served more than 20 years as a clerk/magistrate in the Massachusetts District Courts. Mr. Downes was appointed by Governor Mitt Romney, and reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick, as a trustee of the Tewksbury Hospital, a long-term care and rehabilitation hospital for adults with complex medical and psychiatric diagnoses. He is a frequent guest on radio stations WBZ and WCAP, providing analysis and commentary on terrorism, homeland security, and legal issues. He and his wife, Atty. Annie O’Connor, live in Lowell.

Session Speakers

Shaun Dean, REMTP I/C, is president and lead instructor for EMS Training, Inc. He has over 35 years of experience in prehospital emergency medicine, and is the paramedic chief for the Lowell General Hospital paramedics. He is also a member of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team, and a Massachusetts state EMS instructor and examiner for both the Basic and Advanced Life Support tests.

Seth Eckhouse, MPH,works at Boston University School of Public Health as the Training Manager for three training centers located within the Activist Lab: the Local Public Health Institute (LPHI), the New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), and the School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development (SHIELD). Seth has over 15 years’ experience in Public Health, working on projects as diverse as health informatics and econometrics of oncology research in Europe. Previously, Seth worked in pre-hospital medicine with Boston EMS, and as a Corpsman attached to an infantry Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Jon Kelley, EMT-B, is the Director of Operations and Communications for Trinity EMS. Jon has been involved in EMS in the Merrimack Valley for 24 years. He is a frequent presenter locally and twice internationally. Jon is the lead for Trinity’s opioid response activities. Trinity has been on the forefront of the EMS response to the opioid crisis, helping fire departments and ambulances services across the country improve safety for the community and the patients. In 2016 they were awarded an award for their opioid work by the American Ambulance Association.

Peter Laitinen, RN, BSN, NREMTP, has been a registered nurse and paramedic on the MA-2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) since early 2007. For ten years, he has also been an E.R. staff nurse at the UMass HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster. Peter was the Assistant Program Director for the Paramedic Certificate Program in clinical and field rotations at Northeastern University. Since 1985, he’s worked per diem providing ALS service at Wood’s Ambulance Service for the City of Gardner and surrounding towns. His numerous certifications including affiliate faculty for the Natl. Assn. of EMTs, and instructor for the MA Fire Academy’s Hospital PPE Decon program. He also teaches skills in Geriatric EMS and Emergency Pediatric Care.

Lowell Community Health Center is federally qualified to provide a wide range of services for low income, immigrant and refugee populations. We are grateful to Taylor Koch and colleagues from LCHC who are sharing their many years of expertise to provide Narcan training.

Samir Malkani, MD, is an Endocrinologist specializing in diabetes, at UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence, and Director of Community Engagement for Diabetes Services at affiliate and member hospitals. He treats patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes at the UMass University campus in Worcester, as well as Milford Regional Medical Center. Dr. Malkani also performs clinical research, in search of improved therapeutic care for those living with diabetes.

Rich Patterson, NREMT, has more than 33 years in the Fire/EMS field. He currently serves as a Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Mgt. Director for the Town of Dracut. Patterson is also the interim communications manager for Lawrence General Hospital EMS and a member of the UMV MRC steering committee.

Rory Putnam, AA, NREMT-P, I/C, is president and lead instructor of Atlantic Life Safety Services in Windham, Maine. He has over 27 years of field experience working for private, federal, municipal and state agencies in operations, emergency management, communications and education. His company is a full-service provider of quality education for EMT and CEU classes, as well as consulting services.

David Schwarz, DVM, received his veterinary degree from Cornell in 1976. Prior to founding Ashland Animal Hospital in 1997, Dr. Schwarz practiced veterinary medicine in Rochester, NY. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and now serves as Veterinary Services Team leader for the State of MA Animal Response Team (SMART). In his free time, he enjoys gardening and community service. He also has six dogs and two cats that keep him busy.

Arlene Sullivan, RN spent the majority of her nursing career working in the field of occupational health, providing workplace health care to employees at a variety of companies. She precepted both undergraduate nursing students from MCC and graduate nursing students from Simmons College. Arlene received her undergraduate nursing degree from Boston College and a Masters in Nursing from Simmons College. She recently retired after 40+ years in the nursing field and looks forward to having more time to volunteer with
the MRC.

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