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EMS Conference Held Friday and Saturday

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Heath care providers in Southern Oregon and Northern California are looking to improve emergency response care. The first day of the annual State of Jefferson Emergency Medical System Conference was held Friday with a session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The session filled all 215 seats available. The conference feature some of the top emergency medical experts in the country and the region.

The conference is for EMS providers and Emergency Department registered nurses to receive up-to-date and timely continuing education on pre-hospital and emergency department topics from a variety of presenters. There were also breakout sessions on topics including resuscitation of newborns, electrical injuries, mass casualty incidents, chemical injuries, child abuse recognition, opioids and the Emergency Room, pediatric trauma, and management of care for elderly injured patients.

The Event was hosted at the Smullin Health Education Center at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Presenter Jerry Overton was the keynote speaker in Friday’s schedule.

“There are 215 people in that workshop; it’s sold out. It shows that not only is it an incredibly important workshop, but the paramedics and EMT’s are really interested in learning what’s new and being able to apply that to their skills so they can go out and take care of the patient,” said Overton.

In addition to learning new techniques, participants also had the opportunity to see new emergency technology brought by vendors.

The event will conclude on Saturday with its final day of workshops.