State EMS Workers Go For The Gold at EMS Olympics
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin - The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health played host to the 44th annual Emergency Care and Trauma Symposium from June 18 to 20 at the Kalahari Resort.
Despite scorching temperatures and the water park's compelling attractions, EMS workers from across the state came to the Dells to network with fellow emergency health care professionals. The symposium focused on improving skills to think critically and improve overall efficiency, and therefore patient satisfaction.
The Emergency Care and Trauma Symposium is a three-day conference that consists of informational seminars, interactive activities and the highly anticipated EMS Olympics.
The 10th annual EMS Olympics, sponsored by UW Health Emergency Education Center, test the skills of emergency care workers by placing teams in scenarios that mimic real-life emergency situations.
In past years, event coordinators have highlighted issues of water safety, bomb threats and mass shootings, among emergency situations. The trend continued this year with stations varying from lightning strikes to organophosphate poisoning.
Each station was managed by a facilitator and a medical expert who provided feedback and constructive criticism to the groups.
"Having well-educated medical professionals giving us feedback at the end of every challenge is extremely helpful. I am learning a lot of new information and I can't wait to use it," said Carl Broberg, an EMT from Washburn in northern Wisconsin.
David Anderson, a City of Milwaukee paramedic, added: "I attend because I like understanding new and different emergency systems that are being used across the state. If I can understand how other systems operate I can improve my own skills and share new medical information with my coworkers back home."
The Emergency Care and Trauma Symposium gives participants a chance to learn about new emergency tactics, discover new technology in the field and consult with medical professionals in an active environment.
Ann Frank, EMS Olympics Coordinator, and a host of volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure the functionality and effectiveness of this year's conference and EMS Olympics.
"We try to mirror the topics of the conference in the Olympics to reiterate the emergency care theme that are important each year," she said. "We also listen to feedback - every year we ask for each participant's opinion. What is working well? What can be improved?"
Awards were given to the teams who did best at each station in the Olympics, and a grand prize was awarded to the team with the best overall performance.
"Papa Smurf's Band" took first place in the pediatrics scenario, the lightning strike scenario award went to "Team Spa," first in the trauma OB scenario went to "Team Hannah" and first place in the organophosphate poison scenario was awarded to "Golden Hour 4" from Antigo - which also won the overall award.
Date Published: 07/25/2012