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Friday, November 2 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Motor Vehicle Collisions: On the Highways and the Back Roads

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At the completion of this session, medical first responders, EMTs and paramedics will have a better understanding of how the body can be injured in a collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would like EMS practitioners to stop using the term "accidents" and instead use "collisions." We will discuss the mechanism of injuries and kinetic energy. We will use a unique slide presentation that shows how some injuries occur from safety devices such as seat belts and air bags. We will demonstrate rapid forward deceleration and rear-end collisions and discuss both BLS and ALS care. We will discuss the spine board controversy and the use of C-collars, as well as how the chest, pelvic and vital internal organs are injured. At the completion of this class you will better understand the importance of the “golden hour." We will also discuss how EMS sometimes becomes victims of ambulance crashes. We will speak openly about the importance of defensive driving programs, following the rules of the road, speeding, distractions and lack of knowledge about ambulances by some drivers.

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Ken Bouvier, NR-P

Deputy Chief of Operations, New Orleans EMS
Ken Bouvier, NR-P, Deputy Chief of Operations for New Orleans EMS, is from New Orleans, Louisiana and has been actively involved in EMS since 1975, he is recognized nationally & internationally as a professional speaker in EMS. He serves as Commander for Mardi Gras and assumed command... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Room 101AB