Many health care providers know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, unintentional injury remains the number one cause of death for Americans aged 45 years and younger. But think about this:

  • Nearly 199,800 people die from injury every year—1 person every 3 minutes.
  • For every person that dies, 135 are treated in an emergency room and 13 are hospitalized.
  • 2.5 million people were hospitalized due to injuries in 2014.
  • 26.9 million people were treated in an emergency department for injuries in 2014.1

The purpose of this conference is to support the multidisciplinary team who cares for this patient population on a daily basis. The objective for the program is to enhance the skill of the health care team member to effectively manage the trauma or emergent patient. Physicians, nurses, pre-hospital, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, hospital chaplains, and all other healthcare personnel working with this patient population will benefit from attending.

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For more conference information, contact Jami Blackwell, RN, BS, CEN at 417-269-0919, or the Education Center at 417-269-4117,

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CoxHealth 27th Annual Decisions in Trauma Conference Agenda

May 12, 2017 ● 7 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

7:00-7:25 Registration/Continental Breakfast/Vendor Exhibits
7:25-7:30 Welcome and Introduction
7:30-8:10 Necrotizing Fasciitis Dr. Daniel Cardwell, MD

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Identify surgical treatment recommendations for the management of necrotizing fasciitis.

·         Analyze case presentations of diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis based on patient presentation, co-morbidities, and demographics.

8:10-8:50 Facial Trauma Dr. Robert Shaw, MD

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Identify immediate care guidelines of the patient suffering a facial trauma and anticipate immediate and short-term goals and management.

8:50-9:30 Advanced Trauma Life Support: The Birth and Evolution of ATLS Heather Talbott, MSN, RN

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Develop knowledge and understanding of the history and inception of ATLS.

·         Contribute to the improvement of patient care utilizing ATLS.

9:30-9:45 BREAK/Vendor Displays
9:45-10:45 Fire Safety in Trauma Situations Denice Morrison MSN, RN, CNOR

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Define the fire triangle.

·         List steps emergency department personnel can take to reduce fire risk.

10:45-11:15 The Science of Mass Casualty Triage Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour, MD, FACS

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Organize triage at a mass casualty event.

11:15-11:45 B-Con: Bleeding Control For the Injured Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour, MD, FACS

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Demonstrate techniques to stop life-threatening bleeding.

11:45-12:45 LUNCH on site
12:45-1:30 Hyperbaric Oxygen and Acute Traumatic Ischemia Dr. Larry Chase, MD, UHM, FCCWS

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Describe the pathophysiology of acute traumatic ischemia.

·         List two mechanisms by with hyperbaric oxygen therapy may improves outcomes in acute traumatic ischemia.

1:30-2:30 There’s a New Kid in Town: Trauma in Pediatric Patients With Complex Medical Needs Patricia Casey, EMT-P

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Recognize the need for increased preparedness and education on pediatric patients with complex medical needs.

·         Identify situations where deviation from routine protocol and standards of care is needed for the assessment and treatment of the pediatric patient with complex medical needs.

2:30-2:45 BREAK/Vendor Displays
2:45-3:30 Trauma Decisions and Prosthetic Intervention Adam Edmonds, BSME, CPO

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Outline the options and usual timeframe for patients requiring post-trauma prosthetics.

3:30-4:15 The Role of the Trauma Nurse Practitioner Amanda Buzard, FNP-C and Tia Phillips, DNP, FNP-C

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Identify the role and utilization of nurse practitioners within a trauma services department.

4:15 Evaluations/Adjournment


We reserve the right to substitute speakers and topics in case of emergency or cancellation. Information presented during this conference represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth. Presenters are responsible for obtaining all copyright permissions. No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity.

Please note that no paper copies of the syllabus will be available at the conference. It is encouraged that participants download the E-Syllabus available on this website prior to the day of the conference. Feel free to download to a personal electronic device or print.

Participants have two options for downloading the E-Syllabus.

  1. You may CLICK HERE for the entire E-Syllabus available at the time of publishing.
  2. You may access the AGENDA tab and download the presentations individually by clicking on the title of the desired presentation. The E-Syllabus introduction is available under the Welcome section.


CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the extent of their participation in the activity.

CoxHealth Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

7.25 contact hours

This activity has been submitted for review by the Missouri Board of Respiratory Care for 7.25 hours. Credit is pending.

CoxHealth Education Center (BOC AP#: P3362) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of (4.0)  Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program. According to the education levels described by the PDC, the following continuing education course is considered by be Advanced.

CoxHealth Prehospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of EMS. This activity has been approved for 7.25 contact hours.  The Training Center number is 07710C.

This program has been approved by the Arkansas Board of Physical Therapy for 7.25 contact hours and it is deemed equivalent by the Missouri Board of Healing Arts per 4 CSR 150-3.203-5A.

This program meets the criteria for category 2.3 (attending employer-provided, workplace continuing education) Professional Development Unit activities for NBCOT©  and, qualifies as 7.25  contact hours (equivalent to 1.0 NBCOT©    Professional Development Units).

This program has been approved by CoxHealth for 7.25 trauma contact hours with 3.0 being pediatric hours for CoxHealth employees.

This program has been deemed appropriate for chaplains to list 7.0 contact hours of continuing education credit.  Credit should be listed on the Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Summary of Continuing Education Hours Form in the area of “Workshops/Conferences/Seminars/Symposia.”

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through program attendance. Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program.

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.



Amanda Buzard, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

CoxHealth Trauma Services

Springfield, MO


Dr. Daniel Cardwell, MD

Physician and Surgeon

General Surgery (Trauma Clinic), Ferrell-Duncan Clinic

Springfield, MO


Patricia Casey, EMT-P

EMS Liason/STARS Coordinator

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

St. Louis, Missouri


Dr. Larry Chase, MD, UHM, FCCWS

Physician, Medical Director

CoxHealth Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center

Springfield, MO


Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery and Emergency Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine

Medical Director, Frank L. Mitchell, Jr. MD Trauma Center

Columbia, MO


Adam Edmonds, BSME, CPO

Certified Prosthetic and Orthotics Clinician

CoxHealth Center for Prosthetics & Orthotics

Springfield, MO


Denice Morrison, MSN, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Education Coordinator

North Kansas City Hospital

Kansas City, Missouri


Tia Phillips, DNP, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

CoxHealth Trauma Services

Springfield, MO


Dr. Robert Shaw, MD

Physician and Surgeon

The Center for Plastic Surgery, Ferrell Duncan Clinic

Springfield, MO



Heather Talbott, MSN, RN

Bryan Trauma Program and Practice Manager

Bryan Medical Center



Jami Blackwell, BS, RN, CEN

Trauma Program Manager

Trauma Services


Gail Carroll BSN, RN, CEN, SANE

ER Educator

Emergency Department


Glenn Geron, DO, MA

Springfield Inpatient Physicians

Medical Staff Education Program Medical Director


Ashley Larkin RNC-OB, BSN

Enterprise Educator/Nurse Planner

CoxHealth Education Center


Paul Luehrs, RRT, BSRT

Adult Critical Care Supervisor, Respiratory Therapy Departmetn

Respiratory Care Credit Consultant


Triesa Massey, MHA

Medical Staff Education Coordinator

Medical Staff Services


Rozlyn McTeer, BSN, RN, CEN

Pediatric Trauma Coordinator

Trauma Services, CoxHealth


Laura Murney, MEd, BS RT(R)

Assistant Administrative Director

Radiology Credit Consultant

Radiology Services


Jason Pyrah, MS, ATC, LTC

Sports Medicine Manager, Outpatient Rehab and Sports Medicine

Athletic Trainer Credit Consultant


Kristi Vandeloecht, PTA, GC CDR, MS

Clinical Therapy Educator, Meyer Orthopedic and Rehab Hospital

Rehab Credit Consultant


Debbie West, BS, EMT-P

EMS Educator/PI/EMS Credit Consultant

Pre-Hospital Services


Timothy Woods, MD, FACS

Medical Director Trauma Services

Physician Planner


The following planning committee members for this activity have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medicatl device companies: Jami Blackwell, Gail Caroll, Glenn Geron, Ashley Larkin, Paul Luehrs, Triesa Massey, Rozlyn McTeer, Laura Murney, Jason Pyrah, Kristi Vandeloecht, and Debbie West. Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities.

Planning Committee member Timothy Woods, MD, FACS has indicated that he DOES have a significant financial interest or affiliation with Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by way of Speaker’s Bureau. There was no conflict identified that would exclude him from the planning process.

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Early Registration Fee will end May 8, 2017. From May 9, 2017 to May 11, 2017; a late fee of $15 will be charged in addition to the registration fee.

Cancellations received in writing to by May 8, 2017 will be entitled to a full refund. After this time, a $25 processing fee will be withheld. No refunds will be made the day of the conference. No shows will be charged the full conference fee.

In the event the Education Center cancels or reschedules a course, participants are entitled to a full refund or the participant may transfer registration to the next scheduled activity.

CoxHealth is not responsible for travel, hotel, booking fees, or other cancellation fees for registrants when an activity is cancelled.

All refunds must be received in writing via email or by calling the Education Center.

The entire Refund and Cancellation Policy can be viewed at under the Continuing Education and Life Support tab.

Special rates are available for CoxHealth conference participants at the hotels listed. Ask for the Cox Health Systems’ negotiated rate. Rooms subject to availability and guests are responsible for reserving and paying for their own rooms. For more information call the hotel directly.

University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
333 John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO 65806

Residence Inn
1303 East Kingsley Street
Springfield, MO 65804

Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center
2546 North Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65803

Vendors opportunities are by invitation only. Please contact Ashley Larkin at 417-269-7134 for more information.

Evangel University

1111 N. Glenstone

Springfield, MO 65802


Enter the university campus from Park Drive, as indicated on the map below.

Participants may park in designated Lots E and F, which are located adjacent to Crusader Hall (marked with a STAR on the map below).