In 2017, there were 42 heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles, a 63-percent increase from 2015.
It only takes 10 minutes for a car to become deadly.

Source:  U.S. Department of Transportation, July 30, 2018.  NHTSA’s national center for statistics and analysis.

According to the American Heart Association. “An estimated 85.6 million people in the US are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure & chest pain, resulting in about 610,000 Americans dying of heart disease every year-that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

Source: – Heart Disease Facts

American Heart Association – 2015 Heart Disease & Stroke Update compiled by AHA, CDC, NIH & other government sources

This conference is designed to enhance the multi-disciplinary team approach and continuing professional development to effectively manage the trauma patient from impact to recovery.  It is the goal of the multi-disciplinary team to provide the best care in order to facilitate the best possible recovery and patient outcomes.  The following professionals will benefit from this educational activity:  nurses, pre-hospital, hospital chaplains, respiratory therapists and all other professionals working with the critical care and pre-hospital patient.
7:00 – 7:20 am Registration/Continental Breakfast/Vendor Exhibits
7:20 – 7:30 Welcome/Overview of the Day

Mark Ross, MD, Physician Moderator

7:30 – 8:30 Ketamine: Friend or Foe?

Kristopher L. Thompson, BSN, RN, EMT-P

·         Form a working knowledge of the history and pharmacological properties of ketamine.

·         Discern contraindications and side effects of ketamine, and act to prevent or mitigate side effects

8:30 – 9:30 Hot Car Deaths

    Ken Bouvier, NREMT

·     Explain how temperatures rise in a closed vehicle on a hot day.

·     Evaluate heatstroke, especially in kids!

·     Lay out how to prevent leaving kids in the backseat.

·     Formulate the treatment for Heatstroke.

9:30 – 9:50 Break/Vendor Exhibits
9:50 – 10:50 Special Topics in Cardiac Arrest

    Kristopher L. Thompson, BSN, RN, EMT-P

·         Identify what patients with overdose or toxin-induced arrest may respond to what pharmacological therapies including lipids, high dose insulin, and medication-specific antidotes.

·         Implement intra-arrest thrombolytic therapy in appropriate patient populations

10:50 -11:50 School Shootings – “Ready or Not”?

   Ken Bouvier, NREMT

·         Investigate scene safety and tasks on arrival.

·         Evaluate children fears and behaviors during school shootings

·         List and identify emergency room challenges and dealing with concerned

parents and families.

·         Outline basic & advance life support for gunshot wounds

11:50 – 12:40 Lunch (provided on site)
12:40 – 1:40 “Trauma-associated Coagulopathy”

Timothy Pohlman, MD, FACS

·         Diagnose coagulopathy in the bleeding trauma patient

·         Select appropriate therapy to reverse trauma-associated coagulopathy

1:40 – 2:40  Snake and Spider Bites

   Theresa Matoushek, PharmD, CSPI

·         Identify the clinical presentation of pit viper envenomation and describe the

appropriate use of antivenin.

·         List the most common venomous spider bites, describe associated

symptoms, and identify the appropriate treatment

2:40 – 3:00 Break/Vendor Exhibits
3:00 – 4:00  Hemorrhagic Shock: Diagnosis and Management

  Timothy Pohlman, MD, FACS         

·      Define hemorrhagic shock fundamentally as inadequate oxygen delivery to tissue

·      Detect the presence of life-threatening blood loss before the physiologic decompensation occurs

4:00 – 5:00 The Seatbelt Saved My Life

Tim Woods, MD, FACS

·       Describe seatbelt injury patterns and discuss the injuries that can result from safety devices

5:00 – 5:30  Questions/Answers/Evaluations/Statements of Credit/Adjourn  
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. 


In an effort to be environmentally friendly and reduce participant fees, no handouts or printed presentation notes will be provided at the conference. Rather, presentations can be obtained here to download to a personal electronic device or print off for your personal use.

Please click on the link to open up the printable presentations.

0730-0830 Ketamine: Friend or Foe? Kristopher L. Thompson, BSN, RN, EMT-P


0830-0930 Hot Car Deaths Ken Bouvier, NREMT


0950-1050 Special Topics in Cardiac Arrest Kristopher L. Thompson, BSN, RN, EMT-P


1050-1150 School Shootings – “Ready or Not” Ken Bouvier, NREMT


1240-1340 Trauma-associated Coagulopathy  Timothy Pohlman, MD, FACS


1340-1440  Snake and Spider Bites Theresa Matoushek, PharmD, CSPI


1500-1600 Hemorrhagic Shock: Diagnosis and Management Timothy Pohlman, MD, FACS


1600-1700 The Seatbelt Saved My Life Tim Woods, MD, FACS



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.
8.5 Contact Hours
This program is approved for 8.0 credit contact hours for Continuing Respiratory Care Education with Missouri Board for Respiratory Care.
CoxHealth – Prehospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of EMS.  This activity is approved for 8.0 contact hours.  The Training Center number is 07710C.
This program has been deemed appropriate for chaplains to list 8.0 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.”
This program is approved for 6 credit Cox Trauma hours.  (Hot Car Deaths, School Shootings, Snake and Spider Bites, The Seatbelt Saved my Life, Trauma Associated Coagulopathy, Hemorrhagic Shock: Diagnosis & Management).
4.0 hours are Pediatric Trauma.


This program is approved for 1.0 credit CoxHealth STEMI hours (Special Topics in Cardiac Arrest).
For questions regarding educational credit please contact Lisa Boyer at 417-269-4124, lisa.boyer@coxhealth .
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.
To receive CNE credit for the conference attendees must:
  • Be registered as a participant & signed in at registration
  • Be seated in the room no later than 10 minutes after the session has started and remain in the sessions
     until the scheduled ending time.
  • Complete and submit the online survey
  • The last step of the survey will allow you to download and print the CNE certificate
Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have special needs addressed by this act, please notify us at least two weeks before this offering so that reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.
Note: Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.

Ken Bouvier, NREMT

Deputy Chief of Operations

New Orleans EMS

New Orleans, Louisiana


Theresa Matoushek, PharmD, CSPI


Missouri Poison Center

St Louis, MO


Timothy Pohlman, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery

Indiana University Health

Indianapolis, Indiana


Kristopher L. Thompson, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Prehospital Educator, Flight Nurse/Paramedic

University of Missouri Health Care

Columbia, MO


Timothy Woods, MD,  FACS

Trauma Services Medical Director

General Surgery & CoxHealth Trauma Services

Springfiled, MO

All speakers with the exception of Timothy Woods for this activity have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies. Speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities. No conflicts were noted that would exclude the speakers from this activity.

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 related to this educational activity that would exclude him from the planning process.


Brenda Bennett, RN

Flight Nurse

Cox Air Care


Jami Blackwell, RN, TCRN, CEN, BSN, BS

Trauma Program Manager

CoxHealth Trauma Services


Lisa Boyer, RN, BSN, CBE

Enterprise Educator/Conference Coordinator

Pre-Hospital Services


Susan Crum, RN, BSN, CCRN

Program Director

Cox Air Care



Shelly Elsey, RN, EMT-P, CEN

Flight Nurse

Cox Air Care


Carlye Lamphere, RN, CEN

Flight Nurse

Cox Air Care


Jim Lawrence, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, CFRN

Flight Nurse

Cox Air Care


Mark Ross, MD

Medical Director/Conference Moderator

Cox Air Care


Jeffrey Wischmeyer, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C, C-NPT

Flight Paramedic

Cox Air Care


Debbie West, BS, EMT-P

EMS Educator/PI/EMS Credit Consultant

Education Center CoxHealth

Planning committee members with the exception of Lisa Boyer, for this activity have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies. Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities. No conflicts were noted that would exclude the speakers or the planning committee members from this activity.

Planning committee member, Lisa Boyer has indicated she does have a conflict of interest in stock holdings.  She has indicated that she DOES NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA.  Ms. Boyer also indicated she would give a balanced view of therapeutic options, and will use generic name to contribute to impartiality during the planning process.  Her conflict was reviewed and there was no conflict identified that would exclude her from the planning process.

Special rates are available for CoxHealth conference participants at the following hotels.   Ask for the Cox Air Care Conference or CoxHealth negotiated rate.
University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
333 John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO  65806
Oasis Hotel and Convention Center
2546 N. Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65803
888-532-4338 (toll free)
Cancellations received in writing to prior to March 1, 2019 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.