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Inaugural North Country Pediatric Emergency Care Conference 2023

Saturday June 10, 2023

8am - 5pm

ALS and BLS Core Content Available 

Classes are In Person at St. Lawrence University - Eben Holden 

Registration Cost is $35 per person due in person when arriving at the conference or by mailing a check.

Please make checks payable to Gouverneur Rescue Squad and mail to:  Karin Blackburn, PO Box 271, Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680

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Presenters and Class List

Preparing for Peds: Building a Mindset that Fosters Technical and Cognitive Readiness

Critical pediatric patients are high-stakes, low-frequency situations that most providers dread. Discomfort in these moments leads to stress and stress negatively impacts performance. There are, however, science-based practices to properly prepare and minimize fear and anxiety. This class will discuss how to develop a sharpened mindset ready for the critical pediatric situation. We will describe a year-long, integrated plan to shift pediatrics out of the world of the unusual and into a spaced repetition of routine training. We will discuss impactful learning strategies and use real-world, best practice training examples to guide your preparation. This class is open to all levels.

9:00am - 9:50am, Eben Main

BLS / ALS, Additional

Dan Batsie, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Response & Injury Prevention, Emergency Medical Services, Vermont Department of Health

Dan Batsie is the Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety. He has been a Paramedic in New York, Maine and now Vermont for more than 30 years. Over his career Dan has worked hard to elevate the profession of prehospital medicine and demonstrated a particular passion for high quality EMS education. Dan has directed two accredited paramedic programs, authored two EMS textbooks, and lectured both nationally and internationally on current EMS topics. In addition to his work at the state level, Dan is active in numerous national EMS projects and committees.

Safe Transport of Newly Born Patients in Ambulances:

EMS providers face a daunting variety of conditions on emergency responses, a notable example is imminent childbirth and how to transport a patient and their infant immediately after childbirth. During this course providers will learn about the EMS for Children mission and associated programs related to the safe transport of neonatal or newly born patients in ambulances in New York State, discuss specific New York State EMS collaborative protocols related to appropriate restraint of pediatric patients during transport, and take away key actions they can use to provide safer transport for newborn and pediatric patients.

10:00am - 10:50am, Eben Main

BLS / ALS, Safe Transport of the Pediatric Patient

Amy Eisenhauer EMS for Children Program Manager/ EMS Liaison for Coverdell Stroke Program

Health Research, Inc/ NYS Department of Health, Bureau of EMS & Trauma Systems Albany, NY

Amy brings more than 25 years of EMS experience to the New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems having served in multiple operational, supervisory, managerial, and executive roles in a variety of clinical and educational settings within EMS. She currently serves as the EMS for Children Program Manager for the New York State EMSC Partnership and as the EMS Liaison to the Coverdell Stroke Program. Amy has authored articles in several EMS trade journals and contributed to first responder texts on mental health and wellness for EMS providers. She is a nationally recognized speaker and has made presentations at various EMS and public safety conferences.

Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Opportunities for Improvement

Pediatric out-of-hospital-cardiac arrests (POHCAs) are low-frequency, high stakes events. In this presentation, we will review data, common etiologies, and frequent errors made in managing these cases. We will also review the best practices for EMS management of POHCAs.

11:00-11:50 A.M, Eben Main

BLS / ALS, Shock and Resuscitation

Susan Burnett  MS, EMT-P

Susie Burnett is the New York State Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) program coordinator, a researcher for UBMD Department of Emergency Medicine, a paramedic and EMS educator in the Syracuse area, and a doctoral candidate at the University at Albany. Her work and research areas of interest include out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, social determinants of health, harm reduction, trauma, EMS professionals’ work/life interrelationships, and stress management. She is also involved in research, education, and implementation of layperson responses to medical and traumatic emergencies.

Small Chests, Big Problems: Managing Pediatric Thoracic Trauma:

This lecture on pediatric thoracic trauma will provide information on how to recognize and manage chest injuries in children in the field. Attendees will learn about the unique challenges involved in assessing and treating pediatric thoracic trauma, including the differences in anatomy, physiology, and development between children and adults. The lecture will cover the different types of chest trauma that can occur in children, including blunt and penetrating injuries, and the appropriate assessment techniques to determine the severity of the injury. Additionally, attendees will learn about the critical interventions that can be provided in the field, such as oxygen therapy, pain management, cardiovascular support, and airway management, to stabilize the patient before and during transport. Overall, attendees will leave with the knowledge necessary to manage pediatric chest trauma in the field and provide the best possible care to young patients in these emergency situations.

1:00pm - 1:50pm Eben Main

BLS / ALS, Trauma

Kim Wallenstein MD PhD FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Pediaric Trauma Medical Director, SUNY Upsate Medical University, Syracuse NY

Kim Wallenstein MD, PhD, FACS has served as the Pediatric Trauma Medical Director at Upstate University Hospital’s ACS Verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center since 2016. Dr. Wallenstein completed her pediatric surgical residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia in 2010. She holds board certification from the American Board of Surgery in both general and pediatric surgery. She is an instructor and course director in Advanced Trauma Life Support and the Rural Trauma Team Development Course. Dr. Wallenstein holds trauma leadership positions locally, regionally and nationally. She is the co-chair of the Pediatric Sub-Committee of the New York State Trauma Advisory Committee and the Central New York Regional Trauma Advisory Committee. She is the immediate past chair of the Education Committee of the Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS), and is currently on the Education and Publications Committees of PTS. She serves on the Pediatric Committee of the Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA), and the Trauma and Program Committees of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA).

Teetering on the Edge: Pediatric Shock and Sepsis:

Children have a unique ability to compensate and maintain physiologic stability with significant illness—until they “fall off the cliff.” This talk will explore the prehospital provider’s role in identifying and managing shock in pediatric patients. Core principles of hemodynamics will be discussed and applied to different shock states. Special attention will be given to pediatric sepsis with an emphasis on current guidelines.

2:00pm - 2:50pm Eben North, CME Category Shock and Sepsis

ALS, Shock and Sepsis

Kara LaBarge MD, MHPE Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Board-eligible in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. LaBarge is an attending physician at Rochester General Hospital who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine. She graduated from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in 2017. She completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 2020. Afterward, she pursued fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Rochester while also earning a Master of Health Professions Education degree from the Warner School of Education. She has been teaching pediatric content to prehospital providers over the past five years. She is especially passionate about prehospital precipitous deliveries and neonatal resuscitation.

Trauma Informed Care in Emergency Medicine:

Trauma Informed Care - Not exactly what you think. It’s not just a car accident or a fall from a ladder, it’s not just a physical injury. This lecture will give you a history of trauma and an understanding of it from the standpoint of the “experiences of life” and the impact it has on the population. The direct result of these traumas may end up in the back of your ambulance and you may be treating pediatric patients who are suffering from those “experiences of life”. When there seems to be no clear cut explanation of what you are assessing, this lecture will at least allow you to assess the situation through a new lens. (Warning: if you have suffered from trauma this may not be a lecture for you, it could trigger your experiences.)

2:00pm - 2:50pm Eben South

BLS, Trauma

James Blackburn M.Ed, Teacher, AEMT

James Blackburn has been a public school teacher for 20 years at Indian River Middle School, where he serves as a member of the Emergency Response Team and a team member who helped create a Trauma Informed Curriculum. He has been an EMT for 12 years, and is a member of the Rensselaer Falls Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. He is also the Second Assistant Chief and Training Officer for Rensselaer Falls Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. James is currently working on becoming a New York State CIC and has become a Nationally Certified Fire and Emergency Services Instructor I. James’s passion for education has made him a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing his knowledge with everyone.

Accidental and Non-Accidental Burns in the Pediatric Population


Understand the determinants of pediatric burns in non-accidental trauma, the severity and clinically distinguish thermal, chemical, radiant and electrical burns.

Contrast characteristics of intentional and unintentional burn injuries in children and common co-existing injuries in intentional burns. Recall the indications for hospitalization in children with burns and appropriate medical management of minor burns

3:00pm - 3:50pm Eben North

ALS, Additional, Burns

Heather Ross MD, Board Certified in Pediatrics, PGY-6 Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow at Upstate Medical University

Dr Ross is originally from Upstate, NY. She is passionate about advocacy and practicing the bio-psycho-social model of medicine to better understand and treat children and their families. She completed her pediatric residency at Upstate Medical University and is currently in her last year of fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Ross loves working with students and residents and being part of a multidisciplinary team to create a safer place for children. Dr. Ross is interested in spreading awareness of pediatric burn injuries to increase the recognition of burns related to child maltreatment and target prevention strategies.

The Role of EMS in Identifying Child Abuse:

We will be discussing EMS roles and responsibilities for reporting suspected child abuse. We will discuss how to recognize signs and symptoms of child abuse and how your pre-hospital assessment can optimize a positive outcome in a suspected child abuse case.

3:00pm - 3:50pm Eben South

BLS, Additional, Child Abuse

Tonya Blackburn R.N., LNC, TNCC, WTA

I have been a registered nurse for 19 years. Some of the experience I have is:

Emergency Medicine


Home Care


Legal Nurse Consultant


I am currently working on building my own business of Legal Nurse Consulting. My passion has always been in critical care. I have a passion for teaching and lending my skills and knowledge to help others to advance in their skills and experiences. I firmly believe that the care that is delivered in the pre-hospital setting will only increase the chances of a positive outcome for our pediatric population with medical emergencies.

One Pill Can Kill: Toxicological Considerations of the Little Ones

This presentation discusses the special considerations of toxicity in young children and overviews the management options of xenobiotics that can be fatal with the ingestion of even a single pill.

4:00pm - 4:50pm Eben North

ALS, Toxicology

Ahmed Alsakha MBBS, FRCPC, FAAEM, FACEP. Medical Toxicology fellow – Upstate medical University, Syracuse, NY

I am a medical toxicology and emergency physician at Upstate Medical University. Previously, I worked as an emergency physician at Cornwall Community Hospital, Cornwall, ON, Canada

Caring for the Critically Ill Child: Fundamentals of the ER and EMS Management

This talk will cover the fundamentals of management in the emergency department prior to transfer of the pediatric critical care patient

4:00pm - 4:50pm Eben South

BLS, Additional, Critical Care of the Pediatric Patient

Angela Wratney MD MHSc FAAP CHSE 

Chief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Director, Pediatric Transport

Director, Pediatric Respiratory Care

Director, Interprofessional Education Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

SUNY Upstate Medical University

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