Webinar Calendar (Click the hyperlink to reserve your space and register) Webinars are usually the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 1PM EST unless otherwise stated.  Hyperlinks on past dates link to the archived recording.

March 29: Krista Haugen and Daniel Patterson – EMS Personnel Fatigue and the Impact on Patient Outcomes and How to Avoid It

EMS Providers jobs are inherently stressful. As Medical Transport Professionals and First Responders we encounter routine patients but also patients with significant illness or injury who we may not be able to save. These encounters are memorable and may adversely impact clinician health and wellbeing. In addition, we now have COVID-19 to deal with and the unknown of transporting patients who might or might not be contagious. As emergency clinicians, we often fail to ask for help when needed. Chronic stress, acute stress with recent transports, fatigue and other factors can add to the challenge of taking care of ourselves and may even have an impact on patient care. How do we proactively deal with Fatigue, Stress, PTSD and avoid becoming despondent and ‘Take Care Of Our Own’ so we can provide the care to patients who need us? This Webinar will give you perspective on addressing fatigue, sleep, and other factors that may impact your wellbeing during this extraordinary time in history. On behalf of the MedEvac Foundation we hope you attend, invite others to join us – both in and outside our industry and find this useful.

April 14: Laurie LeGrand and Sharon Purdom – “Cultivating Resilience During Prolonged Crisis

A presentation and conversation around expanding wellness and practicing self-care in order to prevent and/or mitigate PTSD during a prolonged crisis. We want to provide a self-care tool kit for you, your family and your transport team. We can make it through this crisis staying both physically and mentally well with the practice of resilience – which is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to change or a perceived or actual threat – with a psychological or physical response. With Covid-19, we’re seeing an increase in burnout, fatigue, PTSD and even suicide brought on by isolation, fear, and the unknown. Front-line healthcare providers are dealing with a multitude of new stress triggers – huge volumes of isolated critically ill and dying patients, limited resources, lack of PPE and the resulting fear of infecting our own loved ones, misinformation at the highest levels, symptoms and treatments changing daily, 24/7 news cycle, in addition to so many changes in our own home and work lifestyles – all of it is unprecedented and we need to practice self-preservation in order to survive. Resiliency Tool Kit Components: Natural anti-depressants, Mindfulness tools, Neural plasticity and Cultivating optimism.

July 30: Michael Lauria – “How to Attain / Maintain Top EMS Performance In ‘The Zone’”

Performing effectively during the resuscitation of a critically ill or injured patient requires more than simply remembering pieces of information and completing individual skills. These situations can be very complicated and require exceptional teamwork, effective communication, and a host of other non-technical skills that fall under the guise of human factors. Many other groups, such as professional athletes, business executives, and elite military special operations teams, have developed comprehensive psychological skills and techniques that allow them to remain calm, think clearly, and stay focused in very challenging situations. This lecture draws from the fields of psychology, cognitive science, and human factors to present novel ideas on how to optimize performance in the stressful and dynamic environment of critical care transport.

Aug 6: Rhonda Kelly – “Survive, Thrive and Matter in 2020: The ResponderStrong Tool

2020 has been referred to as the year where each month one-upped the one before it. And it’s only July…This year has been one massive stress test. More than ever before, we are faced with novel challenges in our lives as responders and as humans. The good news: how we respond to those challenges determines how we are impacted. The better news: there’s a free tool to help responders and their families respond well, not only surviving but thriving. Tune in and check out: www.ResponderStrong.org

Aug 19: David Olvera – “Ignoring the ‘What ifs…Post Mission’

This presentation will look at the question “what if” when caring for a patient. We have all been through situations where, after the fact, we thought: “what if something I did could have provided a positive outcome to the situation?” This reverberation of thoughts can be held inside of us for a long time and can build up until it explodes. Since these reprocessing of thoughts can prove to be dangerous to our health and well-being; we need to know when our actions should be deemed those of a provider and when those actions should be those of a caregiver. To attain this balance, we need to utilize coping acronyms and strategies to attain the best medical practices while preventing compassion fatigue and this presentation will offer these insights.

Sept 10: Luke Ballmer and Laurie LeGrand – “Warrior and Heroine / Hero Mentality”

Are you a hero/heroine?  Does the public view us this way?  Do we need to live up to that moniker?  What if we don’t?  Being labeled as a hero/heroine – regardless of who applies it – can sometimes weigh heavily on those of us who are called to be first responders.  What happens when a call goes bad and we are no longer the hero?  Self-care and wellness at home are important steps to take for all EMS first responders.  Physical, emotional, and spiritual care outside of work are equally important.  Compassion Fatigue can also take a toll on Medical Transport professionals and this presentation will address those topics and more to improve the lives of our emergency medical services / medical transport / first responders.

Sept 24 @1PM EST: Jason Starke / Daniel Mollicone – “Fatigue Risk Management in Stressful Environments

Fatigue impacts pilots, drivers, and clinical crew whose mission-critical activities ensure patients are served safely. Fatigue risk management is a shared responsibility between the medical transport organization and individual crew members. It is the responsibility of the organization to structure duty schedules with adequate rest opportunities and a fatigue risk management policy. However, stressors such as the current COVID crisis may contribute to anxiety over uncertainty which also adds to fatigue. In times like these, organizations also need to provide the leadership and messaging to guide employees through ambiguity in an effort to reduce anxiety and stress. This presentation will present a comprehensive approach to fatigue risk management that shows how objective data collection can help track human factor sources of fatigue risk that may be amplified in the context of the COVID crisis. This presentation will also describe an approach to leadership and communication to help reduce anxiety and stress in employees during uncertain times.

Oct 8 @1PM EST: Sherri Dean and Dave Motzkin – “How to Set Up Peer-to-Peer Support Teams

Our country has not seen a healthcare crisis such as this with all first responders impacted day in and day out. Like the rest of Americans they are inundated with information, opinions and recommendations every waking moment. There is little opportunity to disconnect and manage stress which leads to emotional fatigue for providers. When this occurs it is important to have a process in place with trained personnel to reach out, connect and provide support at the peer level. This time will be spent discussing the value of our Peer Support Team to our company as a whole. The development, evolution, data, culture, lessons learned and investment will be shared by David Motzkin, President and Sherri Dean, Director of Ambulance Operations for PHI Health.

Oct 22 @1PM EST: Shannon Sovndal, MD – “Power of Positive in a Fragile World

It’s not like it is on TV – watching someone die.  Grey’s Anatomy makes it all seem so cool and dramatic.  Music playing in the background, pained facial expressions on good-looking actors.  But when a patient dies – when my patient dies – it isn’t such great drama.  It bites away a piece of my soul like a service charge for the job. Like so many of us, I started in medicine ready to be a hero.  I just had no idea the cost.  For a while I thought it was too much, like a black hole pulling me relentlessly to oblivion.  Sometimes you can’t escape.  It draws you in – too far if you let it.  But, if you can manage it, the event horizon opens everything.  Right there on the cusp:  devastation or exhilaration.  You need to tiptoe on the edge of despair to know life.  The fear and loss opens up joy and amazement.  It’s like one leads to the other.  Let me rephrase that:  one allows the other. Please join me in discussing the Power of Positive in a Fragile World.  This webinar presentation and conversation is Based on his Amazon bestselling book  Fragile:  Beauty in Chaos, Grace in Tragedy and the Hope That Lives in Between

Nov 5 @1PM EST: Debi Hastilow and Tom Allenstein – “Sometimes You Just Need to PAWS: Benefits of Therapy Animals / Comfort Animals / Service Animals – and the Differences Between Them

Crew mental health is vital to maintain a healthy and productive team. Stress has a way of silently oozing into our psyche, eroding at the way we deal with each other, our family, our patients and the way we see ourselves. During this 60 minute pod cast, we would like to share how our journey in developing a peer driven program that provides compassion for our crews started with a black and white Golden Doodle named Ollie. Our PAWS program (Peer Assisted Wellness Support) is comprised of a therapy dog and a group of volunteer crew members that bolsters spirits and encourages crew members when and where the going gets tough. Learn the differences in working, service and therapy dogs plus get inspiration and information to start your own PAWS program.

Dec 17 @1PM EST: Joe Tye – “Everyday Courage for Extraordinary Times

In this webinar Joe will share practical personal skills for coping with stress, anxiety and uncertainty and for emerging stronger from a time of adversity. Attendees will: 1. Learn some of the ways that we become our own worst enemies and how to prevent that from happening. 2. Learn a strategy for transforming negative self-talk into positive affirmation. 3. Learn a strategy for turning a goal into a memory of the future. 

 


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An on-going series of presentations and conversations with experts around expanding wellness and practicing self-care  in order to prevent or mitigate depression, burn-out or PTSD and foster resiliency.

Brought to the community by MedEvac Foundation International in partnership with the Association of Air Medical Services  as part of our signature program Taking Care of Our Own in collaboration with Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association
International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics AND Association of Professional Flight Chaplains
Air Medical Physician Association
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
International Association of Medical Transport Communication Specialists
Kansas City Mercy Children’s Hospital
National EMS Pilots Association
Survivors Network