The 2016 STEP Conference was a major success with almost unanimous approval of the new conference site at the Hilton Garden Inn at Collegetown in Rochester, NY. Over 150 attendees and another 50+ participants including STEP Board members, conference faculty and vendors, enjoyed excellent food and stimulating presentations during the 2 ½ day event.
The plenary sessions started with a very informative presentation on evidence preservation by Assistant District Attorney William Gargan and Deputy Sheriff Andrew McNeill from Monroe County. At the second plenary on Friday, Dr Keith Grams from Rochester Regional Health/Rochester General Hospital discussed the types of trauma that can be seen at non-trauma centers, and what factors would help to determine whether a trauma victim needed a trauma center. Saturday morning’s presentations started with discussion by Dr Jeremy Cushman, Monroe-Livingston Medical Director and Dr Mark Gestring from Strong Memorial’s Trauma Center, of an innovative new procedure for effective patient hand-off, which was developed for trauma center triage and notification, but which will soon be used for all patients brought into local hospitals by EMS. The final plenary session on Saturday was a fast-paced, stimulating presentation on Gang Violence by Rochester Police Officer Moses Robinson.
Workshops covered a variety of topics including case studies on pediatric abuse and rural trauma case studies to presentations on agitated delirium and alcohol withdrawal to sessions on 911’s role in MCIs, challenges in extrication, and on wildland search and rescue, among the 17 possible workshop choices. There were also interactive sessions including a tour of Strong Memorial’s stroke center, a hands-on session on scene safety, and even a chance to learn anatomy through the use of ultrasound.
Plans are now underway for the 2017 STEP Conference which will be held March 31st and April 1st with preconference offerings on March 30th.
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