ITLS Update

ITLS Update

POSTED IN: Fall 2016,

Bob Page, M.Ed, NRP, CCP, NCEE
Missouri ITLS Coordinator

Well it is the fall and conferences are in full swing. I can’t think of a better place to go than San Antonio, Texas. The smell of BBQ and of course, Mexican food fills the air on mild days and cool evenings on the World Famous Riverwalk. Not to mention some top tier speakers presenting cutting edge trauma care topics.


This would be a great opportunity for you to connect with ITLS International organization first person, and to network with providers from across the world and pick up some valuable CME as well.

Below is information on the conference. It is not too late to register.


For trauma education, networking, and fun on the San Antonio River Walk, join ITLS at the 2016 International Trauma Conference on October 26-29 at the Wyndham San Antonio River Walk.

The conference provides up to 29.5 continuing education hours (up to 13.5 for 2-day conference and up to 16 hours for preconference programs) for physicians, PAs, nurses, paramedics and other EMS personnel.

To register or view the full conference brochure, visit

The educational program features keynote speakers:

  • Edward Racht, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Medical Response, highlighting new tools and practical approaches to manage patients in a changing EMS environment.
  • Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, FACEP, MCCM, MACP, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, analyzing new strategies for why and how we need to practice both evidence- based and experience-based medicine.
  • Pepe will also evaluate the use of prehospital endotracheal intubation (PHETI) and when its use is appropriate to ensure best patient care.
  • Scott Bolleter, BS, EMT-P, Chair of Centre for Emergency Health Sciences in Spring Branch, Texas, demonstrating the reality of medical misadventure and crew resource mismanagement in this powerful session that focuses on provider responsibility.

Other hot topics on the 2016 agenda include damage control resuscitation, pediatric penetrating trauma, vascular access in disaster response, acute spinal cord injury, hypothermia assessment, and more.

Preconference Programs: Join ITLS before the conference for preconference courses and workshops:

  • ITLS Pediatric Provider Course on October 26
  • ITLS Military Provider Course on October 26-27
  • Tele ex Prehospital and Emergency Care Procedural Cadaver Lab on October 27 (morning or afternoon session available): The Procedural Cadaver Lab, presented by Tele ex, provides a unique opportunity for anatomical exploration as it relates to critical care and lifesaving emergency procedures. Hands-on practice on cadavers fosters a deeper appreciation of human anatomy and the impact of the disease process. Participants will practice basic airway management, direct and video laryngoscope intubation, intraosseous access, and other emergency procedures. Expert faculty will help participants analyze risks and recognize the potential for complications when these procedures are performed in suboptimal conditions. Cost is only $49! Space is limited.

Conference Social Event: Saturday Night Rodeo Grab your cowboy boots and get ready for a night of fun! The International Trauma is finishing with an authentic San Antonio experience: the Saturday Night Rodeo. Join your colleagues at the rodeo for a BBQ dinner, cash bar, full-speed rodeo events, and live music and dancing.

Tickets cost $55 for adults and $35 for children. Ticket includes dinner, entrance ticket to the rodeo, and transportation to and from the conference hotel. Ticket is NOT included with conference registration. All tickets must be purchased separately.

Find out more about conference sessions, speakers, special events and travel accommodations at

I hope to see you at the conference. If you are considering going, you can e-mail me with questions or visit the web site at If you do go also let me know so I can have you recognized by the ITLS Board of Directors.

ITLS in Missouri has over 20 courses approved and scheduled for the fall already and more are being added. Help is needed in the areas you practice spreading the word about this premier trauma course and the need for all trauma care providers to gain this knowledge base and skill set. ITLS is an ACEP conceived and endorsed course. Your strong endorsement locally helps us grow the program here in Missouri.