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CCSP Emergency Procedures

Event date: 5/18/2019 - 5/19/2019 Export event

Event Location: CCSP Emergency Procedures

This 12.5-hour course will provide the Doctor of Chiropractic with current information concerning the evaluation and management of serious spinal and other physical injuries and acute illnesses requiring urgent intervention in the athletic setting.  The field of prehospital emergency medical care at an athletic event is continuing to evolve. The reality of life and death decisions can be encountered at a moment's notice in the sporting arena. Doctors of chiropractic who are interested in providing sports chiropractic services outside the typical clinical setting must develop a far more sophisticated approach outside the office setting to successfully manage serious injury and illness. The public expects the D.C. working an athletic event to work side by side with other health care professionals to help deliver professional prehospital emergency medical care. This course is designed to help the new doctor of chiropractic gain the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to be a competent, productive, and valuable member of the emergency medical services team at an athletic event.


The course emphasizes and utilizes a lecture format followed by hands-on-learnings that build upon the previous emergency procedure task to assist in developing both the didactic and psychomotor skills required to meet the standard of care in the management of emergent illness and injury in the sporting arena. The presentation is designed to assist the doctor of chiropractic to manage emergent trauma in a setting outside the office.

InstructorTamara Lovelace, DC, DACBSP, ICCSP, CKTP
About the InstructorDr. Tamara Lovelace graduated summa cum laude as the valedictorian from Western States Chiropractic College (now the University of Western States) in 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, and in 2004 Dr. Lovelace completed an intensive 3 year residency program in radiology and diagnostic imaging. In 2011 she completed a program in advanced sports medicine that gives her the designation of Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP). This is the highest designation that a chiropractic physician can achieve in this field. She is the President of the New England Sports Medicine Council, as well as an active member of the American Chiropractic Association, the ACA Sports Council, the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, the Oregon Chiropractic Association, the Vermont Chiropractic Association, and the New Hampshire Chiropractic Association, and looks forward to increasing her involvement in the world of chiropractic sports medicine.
Subject BreakdownCourse Outline: Hour 1. Review the duties of a team physician related to the care of the seriously injured athlete. Define standards of care and the importance of building trauma related knowledges and skills before engaging in sporting situations where others are dependent upon the doctor’s knowledge and skillsets. An overview of the Emergency Management System (EMS) is provided including regulations policies, emergency action plans, communications, personal protection (biohazard skills) and trauma systems. An introduction to the basic and advanced equipment used in sporting arenas is discussed. 2. The development of knowledge and skills related to personal and patient safety in regard to approaching the initial management of seriously injured athletes/individuals. Primary assessment techniques and skills include scene assessment, personal safety, patient assessment, airway assessment, indications of breathing function, and cardiac function through the evaluation for the circulatory system. 3. Practical skills workshop on primary assessment skills that include the psychomotor training of checking airway, breathing and circulation. The cornerstones of progression and patient assessment are demonstrated by the presenter and each course participant working in small group settings. 4. Lecture on the assessment and management of airway or compromised respiratory function. The correct techniques for the management, assessment, and preservation of the ill or injured individual’s airway is discussed in detail. The principles of examination to recognize the absent of or inadequate ventilation and airway dysfunction is the focus of this hour. 5. Practical workshop for the clinicians to develop and demonstrate minimal competency centered on the psychomotor skills required to assess and maintain an airway is presented by the instructor and then demonstrated by the attendees in small group settings. Patient positioning and the selection and appropriate implementation of airway devices is the focus of this presentation. The learner will demonstrate how to maintain an airway, set up oxygen delivery devises (O2 tank, regulator, air delivery), oral and nasopharyngeal airway device selection and applications of proper placement. 6. Lecture on the next steps of the emergency management of an ill or injured individual after the airway, breathing and circulation are stabilized is presented. The purpose, process and care pathway for the implementation of the secondary survey is described. The recognition, examination and management strategies related to serious compromise include hemorrhage, shock, fracture, dislocation, and other serious presentations are discussed. The concept of serial examination is emphasized. recognition and care interventions. 7. A practical workshop is presented for the clinicians to observe and then perform the necessary procedures and psychomotor skills to further develop and demonstrate minimal competencies centered on performing a successful secondary assessment of a seriously injured or ill individual without a spinal injury is the focus of this section of the presentation. Learners will demonstrate the processes of identifying a general assessment of the patient’s status regarding mental status, physical finding and stability of their health. Special emphasis is provided in regard to managing hemorrhage, fracture and dislocation is offered. 8. Lecture on the next steps of the emergency management of the individual with a potential or confirmed spinal trauma after the airway, breathing and circulation are stabilized is presented. The goal in assessing neck injuries is to detect spinal cord injury and the potential for such injury resulting from instability of the cervical spine. The purpose, processes (techniques) and care pathways for the preservation of central nervous system function is described.
Total Credits12.00
FormatIn person - Live
  • PACE Provider: DConline
  • Course ID: 6798


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