Emergency Staff, First Responders Learn Best Practices

By Lee Hogan

Staying abreast of the latest advancements in treating common conditions and identifying what needs to be done takes training and practice.

About 100 health care professionals, first responders, police officers and firefighters received updates and training exercises on best practices in emergency care June 1-2 at UAMS as part of the third annual ICARE Conference (Improving Critical and Acute Care through Regional Education).

Learning sessions included opioids, psychiatric emergencies, traumatic injuries and stroke.

Learning sessions included opioids, psychiatric emergencies, traumatic injuries and stroke.

The event is led by the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine and the UAMS Office of Continuing Education. The conference’s lectures, question-and-answer periods and interactive sessions help participants assess and treat traumatic injuries, and learn evidence-based diagnostic and treatment recommendations for common emergency situations.

Participants took part in sessions on opioids, psychiatric and pediatric emergencies, traumatic injuries, stroke and sepsis.

The conference was started in 2016 to address emergency medical care preparedness in Arkansas and appeal to different specialties and disciplines that require emergency response and care.

“We have rapid-fire teaching sessions, large group discussions and panel discussions,” said Rawle A. “Tony” Seupaul, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and ICARE course director. “This makes it a much more interactive experience for our participants.”