Southwest Regional Trauma Conference

Jo Gellerman
Aug. 14, 2001


Trauma remains the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability in young Americans. Advancements in trauma systems, treatment protocols, technology and training have made an impact on this challenging problem, but injury still remains the greatest silent epidemic of modern society.

Hundreds of professionals are gathered for the 12th Annual Southwest Regional Trauma Conference in Tucson together to help combat this major problem. The University of Arizona department of surgery, section of trauma, and the Southern Arizona Trauma Network (SATNET) organized this annual event, in cooperation with University Medical Center and Tucson Medical Center. Conference highlights include:
Thurs., Aug. 16:
9:45 - 10:35 a.m. "Trauma Tricks of the Trade." Thom Dick, EMT-P, demonstrates some "tricks" associated with unique uses of equipment and everyday materials to solve prehospital challenges.

9:45 - 10:35 a.m. and 11 - 11:50 a.m. "Ultra-Violence: The Columbine Shootings." Wayne Zygowicz, EMT-P, EMS Division Chief, Littleton (Colo.) Fire Department, shares first-hand experience and valuable lessons learned as a result of this incident.

Fri., Aug. 17:
8:45 - 9:35 a.m. Keynote Address: "Envenomation: A Witches Brew of Venomous Creatures." What do black widow spiders, centipedes, gila monsters, rattlesnakes, "killer" bees, kissing bugs, puss moth caterpillars and blister beetles have in common? Leslie Boyer, MD, medical director of the Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center, will discuss what antivenom-specific substances are needed to combat these creatures.

1 - 2:15 p.m. "Trauma Lessons from Flight 232." Captain Al Haynes of United Flight 232 talks about that terrifying experience when the aircraft crashed but approximately 200 passengers and crew members survived due to lessons that all emergency professionals need to know.

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