National Association of EMS Physicians

Webinar: Prehospital Ketamine Use for the Combative Patient

Friday, November 6, 2020
1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT

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Please join NAEMSP in a special education webinar to discuss the rapidly evolving national discussion on the use of ketamine for patients suffering from severe agitation. The panelists will discuss ongoing challenges and controversies with the prehospital use of ketamine for sedation. They will also discuss NAEMSP's new position statement on managing agitated or combative patients by emergency medical services. Finally, this is an opportunity to share some "late-breaking" data that will be presented at our annual meeting in January.

Panelists include:

Douglas K. Kupas, MD, FAEMS, FACEP
Dr. Kupas is an EMS physician and emergency physician with Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania. Dr. Kupas has been an EMS practitioner/paramedic for 40 years and the state EMS medical director for Pennsylvania for the past 20 years. He has had a career-long interest in patient and provider safety in EMS. He was a co-author of the 2002 NAEMSP position statement on patient restraint and is a co-author of the 2020 update of that statement. Dr. Kupas is a member of the NAEMSP Board of Directors.

Kevin McVaney, MD
Dr. Kevin McVaney is the Medical Director for the Denver Emergency Medical Response System which includes the Denver Health Paramedic Division, Denver Fire Department, Denver Police and the Denver Communications Center.

Dr. McVaney came to Denver Health in 2002 as an Associate EMS Medical Director. He has served as the Medical Director since 2010. Prior to joining Denver Health, he spent (3 years) as an emergency medicine physician in the United States Air Force, serving at the VA Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada and overseas at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. Before being named Medical Director, he spent six years as the paramedics' Associate Medical Director.

Dr. McVaney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from University of Colorado, Boulder and received his medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FAEMS, FACEP
Dr. Myers is an internationally recognized expert in the area of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), particularly as it relates to systems of care, performance improvement, and population management. In his role at ESO, he is responsible for fostering a culture of medical rigor and practical application in development of ESO software and services; leading the research and performance initiative; and applying medical expertise and scientific rigor to support customers. He served as co-editor of the 2nd (and upcoming 3rd) Edition of Emergency Medical Services, Clinical Practice and Systems Overnight, serves on the editorial board of numerous peer-reviewed journals, has numerous peer-review publications, and has provided invited lectures in numerous locations around the world. Most recently, Brent has served as Chief Medical Officer for Evolution Health and Associate Chief Medical Officer for American Medical Response.  He is honored to continue to serve as Associate Medical Director for the Wake County EMS System in Raleigh, NC.

David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS (Host)

Dr. Tan currently serves as NAEMSP President. 

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