Emergency Care Summit

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You're invited to the Emergency Care Summit.

Plan now to join your colleagues for this outstanding educational experience and well-deserved R&R from your busy practice. See you there!

Highlights of the Conference Include:

  • A number of "hot topics", issues you face daily in your emergency care setting, addressed in a variety of teaching formats including didactic sessions, faculty panels, Concurrent Sessions and interactive case study discussions.
  • A stellar panel of faculty experts who will share their perspectives, insights and experiences in emergency care.
  • Special attention by the faculty to the clinical applications of the information presented.
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build professional relationships with peers from across the country.
  • Evidence-based protocols and updates for the most common illnesses and injuries encountered in the ED.
  • The glorious setting of Snowmass/Aspen and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, where you can combine outstanding education with time to relax, explore and take part in the many activities the area has to offer.

Snowmass, CO

Nestled in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado's best kept secret, summer in Snowmass Village, truly has something for everyone.

If you're the active type, you can explore the spectacular scenery in a variety of ways … ride the gondola and hike or mountain bike the numerous trails, revel in the excitement of running the whitewater rapids, soar in a glider or hot air balloon. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the challenge of fly fishing, horseback riding or playing a round of golf in this scenic valley where, thanks to the altitude, your ball will fly!

Conference Objectives

  • Adjust assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment approaches when managing the geriatric, pediatric or pregnant Emergency Department patient.
  • Discuss lessons learned from past and recent mass casualty events, and suggest changes to further improve management and outcomes.
  • Evaluate and manage hematologic emergencies including massive transfusions, DIC and the trauma triad.
  • Demonstrate more effective communication techniques to decrease the incidence of errors.
  • Identify strategies to work through escalating patient and family behavior-related situations.
  • Discuss the ACLS Guidelines and what the latest resuscitation research is showing.

Who should attend?

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Medical Directors
  • Staff Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Managers
  • Educators/Instructors
  • Transport Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • ...and anyone else interested in providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive care for critically ill and injured adults


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I've been to several conferences presented by Contemporary Forums. Always excellent, current information I can apply in my practice.

Linda Bledsoe, CRN, FNP, MS Eden, NC

Conference Program


8:00 am

History of Resuscitation: The Long and Winding Road
Robert Winokur, MD, FACEP


The Bleeding Female (Rx = .5 hr.)
Helen Brown, MS, BC-ACNP, BC-FNP


Why We Make Errors in the Emergency Department
Robert Winokur, MD, FACEP


Injury in the Geritol Generation
Laura Criddle, PhD, ACNS- BC, CCRN, CEN, FAEN


The Triangle of Death: Hypothermia, Acidosis and Coagulopathy Q&D Faculty Panel (Rx = .25 hr.)
Allen Wolfe, Jr., MSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, CMTE

8:00 am

The Pentagon Attack: An Eyewitness Account
Allen Wolfe, Jr., MSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, CMTE


Aurora Shooting: Lessons Learned
Comilla Sasson, MD, MS


Get Your Story Straight: Crisis Communications
James Keany, MD


Transfusion Confusion: Giving Blood Without the Sweat and Tears
Laura Criddle, PhD, ACNS- BC, CCRN, CEN, FAEN


ACLS: The Latest and Greatest in Resuscitation (Rx = .75 hr.) Q&D Faculty Panel
Comilla Sasson, MD, MS

During each Concurrent Session, 2 topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms. Sessions are limited in size and choices are assigned in the order received. Indicate your selections on the Registration Form.

8:00 am


Trauma in the Obstetrical Patient
Laura Criddle, PhD, ACNS- BC, CCRN, CEN, FAEN

Death is Coming: DIC and Other Hematologic Emergencies (Rx = .25 hr.)



Chest Pain Differential Diagnosis: Low-Risk versus High-Risk (Rx = .25 hr.)
James Keany, MD

Where Were You When the Lytes Went Out? (Rx = 1 hr.)
Laura Criddle, PhD, ACNS- BC, CCRN, CEN, FAEN



Bizarre and Unusual Case Studies in Trauma
Allen Wolfe, Jr., MSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, CMTE

Pediatric Patients in the ED: An Update (Rx = .25 hr.)
Robert Winokur, MD, FACEP

12:00 pm


Advanced Emergency Department 12-Lead ECG: More Than Injury, Ischemia and Infarction

Differential Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain
Helen Brown, MS, BC-ACNP, BC-FNP

8:00 am

The Golden Hours of Sepsis (Rx = .25 hr.)
James Keany, MD


Anti-Microbial Resistance Issues: Who Is at Risk? What Drug Should Be Used?(Rx = .75 hr.) Q&D Faculty (Rx = .25 hr.)
Helen Brown, MS, BC-ACNP, BC-FNP


Coumadin Has Company: Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Drugs (Rx = .75 hr.)


Prescription Drug Abuse and Street Drugs
Robert Winokur, MD, FACEP


Psychiatric Issues in the ED: De-Escalation, Use of Restraints and Medical Clearance (Rx = .25 hr.)Q&D Faculty Panel (Rx = .25 hr.)
Helen Brown, MS, BC-ACNP, BC-FNP

Contemporary Forums consistently provides timely and useful topics for all levels of practice, with top-notch speakers in superb venues.

Lori Ann Martin, BSN, MSN • Chesapeake, VA

Conference Faculty

Helen F. Brown MS, BC-ACNP, BC-FNP
Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department
Doctors Emergency Services
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Annapolis, Maryland
Adjunct Faculty, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
Washington, DC

Laura M. Criddle PhD, ACNS- BC, CCRN, CEN, FAEN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
The Laurelwood Group
Scappoose, Oregon

James Keany MD
Associate Director, Emergency Department
Mission Hospital
CHOC Children's at Mission
Mission Viejo, California
Medical News Commentator, KFI AM 640
Los Angeles, California

Conference Chair
Independent Clinical Nurse Specialist & Education Consultant
Staff Nurse, Outer Banks Hospital Emergency Department
The Outer Banks of North Carolina

Comilla Sasson MD, MS
Now at Denver VA, and working for AHA full time.

On maternity leave until end of April 2015.

Robert H. Winokur MD, FACEP
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Medical Director Emeritus
Emergency Department
Attending Physician, Emergency Department
Mission Hospital
CHOC Children?s at Mission
Mission Viejo, California

Allen C. Wolfe, Jr. MSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, CMTE
Clinical Education Director/Clinical Specialist
Air Methods Corporation
Community Based Services
Denver, Colorado


Contemporary Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

Main Conference: 17.50 ANCC / 21.00 CA BRN contact hours


Main Conference: 17.50 hours

Physician Assistant

Main Conference: 17.50 hours

Social Worker

Main Conference: 17.50 hours


You will receive a Certificate of Attendance verifying your attendance at this course.  Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

General Information

A Certificate of Attendance will be available online after you complete the course requirements, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. To apply for credit not listed below, use the procedure established by the specific organization.

Nurses & nurse

credit for


assist ants ****

family & child

17.5 ANCC / 21 CA BRN
contact hours

5.5 hours available

17.5 hours

17.5 hours

17.5 hours

*Contemporary Forums is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (ca brn contact hour = 50 minutes)

**Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states' requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.

***Contemporary Forums is ac credited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical E ducation to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

***Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 17.5 hours of ACEP Category 1 credit.

****The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME to grant Category 1 hours toward the Physician's Recognition Award. PAs may report up to the listed hours of credit.

*****This conference has been approved by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Provider #1975-148.

*****This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit hours for Marriage, Family & Child Counselors and/or Licensed Clinical Social Workers as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE771

I've been to several conferences presented by Contemporary Forums. Always excellent, current information I can apply in my practice.

Linda Bledsoe, CRN, FNP, MS • Eden, NC



Great Location!
Nestled in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado's best kept secret, summer in Snowmass Village, truly has something for everyone. If you're the active type, you can explore the spectacular scenery in a variety of ways … ride the gondola and hike or mountain bike the numerous trails, revel in the excitement of running the whitewater rapids, soar in a glider or hot air balloon. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the challenge of fly fishing, horseback riding or playing a round of golf in this scenic valley where, thanks to the altitude, your ball will fly! Shopping is abundant at the Snowmass Village Mall, a European designed outdoor mall with a variety of shops and restaurants.

Snowmass is a family resort, providing numerous activities for kids and their parents, many of which are free.  Guided nature trail hikes, mountain bike clinics and supervised children's programs at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center and new Ice Age Discovery Center are all part of the Snowmass experience. Every restaurant in the Village has a kids' menu! Ride the complimentary shuttle service around the Village and to the Village Mall every 15 minutes. You won't want to miss the Snowmass Village Rodeo where you'll start the evening with a barbecue dinner, kick up your heels to the country band and enjoy the rodeo where you'll see bull and saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and a calf scramble for the kids.

Music can also be an important part of your Snowmass experience. The Aspen Music Festival features several classical music events each day, from orchestral performances, chamber music, and lavish operas to lectures, master classes and children's concerts. Snowmass Village offers a free outdoor concert each week on Fanny Hill, where you can picnic on the lawn under the stars and enjoy the music with locals and visitors alike.

Snowmass is only 10 miles from the world famous destination, Aspen. With free bus service twice hourly between Snowmass Village and Aspen, you'll find it easy to enjoy all Aspen offers…world-class restaurants and shopping, breathtaking views from the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Ajax Mountain and perhaps even a celebrity sighting or two! You may want to join the special tour from Aspen to the Maroon Bells, three mountain peaks which tower above Maroon Lake, where you can take a scenic stroll along the water's edge or tackle a vigorous hike on a wilderness trail.

A world of lively recreation and restful relaxation awaits you at Snowmass Village. And getting to Aspen is easy with frequent flights into the area. Or you may choose to fly to Denver and take a scenic drive through the Rockies to Aspen. Don't miss this opportunity to combine an outstanding educational experience, the conference Emergency Care Summit, with a delightful "R and R" from your busy life!

Area Activities
Blazing Adventures will be the on-site activity coordinator. A flyer and reservation form will be included with your registration confirmation. Please call Blazing Adventures with any questions after you have received the information.

  • Whitewater River Rafting
  • Float Trip
  • Evening Jeep Ride and Sunset Dinner
  • Horseback Rides
  • Fly Fishing
  • Wildlife Expeditions
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kayak School
  • Aspen Music Festival
  • Snowmass Rodeo and Dinner
  • ...and more!

Websites to Visit

I always choose Contemporary Forums conferences for my CEU's because I know the speakers will be experts and my time and money will be well spent.

Shirley Barlow, APN, MS, CNM Hildale, UT



Are you looking for a roomate for the conference?  Click here to search.

The conference will be held at the Westin Snowmass Resort
100 Elbert Lane, Snowmass Village, CO 81615

A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on
room availability, from July 19 to July 24 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for
discount airfares.

To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation early and before the "hotel room block release date" which is June 19. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now. After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.


To reserve your room online, please visit our website at ContemporaryForums.com for details. To reserve your room by phone, call (800) 525-9402 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums' conference Emergency Care Summit. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation. Reservations must include a first night's deposit.

Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.

For additional hotel information, call the Westin Snowmass Resort at (970) 923-8200.

Westin Snowmass Resort
The newly renovated Westin Snowmass is a smoke-free hotel. Amenities include sumptuous Heavenly® Bed and Bath, the WestinWORKOUT® fitness center, Westin Kids Club ® and outdoor heated pool.

  • Rates at Westin: $149 single/double
    Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.
  • Resort Fee: A reduced daily resort fee of $15 per room, per night plus tax will be automatically added to your room
    account for special resort services, including Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE) pickup and drop-off, shuttle service within Snowmass Village, High Speed Internet Access in guest rooms, and local and 800 telephone calls.

Wildwood Snowmass
Wildwood Snowmass, a smoke-free hotel, is just a short walk to the Conference Center at the Westin Snowmass Resort. Relax by the pool, energize yourself at the fitness center or connect with colleagues in one of the lounges.

  • Rates at Wildwood: $99 single/double Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.
  • Resort Fee: A reduced daily resort fee of $10 per room, per night plus tax will be automatically added to your room
    Account  for services including Aspen- Pitkin County Airport (ASE) pickup and drop-off, High Speed Internet Access in guest  rooms, and local telephone calls.

Click here to book your room.

Travel Discounts

Denver is approximately 4 hours driving time from Snowmass Village. You may want to consider flying into Denver and renting a car. Flights to Denver may be less expensive or more available than flying directly to Aspen.

Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public.

To obtain these special conference fares visit www.united.com, insert Offer Code ZPCB367092.

Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000260.

I come away learning something valuable, fresh, new and provocative each time…it is reassuring to learn that I am practicing at or above the standard

Laura Barbour, MSN, CNM, CRNP • Philadelphia, PA


Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee's best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.

(US Funds)

NPs, PAs, RNs,
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Please see Insert C for additional registration information and discounts.
Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions.

• Continental breakfasts
• Refreshment breaks
• Certificate of Attendance
• Online access to presentation handouts before and after the conference.

Method of Tuition Payment
Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

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Group Discounts
(Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available.) Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Conference. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be  complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are  received.
$25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group
$45 per person discount for 5 or
more in a group

Partial Attendance
(Online registration is not available.)
To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply. Registrations may not be shared.

Cancellations may be made by phone or in writing. Cancellations received on/before June 10 receive a full tuition refund. Cancellations received after June 10 are assessed a $20 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations received after the conference begins or for "no shows." If this meeting is cancelled for any reason, including labor strikes or acts of God, liability is limited to a full refund of registration fees.
Cancel on/before JUNE 10 (insert Date Icon) to receive a full refund

Program Changes
Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email info@cforums.com.

If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

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Attendee Information


Snowmass, CO           July 21 - 24

Thank you for registering for the Emergency Care Summit conference, being held July 21 - 24, at the .


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