2 questions for EMS World Expo Conference attendees
Bring more than just trinkets back from the show
By Greg Friese
Are you attending EMS World Expo 2013 this week? The conference offers a great schedule of speakers, events, and a great exhibit hall. When you attend a conference presentation at EMS World Expo or any conference I want you to answer these two questions.
What did you learn?
Many attendees had eloquent and interesting facts and anecdotes from the sessions they attended. Two sessions received the most praise and detailed comments: Tom Dunn’s session on assessing and treating veterans who may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, and a daylong workshop on avoiding and deterring violent attackers.
Unfortunately I also had many conversations like this.
“Which session did you attend?” I asked a booth visitor.
“Airway,” she stated.
“What did you learn?” I asked.
“About the airway,” she quipped.
“What did you learn about the airway?” I replied, not wanting her to get away easily with a handful of click pens.
“That the airway is important,” she retorted while briskly walking to the next booth.
The floor has been set. In a 75-minute conference presentation you can definitely do better as a trained and certified EMS practitioner than the “airway is important.”
At the end of each conference presentation, write, “What did I learn?” at the top and write three or more things you learned during the session. Surely you will have enough pens and notebooks for the task.
What can you take back?
By all means fill your EMS World Expo tote bag with pens, stickers, calendars, magnets, can coolers and other schwag from the exhibit hall. But also strive to take back tools, resources and knowledge that will benefit your patients, coworkers, supervisors and yourself.
Start your search for what you will learn and take back by downloading the EMS World Expo app (available from Google Play for Android or iTunes for iOS). If you use BlackBerry or some other platform, try going to http://m.core-apps.com/emswe13 on your phone’s browser to find your app.
For EMS World Expo news, photos, and attendee updates follow the Twitter hashtag #EMSWorldExpo.
Which sessions are you attending at EMS World Expo? What products will you be seeking in the exhibit hall? Leave your answer in the Comments section.