2016 Trauma Symposium Set for June 17th

Article Date: May 24, 2016

Annual Omaha Trauma Symposium

Friday, June 17, 2016
Hilton Omaha
1001 Cass Street

Learn the latest about trauma care from experts who have lectured and saved lives around the world. Subjects will include, “The Current Dilemma of Concussions,” “The Secrets of Master Trauma Surgeons,” “Mass Casualty Trauma Incident Response” and “The Active Shooter Scenario – from Shooting to Surgery at the Trauma Center.”

One of the featured speakers will be Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

Designed for:

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Nurses, EMS Personnel, Public Health Professionals, Fellows, Residents, and other interested Healthcare Providers

Provided by:

Creighton University School of Medicine Department of Surgery,EMS Education, LifeNet Air Medical Services, Health Sciences Continuing Education and CHI Health, CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Trauma Program

knowledge, skills, and performance in the assessment and treatment of trauma patients.



  • Discuss aspects of military medicine and surgery with emerging new technology and medical treatments of wounds resulting from combat

  • Identify new resuscitation treatment paradigms in the management of the bleeding trauma patient

  • Relate tactics, patterns and lessons learned from systematic review of evidence regarding trauma mortality


  • Outline clinical features of penetrating cardiac injuries and the findings that are key to successful surgical management; describe the latest surgical techniques for their management

  • Describe the incidence of penetrating pulmonary injuries and the latest techniques used in their operative management including complications, morbidity and mortality

  • Define the clinical criteria and indications for nonoperative versus operative management of patients with thoracic vascular injuries and describe endovascular techniques


  • Describe aspects of the nurse’s role in the resuscitation, surgery, and critical care of the trauma patient

  • Explain the interactions and team leadership required of the trauma surgeon during all phases of trauma care

  • Discuss the assessment and management priorities that optimize trauma care in difficult cases


  • Describe the role of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in the care of war wounded from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

  • Discuss the advancement of diagnostic techniques, minimally invasive procedures and pharmacologic therapy in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic injuries from the nursing perspective

  • Discover new approaches to the diagnosis and management of abdominal trauma, including bedside ultrasound, computed tomography scans, laparoscopy, and selective nonoperative management from the nursing perspective


  • Evaluate the impact of prehospital intubation on outcome in moderate to severe traumatic injuries

  • Define the association between contact sports and brain trauma and discuss health care’s innovative tests and preventive measures for sports-related concussions

  • Assess hospital best-practice-guidelines and planning recommendations for response and readiness in mass casualty incidents


  • Describe tactical trauma care, preparation and training for Omaha law enforcement designed to maximize survival in life-threatening situations


Coral Walker

The Omaha Police Department has recently been honored as Officer Coral Walker received the Medal of Valor at the White House and has honored its fallen in the recent Horses of Honor Event. We have the privilege of hosting Chief Todd Schmaderer as he presents on The Active Shooter Scenario – From Shooting to Surgery at the Trauma Center.  Chief Schmaderer has been Chief of Police since 2012 and was guiding the department at the time of Officer Kerrie Orozco’s death and during the honoring of Officer Coral Walker.  CHI Health-Creighton University Medical Center Division of Trauma values our relationship with the Omaha Police Department and is proud to have Chief Schmaderer join us at the Symposium to speak about the active shooter scenario.

Click for more information on Officer Coral Walker.

Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD, FACS

Robert C. Mackersie, MD, FACS

R. Stephen Smith, MD, FACS

We are rapidly approaching the Trauma Symposium on June 17.  We look forward to welcoming Dr. Gregory (Jerry) Jurkovich from California, Dr. Robert Mackersie from California, and Dr. R. Stephen Smith from Florida. 

Dr. Jurkovich, former President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), will speak on Lessons Learned from 2500 Trauma Deaths.

Dr. Mackersie, former President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), will speak on Penetrating Pulmonary Injuries-Resect or Spare-What to Do?

Dr. Smith will be discussing Thoracic Vascular Injuries-Which Ones Do We Operate and/or Which Ones We Don’t.  Dr. Smith has been very active in trauma systems development and is one of the three primary editors of the American College of Surgeons Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient.

All three of these physicians have a national reputation and it is a great privilege to host them in our Trauma Symposium.

In addition, this year we are proud to feature over 20 poster presentations from faculty, residents, medical students, and pre-med students at Creighton University!  Come see the hard work from the future of medicine!

Kathleen D. Martin, MSN, RN

As we wind down Nurses Week, the co-directors of the 2016 Trauma Symposium would like to extol the trauma care that nurses have provided. To this end, the Trauma Symposium will feature two full sessions that focus on Nurses and the care they provide to trauma patients. The first session will feature care provided jointly by the trauma surgeons and nurses and will follow a patient from arrival to the trauma bay, to the operating room, until admission into the trauma intensive care unit and discuss the symbiotic relationship between the nurses and physician. The second session will feature special aspects of nursing care provided to the trauma patient. The highlight of this session will be Kathleen D. Martin, MSN, RN, the former Trauma Program Nurse Director at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC). LRMC is the tertiary medical care facility in Germany for wounded military from Afghanistan, Iraq, and other conflicts. Ms. Martin guided LRMC through two successful verifications of the LRMC Trauma Program with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT); this was the first facility verified by the ACS-COT outside of the United States. In her talk, titled “Landstuhl Regional Medical Center-A Pillar for the Care of the Iraq & Afghanistan War Wounded”, she will talk to us about the care provided to the wounded military in LRMC.

Martin A. Schreiber, MD, FACS

Jay A. Johannigman, MD, FACS

This last weekend, the nation honored our fallen military heroes on Memorial Day.    Join us at the Trauma Symposium and hear Jay A. Johannigman, MD, FACS and Martin A. Schreiber, MD, FACS talk about the lessons they learned while serving the Military of the United States of America in the recent conflicts.

Dr.  Johannigman is a Colonel in the United States Air Force and has been actively deployed to Iraq as Hospital Deputy Commander & Trauma Director and Afghanistan as Deputy Director of Clinical Services and was active in the Critical Care Transport services.  He will discuss Lessons Written in the Wounds of War.

Dr. Schreiber is a Colonel in the United States Army and has done significant research on the resuscitation of the severely injured soldier.  He will be presenting on Newer Approaches to Resuscitation-Blood, Crystalloids and Tourniquets.

We hope you will be able to join us to hear these heroes!

Catherine M. Todero, PhD, RN

We are pleased to welcome Dean Catherine M. Todero, replacing Susan M. Werner as the moderator of the Session titled “Special Nursing Challenges in the Management of the Severely Injured Patient”. 

Dean Todero graduated from Creighton University in 1972.  She began her term as Dean of the Creighton University College of Nursing on June 1, 2015. 

At the time of her hiring, Provost Edward R. O’Connor commented “Dr. Todero has been a compassionate, innovative leader since her undergraduate days at Creighton. Her experience in nursing practice, academia and the military have shown her to be a consummate professional and a true practitioner of the Creighton mission, focused on service to others.”

She looks forward to seeing you at the Trauma Symposium!

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