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Mass Casualty Seminar

Date:  March 18th, 2014

Contact/Phone:  Mary Muhlbradt
Phone: (701)857-5116
Fax: (701)857-5683

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A medical provider who was present at last year's Boston Marathon bombing will be the featured speaker at a seminar on mass casualty response held in conjunction with the North Dakota Athletic Trainers Association (NDATA) annual meeting April 11-12 at Minot State University. Members of the emergency medical services community and the public at large are welcome to attend.

Dr. Wanda Swiger, Associate Professor of Physical Education at Keene State College in New Hampshire, will speak Friday, April 11, at a session sponsored by Trinity Health. The event is free to the public. Emergency personnel who register will be eligible for continuing education credit.

Robyn Gust, Trinity Sports Medicine Manager and event co-chair, says the focus of Friday's
session will be helping schools and communities prepare for a mass casualty event in an athletic environment.

“As Sports Medicine providers we constantly strive to prepare for anything that might happen
at our events,” Gust said. “We realized that we weren't ready if a mass casualty incident were to occur. This event is designed to help bridge the gap between those on site at the time of the incident and the emergency responders so that appropriate care can be immediate and organized.

”Dr. Swiger was a member of the medical team that provided coverage at the finish line of the 2013
Boston Marathon. She'll discuss the bombing and give insight on how to prepare for mass casualties. Also featured will be a panel discussion by personnel from the Minot Police Department, Minot Fire and Rescue, Minot Dispatch and Ward County Emergency Response. Gust will conclude the presentation with an
update on Trinity Sports Medicine's efforts to implement a mass casualty preparedness plan for its athletic clients in Ward County.

The North Dakota Department of Health's Division of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma has approved the seminar for 2.5 CEU hours in the LCCR Category for emergency personnel. Registration is available online by logging on to and clicking on “Emergency Preparedness for Mass Casualty in Athletic Environment.” Athletic Trainers may register for credit through NDATA.

Registration at the event will begin at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. on the second level of Swain Hall. For more information, call Robyn Gust at (701) 857-3486. SPACE index.php