ExpiredManaging the trauma patient


  |   April 26th - 27th, 2019

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Ross Palmer D.V.M., MS.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Professor of Orthopedics
Colorado State University

Tim Hackett D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary
Emergency & Critical Care
Professor of Emergency & Critical Care
Colorado State University

Howard Seim III D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Professor of Surgery
Colorado State University

You know how it is…everything is quiet and under control in the clinic when all of sudden you’ve got a frantic client running through the front door with a severely traumatized pet. Now is not the time to read…now is the time to act purposefully and efficiently. First, you’ve got a life to save! Don’t get too focused on the degloving injury or protruding bones just yet. You might want to hold off on the primary repairs until the patient is stable enough to handle such surgical trauma. Once you’ve managed the shock and hemorrhage we’ll take you through the second tier of patient assessment and possibly the need for emergency soft tissue surgery. For some orthopedic trauma cases you may opt to refer to a specialist for definitive treatment, but there is still an expectation and obligation for you to provide the very best first aid care for the patient. Managing pain, covering large wounds, reducing contamination, immobilizing fractures and keeping on top of expected complications will all help improve the outcome of any primary repair. For these patients, treatment of the localized effects of trauma often has both immediate and long-term benefits for the patient. Timely and effective management of shear wounds, joint luxations and fractures can relieve patient discomfort, prevent ongoing damage, and initiate the healing process.

Seminar Schedule:




Friday April 26, 2019

7:30 am – 8:00 am

7.30am – 8.00am daily

12.30pm-1.30pm daily


Friday April 26
Saturday April 27

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Seminar Topics:

Come learn from our Trauma Team comprised of an emergency critical care specialist, a soft tissue surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon. They will guide you from life-saving care to wound care to abdominal surgery and to basic care for fractures & luxations. This team uses real life clinical cases, video examples, practical tips and audience response devices to keep the discussion lively, interactive, relevant and fun.

Come and learn the following:
1. Triage and Emergency Care
• The emergency assessment and what it means to stabilize
• Trauma’s triad of death (acidosis, hypothermia, coagulopathy)

2. Systemic Complications of Trauma
• Cardiac and pulmonary injuries
• Intracranial and spinal trauma
• Non-surgical management of intraabdominal hemorrhage
• The other intraabdominal complications: Urinary and biliary trauma

3. Anesthesia for the Critical Patient
• Principles, rational choices and monitoring

4. Managing patients with severe chest trauma
Chest drain placement
Diaphragmatic hernia repair
Managing a patient with a flail chest segment

5 Managing patients with blunt and penetrating abdominal trauma
Surgically managing uroabdomen
Big dog little dog syndrome – managing severe bite wounds
Ruptured urethra – what do I do?

6. Practical management of open wounds (with a few secrets)
• Open wound first aid
• Wound healing simplified: Clean up, grow up and toughen up 
• New wound care & bandage materials and how they work
• How a wound tells you what it needs
• Tie-over bandages – you name the wound and I can bandage it!
• Can you stretch skin to make a wound heal?

7. Traumatic Hip Luxation
• 3 ways to detect hip luxation on physical examination
• How to tell dorsal from ventral luxation
• 5 essential radiographic assessments
• Is closed hip reduction indicated?
• Step-by-step technique for closed hip reduction
• Why traditional Ehmer Slings don’t work
• New & Improved Ehmer Sling technique
• Commercial “off the shelf” Ehmer Slings: cash hog or valuable tool?
• Rats! … the hip re-luxated. Now what? 

8. First Aid for Long Bone Fractures (Temporary Bandages & Splints)
• Robert Jones Bandage
• Pre-fabricated splints
• How to custom mold a splint
• How, when and why to make a Spica Splint
• Velpeau Sling for medial shoulder luxation

9. Casting Tips for Definitive Treatment of Selected Fractures
• Case selection (& cases to avoid)
• Common errors that you can avoid
• Practical Tips for application
• Practical tips for monitoring, maintaining and changing the cast

10. Post-operative Critical Care
a. What to expect in the hours and days following trauma
b. Principles of post-operative care

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Seminar Speakers

  • Ross Palmer, D.V.M., MS. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Professor of Orthopedics Colorado State University
  • Tim Hackett D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Professor of Emergency & Critical Care Medicine Chair, Dept. of Clinical Sciences Cornell University
  • Howard Seim III D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Professor of Surgery Colorado State University

CE Hours

This seminar is AAVSB RACE approved for 16 CE hrs.

 IVS is also an approved provider in NY.

This program has been submitted for 16 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions, which recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and /or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call IVS at 800-487-5650 for further information.

IVS complies with the following guidelines:

  • Speakers are recognized specialists
  • Mandatory recorded attendance
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Approved for 16 CE hrs by the AAVSB RACE program


Hilton Boston Back Bay

Hilton Boston Back Bay

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Relax in the well-located Hilton Boston Back Bay hotel. Set in the heart of the scenic neighborhood of Back Bay, our hotel near Hynes Convention Center offers easy access to all the excitement and culture the city has to offer. Boston Logan International Airport is situated only four miles away. The impressive glass-front hotel has 26 floors of contemporary guest rooms. Scan the skylines of Boston and Cambridge from the upper floors.

Work out at this downtown Boston hotel’s complimentary fitness center using first-class cardiovascular and strength training equipment and free weights. Enjoy a relaxing swim in the heated indoor pool and whirlpool. In warmer seasons, unwind with a refreshing cocktail on the sundeck. Savor New England classics with an innovative twist at Forty Dalton restaurant. Recline and recuperate watching the game with a drink and a snack in the Forty Dalton Lounge.

Catch up with work at the business center in the Starbucks® Internet Café with complimentary internet access. Host meetings and social events for 550 Guests, taking advantage of the choice of ballrooms and meeting rooms. Enjoy the undivided attention of the Event Team, who will help tailor the event ensuring it is a success.


The Guest Rooms at Hilton Boston Back Bay are beautifully decorated in shades of brown and soft teal with dark wood accents and furnished with the Hilton Serenity Bed. Upper floors feature spectacular panoramic views of the downtown Boston and Cambridge skylines.  These well-decorated guest rooms feature one king or two double beds and range in size from 300 sq. ft. to 375 sq. ft.

Indulge in the tranquility of the Hilton Serenity Bed featuring the exclusive Suite Dreams mattress, Super Topper mattress pad, down-filled comforter, Touch of Down pillows and triple sheeting.


Group Room rate: $269.00 dbl/night plus taxes.

Additional Fees (subject to change without notice):

  • Taxes are currently a total of 14.45%
  • There are extra charges for 3rd and 4th adults in a room (currently $20 per night, per additional person).  
  • Parking is currently available for a daily fee of $48 (subject to change without notice).
  • Check-In is at 3pm, check-out is at 12pm (noon).  If arriving before 3pm, baggage storage will be available for a small handling fee.


Cancellations: You can cancel up to 7 days prior to your scheduled arrival without penalty.  If you cancel within 7 days of your scheduled arrival, or are a no-show or depart early,  you will be charged for you complete scheduled stay.  For cancellations, please call IVS 800-487-5650.

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Area Attractions

Area Attractions

The Hilton Boston Back Bay hotel near Fenway Park is located in one of most charming and desirable neighborhoods in the city. There are a number of things to do in Boston MA just steps away from the hotel. Looking to catch a Red Sox game? The Hilton Boston Back Bay is walking distance to the park. Our downtown proximity keeps you close to all the excitement Boston has to offer. Guests can walk to some of Boston’s revered educational institutions including Boston University, Tufts University and Boston College as well as popular attractions like fashionable Newbury Street, offering stylish boutiques and restaurants, and the elegant Copley Place Mall. Immerse yourself in culture at the Museum of Fine Arts, a short walk away, or take the family for a day out to New England Aquarium during your stay at our Copley Square Boston hotel.

For information on things to do in Boston, you can visit the following websites:


At Hilton Boston Back Bay, dining options are designed with you in mind. Start the day with a hearty breakfast or nutritious light bite at the 40 Dalton breakfast buffet; savor innovative dishes prepared with only the freshest ingredients by our Back Bay restaurant’s Executive chef. Sip specialty cocktails in the 40 Dalton lounge. For more information on our offers and menus please visit the 40 Dalton website. Relax with a coffee and fresh sandwich or pastry at the Starbucks Coffee Shop. Learn more

For off-site dining click here.

Fenway Park

It has been the home of the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team since it opened in 1912 and it is the oldest ballpark in MLB.  Because of its age and constrained location the park has been renovated many times, resulting in unique, quirky features including “The Triangle”, “Pesky’s Pole”, and most notably the famous Green Monster in left field. 

Fenway has hosted the World Series ten times, the first was the 1912 World Series and the most recent was the 2013 World Series. Beside baseball games it has been the site of many other sporting and cultural events including professional football games for the Boston Redskins, Boston Yanks, and the Boston Patriots, concerts, soccer and hockey games, and political and religious campaigns. Learn more

Getting There

Local Transportation Information


From Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90 East)

  • Take Exit 22: “Prudential Center/Copley Square.”
  • Bear left on the exit following signs for “Prudential Center.”
  • As you exit the tunnel, keep in the right lane onto Huntington Ave. 
  • First right onto Belvidere Street.
  • The motor court entrance is one block, just after Dalton Street.

From Route 93 North (Coming from the South)

  • Take Exit 18: “Mass Ave/Roxbury”.
  • Left at the second light following the signs to Mass Ave.
  • Bear right at the light onto Mass Ave.
  • Follow Mass Ave for exactly ONE mile.
  • Right onto Huntington Ave.
  • Left at the second light onto Belvidere Street. 
  • The motor court entrance is one block, just after Dalton Street.

From Route 93 South (Coming from the North)

  • Take exit 26: “Storrow Drive.”
  • Stay on Storrow Drive for about 2.5 miles.
  • Take Left hand exit, “Fenway 1S”, stay in left hand lane.
  • At first light, bear to the left staying on Boylston St. inbound. 
  • At the fourth light, take right onto Dalton Street.
  • The motor court entrance is two blocks on your right.

From Harvard/Central Square and Cambridge

  • Take Massachusetts Ave over the bridge into Boston.
  • Go 5 blocks up and take a left onto Boylston Street.
  • At first light on Boylston Street, take a right onto Dalton Street.
  • The motor court entrance is two blocks on your right.

Travel Tips


Self-parking is available in our secure attached garage by entering the motor court entrance on the Belvidere Street side of the building. Parking fees are currently $48 per night (subject to change) with unlimited in/out privileges up to 5pm on the day of departure.


Boston taxis are available outside Baggage Claim at all terminals 24 hours a day and provide your easiest and quickest option. The total fare to the hotel will be about $40 due to tolls/fees. Total travel time will be approximately 15 minutes and most likely will weave through Boston neighborhoods, which is actually the shortest route, so not to be alarmed. It is recommended that you ask the taxi driver for a receipt showing the driver’s name, taxi company, amount paid, and medallion number.

Public Transportation

Get off at the second to last stop “Back Bay Station” as opposed to the final stop “South Station.” The hotel is an easy walk unless you have a lot of luggage. Exit the train station taking a right onto Dartmouth Street. Take your first left onto Stuart Street (cross over Stuart and follow the street on the far side adjacent the Westin.) Stuart will turn into Huntington Ave. at the next block. Again, cross over Huntington and continue to follow Huntington on the far side adjacent to Shaw’s Supermarket. Follow one block and take a right onto Belvidere just after the entrance to the Prudential Shopping Center. You will see the hotel one block up Belvidere at the corner of Dalton Street.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $875.00

Register by:  March 14, 2019

Advanced:  $895.00

Register by:  April 12, 2019

Regular:  $905.00

Register after:  April 12, 2019

Special Pricing for Technicians:

Veterinary Technicians receive an $80 discount using promo code “techsaver”. Enter the code during checkout in the  submit promotion code box.

Registration Includes:

  • 16 CE hours
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Breakfast and lunch on friday and saturday
  • Certificate of attendance

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    April 26, 2019 - April 27, 2019
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But please confirm your hotel reservations prior to completing your registration or booking flights. Many Hotels are selling out many months ahead of our seminars. If you need to book a hotel room, click the link to the online hotel registration page.  If none is available for your selected seminar, please fill out our hotel request form or contact our office at 800-487-5650.  Please note that hotel rooms are not confirmed until you receive confirmation from the hotel (if you booked online thru our group link) or from our office for hotels that do not offer the online link.

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Accommodation Registration

Reserving Rooms

We reserve rooms starting the day prior to the seminar and ending on the last seminar day.  However, if you need additional days, we will work with the hotel to accommodate your request based on availability.

Getting Confirmation

After you submit this hotel request form, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your request for the hotel accommodations.  Please note that this does not confirm your hotel accommodations.

After processing the request, our office will e-mail you an actual hotel confirmation letter which will confirm your stay with the hotel.   You are not confirmed until you receive this hotel confirmation. Please check the details when you receive this confirmation.

Please note: At this time, we are not able to accept credit card details online. As all hotels require a valid credit card to guarantee your room, after submitting the hotel request form, please call our office at 1 (800) 487-5650 Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (pacific) to provide the card number.  Your Hotel Confirmation will be emailed to you after your room is guaranteed.


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Please note: At this time, we are not able to accept credit card details online. As all hotels require a valid credit card to guarantee your room, after submitting the hotel request form, please call our office at 1 (800) 487-5650 to provide the card number.


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