Expired Managing the trauma patient

Palm Springs, CA

  |   March 10th - 12th, 2023

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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
Cornell 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:

Registration: Friday March 10, 2023 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Lectures: Friday March 10, 2023
Saturday March 11
Sunday March 12
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 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 approved for 16 CE hrs. 

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


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The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is a Palm Springs resort and hotel where the picturesque mountain views and secluded location create the perfect escape. Our Palm Springs hotel is the perfect place to unwind.  Enjoy the best Palm Springs Golf on one of our championship courses, lounge at any of our three pools, splash down our 60-foot waterslide or enjoy a delectable meal at one of our Palm Springs restaurant options, including the signature Pinzimini restaurant. A soothing sanctuary awaits those looking for a rejuvenating desert retreat with our expansive Palm Springs resort spa featuring treatments for everyone. Discover the ultimate oasis at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Escape with us.

Room Description

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, a Palm Springs hotel provide guests with an array of accommodations. All of our oversized guestrooms & suites showcase soothing taupe tones with textured accents. You’ll enjoy an amazing night’s sleep in our Westin Heavenly Bed®, with crisp, white 250–thread count sheets and custom mattresses.  We also feature the Heavenly Bath for a spa-like shower experience. 

Our Palm Springs hotel rooms feature nine different guestroom experiences. Our traditional guestrooms are 525 square feet with a private balcony. Upgrade your traditional room and enjoy a resort, pool or golf view from the privacy of your balcony.  Indulge in the unsurpassed luxury of a suite.  Our Palm Springs hotel suites range from 600 square feet to over 2,000 square feet. Enjoy oversized private balconies, living areas, breathtaking views and more.

Standard amenities in all our Palm Springs hotel rooms and suites include a working desk equipped with outlets, the Westin Heavenly Bed with a oversized down comforter and hypo-allergenic pillows, cable television with in-room movies and a private balcony or patio with patio furniture. Guest bathrooms include double sinks, deluxe bath amenities, make-up/shaving mirror and a hair dryer.

Price: Group rooms are sold out. Please contact our office at 800-487-5650 for current availability.  Seminar registration is still available.

Group Run of House room rate: $290.00 dbl per night plus taxes & fees

*Run of House means the best available room at the time of check-in.


Additional Fees (subject to change without notice):

  • State and local taxes are currently 13.25%

  • Business Improvement Development Assessment fee is currently 2%

  • The hotel rates above are based on single or double occupancy.  For additional adults (anyone over the age of 18yrs) staying in the room, with a max of 4 people per room, there is an additional fee of $35 per night, per additional person. 

    • Reduced Resort fee:$20.00 per room, per night, plus tax.  The Westin has discounted the resort fee for our group.  Normally the resort Charge is $37.00 per day plus tax.  Resort Charge includes:

      Premium Wi-Fi access in Guestrooms and Meeting Room Wi-Fi access (for general browsing)
      Two drinks per stay at any resort bar (well drink, house wine or domestic beer)
      In Room Bottled Water
      Access to Little Links Miniature Golf Course
      Access to Westin Workout Fitness Studio Two-hour bike rental per stay for up to 2 guests
      Self Parking




Check-In: 3:00pm; Check-Out: 12:00pm (noon)

Cancellations: Because it is high season in Palm Springs, you will be charged for 2 nights room and tax if you cancel within 14 days of your scheduled arrival.  No-shows will be charged for their complete scheduled stay.  

An early departure fee of one night’s room rate will apply if a guest checks out prior to the confirmed check-out date. 

Late check-outs are solely at the discretion of the hotel and are based on availability on the day of check-out.  Guests staying in their rooms beyond the check-out time without the Resort’s authorization will be charged a one night’s penalty.


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Listed as one of Golf Digest’s® Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America, The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is truly a golfers dream. Our Palm Springs golf resort features two championship Troon golf courses that are available to guests, the Pete Dye course adjacent to the resort and the Gary Player Signature Course. Pete Dye is one of the game’s top designers, and his designs often host major championships. Gary Player offers a wide array of expertise from winning 165 tournaments 

Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism 

City of Palm Springs

Palm Springs Attractions 

Westin’s local area guide


Set amongst lush landscaping and calming desert scenery, The Spa at Westin Mission Hills offers guests a chance to get back to their best self. Soothing scents of green tea fill the air with dim lighting and earthy tones creating a tranquil Palm Springs spa environment.

Resort Activities and Features

Family Fun

Getting There

Palm Springs International Airport

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $995.00

Register by: January 19, 2023

Advanced:  $1015.00

Register by:  Feb. 10, 2023

Regular:  $1035.00

Register after:  Feb. 10, 2023

Special Pricing:

  • 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
  • Submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Breakfast and all breaks

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  • Palm Springs
     March 10, 2023 - March 12, 2023
     12:15 am - 2:00 pm

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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.

IVS is now required by AAVSB RACE to upload your completed attendance into their “RACEtrack” system. Your state of license and your license number are required for all seminars starting in January 2022. More information is available at https://www.aavsb.org/ce-services/racetrack


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