Sold Out Managing the trauma patient

Turks & Caicos fall seminar

  |   December 5th - 8th, 2021

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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:



Sunday December 5, 2021 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Welcome Reception:

Sunday December 5 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



Sunday December 5

Monday Dec. 6

Tuesday Dec. 7

Wednesday Dec 8

2.00pm – 6.30pm

2.00pm – 6.30pm

8.00am – noon

8.00am – 11.00am

Please note that this seminar schedule is slightly different to most of our other seminars.    

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
  • Howard Seim III D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Professor of Surgery 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

CE Hours

This seminar is approved for 16 CE hrs. by AAVSB RACE.  

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


The Sands Resort at Grace Bay

The Sands Resort at Grace Bay

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Group rooms are sold out- please contact our office at 800-487-5650 for availability


The Sands at Grace Bay couldn’t be in a better location in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This gracious six-acre four-star resort is situated on famous Grace Bay Beach, a 12-mile expanse of white powder sand considered to be one of the best beaches in all of the Caribbean. The beauty of the beach and its companion turquoise clear water is complimented by the resort’s lush garden courtyard with three free-form swimming pools. The pools are adorned by a cascading waterfall, a relaxing Jacuzzi and small grottoes. An additional circular swimming pool is beachside. Guests take in the sun while relaxing on chaise lounges and stay cool under oversized canvas umbrellas. Fresh terry cloth pool towels are made available for guests’ daily use during their stay.

  • Hemingway’s Restaurant & Bar – oceanfront location serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Beach & pool cocktail service
  • Tour & excursion desk
  • Concierge service for car rental, taxi and all other reservations you may require
  • On-site dive shop by “Caico’s Adventures”
  • 18-hole championship golf course – less than five minute drive
  • 3 swimming pools with waterfall connected via canals
  • Outdoor in-ground jacuzzi
  • On site massage therapy and spa treatments by Spa Tropique
  • Fully air-conditioned fitness center
  • Convenience store
  • Hospitality center
  • Jewelry shop
  • Tennis court
  • Coconut grove with hammocks

Junior Suite Gardenview

Maximum Occupancy is two (2).
Master bedroom with King sized bed and full bathroom, sitting area, a view of the garden, with private screened balcony.

Junior Suite Oceanview

Maximum Occupancy is two (2).
Master bedroom with King or Queen sized bed, full bathroom, private screened balcony with oceanview.

Junior Suite Oceanfront

Maximum Occupancy is two (2).
Master bedroom with Queen sized bed, full bathroom, and private screened balcony facing the ocean with sitting room.

Price:   Group rooms are sold out.

Resort Rates: 

  • Junior Suite Gardenview: $.00 dbl/night
  • Junior Suite Oceanview: $.00 dbl/night
  • One Bedroom suite gardenview: $.00 dbl/night
  • One bedroom oceanview suite: based on availability only. Please call 800-487-5650

There is a 3 night deposit required on all reservations as this is the popular season.

Plus 12% tax, 5% facility fee and 10% service charge, which includes bellman, maid, parking, internet and access to fitness center.

More than 2 people?  One, two & three bedroom suites with a variety of views also available upon request.  There is a $30 charge for each extra person.



A 3 night deposit will be due at the time of booking.


No penalty for cancellations made prior to 60 to arrival.

Cancellations made 60-30 days prior, deposit is forfeit.

Cancellations made 30-0 days prior will be charged for the complete scheduled stay. No-shows and early departures will also be charged for the complete scheduled stay.

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance.  Please call IVS for a quote

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Area Attractions

Providenciales, or more commonly known as “Provo”, covers an area of 38 miles and is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. It is here where most international flights arrive at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS). Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, Provo has been ranked “Best Beach” by Conde’ Nast magazine and by the World Travel Awards for several years running. Found on the western end of the island chain, Provo offers all modern conveniences, including luxurious hotels, villas and condos, numerous restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, a championship caliber golf course, and full service grocery store. Although Provo is the most developed of the islands, it is still a destination for those who want to escape their busy schedules and relax.

On the north shore of the island, near Grace Bay, you will find the most beautiful beaches, as well as a long coral reef, which is rich in aquatic life. This main stretch is home to the majority of the island major resorts and tourism services.

Towards the south of the island you will find Chalk Sound, a large lake with striking turquoise water and an array of small cays. Islands Magazine described Chalk Sound as “Beneath the radar: Untouched and off the beaten path, the pristine islets in Provo’s Chalk Sound provide an ideal backdrop for expansive thoughts.” Along the south side of the island in areas such as Sapodilla Bay, Copper Jack, Discovery Bay, Turtle Tail and Long Bay you will find many private villas available for rent. The island’s commercial port, South Dock, is found east of Sapodilla Bay and has the capability to deal with containerized goods.

Enjoy open air dining of the daily fresh catch in a casual, relaxing atmosphere at a variety of inviting, restaurants. For restaurant information

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by one of the most extensive coral reef systems worldwide (65 miles across and 200 miles long). As a result, the islands are consistently ranked as one of the premier diving locations in the world.

Excellent visibility (up to 200 feet), pristine reefs, abundant tropical flora and fauna, fish and other marine life, quality diving services and easy conditions make the Turks and Caicos Islands a world class diving destination. There is exceptional wall diving starting in shallow turquoise water and dropping off into the deep blue giving a real thrill. The reef is relatively close to the beach, which makes for accessible beach dives. Shipwrecks, old and new further increase the multiplicity of the islands as an outstanding diving destination. More diving information

Enjoy a variety of fishing charters offered in the area, including sport fishing, deep sea, reef, bonefish, fly fishing and. More fishing information

A great way to experience The Turks and Caicos Islands is through fun tour adventures, such as fishing, snorkeling, island hopping, boat charters, private excursions, eco-tours, site-seeing, exotic and more. More tours information

For some nightlife fun in the Turks & Caico Islands check out the casinos, gaming lounges, dance bars, and sports bar. More nightlife information

Getting There

Many airlines fly into Provo Airport. For a list of airlines and flight times, go here

Entry Requirements

All US Citizens traveling by air to the Turks & Caicos Islands will be required by the US Government to have a valid US passport.  For more on US requirements click here.

USA & Canadian Passport holders do not need a visa to enter.

All visitors must hold a round trip ticket

Visitors are allowed to stay for 30 days; this is renewable one time only

For luggage restriction, individual airlines should be consulted


Constant easterly breezes keep life comfortable, with the coolest months averaging in the 70s in the winter and the warmest months averaging in the low 90s in late summer. An average annual rainfall of 40 inches or less assures us plenty of sunny days. For additional information please go to our weather page.


Pack light! Cool, casual, comfortable resort and leisure wear is acceptable everywhere. Overexposure from the sun can happen quickly, sunscreen is strongly recommended. A hat and cover-up for extra protection is advisable. Swim wear worn other than poolside or at the beach is frowned upon. It is a rare occasion to need a light sweater at night. Just a few restaurants require “proper attire”.



There are no rules about tipping but it is customary to add 15% for good service. Some restaurants will add a 10% service charge to your bill, please check before automatically adding your tip. Your taxi is independently owned and operated by the driver. There is no rule about tipping taxis but it is generally given for personable service. Your driver can direct you to all the places and restaurants you will want to visit and an informative tour around the Islands is often offered.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $985.00

Register by:  October 1, 2021

Advanced:  $1005.00

Register by:  November 4,  2021

Regular:  $1025.00

Register after:  November 4, 2021

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
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Reception on Sunday-family welcome
  • Certificate of completion

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  • Turks & Caicos fall seminar
     December 5, 2021 - December 8, 2021
     1:00 am - 11:00 am

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