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Conference Addresses Special Needs Emergency Response

By March 7, 2017November 6th, 2018No Comments

Students participate in a 2016 disaster drill at Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 7, 2017)-Kirkwood Community College’s annual Code 1 emergency care conference, March 10 – 11, will prepare first responders and other emergency healthcare providers to respond to children with special needs, among other topics.

“Caring for pediatric patients in of itself requires specialized training,” said Kirkwood Dean of Health Occupations Mike McLaughlin. “Providers should employ different tactics for patients with physical and psychological limitations. Our Code 1 conference helps bring this topic to the forefront.”

According to the Data Center of Iowa, more than five percent of Iowa children under the age of 18 have a disability. To better prepare Iowa’s first responders in serving this population, veteran critical care paramedic Kelly Grayson will discuss the importance of observational assessment plus specialized care.

Additionally, the 2017 Code 1 conference will provide emergency medical services (EMS) personnel with information on various aspects of emergency patient care, policymaking, emergency readiness and system development.

Code 1 has trained emergency medical technicians, fire fighters, paramedics, nurses and law enforcement officials for more than 30 years. The conference provides seminars on diverse medical topics, while presenting up-to-date information on global issues and corresponding expectations for EMS.

Kirkwood Community College collaborates with Mercy Medical Center and Unity Point Healthcare – St. Luke’s to offer Emergency Medical Responder, EMT, Advanced EMT and two-year Paramedic degree programs in the seven-county region. Its regional center for EMS education also maintains clinical agreements with agencies throughout eastern Iowa including hospital, ambulance services, fire departments and public safety agencies.

Conference participants can attend one or both days. Lunch is included. To register and learn more about Code 1 visit or call 319-398-1022.



What: Code 1 Conference for EMS
When: March 10 & 11
Where: The Kirkwood Center