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September 19, 2002
Emergency medical skills on display at Basic Trauma Life Support Conference
Emergency Medical Services - Cutting open cars to extricate trapped victims.
Paramedics competing in trauma scenarios. Learning about treating trauma in
outer space. These are some of the exciting events taking place at the Basic
Trauma Life Support International annual conference, which is being hosted by
Toronto Emergency Medical Services.

Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) involves teaching paramedics, nurses,
physicians and other emergency responders (including fire and police personnel,
and first aid responders) the appropriate assessment and treatment of
critically injured trauma patients. The conference will cover the latest trends
and techniques in trauma care and emergency response.

Media are invited to three conference events that offer unique photo and
interview opportunities:

1. BTLS Access

Date: Thursday, September 19
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Place: Christopher J. Rubes Centre For EMS Studies, 895 Eastern Ave., 2nd floor

BTLS Access teaches EMS personnel and first responders to gain access and
extricate entrapped victims of motor vehicle collisions using only the hand
tools routinely carried on ambulances or first response vehicles. The course
involves scene survey, accessing the victim, disentanglement and patient

Media are invited to the afternoon practical session in which workshop
participants will learn to access victims by cutting open cars.

2. Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams' keynote address on 'Trauma in Space'

Date: Friday, September 20
Time: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Place: International Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, 655 Dixon Rd.

Dr. Dave Williams (Canadian Space Agency astronaut, assistant professor of
surgery at McGill University, and former Toronto EMS base hospital physician)
will give the conference's keynote address on trauma in space - the medical
aspects of long duration space flights, the primary response capability of the
International Space Station, and dealing with trauma in low gravity.

Dr. Williams will be available for media interviews at 10 a.m. following his

3. BTLS Competition

Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Place: International Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, 655 Dixon Rd.

This first ever BTLS competition will see Canadian, American and British teams
demonstrate their skills using the BTLS model to assess and treat trauma
victims in a realistic case-based scenario.

For information on Basic Trauma Life Support International, see

Media Contact
Peter Macintyre,
Toronto EMS,



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