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Lightning, Tractors and Gators…Oh My! – Florida’s Environmental Emergencies

Florida is a top tourist destination as it provides visitors with a unique vacation experience.  The lightning capital of the United States and the state with the most number of sharks, Florida is also home to numerous plants and animals both indigenous and non-indigenous. From beaches to forestry, alligators to amoebas, farming to tourism, each unique characteristic about Florida also carries with it a particular set of medical needs. The frequency of encountering a victim who’s been maimed in a farming accident, attacked by an alligator, bitten by a snake or poisoned after touching a toxic coral while scuba diving are not typical occurrences and are dependent on the locale of the emergency medicine professional. In all of these instances, timely assessment, treatment and management is critical.  The Florida College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center’s Lightning, Tractors and Gators…Oh My! – Florida’s Environmental Emergencies series is a collection of lectures that reviews different topics within the realm of environmental and wilderness medicine specific to Florida. Funded via by an educational grant from the Florida Department of Health, each lecture will be created by experts in the field of emergency medicine, toxicology and/or environmental medicine and review the following but not limited to: manifestations; presentations; and on-site treatment of a particular environmental and wilderness emergency. Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Agricultural-related injuries
  • Marine Envenomations
  • Land Envenomations
  • Water-related emergencies
  • Non-venomous Animal Encounters
  • Lightning Strikes
  • Heat-related emergencies
  • Poisonous plants

Below is a listing of the courses to be featured in FCEP & EMLRC’s  Lightning, Tractors and Gators…Oh My! – Florida’s Environmental Emergencies series:

Drowning Resuscitation

Drowning Resuscitation 
Presented by Andrew Schmidt, DO, MPH
October 23, 2017 at 1:00pm EST
Hosted via ReadyTalk
FREE for all licensed EM professionals

This presentation will review evidence-based guidance for the resuscitation of drowning patients – identifying the goals of initial resuscitation and treatment of drowning patients. Additionally, there will be a review of updates in terminology and epidemiology. This will be followed by a question and answer session with the lecturer. 



For full details and continuing education information for the live webinar, CLICK HERE!