Rick Howard

Rick Howard

Battalion Chief, R.N., B.S. (Ret.) Lehi City Fire Department

I got into the EMS, fire and nursing a long time ago. My love is in emergency medicine with emphasis in trauma.  Wow, it has changed…A lot.  I have worked as a charge nurse, EMT, firefighter, Captain, Battalion Chief, and instructor of all types of EMS education.  I have some of the alphabet soup to put behind my name, but my favorite job is Grandpa.  There really is no place (other than with my grandkids) that I would rather be, than with strong, dedicated, fearless, tireless, funny, smart, loving people who attend this conference.  Long live Jimmy Buffett!

General Session – You Call that a Sliver? Impalements Can Be Something or Nothing

Grand Ballroom

Did you ever get a sliver under your fingernail, or have you ever stepped on a toothpick?  That really hurts.  This course goes over larger than life slivers that patients have had injected into their bodies and what we can do to keep them alive and make them more comfortable.

Advanced Basic
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Pinky and the Really Messed Up Brain

Cascade D

Wow! What will they think of next?  The new drugs are more dangerous and harder for us to treat.  It seems like illicit drug makers are trying to create ways to make it so that the herd gets thinned by their drugs.  We need to learn what is out there and what we can do, […]

Advanced Basic
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All That and a Bag of Chips PLUS the Power of One and a Little Dog Poop

Ballroom A

Enthusiasm, industriousness, friendliness, and other building blocks are important for great department life.  We need a little dog poop in our lives to learn to be the best leader, teacher, and employee. We also need to learn how “one” can change everything.

Advanced Basic
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Oh, No, 02!

Ballroom B

To put it plain and simple…oxygen treatment is killing our patients.  We have thought for years that more is better, but more is killing those we have been put in charge of helping.  This class explains why oxygen use is dangerous for our patients and what our alternatives are.

Advanced Basic
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Two Years Teaching Them to Walk and Talk

Cascade D

Little kids are not small adults.  They require a different kind of mindset to take care of their unique medical problems.  In this class, we explore the more common childhood ailments and what we can do to make them better and what we do to make them worse.

Advanced Basic
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What’s Up Doc?

Cascade E

Looney tunes are all around us.  Just watch the news.  To make matters worse, new ways to harm ourselves through recreational activities are invading every single day.  The course discusses the most common ways to get “high” and how the patient may present to us.  We will explore ways to “stabilize” our patients and learn […]

Advanced Basic
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The Total Package

Cascade E

What is the total package when it comes to providing care for our patients?  Are we doing them any good by reciting all of the alphabet soup in patient care?  This class discusses the hows and whys of patient care and what our priorities should be.  We discuss getting back to the basics.

Advanced Basic
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Puff the Magic Dragon

Cascade E

What will they think of next?  We have people eating Tide pods, we have people drinking bottles of cold syrup, now we have people vaping every kind of substance they can think of.  How do we keep up?  What are the outcomes of inhaling these noxious vapors?  Let’s explore this new world of vaping and […]

Advanced Basic
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Utah Resuscitation Academy – Medical Science x Educational Excellence x Local Implementation = Survival

Cascade E

Please join us for a 1-day-only training in advanced cardiac arrest training for Emergency Medical providers. The Utah Resuscitation Academy(“UtahRA”) is specifically for EMS Medical Directors, Training Officers, EMS Directors & field providers. The faculty will be experts in prehospital cardiac arrest care in Utah. The next “UtahRA” will be held at the EMSAssociates “SUMMIT […]

Advanced Basic Dispatcher LEO
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