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Managing the Emergency and Trauma Patient: Secrets to Improving Your Practice in the Emergency Department

Marcia Gamaly, PhD(C), MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CEN, PCCN
Full Day
Oct 27, 2017
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  • Improve management of medical emergencies in the ED bay
  • Latest updates in AMI management in the ED
  • What EVERY nurse should know about sexual assault victims
  • Facts about antiplatelets and anticoagulants
  • Demonstration of emergency nursing skills
  • Everything you need to know about obstetrical emergencies
  • Sepsis management in five simple steps

You can achieve these professional goals…

  • You are ten hours into your 12-hour shift. You have had challenging cases all day, and get a report that you will be receiving a Level 1 trauma patient in 6 minutes. Imagine approaching this patient with improved confidence in your ability to accurately assess the patient, anticipate their care needs, and manage complications when they arise.
  • Don’t fear calls from risk management or the patient safety officer! Develop confidence in the care you provide and document on each and every patient.
  • Improve patient outcomes and your ability to provide care by learning essential skills EVERY emergency nurse needs to know!
  • Immediately apply content learned using real-life critical thinking scenarios that are easily remembered!


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Marcia Gamaly, PhD(C), MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CEN, PCCN's Profile

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Marcia Gamaly, PhD(C), MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CEN, PCCN, has over twenty years of nursing experience at the bedside and in staff development. Marcia currently works as a clinical nurse educator at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. In her current role, she oversees and plans the educational needs of over 250 nurses and supports staff on a variety of units, including a step-down, neuro-tele and medical-surgical units. She has developed and presented on a variety of topics including certification courses for critical care, progressive care, medical-surgical, oncology and emergency nursing. Other presentations include telemetry skills day, medical-surgical skills day, cardiac dysrhythmia interpretation, post-operative care and heart failure. Additionally, Marcia is an instructor for BLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, ENPC and ASLS and works as a per-diem emergency department staff nurse.

She is a doctoral student at Villanova University, with a research interest in bariatrics. She is certified in medical-surgical nursing, progressive care nursing, emergency nursing, and professional staff development. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Marcia combines her role in clinical education with hands-on experience to deliver a high-level learning opportunity that is patient-focused and outcome-driven. The meaningful insights she has to share will be applied easily at the bedside to improve your own care of patients!


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Marcia Gamaly has an employment relationship with St. Mary Medical Center and Lower Bucks Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Marcia Gamaly is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses; America Association of Critical-Care Nurses; American Nurses Association; American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; and Emergency Nurses Association.

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Target Audience

Nurses, and other Healthcare Professionals


  1. Compare and contrast spinal cord syndromes.
  2. Plan care for the patient experiencing chest pain.
  3. Distinguish differences between life-threatening maxillofacial and neck traumas.
  4. Recommend management strategies for the patient presenting with acute stroke symptoms.
  5. Determine the hemorrhagic risk of patients receiving anticoagulants.
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to treat acute and chronic pain.
  7. Formulate appropriate nursing care for the transgender victim of sexual assault.
  8. Choose appropriate patient-specific interventions for the bariatric patient.


Trends in Emergency and Trauma Nursing

  • Current trends
  • Core measures
  • Hospital scorecards

Head and Neck Trauma

  • Neurological trauma
    • ED management of the stroke patient
    • Maxillofacial and neck trauma
    • Proper application and management of cervical collar
    • NIHSS scoring

Thoracic/Abdominal/Genitourinary Trauma

  • Thoracic trauma
    • Assessment of the patient with a chest tube
    • Abdominal trauma
    • Intra-abdominal pressure assessment and management
    • Genitourinary trauma
  • Chest tube insertion and chest tube management
  • Chest auto-transfusion
  • Pelvic fractures

Extremity Trauma

  • Musculoskeletal trauma
    • Hare traction
    • Conversion of Hare traction to Bucks traction
    • Hemorrhage management

Special Considerations

  • Psychosocial issues
  • Obstetrical emergencies
  • The bariatric patient
  • Pediatric emergencies
  • Shock
    • Defibrillation, cardioversion and pacing
    • Rapid infuser
    • Essential dysrhythmia recognition & treatment

Trends in Care

  • Chest pain
  • Antiplatelets versus anticoagulants
  • Pre-hospital care
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual assault of the transgender patient
  • Forensic issues
  • Ultrasound guided peripheral IV placement
  • Pressure injuries
  • Insulin pumps

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