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The Crashing Patient ConferenceThe Crashing Patient Conference


                      The 4th Annual


Brought to you by the

University of Maryland
Department of Emergency Medicine

October 15th - 17th, 2014




There’s no question that the practice of emergency medicine is high risk. “High risk” implies danger to patients, but we all know that patients aren’t the only ones at risk in the Emergency Department (ED). Each patient visit also represents legal risk for the provider. The threat of malpractice in the U.S. healthcare system, especially in high-risk specialties such as emergency medicine, is an ever-present issue that affects physician workups, practice patterns, and dispositions on a daily basis.1

This conference has been created to address both parties at risk in emergency medicine - the patient and the provider. Topics have been specifically chosen to educate attendees regarding the optimal care of the sickest patients we see in daily ED practice - sepsis, cardiac ischemia, aortic dissection, etc. - as well as to educate attendees in how to bullet-proof themselves from the plaintiff attorneys. The instructors for the conference are acclaimed educators, winners of more than a dozen national teaching awards, and experienced national and international-level speakers who know how to present information in a practical and entertaining way.

We know how valuable your time is, so we intend to make this conference the most productive you’ve ever attended. Our goal is simple... to teach you how to save lives and to minimize risk of malpractice. Get ready to learn!

Amal Mattu, MD FAAEM

Conference Director

Ref: 1. Mattu A. Foreword: risk management. Emerg Med Clin N Am 2009;27(4):xv-xvi.



October 15 & 17, 2014 - Pre and Post-Conference Workshops
The schedule of workshops will include the following:

  • The C.R.A.S.H Airway Workshop (Fresh-Cadaver Based Course)
  • Ultrasound in the Crashing Patient Workshop
  • Critical Procedures in Emergency Medicine Workshop (Fresh-Cadaver Based Course)
  • Echocardiography in Acute Care Workshop
  • Critical Care Symposium
  • Critical Care Simulation Lab

October 16, 2014 - The 4th Annual Crashing Patient Conference

Lectures for the 2014 conference will include the following*:

  • EMTALA: The Law You've Gotta Know!
  • TBI Updates
  • The New Hypertension Guidelines: Do Something or Stand There?
  • Legal Disasters of the Back
  • Bad to the Bone: Ortho Pitfalls
  • Brains Gone Bad
  • Pediatric Pearls and Pitfalls to Ponder
  • DFO Disasters
  • Top 5 Drug Mistakes We Make
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me: DKA Myths
  • ENT Disasters--Know When to Worry
  • Cases to Make You Queasy
  • Acute Mesenteric Ischemia: The Other "AMI"

*Schedule is subject to change.


Our Speakers

All speakers for the 2014 Crashing Patient Conference are experienced educators and faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine or and affiliated institution. Click below to read a short bio of each speaker.