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Some of our 2017 Featured Presentations:
Aurora Bridge DUK vs. Bus MCI response

Lt. John Fisk, Seattle Fire Department


Team Approach to Cerebral Disease
Dr. Andrew Grande, University of Minnesota


Cardiac Arrest Update 2017 – ResQPump and more

Dr. Charlie Lick, Allina Hospitals & Clinics


Janna Pietrzak, Sanford Health – Fargo


CO Poisoning, and cases that might fool you.

Karie Pearce, Hennepin County Medical Center


Survivors of SCA, efforts, and recognition

Josh Fischer, Vice Chair, SCAA National Board


“Find Your Everest”

Jordan Romero, Author/Adventurer
World record holder as the youngest person to “Summit” all seven continents.


SCAA Social and Reception following conference

Silent Auction SCAA fundraiser, Appetizers, Cash bar reception.
7.5 hours Medical Education CEU, Lunch, Breaks, Social.


Thank you to our generous Sponsors, Presenters and Supporters

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association – National
Otter Tail County (Northwestern MN) Chapter

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors, Rescuers, and Advocates Reception and meetings will be held in conjunction with our medical education conference again this year.



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NEW! CALS 3-hour Trauma Module offered

The 4th CALS Conference has been scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.

If you need CALS certification in the Trauma Module but have been having a hard time finding a date and time that works for your schedule, a 3-hour stand-alone CALS Trauma Module will be offered the afternoon before the 4th CALS Conference!

If you plan to attend the 4th CALS Conference on September 29, 2017, then you may want to consider registering for the CALS 3-hour Trauma Module  from 1:00-4:00 pm on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  Registration for the Trauma Module is now open!!


Doctors Call Suboxone a ‘Wonder Drug’ That Helps Opioid Addiction


December 20, 2016 05:50 AM

President Obama recently signed the “21st Century Cures Act.” Among other things, it provides $1 billion in new funding to combat the opioid crisis.

Some of the grant money will be used to expand the use of a drug called Suboxone. Doctors approved to use it call Suboxone a “wonder drug” when it comes to helping opioid addicts kick the habit.

Dr. Adam Locketz runs TimeWise Medical in Apple Valley. He helps patients all over Minnesota with pain management and addiction. Suboxone is his first choice to help people addicted to pain pills or heroin.

“It is extremely effective in that immediate crisis in which patients stop their previous pain medicines and get on to something that’s going to help them back to life and get their ducks in a row,” said Locketz.

Suboxone made headlines when Prince died.

A California doctor was rushing it to Minnesota, but Prince passed away before it arrived.

“I know that many patients became aware of the dangers of opioids, in our community, as a result of Prince’s death,” said Locketz. “Many patients started calling us saying how do I get off of this stuff?”

Kerry Townsend says Suboxone saved his life. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized him for being a millionaire businessman at age 35.

But after four surgeries, Kerry became addicted to pain pills and lost everything.

“Before Suboxone I was a pill junky,” said Townsend. “I would go from doctor to doctor to make sure I had enough of a prescription.”

At one point, Townsend was even put into a coma to help him fight his addiction.

“I was on so many painkillers that my body was starting to shut down and I got sepsis,” said Townsend.

Dr. Locketz put Townsend on Suboxone three years ago.

“And I think it’s clear to say that it has changed his life 180 degrees,” said Locketz.

Townsend takes the drug three times a day. It comes in a film.

“You put it underneath your tongue and you’re good to go,” said Townsend. “It’s simple as that. I have not had a need for any painkillers or any drugs of that kind whatsoever.”

Dr. Locketz says Suboxone also helps heroin addicts.

“It works with the same pain receptors in the brain that both pain pills and heroin attach too,” said Locketz.

Locketz says we should be using more of it.

“And this is the first step, to get more money, more funding, more awareness, and hopefully more practitioners involved in treatment.”

In addition to more money for treatment, Locketz says the Feds also recently raised the cap on how many patients doctors can treat, from 100 to 275.

But he believes the number should be even larger because Suboxone works so well.  Ironically, there’s no cap on how many patients doctors can treat using prescription pain killers, which can lead to addiction in the first place.

Suboxone requires more training before doctors to prescribe it. Locketz says it only takes 10 continuing education medical credits.

Dr. Locketz says Suboxone has been around about 10 years and there are few side effects. He considers it a maintenance drug.  The idea is similar to heart patients taking medications every day to stay healthy.

Suboxone does the same thing for recovering opioid addicts.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

A decades–long trend of rising life expectancy in the US could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.

In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the US has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns, and better nutrition and education. But last year it slipped, an exceedingly rare event in a year that did not include a major disease outbreak. Other one–year declines occurred in 1993, when the nation was in the throes of the AIDS epidemic, and 1980, the result of an especially nasty flu season.

In 2015, rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death rose. Even more troubling to health experts: the US seems to be settling into a trend of no improvement at all. “With four years, you’re starting to see some indication of something a little more ominous,” said S. Jay Olshansky, a University of Illinois–Chicago public health researcher. An American born in 2015 is expected to live 78 years and 9½ months, on average, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An American born in 2014 could expect to live about month longer, and even an American born in 2012 would have been expected to live slightly longer.

In 1950, life expectancy was just over 68 years. The United States ranks below dozens of other high–income countries in life expectancy, according to the World Bank. It is highest in Japan, at nearly 84 years. The CDC report is based mainly on 2015 death certificates. There were more than 2.7 million deaths, or about 86,000 more than the previous year. The increase in raw numbers partly reflects the nation’s growing and aging population. It was led by an unusual upturn in the death rate from the nation’s leading killer, heart disease.

Death rates also increased for chronic lower lung disease, accidental injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease and suicide. The only clear drop was in cancer, the nation’s No. 2 killer. Experts aren’t sure what’s behind the stall. Some, like Olshansky, suspect obesity, an underlying factor in some of the largest causes of death, particularly heart disease.

But there’s also the impact of rising drug overdoses and suicides, he noted. Drug overdose deaths soared 11 percent to more than 52,000 last year, the most ever, driven by increases in deaths from heroin, prescription painkillers and other so–called opioids. “There are a lot of things happening at the same time,” he said. Some years the CDC later revises its life expectancy estimate after doing additional analysis, including for its 2014 estimate.

Average life expectancy declined for men, falling by more than two months, to 76 years and 3 ½ months in 2015. It fell by about one month for women, to 81 years and 2 ½ months, the CDC said. Death rates increased for black men, white men, white women, and slightly for Hispanic men and women. But they did not change for black women.

The new CDC report did not offer a geographic breakdown of 2015 deaths, or analysis of death based on education or income. But other research has shown death rates are rising sharply for poorer people — particularly white people — in rural areas but not wealthier and more highly educated and people on the coasts.

“The troubling trends are most pronounced for the people who are the most disadvantaged,” said Jennifer Karas Montez, a Syracuse University researcher who studies adult death patterns. “But if we don’t know why life expectancy is decreasing for some groups, we can’t be confident that it won’t start declining for others,” she said.


Opioid Overdose Deaths Rise in Minnesota

December 17, 2016 10:33 AM

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that deaths from opioid overdoses rose in Minnesota last year, especially among younger adults.

Minnesota Public Radio reports at least 338 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015, up from 319 the previous year. The highest number of overdose deaths occurred among people in their late 20s or early 30s rather than older people for the first time since at least the 1990s.

Dana Farley is the Minnesota Department of Health’s alcohol and drug prevention policy director and says the accessibility of synthetic opioids could account for some deaths among younger users.

The number of people killed by opioid overdoses in Minnesota has risen steadily since 1999. Prince died of an overdose of the opioid fentanyl in April.

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