Gainesville Hosts Third Annual Northeast Georgia Trauma Symposium By Erika Blanton and Ashley bRooks

Northeast Georgia Regional Trauma System held its third annual trauma symposium this morning at First Baptist Church in Hall County where over three hundred doctors, nurses, firefighters, and many other healthcare professionals gathered in the high ceilinged banquet hall to hear guest speakers deliver presentations on real life trauma situations and compilations.

Parked outside of the banquet hall rests many large medical vehicles from fire trucks, ambulances, pediatric and neonatal critical transport, to a blood bus. Along with the speakers, presentations, raffles, tables, and networking opportunities, the symposium also features opportunities to sign up for organ donation and an on-site blood donation bus from the Red Cross.

Many medical professionals trickle in wearing uniforms, suits or scrubs gathering at the sign up desk to receive a tshirt and today’s agenda.

The banquet hall, filled with hundreds of emergency medical professionals.

The symposium will consist of four parts: two morning and two afternoon sessions which started at 7:15 a.m. this morning and the final guest speaker will wrap up the event at 5 o’clock this afternoon.

To start the day off the first guest speaker, Dr. Greg Herzog of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, gave a heavy presentation about mangled extremities and limb salvation versus amputation.

The symposium was coordinated by the Northeast Georgia Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (RTAC), a collection of trauma professionals responsible for facilitating medical best practices specifically related to various types of trauma. Symposium co-chair Lisa Farmer is a Gainesville native and a graduate of Piedmont College— she currently serves as the Administrative Trauma Coordinator for Trauma and acute care surgery at Gainesville’s own Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

A visual representation of Region 2.

Among the twelve speakers present were Dr. Nathan Creel, a trauma surgeon at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Creel spoke about anticoagulant reversal options at part one of the morning session. Creel also serves as the head of medical oversight for RTAC’s second region.

Dr. Nathan Creel speaks about anticoagulant reversal options.

“Medical oversight describes anyone who’s looking at the quality of medical care, such as ensuring everything is done appropriately, monitoring quality improvement, and holding accountability,” Creel said.

Creel imparted his knowledge of alternative anticoagulants to his audience of fellow medical professionals, and was met with numerous questions and discussion from his rapt audience.

Anticoagulation has received a new edition in the medical world, making it a pertinent subject for discussion.

“People have been asking about it, there is new information to be learned and a new drug has been released within the past three months,” Creel said.

Dr. Nathan Creel, trauma surgeon at Gainesville’s Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Although this event is only offered to healthcare professionals and sponsor vendors only, it still serves a major purpose for our community. The symposium received an outpouring of community support in the form of sponsorships and funding from local organizations and businesses, such as Safe Kids of Gainesville-Hall County, The Georgia Trauma Commission, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and more.

Participants mingle around sponsor tables prior to speaker sessions

This event allows the healthcare professionals that we trust and rely on to save our lives the opportunity to share ideas, learn about new and innovative technologies and expand their trauma skills to the next level.

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