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The 2020 Conference has been postponed due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for more updates.

Current Practices in Adult and Pediatric Trauma


The course is sponsored annually by Harborview Medical Center and Airlift Northwest. Harborview is the designated Level I trauma center for Washington State as well as the trauma and burn referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WAMI). Airlift Northwest was founded in 1982 by Dr. Michael K. Copass to connect communities in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska to the definitive care that all people deserve. 

This two-day multi-disciplinary conference highlights current issues in trauma care throughout the continuum: pre-hospital, emergency, critical care, acute care, and rehabilitation. Nationally recognized speakers and local experts in trauma care will present topics pertinent to nurses, physicians, paramedics, social workers, program managers, and other healthcare providers.

Course objectives

  1. Discuss new modalities and cutting-edge advances in trauma care in both pre-hospital and hospital environments. 
  2. Identify recent evidence to answer questions of trauma care previously only practiced by tradition.
  3. Describe at least three challenges that are faced by pre-hospital and hospital-based providers in rural communities that can result in poorer outcomes following injury.
  4. Identify at least one strategy for pain management in a complex, multi-system trauma patient that can reduce the likelihood of opiate dependency following injury.
  5. Identify critical concerns in the continuum of care for adult and pediatric trauma patients and describe situations where triage to higher levels of care may be indicated.


The conference is recommended for all healthcare and pre-hospital providers

Sponsored by Harborview Medical Center, and Airlift Northwest, Seattle, Washington