Drowning Resuscitation: Rethinking Best Practices Through a Practical Approach

Friday, April 6, 2018, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tucson Medical Center
TMC Marshall Conference Center
5301 E. Grant Road
Cost: Free

With the introduction of compression-only CPR for cardiac arrest, many people don’t realize that CPR for drowning is different and requires breaths and compressions.

EMTs, paramedics and nurses are invited to attend this free half-day conference featuring keynote speaker Justin Sempsrott, M.D., FAAEM, with Lifeguards Without Borders, who utilizes videos of actual drowning patients to discuss the history, definition, physiology and treatment of drowning patients.

Special thanks to LIfeNet Arizona for sponsoring the appearance of the keynote speaker.

Conference Schedule:

11 to 11:30 a.m.


Registration/Check-In/Lunch (provided)


11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Welcome/ED Perspective

Trish Baird, NP, Tucson Medical Center

11:45 to 11:55

Wather Safety Pledge & State Drowning Stats

Tracy Koslowski, Drexel Heights Fire District

11:55 to 12:10 p.m.

Autism and Drowning

Josh Franklin, Saguaro Aquatics &
Brie Seward, Autism Society of Southern Arizona

12:10  to 2:45 p.m.

Drowning Resuscitation: A Practical Approach

Justin Sempsrott, M.D., FAAEM, Lifeguards Without Borders

2:45 to 3 p.m. 

How to be Actively Water Safe in Your Community

Lori Schmidt, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona


Continuing Education:

Continuing education credit for nursing provided through Tucson Medical Center is pending by the California Board of Registered Nursing. EMS continuing education credit approved by TMC Administrative Base Hospital.

For more questions or more information, contact John McKenna, R.N., TMC Emergency Department Base Hospital Office, (520) 324-1080 or

Conference sponsors:

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