Gerontology 6th Annual Conference: Geriatric Trauma

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Gerontology 6th Annual Conference: Geriatric Trauma

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Gerontology 6th Annual Conference

October 19, 2018
7:20 am - Registration/Breakfast
7:50 am - 4:15 pm - Program

Kelley Conference Room
Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Education and Research Center

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  • Carlos Pelaez, MD, Trauma Medical Director, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
  • Joseph Sherrill, MD, Neurosurgeon, The Iowa Clinic 
  • Lisa Baumhover, ARNP Geriatric CNS-BC, UnityPoint Health –Des Moines
  • Kevin Schleich, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, University of Iowa Health Care 
  • Nicholas Butler, MD, Geriatrician, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics 
  • Kathy Karpowicz, MA, BSN, Director of Ethics, Palliative Care, HRPP, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines 
  • Tara Essman, MPT, CBIS, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
  • Eddie Diemer, OT/L, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
  • Becky Robel, BS, CPT, Iowa Parkinson I&R; UnityPoint Health – Des Moines 

Intended Audience:

Nurses, physicians, EMS personnel and interdisciplinary team members who have an interest in the care of older adults who have experienced trauma.

Learner Outcome/Purpose:

To enable the learner to discuss the demographics of older adult trauma patients and demonstrate an understanding in how assessment and treatment for this patient population is different and potentially much more complex than for their younger counterparts.

Following this activity, learners should be able to report knowledge gained of the care needs of the older adult trauma patient, specifically pain management, neurosurgical management, frailty, potential ethical issues with resuscitation and rehabilitation, and the impact to the patient and family.


  • Discuss emerging demographic of geriatric patients comprising the trauma population.
  • Describe traumatic neurological injuries in geriatric patients.
  • Treat acute pain in the older adult.
  • Discuss use of novel anticoagulants and reversal agents in older adult trauma patients.
  • Describe frailty in the older adult trauma patient.
  • Discuss bioethical principles related to care of critically injured older adult patients
  • Discuss the steps for functional recovery for the older adult post trauma.
  • Describe how the practicing of Tai Chi can improve gait and balance to prevent falls.


   7:20   Registration and Breakfast
   7:50   Welcoming Remarks

Emerging Demographics of Geriatric Trauma Patients
8:30   Traumatic Neurological Injuries in Geriatric Patients
9:30   Acute Pain Management for Older Adults

10:30   Novel Anticoagulants & Reversal Agents
11:15   Frailty in the Setting of Trauma

1:00   Ethics and Resuscitation
2:00   Break
2:15    Functional Recovery
3:15   Tai Chi
4:00   Closing Remarks/Evaluation

Continuing Education:

UnityPoint Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  Nurses will receive 7 contact hours for attending this conference and submitting an evaluation.

Pharmacotherapeutic 1 contact hours.

EMS credits will be awarded by DMACC.

Participants must attend the entire program to receive continuing education credit.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and Greater Regional Medical Center. UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their
participation in the activity.


Pre-registration is required by October 12, 2018.  No phone reservations will be taken.

Registration cost includes continuing education credit, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.  A cancellation fee of $20 will be retained for cancellations received on or before October 12th. No refunds for cancellations received after October 12th. Substitutions are welcome.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Baumhover - or (515) 241-5165

Day of conference phone number (515) 241-5575