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Risk management key topic of Tahoe winter sports symposium

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Speaker Paul LeSage discusses minimizing risk at the Winter Sports Injury Symposium on Dec. 1.
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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — About 250 pre-hospital personnel including nurses, EMTs, ski patrollers, first responders and physicians enjoyed an evening at the Resort at Squaw Creek on Dec. 1 for the Winter Sports Injury Symposium.

The event, sponsored by Tahoe Forest Health System, featured speakers, exhibits, dinner, raffle prizes and the opportunity to earn four continuing education credits.

This year’s theme was risk. The main presenter, Paul LeSage, spoke about the philosophy called Just Culture. The main point of Just Culture is to get people to think about how to be part of creating better systems, while at the same time making better choices based on avoiding risk.

It emphasizes understanding and acknowledging choices that may lead to good or bad outcomes.

“Risk is everywhere and Just Culture helps us become more aware of those risks, while also strengthening our culture of quality and safety,” said Alex MacLennan, Human Resources Manager at TFHS. “The attendees really enjoyed the presentation and Paul’s engaging style and wanted to hear more about the Just Culture principles.”

The evening also featured Dr. Robb Gaffney, who spoke about how the relationship between athletes/fans/observers/audience can be a risk factor for injury.

John Mohler, a flight nurse, discussed treatment and transport in extreme environments.

The Symposium is a wonderful education experience for pre-hospital personnel.

“Tahoe Forest Hospital strives for the perfect care experience for every patient, and the reality is that care starts well before the patient gets to the hospital,” MacLennan said.

For more information about Winter Sports Injury Symposium, email education@tfhd.com or call 530-582-3543.

For more information about Just Culture, contact MacLennan at 530-582-6230 or amaclennan@tfhd.com.

This article was submitted by Tahoe Forest Health System. For more information, visit http://www.tfhd.com.