Picture of the productAdvances in Resp Monitoring & Outcome
"Advances in Respiratory Monitoring and Outcomes: A Pro-Con Debate" Lecturers: Michael Davis, BS, RRT and Brian Walsh, MBA, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC. Advances in the technology to monitor the neonatal and pediatric patient with acute respiratory failure continue to occur. But, have these advances improved outcomes or simply increased the cost of medical care? This pro/con presentation will highlight both sides of this important clinical controversy. Item #CT20155

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Picture of the productControversies in Mechanical Ventilation
"Controversies in Mechanical Ventilation: Low Tidal Volume Strategies" Lecturer: J. Brady Scott, MSc, RRT-ACCS, FAARC. Recommendations in set tidal volume for patients requiring mechanical ventilation has changed dramatically over the years. It has been theorized that a low tidal volume strategy is the best option for all patients receiving mechanical ventilation, not just those with specific lung pathologies. This presentation will discuss the evidence for and against as well as the implementation of low tidal volume strategies for mechanically ventilated patients. Item #CT20163

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Picture of the productDisease Mngmt and the Resp Therapist
"Disease Management and the Respiratory Therapist" Lecturer: Timothy Myers, MBA, RRT-NPS, FAARC. This presentation will identify the key components to a comprehensive disease management program and discuss the necessary skills of an effective disease manager. The presenter will discuss disease management in the context of the current health system and discuss evidence to support the fiscal impact of chronic pulmonary disease and the positive impact of disease self-management. Item #CT20168

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Picture of the productE-Cigarettes: Science Behind Smoke/Mirrors
"E-Cigarettes: The Science Behind the Smoke and Mirrors" Lecturer: Nathan Cobb, MD. Pharmacotherapies and other support aids have long been proven to enhance the quit rates of most smokers. But there's a new kid on the block alleging its success in tobacco cessation. E-cigarette manufacturers want you to believe that using their product is a safer alternative than the traditional cigarette, but is it really? This presentation will examine e-cigarettes and share the science behind the newest craze in tobacco use. Item #CT20166

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Picture of the productEbola: From Sierra Leone to Sin City
"Ebola: From Sierra Leone to Sin City" Lecturer: Lewis Rubinson. Hospitals around the country are striving to enact procedures to effectively screen patients with potential exposure to Ebola, provide appropriate care to those who are infected, and protect healthcare workers. In this session, Dr. Rubinson will share his experiences treating Ebola in Sierra Leone in September 2014. In addition, Dr. Rubinson will discuss healthcare systems preparedness and preparedness for the bedside healthcare provider. Item #CT20151

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Picture of the productImpact of Comorbid Cond on Obst Sleep Ap
"Impact of Comorbid Conditions on Obstructive Sleep Apnea" Lecturer: Karen Schell DHSc, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS, RPFT, RPSGT, AE-C, CTTS. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a primary disease condition that may require significant medical intervention. However, when one or more co-morbid conditions exist, the treatment options may be limited. This presentation will discuss OSA in relation to risk factors, diagnostic procedures, and treatment options with various co-morbid conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke. Item #CT20165

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Picture of the productInfection Prevention
"Infection Prevention: Translating Science into Practice" Lecturer: Cheryl Hoerr, MBA, RRT, CPFT, FAARC. Respiratory therapists are integral to ensuring infection control in the healthcare environment. However, there are many risk factors and regulatory standards that impact the respiratory therapists' ability to be effective. This presentation will discuss these risk factors and regulatory standards as well as isolation levels and provide the respiratory therapist with a practical plan to prevent infections. Item #CT20161

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Picture of the productManagement of the 2015 Asthmatic
"Management of the 2015 Asthmatic: Phenotyping and Managing Refractory Asthma" Lecturer: James T. Good, MD. 2nd Annual Thomas L Petty Memorial Lecture. Even with the availability of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines, up to 50% of asthma patients are not well controlled. The greatest proportion of costs and medical complications occur in the more-severe or refractory asthmatic group. This lecture will emphasize the importance of using fiberoptic bronchoscopy to phenotype refractory asthmatic patients and using this information to provide personalized individual directed therapy. Appropriate recommendations for the prevention and treatment of exacerbations will be reviewed as well as the safety of current therapeutic guidelines. Item #CT20154

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Picture of the productMgmt for Mechanically Ventilated Patient
"Management Strategies for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient" Lecturers: Richard Kallet, MS, RRT, FAARC and Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC. Part 1: Evaluation of dead space ventilation may be an important tool to help clinicians when determining certain ventilator strategies. Does it have a role in optimizing PEEP? Does it predict mortality? This presentation will discuss these topics and help us understand how the use of capnography may help guide the way. Part 2: A discussion of PEEP titration in the setting of refractory hypoxemia and the role of recruitment maneuvers. Included will be use of oxygenation tables, best compliance, stress index, and esophageal manometry. Item #CT20152

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Picture of the productMonitors: Improving Safety or Incr Risk?
"Monitors: Improving Safety or Increasing Risk?" Lecturer: Charles Durbin Jr., MD, FCCM. Monitoring is a routine and common component of caring for critically ill patients and patients at risk for serious, unpredictable deterioration. This presentation will review the explosion of devices developed to provide monitoring for patients in and outside the ICU. Unintended consequences of this massive deployment of technology has led to problems with false alarms, caregiver distraction, environmental noise pollution, failure to respond to real alarms, and fatigue resulting in worsening patient outcomes. Using pulse oximetry as a prototype monitor and familiar device, the important issues of monitoring in general will be investigated. A paradigm that can be used to evaluate the impact of monitoring in general will be developed. Evaluation of a monitor requires understanding the care decisions and actions driven by its use, not by the presence or absence of the device itself. Confusion with making clinical diagnoses (e.g., "hypoxia") and monitoring (e.g., identifying "falling saturations and intervening") leads to the misunderstandings about the value and use of monitoring. Item #CT20167

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Picture of the productNon-Invasive Monitoring in the ICU
A one hour lecture presented by Brady Scott, MS, RRT-ACCS and Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC. Monitoring is a vital component of the daily care of patient care in the intensive care unit. This presentation explores the technologic advances in non-invasive monitoring and practical application of non-invasive monitoring to guide appropriate respiratory care of the critically ill patient. Item # PR20147

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Picture of the productNon-Invasive Ventilation
A one hour lecture presented by Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC and Timothy Myers, MBA, RRT-NPS, FAARC. This presentation provides an evidence-based update on the practice of noninvasive ventilation. Indications, patient selection, complications, and technical aspects of noninvasive ventilation are also discussed. Item # PR20145

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Picture of the productNoninvasive Ventilation - Past 20 Years
"What Have We Learned about Noninvasive Ventilation in the Past 20 Years?" Lecturer: Laurent Brochard, MD. 41st Donald F. Egan Scientific Memorial Lecture. Twenty years ago, noninvasive ventilation was introduced into acute care practice. This therapy is now widely used in the acute care setting. This lecture will address the evolution of noninvasive ventilation over the past 20 years, presented by an individual who has made much academic contribution to this field. Item #CT20157

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Picture of the productPalliative Care: Addressing Symptom Mgmt
"Palliative Care: Addressing Symptom Management in Pulmonary Patients" Lecturer: Helen Sorenson and Paul Selecky, MD. Palliative care is an important component of providing patient-centric care. Though respiratory therapists are vital to the complete care delivery process, they may not be comfortable with the conversation. This presentation will identify the role of palliative care in patients with chronic pulmonary illnesses across the age spectrum and provide insight into the challenges in and barriers to providing palliative care. The role of the respiratory therapist in palliative care is discussed as well. Item #CT20164

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Picture of the productPreventing Post-Procedural Resp Depression
"Preventing Post-Procedural Respiratory Depression" Lecturer: Lori Conklin, MD. Patients undergoing sedation for procedures may be at a higher risk level than anticipated. This presentation will discuss the effects of procedural sedation on the patient's cardiorespiratory system as well as common procedural sedation techniques, complications of procedural sedations, and practice guidelines for monitoring. The presenter will also discuss the role of the respiratory therapist in procedural sedation and how the respiratory therapist can improve patient outcomes. Item #CT20162

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Picture of the productRespir. 2015 & Beyond: Adult Acute Care
"Respiratory Therapy 2015 and Beyond: Applied Adult Acute Care Case Studies" Lecturer: Daniel Rowley, MSc, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, RPFT, FAARC. The roles and responsibilities of respiratory therapists continue to expand in multidisciplinary care management of acutely ill patients. The AARC's 2015 and Beyond Task Force has identified seven major content areas with skills and attributes of graduate respiratory therapists that are needed to optimize participation in guiding patient care management. This case study presentation will demonstrate how each of the major competencies identified by the AARC's 2015 and Beyond Task Force may be readily applied in the adult acute care setting. Item #CT20153

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Picture of the productRole of Safety Checklists in Healthcare: Bother/Necessity
This presentation reviews the history of the use of checklists and other standardized procedures to improve outcomes in various industries and discusses how they are being adopted for use in healthcare to reduce errors and improve patient safety. Professor is Timothy McDonald, MD, JD and Moderator is Sam Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC. AARC Copyright 2011 Item # PR114

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Picture of the productVAP to VAE: Implications for the Respiratory Therapist
Because there is no reliable definition for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), the CDC convened a multidisciplinary group to develop a new surveillance definition. The result is a tiered approach that focuses on ventilator-associated events (VAE). A ventilator-associated condition (VAC) is defined as worsening oxygenation after a period of stability or improvement on the ventilator. An infection-related ventilator-associated complication (IVAC) is associated with measures of body temperature, or white blood cell count, and initiation of a new antimicrobial agent. Assessment of respiratory secretions informs the definition of possible or probable VAP. The VAE definitions will detect a wide variety of complications in patients on mechanical ventilation. VAE surveillance will require close working relationships among respiratory therapists and infection prevention personnel. VAE prevention presents many opportunities for respiratory therapists. These include use of noninvasive ventilation, implementation of lung-protective ventilation strategies, ventilator discontinuation protocols, and VAP prevention strategies. Professor is Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC. Moderator is Kathleen Deakins, MHA, RRT-NPS, FAARC. Item # PR20137

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Picture of the productVentilating Trauma Patients
"Ventilating Trauma Patients: ARDS and Traumatic Brain Injury" Lecturers: Joseph Hylton, BSRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC and Carl Hinkson, MS, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, FAARC. Part 1: ARDS is a devastating clinical syndrome that frequently impacts trauma victims. Early recognition and treatment can significantly affect mortality, even in the transport environment. This presenter will discuss how trauma victims are uniquely susceptible to developing the syndrome. Recognition and interventions for conventional treatment of ALI/ARDS will be discussed. Part 2: Ventilating the TBI patient can be a challenge. This presentation will cover approaches to reducing intracranial pressure and how the ventilator may help or hurt in the process. Item #CT20158

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Picture of the productVentilation: Humidification During MV-Review
This presentation examines the options for airway humidification in patients with artificial airways requiring invasive mechanical ventilation across all venues of care and during prolonged transport. Humidification during non-invasive ventilation will also be reviewed. Indications, contraindications, hazards/complications, monitoring, infection control and other relevant topics will be discussed. Professor is Richard D. Branson, MSc, RRT, FAARC, FCCM. Moderator is Tom Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC. Item # PR20132

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