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Crowne Plaza Indianapolis 123 West Louisiana Indianapolis , Indiana 46225
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2017 AARC Congress - American Association For Respiratory Care

Overview

Event Overview:

The International Respiratory Convention & Exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive respiratory care meeting in the world.

The AARC Congress offers an exciting venue to present advances in treatment, research, cutting-edge technology, and education on pulmonary disease and injury.

Exhibitor Information:

A FIRST CLASS EVENT That Attracts Top Respiratory Therapists From All 50 United States, U.S. Territories, and Nearly 30 Countries.

Meet the Profession's Leaders, schedule your 3-day sales call with nearly 6,000 respiratory therapists in Tampa. You’ll build lasting connections with new customers and reinforce existing relationships.

EXPAND YOUR PROSPECT BASE AND STRENGTHEN CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS

The AARC Congress Exhibit Hall not only allows you to show your product or service but also make an important first impression. That strengthens customer relationships.

Who Exhibits?

Equipment/Pharmaceuticals

Manufacturers and distributors of health care equipment, devices, technology, supplies, services, and pharmaceuticals

Career Opportunity

Hospitals and health care systems, military services, schools of respiratory care, and colleges and universities

Market Research

Market research companies who gather respiratory care and/or health care-related information from attendees

Apparel & Lifestyle

Companies with health care apparel and health care related lifestyle products

Publications/Educational Resources

Publishers of books, magazines, educational resources, and training materials for continuing professional education

Associations/Societies/Foundations

Nonprofit organizations

About AARC:

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is the leading national and international professional association for respiratory care. The AARC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advances the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients and their families, the public, the profession and the respiratory therapist.

Agenda

Oct 4   

8:00 am–10:30 am

Opening Session

8:00 am–9:30 am | Room TBA

AARC Awards Ceremony

Thomas J Kallstrom MBA RRT FAARC/Co-Presiding

This ceremony recognizes the "doers" in the profession, from students to long-established practitioners. Be there and applaud your peers. Today it's them; tomorrow it could be you!

9:35 am–10:25 am | Room TBA

Give Me Dignity or Give Me Death

Claire Wineland

"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" were the words delivered by Patrick Henry during his impassioned speech at the 1775 Virginia Convention in seeking independence for his home state. Now, nearly 250 years later, Claire Wineland, an impassioned CF patient, inspirational Youtube personality and founder of Claire's Place Foundation (a Foundation to assist families living with CF), whose desire to see terminally ill patients live life to their fullest puts her own spin on that famous phrase with "Give Me Dignity of Give Me Death". In this riveting, emotional and inspiring keynote address, Claire will share with attendees her message of hope and her daily struggle of prioritizing happiness over health. Attendees will walk away from this presentation better understanding how to reframe the conversation with terminally ill patients from one that is based exclusively on health and well-being to one that dignifies the patient and empowers them to enjoy life's experiences, to be inspired and to inspire others. Claire will conclude her keynote address by ensuring that respiratory therapists understand the impact they have made on her life, to thank them, and to show her appreciation, because it's the work RTs do in caring for her medical condition that allows her to focus on living life for a bigger, more meaningful purpose.

10:30 am–10:30 am | Room TBA

Opening of Exhibit Hall

Brian K Walsh PhD RRT FAARC, Boston MA

The 2017/2018 AARC President opens the Exhibit Hall. As the "Gold Standard" of all respiratory care meetings, AARC Congress 2017 presents to you all the manufacturers and suppliers in the industry. The Exhibit Hall offers attendees an opportunity to see, touch, and manipulate the latest technology in the field and have clinical conversations with manufacturer representatives. Don't miss this great opportunity!

8:00 am–6:00 pm | Room TBA

Sputum Bowl Preliminaries

Renee Wunderley BS RRT-NPS/Presiding

Teams from the AARC State Societies compete in the preliminary competitions. The top four teams will advance to the Finals on Friday evening, October 6.

11:00 am–12:00 pm | Room TBA

Orientation for First-time Attendees

Thomas Lamphere BS RRT-ACCS RPFT FAARC

Are you a first-time attendee with unanswered questions about who to see, where to go, and what to expect from your first AARC Congress? If so, then attendance at this presentation is a MUST for you! This presentation provides first-time attendees with an overview of the entire AARC Congress and includes suggestions on how to maximize your time, not only at the educational session but also at the exhibits and peripheral activities as well.

12:05 pm–12:35 pm | Room TBA

Presenting An OPEN FORUM Abstract

Teresa A Volsko MHHS RRT FAARC, Akron OH

This presentation will introduce the neophyte research presenter to the customs, roles, and experience of presenting at an OPEN FORUM Session. The stages of an OPEN FORUM presentation including poster set-up, interacting with participants and moderators, presenting at the podium, and participating in moderated audience discussions will be addressed. Expectations for Editor's Choice and Poster Only presentations will be reviewed.

1:00 pm–1:30 pm | Room TBA

Diagnostics Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

1:30 pm–2:05 pm | Room TBA

A Rose By Any Other Name: Perceptions of Palliative Care

Shawna Strickland PhD RRT-NPS RRT-ACCS AE-C FAARC , Irving TX

Many experts recommend early initiation of palliative care to improve patients quality of life. However, the perception of palliative care - patient, caregiver, and health care provider - steers many away from this beneficial service. This presentation will discuss perspectives of palliative care and provide strategies to engage the RT to improve patient quality of life.

1:30 pm–2:05 pm | Room TBA | Management

Patient-Centric Care: What is It and What's the Fit for the RT?

Garry W Kauffman MPA RRT FACHE FAARC, Walnut Cove NC

Patient-centric care has been around for decades in different forms. In the 1980s the first salvo included staff reduction, clinician elimination, de-skilling, and reduction of mid-level management. What has changed about this focus on patients - other than a catchy new phrase? Absolutely everything! Patient-centric care is about providing the right care, at the right time, with the right quality, by the right person, and being able to measure the outcomes of this care. For RTs there is no better time to demonstrate your value, and for RT managers this is the best time to demonstrate your knowledge and ability to manage this new care delivery system based on evidence-based medicine, system-wide cost effectiveness, and patient/family satisfaction.

1:30 pm–2:05 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Standardization and Application of the Single- Breath Determination of Nitric Oxide Uptake in the Lung

Gerald S Zavorsky PhD RPFT FACSM, Atlanta GA

This lecture will discuss the recent European Respiratory Society task force paper published in the European Respiratory Journal in 2017 on the standardization and application of pulmonary diffusing capacity for nitric oxide (DLNO). The talk will include a discussion of the differences between DLNO and pulmonary diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide (DLCO), the prediction equations developed for DLNO, and the summary consensus statement for DLNO.

1:30 pm–2:05 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

A Brief History of Marijuana and A Review of the Respiratory System Effects

Mary Martinasek PhD RRT-NPS AE-C MPH, Tampa FL

This lecture will educate participants on marijuana and its effects on the respiratory system.

1:30 pm–2:05 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Telemonitoring: Vital Sign vs Vitality Monitoring To Identify Pending Hospitalizations

Dan Easley BA, Apollo PA

Is telemonitoring really the right tool to use for the pulmonary patient? Once vital signs are outside of normal range, pulmonary patients are often symptomatic and hours from a hospitalization. This presentation will show how the use of vitality monitoring can be much more effective and can pick-up changes.

1:30 pm–2:05 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Breath Sounds: Are We Getting It Right?

Brian Cayko BS MBA RRT, Great Falls MT

This session will examine the need for a common pulmonary nomenclature for auscultation of lung sounds. This lecture will include an audio presentation and interactive audience polling using your mobile devices!

Chosen from the 2016 Speaker Academy

1:30 pm–2:45 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

PRO/CON: Optimizing Lung Volume, Optimizes Outcome for Pediatric ARDS

PRO: Alexandre T Rotta MD , Cleveland OH
CON: Ira Cheifetz MD FAARC Durham NC

Although data exist that lung recruitment is associated with improved physiologic parameters and much has been discussed regarding the importance of 'optimal lung volumes', no one has proven that optimizing lung volumes optimizes clinical outcomes. Two international experts will go head-to-head in this debate focused on optimizing the care of the pediatric patient with ARDS. An interactive discussion with the audience will follow the debate.

1:30 pm–4:05 pm

Myth Busting

1:30 pm–2:45 pm | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Patient/Ventilator Synchrony

PRO: Robert L Chatburn MHHS RRT-NPS FAARC, Cleveland OH
CON: Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila MD Cleveland OH

This talk will discuss the importance of definitions and evidence in identifying problems with patient-ventilator synchrony and what to do about them. The myths (in the literature and everyday practice) will be identified and categorized as "Busted," "Plausible," or "Confirmed."

2:50 pm–4:05 pm | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Liberation From Mechanical Ventilation

PRO: Robert L Chatburn MHHS RRT-NPS FAARC, Cleveland OH
CON: Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila MD Cleveland OH

This talk will discuss the chain of events from intubation to liberation for the adult patient. The mathematics of diagnostic tests for weaning success will be explained. Current guidelines and their criticisms will be debated. The myths (in the literature and everyday practice) will be identified and categorized as "Busted," "Plausible," or "Confirmed."

2:10 pm–2:45 pm | Room TBA | Education

Collegiality Among Colleagues

Douglas S Gardenhire EdD RRT-NPS FAARC, Atlanta GA

The relationship between colleagues may be the most important aspect of any department or team. Collegiality has been and continues to be of interest in academia, however as inter-professional education continues to dominate, health care collegiality should be considered for all team members no matter the setting. This lecture will define collegiality as well as address why it is important. Finally, the presenter will discuss strategies on how to achieve collegiality in a department or team.

2:10 pm–2:45 pm | Room TBA | Management

Accountable Departments Are Successful Departments

Dana Evans MHA RRT-NPS, Chicago IL

The word "accountability" tends to make people cringe and yet we all want to work with co-workers, staff, and leaders who are accountable. How do we move from blame to ownership and empowerment? Empowered employees are more focused, motivated, and engaged with your vision. Empower your staff to take ownership in the organization. The presenter will discuss why getting past the blame and excuses will allow your department to thrive.

2:10 pm–2:45 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

The Latest Evidence-Based Recommendations for Assessing and Monitoring Patients Receiving Opioids

Kevin McQueen MHA RRT CPPS CM, Oceanside CA

This presentation will discuss the latest published, evidence-based recommendations related to assessment tools and monitoring of patients receiving opioid pain medications. Utilizing the current published research in conjunction with the 2014 San Diego Patient Safety Council's (SDPSC) Tool Kit "Respiratory Monitoring of Patients Outside the ICU," the presenter will outline ways that hospitals may improve their ability to protect patients from preventable respiratory depression and adverse harm.

2:10 pm–2:45 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

The A B C & Ds of Personalities in Rehabilitation

Aaron McColpin DNP RRT-NPS NP CPFT, Camarillo CA

This lecture focuses on the relationship between personality characteristics and disease acceptance on the Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who had been referred for pulmonary rehabilitation.

2:10 pm–4:45 pm

PFT Laboratory Accreditation Readiness

2:10 pm–2:45 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

The Onsite Visit

Katrina Hynes MHA RRT RPFT , Rochester MN

The American Thoracic Society has identified the need and the importance of a Pulmonary Function Laboratory Quality Assurance Accreditation Program at a national level. The Mayo Clinic Pulmonary Function Laboratory conceived a Pulmonary Function Quality Assurance Program to assure accreditation readiness which debuted July 2016. The first lecture of this four lecture symposium will discuss the first critical component of the program - the onsite visit.

2:50 pm–3:25 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Biological Control Subjects

Carl Mottram RRT RPFT FAARC, Rochester MN

This lecture will discuss the second critical component of a Pulmonary Function Laboratory Quality Assurance Accreditation Program - biological control subjects.

3:30 pm–4:05 pm | Room TBA

Mechanical Models

Katrina Hynes MHA RRT RPFT, Rochester MN

This lecture will discuss the third critical component of a Pulmonary Function Laboratory Quality Assurance Accreditation Program - mechanical models.

4:10 pm–4:45 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Reporting Requirements

Carl Mottram RRT RPFT FAARC, Rochester MN

This lecture will discuss the fourth critical component of a Pulmonary Function Laboratory Quality Assurance Accreditation Program - reporting requirements.

2:10 pm–5:25 pm

Year in Review

2:10 pm–2:45 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Cystic Fibrosis

Bruce Rubin MD MBA MEngr FAARC, Richmond VA

This presentation covers the most important published literature on cystic fibrosis in the past year.

2:50 pm–3:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Mridu Gulati MD, New Haven CT

This presentation covers the most important published literature on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in the past year.

3:30 pm–4:05 pm | Room TBA

Pulmonary Hypertension

Speaker TBA

This presentation covers the most important published literature on pulmonary hypertension in the past year.

4:10 pm–4:45 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: State-of-the-Art for the RT

Robert Sandhaus MD PhD, Denver CO

This presentation covers the most important published literature on alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) in the past year.

4:50 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Neuromuscular Disease

Lisa Wolfe MD, Chicago IL

This presentation covers the most important published literature on neuromuscular disease/ALS in the past year.

2:50 pm–3:25 pm | Room TBA | Education

Creating a Village: Building a Long-Term Research Agenda for Your Department

Dave Burnett PhD RRT AE-C, Kansas City KS

Exploring the opportunity to develop research within your department and mentoring faculty to help build a successful long-term research agenda.

2:50 pm–3:25 pm | Room TBA | Management

Pencils Down: Using an Internally Developed Electronic Workload Division Tool

Jennifer Smith AAS RRT-ACCS

Are respiratory care departments keeping up with the rapid pace of a technology- driven medical field? This presentation will address the challenges faced by a respiratory department when assigning scheduled work. The lecturer will discuss the benefits of developing an electronic workload tool that allows assignments to be made more efficient electronically than counting by hand.

2:50 pm–3:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

An Update on Current E-Cigarette and Hookah Smoking Research

Mary Martinasek PhD RRT-NPS AE-C MPH, Tampa FL

This presentation will focus on an update of the scholarly literature related to both hookah smoking and electronic cigarettes. A clinician's perspective and guidance will be presented.

2:50 pm–3:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Delivering Quality Care to Reduce COPD Readmissions: Not all COPD Readmissions are Avoidable

Scott Cerreta BS RRT, Flagstaff AZ

This lecture will describe several best practice models for delivering quality of care that leads to outcomes of reduced COPD readmissions. It is important to avoid the common pitfall of setting COPD Readmission Reduction as a primary goal.

2:50 pm–3:25 pm

Pediatric Respiratory Care 2017

2:50 pm–3:25 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Mechanical Ventilation

Ira Cheifetz MD FAARC, Durham NC

Mechanical ventilation remains the mainstay of ICU management. This presentation will review current guidelines for ventilation of the infant and child with respiratory failure. Recommendations from the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference (PALICC) will be discussed as well as the subsequent related data. Thoughts for the future will also be offered.

3:30 pm–4:05 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Pediatric ARDS: Beyond Mechanical Ventilation

Alexandre T Rotta MD, Cleveland OH

Management of children with ARDS continues to be a real challenge for the pediatric clinician. The management of this critically ill population goes beyond mechanical ventilation. This presentation will review adjunct management approaches for pediatric ARDS with a focus on the relevant data from the medical literature.

4:10 pm–4:45 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Chronic Respiratory Failure: The New Long-Term Ventilation Challenge

Kathleen Deakins MHA RRT NPS FAARC , Cleveland OH

An increasing number of infants and children live with a tracheostomy and long-term mechanical ventilation. An optimal approach to ventilatory management is critical to improving the quality of life and survival for this vulnerable population. This presentation will discuss the available medical literature as well as ethical challenges related to this complex group of patients.

4:50 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Aerosol Delivery

Bruce Rubin MD MBA MEngr FAARC, Richmond VA

The field of aerosol delivery has greatly advanced over the past several years. This presentation will discuss technologic and pharmacologic improvements as well as some thoughts on a standardized approach to aerosol delivery in pediatrics. Speculation on the future of this advancing field will be offered.

3:15 pm–5:10 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #1

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

3:15 pm–5:10 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #2

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

3:30 pm–4:05 pm | Room TBA | Education

Pursuing an Expanded Scope of Practice: To the Top of Your License

Robert L Joyner Jr PhD RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC, Salisbury NY

Patient care continues to evolve at a brisk pace with sicker patients being cared for with fewer resources. Sufficient staffing expansion is not usually an option and other providers do not have our specialized education, training, or expertise. This presents a conundrum. Our patients need us to fulfill our roles and assure they are receiving the best care possible; we should all be prepared to practice at the top of our license.

3:30 pm–4:05 pm | Room TBA | Management

Things That Make You Go "Hmm?" Non-Evidence-Based Respiratory Care

Thomas Lamphere BS RRT-ACCS RPFT FAARC, Sellersville PA

This lecture will review common respiratory therapies and practices that have little or no evidence to support their use yet are still utilized in many facilities. This "non-evidence-based" care uses valuable financial resources including both manpower hours and equipment/disposable supplies. Attendees will be provided with current evidence to use as tools to effect a change in their facility to improve the quality of the care provided while at the same time utilizing their resources more wisely!

3:30 pm–4:05 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Producing Quality Research on a Shoestring Budget

 

Keith D Lamb RRT-ACCS FCCM, Warrenton VA

In a time where every dollar is closely watched research is often put on the back burner. This lecture will demonstrate ways of producing quality research without spending a lot of money.

3:30 pm–4:05 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Vitality To You: Continuity of Care in the Home

Michael Caron BS RRT, Northford CT

"Vitality to You" is a rehab pilot program consisting of PT, OT, and speech therapy utilizing respiratory care professionals. This is a multidisciplinary approach focused on continuing care in the home for recently discharged long-term patients.

4:10 pm–4:45 pm | Room TBA | Education

Developing Future Respiratory Care Practitioners: Clinical Sites, Preceptor Staff, and Departments, Oh My!

De De Gardner MS RRT-NPS FAARC FCCP, San Antonio TX

Clinical sites for education programs are becoming a challenge for programs using the preceptor model. Many hospital managers and staff see having students as a "burden" and not a "pleasant" experience. This presentation will discuss the clinician- student model experience as a win-win for the student/educational program and the staff/respiratory care department. The presentation will also share the use of career ladders and expectations for staff to precept students and provide a positive experience for the student.

4:10 pm–4:45 pm | Room TBA | Management

Regional Management of Respiratory Care Services in a Multi-Site Health System

 

Holly Williams MHA RRT, Greenr SC

Managing multiple respiratory care departments across multiple sites poses many challenges that differ from those that arise in a single location department. Ensuring that each site is successful requires careful planning and commitment from the respiratory care manager. The unique challenges that regional managers face require creative thought and adaptability. This session will review some of the specific challenges as well as essentials for success. Communication is always identified as a number one barrier; different techniques to address this barrier will be discussed. There will be several organizational charts presented to demonstrate various models that can work in respiratory care departments.

4:10 pm–4:45 pm | Room TBA

Medication Safety: Why Errors Occur and What RTs Can Do To Reduce the Risks

Kevin M McQueen MHA RRT CPPS CM , Oceanside CA

This presentation is designed to provide attendees with an appreciation of why medication errors occur, the impact of medication errors on patients/outcomes, monitoring requirements, and various methods to improve processes with regard to delivering safe and effective care.

4:10 pm–4:45 pm | Room TBA

End-of-Life Discussions From An RT Perspective

Stephanie Williams BS RRT , Nashville TN

As RTs we offer a unique perspective into the questions that arise as people near the end of their lives. Using our knowledge of respiratory disease progression we can help people begin that conversation with their family and loved ones at appropriate times.

4:10 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Prone Positioning Should Be Used in Moderate ARDS

PRO: Thomas Piraino RRT , Beamsville ON
CON: John Emberger RRT-ACCS CPHQ FAARC Newark DE

Prone positioning alters lung mechanics and improves the distribution of ventilation in ARDS. Prone positioning has been shown to reduce mortality in severe ARDS. But how early should prone position be initiated? Can it improve outcomes in mild or moderate ARDS?

4:50 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA | Management

Finding the Evidence: Separating Science From Fake News

Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC, Boston MA

What is the best evidence? When do you trust a colleague and when do you need a randomized controlled trial? This lecture will describe an approach to the scientific method to facilitate decision-making based on evidence rather than anecdote.

4:50 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

The Association Between Fitness and Pulmonary Diffusing Capacity

Gerald S Zavorsky PhD RPFT FACSM, Atlanta GA

Exercise capacity (cardiorespiratory fitness) is a powerful predictor of mortality. This lecture will examine cardiorespiratory fitness, how it is related to pulmonary diffusing capacity, and its significance to overall health.

4:50 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Understanding the Maze of Energy Systems: Maximizing Training for Pulmonary Rehab

Dennis J Guillot PhD RRT CSCS , Thibodaux LA

This presentation will review the metabolic energy systems pathways and discuss/ debate how best to modify training considering these pathways to enhance conditioning in pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

4:50 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA

DNR Under the Stethoscope: Hearing the Need for a Different Approach

Jim Damron MDiv RRT CPFT, Charlotte NC

The health care industry is continuously changing and patient-provider relationships are being affected. Interventions that were once requested are now being demanded. This presentation will look at how changes have affected our approach to code status and propose a different approach which could improve the patient-provider relationship.

Chosen from the 2016 Speaker Academy 
4:50 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA | Education

The Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (APRT): Exploring the Potential

John Wilgis MBA RRT, Orlando FL
Robert L Joyner Jr PhD RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC Salisbury NY
Shane Keene DHSc RRT-NPS CPFT RPSGT FAARC Cincinnati OH
Brian K Walsh PhD RRT-NPS FAARC Boston MA

This panel discussion by the Ad Hoc Committee on Advanced RT Practices, Credentialing, and Education will discuss the effort over the past year of exploring the need for an advanced practice provider caring for patients with cardiopulmonary disease.

Oct 5   

7:30 am–8:30 am | Room TBA

AARC Annual Business Meeting

Brian K Walsh PhD RRT FAARC/Co-Presiding

This is the official Annual Business Meeting of the AARC 2018 AARC Officers, Board of Directors, and Officers from the House of Delegates are installed. Reports from AARC leadership are presented. The meeting concludes with an address from 2017/2018 AARC President, Brian K. Walsh.

8:00 am–6:00 pm | Room TBA

Sputum Bowl Preliminaries

Renee Wunderley BS RRT-NPS

Teams from the AARC State Societies compete in the preliminary competitions. The top four teams will advance to the Finals on Friday evening, October 6 along with the Student Sputum Bowl finalists.

8:40 am–9:30 am

5th Annual Thomas L Petty Memorial Lecture

8:40 am–9:30 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Meeting the Challenge of COPD Care in the US

Meilan Han MD , Ann Arbor MI

COPD is a leading cause of death in the US, and yet it remains underdiagnosed and access to critical services for these patients remain challenging. Patients with COPD and the providers who care for them face unique obstacles, particularly in the current healthcare environment. The impact of these obstacles on patient care and how we as providers can help to address them will be discussed.

9:35 am–10:05 am | Room TBA

Neonatal-Pediatrics Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

10:00 am–11:55 am | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #3

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

10:00 am–11:55 am | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #4

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Respiratory Therapists as Members of the Multi- Disciplinary ALS Team

Garner Faulkner II BS RRT AE-C, El Cajon CA

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not a respiratory disease yet respiratory failure is the leading cause of death and terminal dyspnea is a major fear among patients with ALS. Respiratory therapists are uniquely qualified to provide much of the care and support these patients so desperately need to improve their quality of life and extend their survival. This lecture will focus on the unique features of neuromuscular respiratory failure treatment goals and the important role of the respiratory therapist in the management of these patients.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Management

How To Lie With Statistics and Figures - What's a "p" Anyway

Dean R. Hess PhD RRT FAARC , Boston MA

To many, if not most of us in health care leadership "research" is not something we learned in RT school. Additionally many of us do not have the resources to do clinical research within our organization. This lecture will take some of the mystery out of the language of research.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA

High-Frequency Ventilation During Transport

Dario Rodriquez Jr. MSc RRT FAARC , Cincinnati OH

The ability to utilize high-frequency ventilation during patient transport has been realized during the past few years. This lecture will look at the pros and cons of high frequency ventilation during transport.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA

Snoozing on Performance: The Mental and Physical Connection with Sleep

Dennis J Guillot PhD RRT CSCS , Thibodaux LA

This presentation will discuss the effect of sleep deprivation on physical and mental performance and address strategies to limit the effect of deprivation.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA

The Other Side of Midnight - A Personal Journey into Palliative and Hospice Care

Kim Bennion MHS RRT CHC , Salt Lake City UT

The presenter will share her intimate journey with her mother during the final stages of her COPD as she sought palliative and hospice care orders, end-of-life discussions, and the impact of "last dose syndrome."

10:30 am–11:45 am

State Medicaid and Payer Innovation Models

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Two-Year Results of an RT Designed and Led Medicaid Initiative with Pay-for- Performance Reimbursement Model

Gene Gantt RRT FAARC , Livingston TN

For over two years Tennessee Managed Medicaid patients in skilled nursing facilities have benefited from an RT designed and led quality initiative. Not only did the initiative improve outcomes in the tracheostomized and ventilator populations, it also resulted in substantial savings to the payers and state.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

New York State Innovative COPD Medicaid Reform

Frederic D Seifer MD FCCP , Potsdam NY

Like many other states New York is taking a hard look at health utilization. More and more health plans are recognizing an overwhelming need to reform the way chronic disease management is delivered. Medicaid in NY State or DSRIP "Delivery System Reform Innovation Program" has approved a program pilot which funds the use of RTs in the outpatient management of COPD in upstate New York. This lecture will describe the program and its intended outcome.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Medicaid-Funded RT-Led Population Health Models

Zach Gantt RRT, Livingston TN

Managed Medicaid has become fertile ground for RT-led innovations in population health from COPD to ventilator care. This lecture will describe Medicaid-funded innovations.

10:30 am–12:25 pm

Neonatal Respiratory Care 2017

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

The Respiratory Therapist in the Delivery Room: Management of Neonatal Airway Emergencies

Janet Lioy MD, Philadelphia PA

Airway emergencies in the delivery room can rarely be anticipated. A chaotic environment can arise suddenly and lead to a fatal outcome if caregivers are not trained, prepared, or properly equipped. Role awareness, airway knowledge, and hands-on experience in the emergency setting must be discussed, reviewed, and practiced regularly. This presentation will discuss these key aspects from the respiratory care perspective.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Infant PFTs - Purpose, Practice, and Data

Stephanie Davis Indianapolis IN, Indianapolis IN

Despite the commonplace use of pulmonary function testing in children and adults, the technology and experience with PFTs in the infant population continues to lag. This presentation by a pioneer in the field will review the purpose and practice of infant pulmonary function testing including a discussion of the usefulness of the data obtained.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

When Conventional Ventilation Fails for the Neonate: What To Do Next?

Keith Hirst MS RRT- ACCS RRT-NPS AE-C , Wilmington MA

How do we define failure of conventional ventilation in neonates? How should the clinician decide when to move beyond conventional ventilation and what should be the next steps? This presentation will review the available data and proposed potential approaches.

10:30 am–12:25 pm

Ventilator Waveforms - Reading Between the Lines

10:30 am–11:30 am | Room TBA

Using Waveforms To Evaluate Asynchrony

David Vines MHS RRT FAARC , Chicago IL

Mechanical ventilation waveforms are essential for evaluating asynchrony. This talk will demonstrate the most common kinds of asynchrony and provide examples of each. Ventilator changes to alleviate asynchrony will be discussed.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA

Advanced Ventilator Waveforms

Keith D Lamb RRT-ACCS FCCM , Warrenton VA

This lecture will describe ventilator waveforms that require additional maneuvers including pressure volume curves, flow volume curves, and evaluating stress index.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA

Esophageal Pressure Monitoring

Rich Kallet MS RRT FAARC , San Francisco CA

Esophageal manometry allows the determination of transpulmonary pressure and chest wall mechanics. This lecture will describe the utility of esophageal manometry for setting PEEP, evaluating the work of breathing, and guiding lung protection.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

PFTs in the Neuromuscular Disease Patient: More than Meets the Eye

Garner Faulkner II BS RRT AE-C , El Cajon CA

This presentation is intended to help the RCP/PFT specialist identify the importance of PFTs in the patient with neuromuscular disease (NMD). Often PFTs in the NMD patient are also used as a screening tool for implementation of further respiratory modalities. Since no one specific test predicts the course of NMD, it is suggested that multiple types be used to increase the precision of diagnosis and improve monitoring.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Management

Determining the Value of the Respiratory Therapist- What Does the Future Respiratory Therapist Look Like?

Robert L Chatburn MHHS RRT-NPS FAARC , Cleveland OH

As our health care system transitions to a value-based system, the manager of respiratory care must determine the clinical areas of practice in which the respiratory therapist plays the most important role. This lecture will show managers how to determine the value of the respiratory therapist within this new environment.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA

ECMO During Patient Transport

Edd Shope RN NRP , Raleigh NC

Since the early 2000s transportation of a patient on ECMO has risen slowly but steadily. This lecture will discuss the latest issues and resolution of issues related to the transportation of these patients. The 2015 guidelines for transportation of ECMO patients will also be reviewed.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA

Adaptive Servo Ventilation and Central Sleep Apnea

Jessica Schweller MS CNP RRT-SDS RN , Columbus OH

This presentation will include discussion and interactive case presentation regarding indications, device algorithms, and troubleshooting of adaptive servo ventilation for central sleep apnea.

11:10 am–12:25 pm

How To Implement a New Ventilator Platform

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Management

How To Choose the Right Machine

Dave Crotwell RRT-NPS FAARC , Seattle WA

Given the increasing scrutiny of capital expenditures, our selection of high technology and its attendant costs is more important than ever. This discussion will address how to select the right ventilator for your institution or unit from kicking the tires to performing a trial and selecting the machine.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Management

Roll Out: Once Selected How to Roll out the New Fleet of Ventilators

Matthew McNally BS RRT , Lebanon NH

Once a trial is completed and the device is selected this presentation will address the process associated with implementing the new ventilator platform.

11:30 am–3:30 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Posters Only #1

Researchers and clinicians present the results of their work in this Posters Only session. Authors are available from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm for questions and interaction.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Equipment Configuration During Transport: How Do You Do It?

Tabatha Dragonberry MEd RRT-NPS AE-C ACCS CPFT C-NPT , Coral Springs FL

As transport RTs we work in confined spaces and look to maximize equipment configuration. For this lecture we reached out to the transport RT community comparing their set-ups and what works for them. Learn from your peers how to configure equipment for transport.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA

The Use of Auto PAP for Hospital Patients

Jessica Schweller MS CNP RRT-SDS RN , Columbus OH

This presenter will discuss use of auto PAP in the inpatient setting and the implications on the hospital and the RT with regards to cost, training, and supply.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA

Strategies to Optimize Outcome for Respiratory Failure in the Immunocompromised

Courtney Rowan MD, Indianapolid IN

While managing the immunocompetent pediatric patient with ARDS can be challenging, the approach to the severely immunocompromised is even more difficult. This presentation will review the available literature and discuss various approaches to optimize outcome for respiratory failure in the immunocompromised child.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA

Improving Patient Safety Through Reporting of Adverse Events

Thomas Lamphere BS RRT-ACCS RPFT FAARC , Sellersville PA

This lecture reviews adverse event reporting and how it relates to health care workers, and specifically, to a respiratory therapist. The reasons practitioners have difficulty in reporting events will be explored and up-to-date state/national statistics will be reviewed.

12:30 pm–2:55 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #5

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

12:30 pm–2:55 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #6

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

12:30 pm–1:00 pm | Room TBA

Long Term Care Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

12:30 pm–1:00 pm | Room TBA

Sleep Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

12:30 pm–1:00 pm | Room TBA

Surface To Air Transport Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

1:15 pm–1:45 pm | Room TBA

Home Care Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and to participate.

1:15 pm–1:45 pm | Room TBA

Management Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Education

The Importance of Cultural Awareness

Crystal Dunlevy EdD RRT , Columbus OH

We cannot expect everyone to be culturally competent with every minority group (ethnic and otherwise), but we should all make an effort to be culturally sensitive and aware. This presentation will cover what questions to ask (and how to ask them) in order to make every patient feel like they are being heard and respected with regard to their cultural needs.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Telehealth and Homecare Interventions for COPD Readmission Prevention

 

Troy Whittaker BS MHA RRT , Salt Lake City UT

This lecture is a report on the results, patient outcomes, and readmission data of the Tele-COPD pilot program currently underway at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Management

Professional Evolution: Transitioning from Staff Therapist to Supervisor/ Manager

Amanda Richter MHA RRT-NPS ACCS RPFT , Kempner TX

With the continued growth of technology and new practices in respiratory therapy across the country many staff therapists are finding opportunities to professionally grow into the supervisory ranks. Although many good therapists feel prepared for such a transition, some find it more difficult than anticipated. This presentation discusses components of preparation for a successful transition into supervising a therapy team. This presentation will explore strategic and tactical tools as well as philosophical and practical points to consider.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Lights or No Lights? Fly or Don't Fly? Controversies in Transport

Edd Shope RN NRP , Raleigh NC

This lecture will discuss both current and ongoing controversies in transport. Topics will include the decision to use or not use emergency lights during ground transport and the decision to transport a patient by air vs ground transport and more.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA

Update on Ventilator- Associated Pneumonia

Rich Kallet MS RRT FAARC , San Francisco CA

VAP continues to be a common and expensive complication in the hospital. This lecture will focus on respiratory care interventions to prevent and treat VAP.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA

Navigating the Sleep- Disordered Breathing Course: Diagnostics to Successful Treatment

Kimberly S Wiles RRT CPFT , Kittanning PA

Numerous obstacles exist in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing. This lecturer will discuss how these obstacles do not have to be road blocks but only "bumps in the road." Developing a model that overcomes barriers drives quality outcomes; a successful patient experience is key to self-management.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Ventilatory Care of the Infant with Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Ioana Cristea MD , Indianapolis IN

Despite decades of experience in the management of the infant with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, ventilator management remains inconsistent. This presentation will describe optimal approaches to ventilator management including approaches to assist with determining the optimal PEEP for each patient.

1:45 pm–5:00 pm

Respiratory Care Symposium

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

What Could I Possibly Publish in Respiratory Care?

Jeffrey M Haynes RRT RPFT FAARC , Pembroke NH

This presentation will provide advice for persons who wish to submit their research to Respiratory Care.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Retrospective Studies and Quality Assurance Projects

Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC , Boston MA

This lecture will address the potential for and the pitfalls of publishing retrospective studies and quality assurance projects.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Equipment Evaluations: Lung Models, Ventilators, Filters, and Nebulizers

Robert M Kacmarek PhD RRT FAARC , Boston MA

This presentation will cover the good, bad, and ugly of equipment evaluation.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Narrative Reviews, Systematic Reviews, and Meta-Analyses

Ellen Becker PhD RRT-NPS RPFT AE-C FAARC , Chicago IL

A discussion of how narrative reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses can be published in Respiratory Care.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Anatomy of the Research Paper

Rich D Branson MSc RRT FAARC , Cincinnati OH

This lecture will provide an overview of the important elements of a research paper.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Education

Plowing the Path for RTs To Earn Bachelor's Degrees

Ellen Becker PhD RRT-NPS RPFT AE-C FAARC , Chicago IL

The AARC set a goal in 2015 for 80% of all respiratory therapists to have a bachelor's degree by 2020. This presentation will highlight the ways that educators in associate and baccalaureate degree programs can help RT students in associate degree programs plan to complete a bachelor's degree. Further, RT managers will learn how to guide working therapists toward helpful resources for completing this advanced degree.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Utilizing Telehealth To Manage Neuromuscular Disease Patients

Micaela Sarazen RRT BSRT , Sacramento CA

This lecture will explore a program (utilizing FaceTime and iChat devices) that allows neuromuscular patients and their caregivers to receive quick answers to their questions. A respiratory support pilot program showed improvements in all outcome parameters and will be presented at this lecture.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA

TU-BE or Not TU-BE? That Really is the Question - Bedside Decisions in Critical Care Transport

Jon C Inkrott RRT-ACCS , Orlando FL

It has been well established and demonstrated that noninvasive ventilation (NIV) can reduce intubation and mortality rates in patients with acute exacerbation of respiratory failure in COPD and congestive heart failure patients. By contrast, the benefit of NIV in the de novo hypoxemic patient remains unclear. So when is NIV failing? When do you intubate the patient prior to transport? We will explore case studies which define these patients and discuss the outcomes.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA

Why Are Circadian Rhythms Important for RCPs?

Lutana Haan MHS RRT RPSGT , Boise ID

An overview of the body's biological clock will be presented with a focus on an understanding of our own and our patients' responses to circadian timing. Learn methods to best interact with our 24-hour clock.

2:25 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Management

PRO/CON: Specialize or Generalize Staffing Specialty Areas?

PRO: Matthew McNally BS RRT , Lebanon NH
CON: Dave Crotwell RRT-NPS FAARC Seattle WA

Many respiratory care directors lead their departments to cover multiple specialized areas of care (MICU SICU PICU NICU ED). This is particularly challenging, especially with regard to deciding whether to create specialty-trained RTs who only work in these units or to train all RTs to cover all units. With both models, there are obvious advantages and disadvantages, as you'll hear from both presenters. Given the two sides to this issue, each of the presenters will do their best to convince you to select their methodology, both arguing that their model will provide the highest quality and most cost-effective care for their patients.

2:25 pm–5:00 pm

Noninvasive Respiratory Support

2:25 pm–1:00 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Neonatal Heated High Flow Nasal Cannula: Just Say No or Go with the Flow?

Rob DiBlasi BSRT RRT-NPS FAARC , Seattle WA

An increasing number of institutions are using heated high flow nasal cannula as a primary form of noninvasive respiratory support for infants. This presentation will explore the available data to improve our understanding of how HFNC works and how it can safely and effectively be used to reduce WOB, improve gas exchange, and reduce the need for invasive mechanical ventilation.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Working Towards Perfect: Optimizing NIV in the Neonate

Keith Hirst MS RRT- ACCS RRT-NPS AE-C , Wilmington MA

Noninvasive ventilation is being used more and more in the neonatal population. What strategies are best suited to optimize success? Why do some infants benefit from this approach while others fail? This presentation will examine strategies to maximize NIV success as well as objective criteria for failure.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Pediatric HFNC: Effective and Safe?

Natalie Napolitano MPH RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC , Philadelphia PA

The use of high flow nasal cannula in pediatrics is increasing at an exponential rate. This presentation will discuss the practice rationale and evidence behind the utilization of HFNC for children. The presenter will discuss effectiveness and safety with a focus on the medical literature.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Pediatric Noninvasive Ventilation: What Does the Research Say?

Dana Evans MHA RRT-NPS , Chicago IL

Noninvasive ventilation is a vital modality for the prevention of intubation in acutely ill pediatric patients. This presentation will review current evidence for the use of NIV in pediatric patients including patient selection, interface selection, management approaches, and patient compliance.

2:25 pm–5:00 pm

Guidelines Update - What You Must Know

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA

The 2017 ERS-ATS Guidelines for Noninvasive Ventilation

Stefano Nava MD, Bologna Italy

Noninvasive ventilation is the standard of care for COPD exacerbations. The role of NIV in other disease states is becoming increasingly clear. These guidelines define the role of NIV in hypoxemic respiratory failure and preventing reintubation.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA

The 2017 ATS-ACCP Guidelines on Ventilator Liberation

Neil MacIntyre MD FAARC , Durham NC

Ventilator liberation (formerly weaning from mechanical ventilation) has undergone whole-scale revision in the last two decades. The use of spontaneous breathing trials and spontaneous awakening trials are the standards of care. This update will cover the newest guidelines.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA

The 2017 ATS-SCCM Guidelines on Mechanical Ventilation for ARDS

Rich D Branson MSc RRT FAARC , Cincinnati OH

Ventilatory support of ARDS has changed markedly since the ARDSNet ARMA trial in 2000. In recent years the role of recruitment maneuvers, HFO inhaled vasodilators, and how to set PEEP have become clearer. This guideline uses GRADE methodology to identify treatment options with high-level evidence.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA

The GOLD Guidelines for COPD

Neil MacIntyre MD FAARC , Durham NC

COPD continues to be a health care burden claiming lives and resources around the world. New guidelines for the treatment of COPD will be reviewed.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Education

Moving up the Ranks: Developing Career Ladder/ Job Enrichment Programs That Benefit Clinicians and Respiratory Schools

Diane Oldfather MHEd RRT FAARC , Rolla MO

In this era of "do more with less" it is often difficult to get buy-in from highly skilled RRTs to participate in the training of future therapists. What can be done to encourage their involvement? Is there a way to balance their workload career goals and participate in training students? Attend this presentation to discover how to develop potential tactics to benefit communities of interest, get more bang for your buck, and create a win-win situation!

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Telehealth in Transitional Care and Population Health

Zach Gantt RRT, Livingston TN

Technology innovation in post-acute care offers the opportunity to extend care relationships into the post-acute arena. These innovations are hard to keep up with, hard to manage, and even harder to integrate into your current electronic charting/management systems. This presentation will outline the integration process.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA

Resuscitation and Stabilization of the Adult Trauma Patient

Joe Hylton MA RRT-ACCS/NPS NRP FAARC , Charlotte NC

Patients experiencing illness from trauma require rapid assessment and often require critical interventions for stabilization. This presentation will discuss resuscitation and stabilization techniques along with life-saving interventions that can be performed.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA

Noninvasive Ventilation in the Treatment of SDB and Obesity Hypoventilation

Meena Khan MD, Columbus OH

The presenter will give a discussion and interactive case presentation regarding indications, device types, and troubleshooting methods for noninvasive ventilation in SDB and obesity hypoventilation.

3:10 pm–5:05 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #7

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

3:10 pm–5:05 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #8

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Education

Minimizing Implicit Bias

Crystal Dunlevy EdD RRT , Columbus OH

All of us carry implicit biases based upon a lifetime of experiences and interactions. It is important to be aware of these so that we can minimize the impact that they have on patient care and outcomes. This presentation will briefly review the definition of implicit bias as well as how to determine individual bias. The majority of the presentation will describe and discuss strategies that have been proven to reduce implicit bias

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Dynamic Dialogue - The Key To Patient Engagement

Frederic D Seifer MD FCCP

One of the key challenges in chronic disease management is often related to bad behaviors that need to be changed by the patient. Respiratory care practitioners should lead the charge in understanding dynamic dialogue to cause the needed behavior modifications

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Management

Balancing the Workload for Great Patient Care and Managing Productivity

Peggy Reed-Watts MS RRT , Saint Louis MO

The key vehicle to leveling the workload is by changing select respiratory services administration times. This requires support from pharmacy, nursing, and information technology. The speaker will describe 7 steps taken to implement a process that offered a stronger alternative to the current administration of respiratory scheduled services. Tools created and used during this process will be shared.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA

Noninvasive Ventilation During Transport

Dario Rodriquez Jr. MSc RRT FAARC , Cincinnati OH

As the use of noninvasive ventilation has dramatically increased in recent years, the demand for transportation of these patients has also increased. This lecture will review difficulties encountered during transport of patients on NIV and the current literature on this growing practice.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA

Alternative Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Peter Gay MD FCCP , Rochester MN

PAP therapy has been the standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea but compliance remains a problem. This lecture will discuss alternative treatment options that exist for sleep apnea.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Adopting New HME Revenue Models in Chronic Care

Nicholas J Macmillan BGS RRT FAARC , Bargersville IN

Integrated Care Models (ICMs) and incentives for decreased readmissions are being explored as payer's transition away from traditional care models. Hospitals are beginning to partner with HME companies who can play a pivotal role in working with vulnerable patient populations. This session will identify key steps for HME RTs to prove their value with measurable data and deliverables that improve outcomes.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Management

RRT Case Manager - You Can Do It All!

Dianne L Lewis MS RRT FAARC , Naples FL

RTs are qualified to do hospital case management not just with pulmonary patients. This presentation will include a personal experience of one RRT who has done it and will explain how others can do so. Also, it will review the criteria for RRTs to take the case management certification and how the AARC enabled RRTs to qualify for the exam.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA

Patient Safety During Inter- Facility and Intra-Facility Transport

Jon C Inkrott RRT-ACCS , Orlando FL

This presentation will expand on the definition of a Just Culture and relate this to the current practices used during inter- and intra-facility transport to ensure patient safety. It will also look at some of the pitfalls and mistakes that professionals make that can lead to a disastrous outcome for all involved.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA

OSA: Preoperative Screening and Postoperative Care

Peter Gay MD FCCP , Rochester MN

Millions of patients undergo surgery every day that may have obstructive sleep apnea. In order to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes in the post-operative patient, it is imperative that we improve perioperative care by identifying patients with confirmed or suspected OSA. This lecture will discuss how perioperative programs can reduce the risk of adverse outcomes for OSA patients receiving sedation.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA

Breaking Bad in the Lung Lab: Clinical Scenarios To Improve Quality and Enhance Safety

David M Wheeler M. Ed. RRT-NPS FAARC , Charleston SC

This discussion will utilize videos of human, canine, and porcine lungs in the ex-vivo state to illustrate the authenticities of conventional clinical interventions. This lecture will concentrate on clinical adjuncts that can both enhance safety and improve quality through mindful, evidence-based application of mechanical ventilation. Participants will see real lungs in real time authentically demonstrating the consequences of our interventions both strategic and unintentional.

Oct 6   

8:00 am–8:45 am

44th Donald F Egan Scientific Memorial Lecture

8:00 am–8:45 am | Room TBA

Caring for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient - a Patient-Centered Approach

Sangeeta Mehta MD, Toronto ON

Admission to the ICU and mechanical ventilation are difficult experiences for patients and their family members. The goals of patient care have changed tremendously, and now focus on an awake, comfortable, and interactive patient, who can mobilize and participate in care. Achievement of these goals presents new challenges to ICU clinicians. This presentation will highlight important evidence related to comfort and sedation management, ICU delirium, mobilization, and the patient experience.

8:50 am–9:20 am | Room TBA

Flag Folding Ceremony

An AARC tradition like no other, attend the AARC Flag Folding Ceremony and celebrate the rich tradition of the U.S. Military and Armed Forces. RT Veterans and active duty respiratory therapists conduct a moving ceremony as we recognize those who serve, those who have served and those we have lost.

9:10 am–12:25 pm

Student Symposium for New Professionals

9:10 am–9:45 am | Room TBA

Strategic Marketing: Getting That Dream Job

Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC

This presentation will provide an explanation of the value of marketing and how you can use key marketing principles to position yourself for your dream job. We will discuss trends in the respiratory field and show how to gather detailed information about the companies you would like to work for. We will also outline techniques to conduct an effective job search, along with a brief overview on how to develop your cover letter and resume and prep for that all-important interview.

9:50 am–10:25 am | Room 217 D

How To Lose a Job Before You Are Hired

Dana Evans MHA RRT-NPS, Chesterfield MO

You have just landed an interview for your dream job. You are nervous, excited, and really want to impress the hiring leader. Did you know you could lose the job before you even arrive to the interview? The presenter will discuss common mistakes and pitfalls of job seekers, including those that may cost you the position before you are hired.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room 217 D

What It Means To Be a Professional

Crystal Dunlevy EdD RRT, Columbus OH

This presentation will provide an overview of the profession of respiratory care, including its history, evolution, role, and value. Emphasis will be placed on the characteristics and behaviors of a professional and the critical importance of being involved and engaged in the profession and maintaining professional membership.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room 217 D

Acquiring Your Credential: Success on the Therapist Multiple Choice Examination

Bill Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC, Gwynedd PA

The presentation will address the factors that make for success in the examination process. It will cover preparatory issues and what you will experience onsite, as well as test-taking strategies and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the new Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) implemented by the NBRC in January 2015.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room 217 D

Acquiring Your Credential: Success on the Clinical Simulation Examination

Bill Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC , Gwynedd PA

This presentation will serve as a sequel to the previous one and will address the factors that make for success on the Clinical Simulation Examination. It will cover such issues as exam content, structure, and unique strategies for progressing through a branching logic type of exam. It will also highlight recent changes implemented in January 2015.

9:30 am–11:30 am

Open Forum Editors' Choice

9:30 am–9:43 am | Room TBA

A Comparative Analysis of Ideal Body Weight Methods for Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation

Jeffrey R Bilharz RRT-NPS, Boston MA

9:45 am–9:58 am | Room TBA

Evaluation of a Ventilator Bootcamp Improves the Knowledge and Skills Associated With Mechanical Ventilator Use During Inter-Facility Transport of Intubated Pediatric Patients

Teresa A Volsko MBA MHHS RRT CMT-E FAARC, Akron OH

10:00 am–10:13 am | Room TBA

Comparison of the RAM Cannula to Conventional Bi-nasal Prongs in the Delivery of Noninvasive Respiratory Support to Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) and Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) Infants in the NICU

Cathy W Hughes RRT, Annapolis MD

10:15 am–10:28 am | Room TBA

Accuracy of Transcutaneous CO2 Values Compared to Arterial and Capillary Blood Gases

Randy Willis MBA RRT-NPS, Little Rock AR

10:30 am–10:43 am | Room TBA

Laboratory Evaluation of Continuous Cuff Pressure Control Systems

Sherry A Babic RRT, Cleveland OH

10:45 am–10:58 am | Room TBA

Increasing ARDS Severity by Berlin Definition Reflects Overall Illness Severity

Richard H Kallet MSc RRT FAARC, San Francisco CA

11:00 am–11:13 am | Room TBA

Prevalence, Knowledge, Beliefs, and Attitude of Waterpipe (Hookah) Smoking among Health Care Student at a Southeastern Urban Research University

Mohammed M Alqahtani MSc RRT-NPS RRT-ACCS CPFT, Atlanta GA

11:15 am–11:28 am | Room TBA

Perspectives from COPD Subjects on Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) Devices

Constance Mussa PhD RRT-NPS, Chicago IL

9:55 am–10:25 am | Room TBA

Adult Acute Care Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

10:00 am–2:30 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Posters Only #2

Researchers and clinicians present the results of their work in this Posters Only session. Authors available from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm for questions and interaction.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Entering into Unchartered Territory: Hospital RT to Home Care RT

Kimberly S Wiles RRT CPFT , Kittanning PA

With the surge of transition of care programs across the country many hospitals are incorporating a home visit by an RT from the hospital. This lecture will discuss the competencies required for the RT to navigate the home setting and uncover potential barriers to care.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Management

Applying Artificial Intelligence to Optimize Respiratory Therapy Staffing

Madhu Sasidhar MD FCCP , Pepper Pike OH

The field of artificial intelligence is expanding rapidly with promising applications in health care. Platforms such as IBM Watson are being applied to optimize health care delivery in a variety of settings. This talk will focus on a real-world example of applying artificial intelligence algorithms to predict short-term respiratory therapist staffing requirements for an integrated health care system.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

The Manikin Challenge

Sherry Whiteman MS RRT , Neosho MO

High-fidelity simulation has proven to be a useful tool for the health care educator, but purchasing the manikins can be quite costly. This lecture will look at various options to increase the fidelity of simulations without breaking the bank!

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Visualizing Infant Ventilator Synchrony

John Emberger RRT-ACCS CPHQ FAARC, Newark DE

This lecture will cover the literature as well as review video cases of graphics to improve ventilator synchrony of very low birth weight infants. Attendees will understand how to identify asynchrony and optimize the ventilator to improve synchrony for premature infants receiving mechanical ventilation.

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Incorporating Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs

Aaron McColpin DNP RRT-NPS NP CPFT, Camarillo CA

This lecture will review the most commonly used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies used by patients today. Also, we'll review the current evidence for these common CAM therapies and ways to incorporate them into your pulmonary rehabilitation program.

10:30 am–11:50 am | Room TBA

PRO/CON: High Flow Nasal Oxygen is First-Line Treatment for ARF Not NIV

PRO: Keith D Lamb RRT-ACCS FCCM , Warrenton VA
CON: Brady Scott MS RRT-ACCS FAARC Chicago IL

High flow nasal oxygen by nasal cannula has been applied to any number of disease states. Recent publications suggest HFNC is better tolerated and more effective than noninvasive ventilation. However, while HFNC reduces ventilator requirements, it doesn't reduce the work of breathing in the same fashion as NIV. So, which should be applied first?

10:30 am–11:45 am

PFT Interpretation

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Part One: Reference Equations and Test Quality

Jeffrey M Haynes RRT RPFT FAARC , Pembroke NH

There are several factors involved in the accurate interpretation of pulmonary function test results. Part one of this two-lecture symposium will review the process of selecting the best reference equations for the patient population being tested and ensuring a high level of test quality.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Part Two: Statistics and Normal Vs Abnormal

Jeffrey M. Haynes RRT RPFT FAARC , Pembroke NH

There are several factors involved in the accurate interpretation of pulmonary function test results. Part two of this symposium will review the best method of utilizing statistics to determine "normal" and "abnormal" results. Percent predicted, lower limit of normal, and z-scores will be discussed and case studies will be included.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Maintaining Quality With Declining Reimbursement

Cynthia Anne Gray BS RRT RPFT , Edmond OK

This lecture will look at the techniques and skills that allow home care companies to maintain or enhance quality with a declining reimbursement. Understanding how Quality Improvement programs can make the difference between surviving and thriving will be reviewed and presented.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Management

Interdisciplinary Care Redesign: Achieving Continuous Improvement in Quality, Cost, and Patient Experience Through a Standardized Approach

Julianne Buchler BN MBA , Chicago IL

Care Redesign aims to improve outcomes through a structured, interdisciplinary process of standardizing approaches to patient management. A key goal to success of such a process is the need for Management to empower their staff to 'think outside the box.' This presentation will provide an overview of this novel approach, including tools and key success factors for achieving sustained change aligned with organizational objectives and informed by data.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Designing a Simulation of Any Kind

Phillip Stark RRT , Hershey PA

Simulation has become the premiere educational method to obtain and enhance clinical skills. Incorporating an educational curriculum into any simulation session is essential to its success. This discussion will focus on describing and implementing the 6 steps of Kern's educational curriculum into a simulation of any kind.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Methods for Surfactant Delivery in Infants: To Tube or Not To Tube?

Rob DiBlasi BSRT RRT-NPS FAARC , Seattle WA

The gold standard in artificial surfactant administration for infants with respiratory distress has been to administer the drug directly through an endotracheal tube during assisted ventilation. With the trend of supporting neonates with noninvasive respiratory support, is there a simple and safe strategy for delivering lung surfactant without intubation? This presentation will review novel, minimally-invasive strategies that offer the potential to effectively deliver surfactant noninvasively.

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Exercise and Oxygen for the IPF Patient

Debbie Koehl MS RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC , Indianapolis IN

Cough and severe activity-related hypoxemia (SARH) can be as disabling as dyspnea. Attend this session for a review on supporting evidence for PR exercise and management of supplemental oxygen.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Portable Oxygen Concentrators: Patient-Driven Evidence is Lacking

Kimberly S Wiles RRT CPFT , Kittanning PA

Patients are purchasing small, lightweight portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) to use that only have pulse mode delivery. How effective are these devices? Patients don't care, but the RT should. Multiple variables impact pulse dose delivery. This lecture will discuss the pros and cons of utilizing POCs for long-term use.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Management

Health Care Regulatory Compliance is Boring… Does It Really Apply to Respiratory Care?

Kim Bennion MHS RRT CHC , Salt Lake City UT

This presenter is certified in health care compliance which is a new role for RTs. She will share her corporation's process of bridging the communication chasm between the clinical and business arms of health care. She will also describe how the corporation's respiratory care clinical service line's annual activity tracker, based on the seven elements of an effective compliance program as well as dimensions of clinical care, assisted in bridging the gap and expanding roles for respiratory therapists in the organization. With this information, attendees will have the knowledge necessary to create this value-added role in your organization.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Interventional Pulmonology - A New Horizon Utilizing the Expertise of the Respiratory Therapist

Heidi Gibson RRT , Minneapolis MN

This lecture will describe the development of an "Interventional Respiratory Therapist" and their role in an Interventional Pulmonology program. The lecture will include a discussion of the essential responsibilities of the respiratory therapist in bronchoscopy. Descriptions of specialized equipment used to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures will be covered along with a case review to illustrate the expanding role of the respiratory therapist in the bronchoscopy suite.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

The ARISE Project Augmented Reality Integrated Simulation Education

Kim Ernstmeyer RN MSN ANP-BC , Eau Claire WI 
Theresa Meinen MS RRT CHSE Chippewa Falls WI

The Augmented Reality Integrated Simulation Education (ARISE) project was developed as part of a federal grant from the Department of Labor. The ARISE project designs health care simulations using iPads, QR codes, and rich media via the ARISE open-source platform to augment both high- and low-fidelity simulation and enhance learner engagement. Join us and interact with this unique advancement to health care simulation education.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care: Essentials for the Respiratory Therapist

Alexandre T Rotta MD, Cleveland OH

This presentation will discuss the many challenges and common pitfalls of caring for infants and children in a cardiac intensive care unit, including the intended and unintended consequences of "routine" therapies in those with non-traditional cardiorespiratory physiology.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Incorporating Pulmonary Rehab Into Skilled Nursing

Stephanie Williams BS RRT , Nashville TN

A golden opportunity is waiting for RTs in the Skilled Nursing space. While RT services cannot be billed as a separate item in skilled facilities, the patient will benefit significantly from having RT expertise in SNFs to help augment the PT/OT departments. This lecture will provide learners with the skills to sell their services to skilled nursing facilities.

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA

Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP): Emerging Role for the Respiratory Therapist in the Assessment, Evaluation, and Resuscitation of the Harvested Human Lung

David M Wheeler M. Ed. RRT-NPS FAARC , Charleston SC

This discussion will center on the emerging technologies for the evaluation, rescue, and resuscitation of the harvested human lung in the ex-vivo state. The focal point of this discussion will be the crucial role of the respiratory therapist in the process of harvested lung resuscitation. Currently less than 20% of harvested lungs are transplanted while the remaining 80% are wasted. This discussion will identify and explain the management techniques of human lung preservation and rescue, compare competing technologies, and describe the steps needed to create a lung lab. Several videos and pictures of human lungs being treated and evaluated will be utilized to highlight case studies from the lab.

12:30 pm–2:55 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #9

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

12:30 pm–2:55 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum Poster Discussion #10

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

1:15 pm–1:45 pm | Room TBA

Education Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

1:15 pm–1:45 pm | Room TBA

Continuing Care/Rehab Section Membership Meeting

Section members meet to determine their needs and priorities, as well as how to use AARC resources to accomplish them. All Congress attendees, including section non-members, are invited to attend and participate.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Education

Opening a Can of Worms: What Do I Do Now?

Brady Scott MS RRT-ACCS FAARC , Chicago IL

Educational programs have established policies and procedures as well as professional codes of conduct. However, not all situations are included in these documents. How does the program handle unique and unexpected breaches of professionalism? The presenter will provide a series of unique situations to highlight potential gaps in departmental and institutional policy as well as garner discussion about the appropriate courses of action.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA

Waving the Caution Flag: Why Your Equipment May Not Be Clean

Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC , Rolla MO

The increasing incidents of patients being infected as a result of contaminated equipment has many waving a caution flag and warning that there are gaps in our knowledge and processes. Come and hear what has been discovered about why your "clean" equipment may not be as clean as you think and what steps you can take to minimize your patients' risk of infection.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

COPD Case Management Led By RTs Reduces Readmissions

Krystal Craddock BSRC RRT-NPS CCM, Sacramento CA

This lecture will give you a look at what RT COPD case managers at UC Davis have been doing to improve patient education and facilitate health care navigation and utilization to achieve better outcomes and cost savings. A review of the COPD case management program includes education, medication, and treatment recommendations and CMS discharge planning standards.

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Virtual Respiratory Care: The Future or a Threat To Our Jobs

Zach Gantt RRT, Livingston TN

Telemedicine is an exploding industry that is rapidly becoming part of every major Health care ecosystem in the U. S., so why are Respiratory Therapist not in the forefront of the telemedicine movement? This presentation will outline opportunities to extend Respiratory Care into any environment in the country, including, long term care.

1:45 pm–4:20 pm

Controversies in Respiratory Care: Part One

1:45 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Asynchrony - Sedation/Paralysis Vs. the Ventilator

PRO: David Vines MHS RRT FAARC, Chicago IL
CON: John Davies BS MA RRT FCCP Durham NC

Asynchrony is common in mechanical ventilation and is associated with poor outcome. However, the effect is not causal. Is asynchrony a marker of illness or does asynchrony impact outcomes? Is the answer just to take the patient out of the equation? Early sedation and/or paralysis eliminates the WOB and makes asynchrony irrelevant. Or, is maintenance of spontaneous breathing and diaphragmatic function important to outcomes and matching the ventilator to patient demand to relieve asynchrony the key issue?

3:05 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Recruitment Maneuvers Should be Used Routinely in ARDS

PRO: Robert M Kacmarek PhD RRT FAARC , Boston MA
CON: Rich Kallet MS RRT FAARC San Francisco CA

Recruitment maneuvers can reverse alveolar collapse and reduce the regional differences in lung mechanics associated with ARDS. Recruitment can increase compliance and improve gas exchange. However, hemodynamic consequences are common and both air leaks and hypoxemia have been reported.

1:45 pm–4:20 pm

NIOSH and RTs: Working Together to Support Lung Health in the Workforce

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Special Spirometry Training for the Occupational Setting: What's the Big Deal?

Kathleen A Clark PhD RRT CPFT , Morgantown WV

The first lecture in this four-part symposium will discuss the recommendation that anyone performing occupational testing attend a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved Spirometry Training Course. Specific real-time errors that affect the accuracy and precision of spirometry test results will be reviewed and examples demonstrating the need for a properly trained technician/clinician to recognize and troubleshoot errors routinely encountered during occupational spirometry testing will also be given.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Development of a National Spirometry Facility Occupational Surveillance Network

Kathleen A Clark PhD RRT CPFT , Morgantown WV

The second lecture in this four-part symposium will discuss the process of developing a national spirometry facility network for the expansion of the NIOSH-based Coal Worker Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP). Key components of this program and specific initial barriers that must be overcome during the developmental stages of the national network will be reviewed.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Management of Work- Related Asthma: When Punching the Clock Gets Serious

Susan Blonshine RRT RPFT FAARC AE-C , Mason MI

The third lecture in this four-part symposium will advocate for a paradigm shift necessary to bond the world of occupational health and respiratory care. We will examine the triggers of work-related asthma - new-onset asthma caused by work as well as pre-existing asthma exacerbated by work. The imperative role of the respiratory therapist in closing the gap between prevention and management of work-related asthma will be illustrated through a case presentation.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Occupational Risks: Interstitial Lung Disease

Susan Blonshine RRT RPFT FAARC AE-C , Mason MI

The fourth lecture in this four-part symposium will discuss work-related interstitial lung diseases and the five primary industry culprits as described by NIOSH. Personal protective equipment required by employers to prevent the development and progression of disease and key diagnostic tests recommended to expose and prevent the silent disease progression will be reviewed.

1:45 pm–3:40 pm

Oxygen: Basics To Cutting Egde

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Oxygen Delivery: The Essentials for Every RT

John Kheir MD, Charlestown MA

A clear understanding of the physiologic principles of oxygen delivery is essential for every respiratory therapist. This clinically relevant discussion will be presented with a clinical focus by an expert in the field.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Target Oxygen Saturation Limits

Aasma Chaudhary BS RRT, Philadelphia PA

The NeOProM Collaboration was expected to help determine the optimal oxygen saturation limits for ELBW Infants. The NeOProM Collaboration was a meta-analysis based on 5 major oxygen trials. However, the results of these trials have raised more questions than answers.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

IV Oxygen: Not Science Fiction

John Kheir MD, Charlestown MA

Oxygen delivery beyond inhalation - really? This presentation will explore the concept of intravenous oxygen delivery. This novel approach will be discussed by one of the pioneers in the field.

1:45 pm–3:00 pm

What's In Your Garage

1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Management

How to Fine Tune a Hot Rod - Leading a High- Performing RT Professional

Joel M Brown II BS RRT FAARC , Wilmington DE 
Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC Rolla MO

This lecture will provide the learners with tips and methods for leading, motivating, and retaining high-performing RT professionals. It will also provide insight on how to enhance their leadership skills and explore their untapped potential.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Management

Tuning Up a Potential Lemon - How to Lead a Low Performing RT Professional

Joel M Brown II BS RRT FAARC , Wilmington DE
Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC Rolla MO

It has been established that organizations with engaged employees have a better bottom line. This lecture will provide the learners with tips and methods for leading motivating and retaining high performing RT professionals. It will also provide insight on how to enhance their leadership skills and explore their untapped potential.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Education

Systematic Interpretation of Adult ICU Radiographs and CTs

Jeff Anderson MA RRT, Meridian ID

This presentation will provide learners with a systematic, comprehensive method to evaluate adult ICU chest radiographs and CT scans. Anatomic structures will be identified both on plane films and CT scans, and common critical care pathology will be identified both on plane films and accompanying CTs. Various CT formats will also be reviewed, including body windows, lung windows, axial, sagittal, and, coronal views.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Bioterrorism/Emergency Preparedness

The Impact of Common Disasters on the Health Care Provider

Joe Hylton MA RRT-ACCS/NPS NRP FAARC , Charlotte NC

Disaster situations can manifest in many forms. This presentation will highlight common disaster types and how it might impact the health care provider in emergency and critical care environments.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Where Do We Stand with Reimbursement?

Debbie Koehl MS RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC, Indianapolis IN

CMS coverage rules for COPD and Non-COPD differ. Attend this session for a review and to discuss how to manage a diverse payer referral base.

2:25 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

21st Century RT Practice in Long Term Care

Kathryn Thompson RRT, Masontown PA 
Lisa Ziller BS RRT Bloomsburg PA

This lecture will explain how value based care delivery meets the objectives of the "Triple Aim" for health care. Identify resources and tools for providing adult patients and families with the best in value based, patient-centered care utilizing top of license practice, evidenced-based approaches and alternative modes of therapy.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Education

Interprofessional Education (IPE) - Make It Happen in Your School!

Karen S Schell DHSc RRT-NPS RRT-SDS RPFT , Kansas City KS

Interprofessional Education is here! Are you ready for it? Learn what it is and how to implement it in your classroom and courses.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Management

Patient Education and the Respiratory Therapist: Improving Outcomes

Shawna Strickland PhD RRT-NPS RRT-ACCS AE-C FAARC, Irving TX

A patient's ability to manage his/her disease process can impact long-term health goals, cost of health care, and whether or not that patient can be successfully managed at home. This presentation will define health literacy and discuss its impact on several factors, including patient health outcomes and health care costs. In addition, the presentation will identify barriers to effective patient education and how the respiratory therapist can overcome those barriers to promote effective disease self-management, reduce readmissions, and improve the burden of health care costs.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Year in Review

Brian Carlin MD, Sewickley PA

Attend this session for a year's worth of review of the more important studies impacting care of the chronic lung disease patient.

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Driving Outcomes Through Technology in Post-Acute Care

Gene Gantt RRT FAARC, Livingston TN

The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) industry is quickly catching up with the readmission penalties. This presentation will outline the need for the advancement of respiratory technology in the LTC market and how RT's in Tennessee have driven policy to create a successful program.

3:05 pm–4:20 pm

Ventilator Alarm Safety

3:05 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA

Ventilator Alarms: Driving Patient Safety or Driving RTs Crazy?

Marc Schlessinger MBA RRT-NPS RPFT FACHE , Plymouth Meeting PA

A major focus of The Joint Commission's surveys for the next several years will be clinical alarm management. One key component of clinical alarm management is alarm fatigue. There has been much work done on physiologic monitoring and the attention will be now moving toward ventilator alarms. This presentation will help therapists take an objective look at alarm fatigue as it pertains to ventilators, BiPAPs, and pulse oximeters.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA

Solutions for Ventilator Alarm Management

Connie Dills MBA RRT RPFT, West Hartford CT

This presentation will discuss technology solutions for improving ventilator alarm notifications: which alarms are actionable, which are not actionable, and how the clinician is notified.

3:15 pm–5:10 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum # 11 Education - Part 2

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

3:15 pm–5:10 pm | Room TBA

Open Forum # 12 Asthma/Pulmonary Disease

Researchers and clinicians present findings of studies on aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every other mode of practice in our profession.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Education

Interprofessional Coaches: Facilitating Transformational Learning

Jody Delp MSEd RRT CPFT, Evansville IN

This presentation was created to discuss how interprofessional coaches facilitate transformational learning and inspire teamwork in interprofessional teams working together in outpatient primary health care settings.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Management

The Respiratory Dashboard: What Every Director Needs to Know to Wed Respiratory Care Clinical Goals with the Tenets of a Compliance Program

Kim Bennion MHS RRT CHC, Salt Lake City UT

The presenter will share the seven elements of a compliance program as they can relate to Respiratory Care Service Line clinical goals.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Readmissions: Does Rehab Really Help to Reduce Readmissions?

Brian Carlin MD, Sewickley PA

Some controversy exists as to the benefits that PR provides in regards to readmission reduction programs. This session will review the literature surrounding the use of PR in regards to readmission reductions as well as discuss a proposed trial for studying such effects in a prospective fashion.

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Telemedicine: Remote Ventilated Patient Management Using Mobile Devices

Armando Kurili BS CRT , Canton MI

This presentation provides background on the adult, ventilator-dependent patient population and the benefits involved with implementing smartphone videoconferencing for remote patient management in outpatient settings.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Importance of the Team: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Optimize Quality and Safety

3:45 pm–4:20 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Improve Quality While Reducing Cost - Really?

Julianne Buchler BN MBA , Chicago IL

Care Redesign is a novel process that aims to improve patient outcomes through interdisciplinary teamwork and a carefully structured process designed to improve consistency in the approach to clinical care. The presentation will provide an evidence- based overview of this important strategy while providing specific examples, including the use of non-pharmacologic strategies for patient comfort to reduce reliance on pharmacology and promote earlier extubation.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Neonatal/Pediatric

Optimize Patient Safety Through Improved Team Dynamics

Ira Cheifetz MD FAARC, Durham NC

Optimizing patient safety requires teamwork and effective communication among the entire health care team. This presentation will discuss strategies to optimize team dynamics based on well-established approaches that made aviation one of the safest industries. The discussion will be focused on key approaches for the respiratory therapist.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Education

From the Classroom to the Clinic: Growing Students to Clinicians through Interprofessional Competency and Education

Karen S Schell DHSc RRT-NPS RRT-SDS RPFT , Kansas City KS
Sheri Tooley BS RRT-NPS CPFT FAARC Pittsford NY

Education is moving to Interprofessional Practices. Many classroom activities are integrating professions to improve communication collaboration and teamwork. This presentation looks at ideas to make the transition to interprofessional education work with limited time and faculty.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Management

Competencies for Complex Medical Technology

Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC , Rolla MO
Julie Jackson BS RRT-ACCS Des Moines IA

As medical technology continues to advance, respiratory therapy managers and educators may struggle with ensuring staff competency to maximize patient safety especially with low volume/high risk procedures. This panel discussion will address the challenges and barriers to developing competencies for complex medical technology from both the manager and educator perspective and provide the attendee with recommendations for improving staff competency assessment.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Pulmonary Function

Review of the 2017 ATS-ERS DLCO Guidelines

Jeffrey M Haynes RRT RPFT FAARC, Pembroke NH

This lecture will review the 2017 ATS-ERS guidelines on the diffusing capacity of the lung (DLCO) and discuss how to implement them and their impact on current testing practices.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Patient Safety

Medical Devices at Risk? Introduction to the Cybersecurity Landscape in Health Care

Marc Schlessinger MBA RRT-NPS RPFT FACHE, Plymouth Meeting PA

With today's connected health care environment, medical device cybersecurity can no longer be an option. It must be a strategy for every health care organization. Easy access to the hospital network can be achieved through the many connected medical devices. Many health care systems still utilize outdated and unsupported operating systems which pose an additional threat to the network. This talk will address what actions hospitals should take to address the medical device cybersecurity issue.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Interpreting the Plain Chest X-Ray for RTs

James K Stoller MD MS FAARC, Cleveland OH

The lecture will provide a systematic review of plain chest X-ray interpretation. The lecture will be sprinkled with cases to make specific points and to engage the audience.

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA

Airway Clearance in Acute Care - Who, When, and How?

Keith D Lamb RRT-ACCS FCCM, Warrenton VA

Airway clearance remains a key component of respiratory care but the efficacy of many treatments is unproven. Often therapies are introduced to replace chest percussion - a therapy that has no evidence of efficacy in acute care. What should we do and what should we avoid?

4:25 pm–5:00 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Communication and Quality of Life for the Tracheostomized and Mechanically Ventilated Patient

Millicent Zanders CRT , Norfolk VA

Effective communication is paramount to patients with a tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation. Use of a one-way tracheostomy and ventilator speaking valve to provide effective communication as well as other quality of life benefits will be examined. Researched evidence in conjunction with case study review will be used to show how the RT and speech- language pathologist work together to achieve improved quality of life.

5:00 pm–8:00 pm | Room TBA

Sputum Bowl Finals

Oct 7   

8:00 am–8:50 am

33rd Phil Kittredge Memorial Lecture

8:00 am–8:50 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Evaluating the Value of the Respiratory Therapist: Where is the Evidence?

Marin Kollef MD, St Louis MO

Are respiratory therapists critical thinkers with the ability to work as physician extenders and add value to the American health care system or does science suggest we're nothing more than task doers? Do respiratory therapist-driven protocols improve care and reduce costs? Can respiratory therapists properly assess patients and make therapeutic recommendations that adhere to evidence-based guidelines and rival outcomes achieved by physicians? This honor lecture will explore the answer to these and other questions, and highlight the most recently published literature on the topic. Find out once and for all whether published science suggests that RTs possess the skill-set to work successfully in expanded roles, as physician extenders and really do offer value to the American health care system.

9:15 am–10:30 am | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Airway Clearance Improves Outcomes in the Previously Healthy Child with Acute Respiratory Failure

PRO: Brian K Walsh PhD RRT-NPS FAARC , Boston MA
CON: Kathleen DeakinsMHA RRT NPS FAARC Cleveland OH

Many clinicians have strong beliefs for or against the use of secretion clearance techniques for the previously healthy patient with acute respiratory failure. In this interactive session, two experts in the field will review the available data and debate this controversy from opposing perspectives. Time will be allocated for open discussion with the audience.

9:15 am–9:50 am | Room TBA | Education

One Hospital's Solution to Training (and Keeping) New Graduates

Debra Wakeham M.Ed RRT , Atlanta GA

When we asked staff about recent graduates that had joined our ranks they agreed, "They are just not ready!" We had also noticed a high turnover rate of new graduates. Further questioning showed a recurrent theme: they were overwhelmed by the expectations placed on them. This presentation will describe the process and plan to address these issues and more with a residency program for new graduates entering the workforce as well as seasoned therapists transitioning to a higher acuity setting.

9:15 am–9:50 am | Room TBA | Management

Proven Techniques for Growing Staff Expertise, Respect, and Retention

Thomas Berlin DHSc MSc RRT, Orlando FL

Would you like to see proven techniques for getting staff to engage in professional development including specialty credentials and degree advancement? Would you like to have a department morale so high that it results in a sustained 3% annual turnover for a department with >150 RTs? Would you like a real plan for working with other departments to attain hospital care evaluations that are nationally ranked? See the data that reveals how our methods work and how they can work for you.

9:15 am–12:30 pm

AARC's 33rd New Horizons in Respiratory Care Symposium: ECMO

9:15 am–9:50 am | Room TBA

Technical Advances in the Field of ECMO

Peter Betit MBA RRT-NPS FAARC , Boston MA

This presentation will address the technical aspects of ECMO with an emphasis on recent advances.

9:55 am–10:30 am | Room TBA

ECMO As a Bridge To Transplantation

Craig Rackley MD, Durham NC

The role of ECMO as a bridge to transplantation will be presented.

10:35 am–11:10 am | Room TBA

VV ECMO for ARDS

Natalie Yip MD, New York NY

This lecture will discuss the use of ECMO for ARDS.

11:15 am–11:50 am | Room TBA

ECMO for Ventilatory Failure (Asthma/COPD)

Stefano Nava MD , Bologna Italy

The role of ECMO for ventilatory failure such as in asthma and COPD will be discussed.

11:55 am–12:30 pm | Room TBA

Controversial Indications for ECMO: CPR, Sepsis Pregnancy, Stem Cell Transplantation, and Severe Immunodeficiency

Ira Cheifetz MD FAARC , Durham NC

The role of ECMO in the management of CPR, sepsis pregnancy, stem cell transplantation, and severe immunodeficiency will be presented.

9:15 am–11:50 am

Controversies in Respiratory Care: Part Two

9:15 am–10:30 am | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Early Mobility in the Ventilated Patient Pays Outcome Dividends

PRO: Carl Hinkson MS RRT-NPS RRT-ACCS FAARC , Marysville WA
CON: Daniel Rowley MS RRT-NPS RRT-ACCS FAARC Charlottesville VA

Early mobility has been touted as a major advantage in reducing delirium and shortening length of stay. But the implementation is a huge time and financial commitment. Does the most recent literature still support this procedure?

10:35 am–11:50 am | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Airway Pressure Release Ventilation Can Prevent ARDS

PRO: Gary Nieman PhD BS, Syracuse NY
CON: Robert M Kacmarek PhD RRT FAARC Boston MA

Airway pressure release ventilation has been available for 30 years. Recent animal studies imply a protective effect of APRV on lung injury and progression to ARDS. Clinical evidence with APRV is mixed with some reports of prolonged ventilation times and iatrogenic lung injury. These issues will be debated.

9:15 am–12:30 pm

Asthma 2017: A Comprehensive Look

9:15 am–9:50 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Asthma/COPD Overlap Syndrome: A Diagnosis Dilemma

Kathleen O Ververeli MD, Allentown PA

This lecture will focus on the differences and similarities of asthma and COPD and the paradigm of the Asthma/COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS). The appropriate screening tools and treatment tools for identifying and managing patients with this syndrome will be described.

9:55 am–10:30 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Asthma Prevention: Is It Possible?

Kathleen O Ververeli MD, Allentown PA

This lecture will describe the benefit of both sublingual immunotherapy and subcutaneous immunotherapy as a tool for asthma prevention. The impact of exposures, viruses, and diet on the development of asthma will also be discussed.

10:35 am–11:10 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

The Impact of Asthma on Educational Outcomes

De De Gardner MS RRT-NPS FAARC FCCP , San Antonio TX

This presentation will discuss the relationship between students diagnosed with asthma and educational outcomes. Students diagnosed with asthma are known to miss more school than their healthy peers, and missing school means the student is missing out on learning. Students diagnosed with asthma are at high risk for high school drop-out and poor adult outcomes. Research and literature related to this topic will be shared.

11:15 am–11:50 am | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Asthma Update 2017: Traversing the Medication Milieu

Kathleen O Ververeli MD, Allentown PA

This lecture will detail the current, approved medications for asthma including pharmacologic and biologic categories. The various treatment options for asthma specifically based on severity, patient phenotype, and patient lifestyle will be discussed.

11:55 am–12:30 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Severe Asthma in the ED: Decisions, Decisions

Brady Scott MS RRT-ACCS FAARC , Chicago IL

Patients experiencing a severe asthma attack often end up in the emergency room. Treatment for these patients has changed over the years and continues to evolve. Do you know the proper treatment for these patients? This interactive lecture will test your knowledge of how to treat these difficult to treat patients!

9:55 am–10:30 am | Room TBA | Education

Best Practices in Competency Assessment

Sarah M Varekojis PhD RRT FAARC , Columbus OH

Clinical educators, managers, and program faculty all have an ethical and legal mandate to ensure the competency of respiratory therapists. This presentation is designed to help participants develop defensible competency assessments that will help ensure the delivery of quality respiratory care.

9:55 am–10:30 am | Room TBA | Management

The Role of the Pediatric RT in Population Health

Teresa A Volsko MBA RRT CMTE FAARC , Akron OH

Coordination along the continuum of care, patient/family education, addressing social needs, and improving access to care are essential to managing the health and financial risks for care in a capitated environment. Resources are needed to meet patient/family needs and remove access and self-management barriers to improve health, reduce emergency room and hospital visits, and improve the quality of life for children with asthma. This lecture will walk through a "day in the life" of an interdisciplinary asthma care management team and highlight the role of the respiratory therapist in reducing the overall cost of care by improving access to care and asthma management in the home and schools.

10:35 am–11:10 am | Room TBA | Education

Enhancing Students' Clinical Skills through Visual Analysis of Art

Karen S Schell DHSc RRT-NPS RRT-SDS RPFT , Kansas City KS

Learn about a unique program for respiratory care, nursing, and medical students that sharpens observational and descriptive skills to improve patient care through communication and team dynamics led by an Art Educator at the Art Museum. Data from this ongoing research project will be reviewed to demonstrate improvement in the student's ability to improve patient care at the bedside using interprofessional communication, patient assessment, and teamwork, by observing art.

10:35 am–11:10 am | Room TBA | Management

Using Happiness to Enhance Your Leadership Ability and Your Life

Scott Reistad RRT CPFT FAARC , Colorado Springs CO

Recent research has shown that the old belief that some people are born happy/sad or positive/negative is simply a myth. It has now been demonstrated that a person can choose happiness and actually "rewire" their brain through conscious effort. The benefits of choosing happiness include improved creativity, productivity, and leadership ability.

10:35 am–11:10 am | Room TBA

Big Data, Little Patients: Ventilator Data, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Neo-Peds Respiratory Care

Craig Smallwood BS RRT , Boston MA

This lecture will provide a state-of-the-art overview of essential concepts in continuous bedside data collection, data cleaning, machine learning, and predictive algorithm development. A select number of publications will also be presented in order to demonstrate the promise of predictive bedside decision support as well as pitfalls in neonatal and pediatric patients.

11:15 am–11:50 am | Room TBA | Education

A Mechanical Ventilation Simulation Curriculum for RTs and Physicians

Eric Kriner BS RRT , Washington DC

This presentation will describe post-graduate mechanical ventilation education utilizing clinical simulation. A needs assessment specific to mechanical ventilation will be offered. The components of a curriculum will be discussed, namely the utilization of bench simulations to demonstrate fundamental concepts and immersive simulations to clinically apply those fundamental concepts. Post-course assessment and competency will also be presented.

11:15 am–11:50 am | Room TBA

Early Identification and Goal-Directed Treatment of Pediatric Sepsis: An RT Perspective

Bradley A Kuch MHA RRT-NPS FAARC , Pittsburgh PA

Sepsis is associated with an increased risk of the need for critical care intervention and poor outcome. Significant evidence demonstrates early identification and goal-directed resuscitation of children with sepsis improves outcomes. The presentation will review early clinical signs as well as evidence regarding treatment and outcomes. Thoughts regarding future respiratory strategies to optimize outcomes will be considered.

11:15 am–12:30 pm | Room TBA

Agency Update

Brian K Walsh PhD RRT-NPS FAARC - AARC President
Michael T Amato MBA - ARCF Chair
Bradley Leidich MSEd RRT FAARC -CoARC President
Robert L Joyner PhD RRT-ACCS FAARC - NBRC President

The leadership of the AARC, ARCF, CoARC, and NBRC will present the most updated information affecting the profession, research, accreditation, and credentialing. This is a must-attend session in your agenda!

11:55 am–12:30 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Long-Term Outcomes of Adult Patients Following Lung Transplantation

Craig Rackley MD, Durham NC

This presentation will discuss the long-term survival and quality of life for adult patients following lung transplantation.

11:55 am–12:30 pm | Room TBA

Your Patient is Dying: Exploring Coping Strategies for the Neo-Peds RT

Jennifer Anderson EdD RRT-NPS , Wichita Falls TX

The death of a patient is emotionally and physically taxing on health care professionals. From a health care team perspective the bedside providers are likely to experience the highest degree of stress. This presentation will explore coping strategies that cannot be taught from a textbook.

11:55 am–12:30 pm | Room TBA

The Role of Electrical Impedance Tomography during Controlled Mechanical Ventilation

Robert M Kacmarek PhD RRT FAARC , Boston MA

This lecture will provide the rationale for using EIT to monitor distribution of ventilation while providing full control of mechanical ventilation.

12:45 pm–2:15 pm

Closing Ceremony

12:45 pm–2:15 pm | Room TBA

Running Towards Chaos

Natalie Stavas MD, Boston MA

On April 15, 2013 Dr. Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away she heard explosions, and she ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded. What made Dr. Stavas run towards scene while others ran away? Was it her "Fight or Flight" reflex? Was she somehow biologically engineered to respond to run towards chaos? Dr. Stavas will share her story on that fateful day in 2013, but will also talk about the science of how all healthcare providers - all humans are "wired" to do good, to help their fellow man and to do so during moments when it's least expected. An expert on chaos, Natalie Stavas attacks every obstacle with the same attitude: "You run towards that which you fear, that which challenges you, that which is oppositional." Running towards chaos actually makes chaos more manageable.

Keynote Speakers

Claire Wineland

Founder of Claire’s Place Foundation

Claire Wineland, an impassioned CF patient, inspirational Youtube personality and founder of Claire’s Place Foundation (a Foundation to assist families living with CF), whose desire to see terminally ill patients live life to their fullest puts her own spin on that famous phrase with “Give Me Dignity or Give Me Death.”

In this riveting, emotional and inspiring keynote address, Claire will share with attendees her message of hope and her daily struggle of prioritizing happiness over health. Attendees will walk away from this presentation better understanding how to reframe the conversation with terminally ill patients from one that is based exclusively on health and well-being to one that dignifies the patient and empowers them to enjoy life’s experiences, to be inspired and to inspire others.

Claire will conclude her keynote address by ensuring that respiratory therapists understand the impact they have made on her life, to thank them, and to show her appreciation, because it’s the work RTs do in caring for her medical condition that allows her to focus on living life for a bigger, more meaningful purpose.

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