Monday Gazette

AARC pays tribute to those who serve

Flag folding ceremony

AARC members who are serving our country as a part of the military today, and those who have given of their service in the past, were honored during a special flag folding ceremony this morning, with Joseph Buhain, EdD, MBA, RRT, FAARC, presiding over the proceedings. Among the special honorees: Thomas Wallsmith, the only RT known to have been killed in the line of duty.

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Donald F. Egan Scientific Memorial Lecture

Ira Cheifetz

ECMO: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

They’re smaller, safer, and easier to use than ever before. Extracorporeal life support devices have changed dramatically over the past five years, and Ira M. Cheifetz, MD, FAARC, FCCM, outlined the advancements in this morning’s Egan Lecture, bringing everyone up to speed on this most astonishing aspect of critical care.

In addition to highlighting aspects of the new technology that now allow patients to receive extracorporeal life support while awake and, in some cases, even ambulatory, Dr. Cheifetz gave his audience a glimpse into the future and what we can expect from these devices and their application on patients whose lungs need a respite to recover going forward.

Dr. Cheifetz is a pediatric critical care medicine specialist at Duke Health in Durham, NC. He has published more than 100 papers in peer review journals, many of them focused on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. He has also served as Program Committee chair for the AARC Congress on many occasions and is the 2016 chair as well. 

Stay tuned to Respiratory Care for publication of the Egan Lecture report in 2017.

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Top Ten Open Forum presentations

Open Forum attendees discuss a presentation

The top ten submissions to this year’s Open Forum were presented during the prestigious Editors’ Choice session this morning. Each author reviewed his/her findings in an eight minute slide presentation followed by a 5-minute question and answer period.

Here are the top ten submissions for 2016 —

  • Supraglottic Airway Placement by Respiratory Therapists for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrests Decreases Time to Continuous Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation — William Rosandick, MSc, Granton, WI
  • Interdisciplinary Approach to Early Detection of Sleep Disordered Breathing in a Select Patient Population — Bridget Gekas, BHSc, Swarthmore, PA
  • Accessing Initial Response to High-Frequency Jet Ventilation in Premature Infants With Respiratory Failure — Craig Wheeler, Jr, Boston, MA
  • Impact of a Respiratory Therapy Assess and Treat Protocol on Cardiothoracic Readmissions — Robert Dailey, MHA, Charlottesville, VA 
  • The Impact of Pharmacy and Respiratory Therapy Education on 30-day Hospital Readmission — Richard Rice, RRT, MEd, Cleveland, OH 
  • Spontaneous Breathing Trials and Conservative Sedation Practices Reduce Mechanical Ventilation Duration in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome — Vivian Yip, San Francisco, CA
  • Severity of Hypoxemia in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Influences the Percentage of Patients Who Respond to Aerosolized Prostacyclin — Gregory Burns, San Francisco, CA
  • A Respiratory Care Practitioner Disease Management Program for Patients Hospitalized With COPD — Peggy Watts, MSc, St Louis, MO 
  • Evaluation of Endotracheal Tube Scraping on Airway Resistance and Weaning Trial Success in Difficult to Wean Mechanically Ventilated Patients — J. Brady Scott, MSc, Chicago, IL
  • General Care Improvement Project: COPD 30-day Readmissions. Search for G.O.L.D — Kris Hammel, RRT, Rochester, MN

The Open Forum is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Monaghan.

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An international affair

From left: AARC Past President Frank Salvatore, International Fellows Jingen Xia, Julita V. Toledo, and Marina Labor, and ARCF Chair Michael Amato.

AARC Congress 2016 has truly been an international meeting, with speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from all over the world. Respiratory researchers from here in the states have gotten the chance to network with their colleagues from abroad about everything from mechanical ventilation to reducing readmissions for COPD patients, and the exchange of information should help inform respiratory care both here and in other nations.  

One of the best places to see the wide range of international participation was in the 2016 Open Forum, where these international colleagues presented their work —

  • Hassan Al Gazwi, BSRC, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Huiqing Ge, MSc, Hangzhou, China
  • Usra Naeem, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Hui-Ling Lin, MSc, RRT, RN, FAARC, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Fahad Alahmadi, MSc, Medinah, Saudi Arabia
  • Chin-Jung Liu, MSc, RRT, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Naif Alruwaili, MSc, Shakaka Aljouf, Saudi Arabia
  • Juvel Taculod, BSRT, Singapore
  • Tatsuya Ishizuka, Tokyo, Japan
  • Yoshihiro Aramaki, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hassan Al Gazwi, BSRC, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Yu-Jen Chang, MSc, Changhua City, Taiwan
  • Yi-Hao Peng, MSc, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Kazuto Aishima, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Hsiao Ling Chia, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Takamitsu Kubo, Sunto-gun Nagaizumi-cho, Japan
  • Ling-Yu Hsieh, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Edgar Bautista, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Mauo-Ying Bien, PhD, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Sandra Palacio, Cali, Colombia
  • Jun Yoshioka, Yamagata-shi, Japan
  • Seung Kwon Hong, PhD, MPH, Incheon, Korea
  • Chi-Hao Chang, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Hee Jung Suh, MSN, Seoul, Korea
  • Ai-chin Cheng, MSc, Tainan, Taiwan

We also heard from three international speakers: Thomas Piranino, RRT, FSCRT, and Eddy Fan, MD, from Canada, and Masaji Nishimura, PhD, MD, from Japan.

We’ve been pleased to welcome 3 new International Fellows to the meeting as well. Jingen Xia, MS, RRT; Julita V. Toledo, RMT, RTRP, MPA; and Marina Labor, MD, PhD, have definitely enriched the Congress experience for everyone who’s had a chance to visit with them here this week. Our thanks go to the sponsors who continue to support the International Fellowship Program with their generous contributions: AARC, AARC House of Delegates, Teleflex, National Board for Respiratory Care, Philips Respironics.

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