When Dr. Natalie Stavas left home to run in the Boston Marathon in 2013 her mind was focused on the race. By the time it was all over, running was the last thing she was thinking about. Just as she was approaching the finish line, she heard the explosions that would ultimately take so many lives and change so many others forever.
Her first instinct: go help, and that’s exactly what she did. She shared her memories of that day during this afternoon’s Closing Ceremony, recounting how she assisted with the medical needs of the injured, and what science has to say about all medical professionals and how they are hardwired to run toward chaos when people are in need rather than run away.
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is being used to treat more and more patients, and this morning’s 33rd New Horizons in Respiratory Care Symposium addressed them all. Following a session on technical advances in the field of ECMO, expert speakers zeroed in on the use of ECMO as a bridge to transplantation, as a treatment for ARDS, and as a therapy for ventilatory failure in patients with asthma and COPD. The symposium ended with a talk on the more controversial indications for ECMO, such as in the management of CPR, sepsis pregnancy, stem cell transplantation, and severe immunodeficiency.
AARC Congress 2017 has been greatly enhanced by the attendance of a range of international colleagues, who have shared their expertise with us through lectures, abstract presentations, and informal networking opportunities here in Indy this week.
The Open Forum saw participation from 20 international providers this year and we greatly appreciate their willingness to travel to our shores to present their abstracts —
We were privileged to hear talks from three international speakers as well: Thomas Piraino, RRT, from Beamsville, Ontario, Canada; Stefano Nava, MD, from Bologna, Italy; and Sangeeta Mehta, MD, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Our 2017 International Fellows have enriched the lives of all of us too and we are grateful for the time we’ve been able to spend with them learning more about respiratory care in their nations. Thank you to Jinhao Tao, from China, Martha Diaz, from Colombia, and Alfred Aidoo, from Ghana, for allowing us to explore practices in your countries.
We want to thank the generous sponsors who make the International Fellowship Program possible every year as well: Draeger, Teleflex, NBRC, AARC, and the AARC House of Delegates.
International colleagues who traveled from their home countries to take part in AARC Congress 2017 were honored during an International Reception yesterday evening. 2017 International Fellows, Jinhao Tao, from China, Martha Diaz, from Colombia, and Alfred Aidoo, from Ghana, received special recognition, and the 2017 Toshihiko Koga, MD International Medal was presented to Norihiro Kaneko MD, a longtime supporter of the ICRC and its initiatives from Japan.
Dr. Kaneko is vice president of the Kameda Kyobashi Clinic in Tokyo and director of the pulmonary department at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa. He also serves as vice president of the Japan Respiratory Care Network.
If you would like to submit an abstract to the 2018 Open Forum, now is the time to begin planning and carrying out your study. The submission deadline is June 1. For more information, visit RCJournal.com.
The Summer Forum has broken attendance records for the past two years in a row, and next July managers and educators in respiratory care will have the chance to do it again as the Forum heads to a brand new venue located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country near the San Antonio metropolitan area.
Known for its picturesque small towns and gorgeous scenery, the Hill Country exudes Texas history and provides guests with the chance to get to know the Lone Star State in a new and unique way.
We’ll be headquartered at the fabulous JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, with all the amenities you could ever want in a five star facility. So mark your calendars for July 17–19 and then stay tuned to AARC.org for more information on the program and registration!
Got a great topic in mind for next year’s Congress? Use our new and improved “RFP 2.0” application process to make your request. But hurry! RFPs must be in by Dec. 31. The Program Committee will begin culling through all the suggestions early next year. Your input is important to help the committee ensure the 2018 meeting covers the topics that matter most to you and your colleagues in respiratory care.
Finals Night at the Sputum Bowl was filled with twists and turns and toe-to-toe action as the winning teams in the preliminary rounds battled till the finish to see who would take home the top prizes. After all was said and done, we’re happy to report the winners are —
First place: Missouri
First place: Texas
Congratulations to these teams and all the participants in this year’s Sputum Bowl, both at the national and state levels!
Our meeting would not be the grand affair that it is without the generous sponsorships we receive from the respiratory care industry. A big thank you goes to these sponsors in 2017: