ACHLCME Breakfast Symposium

Saturday, Nov. 9

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8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m | General

Opening Session

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. | La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom

Awards Ceremony

Thomas J Kallstrom MBA RRT FAARC AARC Executive Director/CEO/Presiding

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Thomas J Kallstrom

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 a.m.–10:25 a.m. | La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom

Keynote Address: It’s COPD — Dammit!

Ted Koppel, Award Winning Broadcast Journalist

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Ted Koppel

Award-winning Journalist — with more than 50 years of experience — Ted Koppel will kick off AARC Congress 2019 through his opening keynote message “It’s COPD — Dammit!” A true “eye witness to history,” Koppel has covered decades of important stories and pivotal moments in history dating back to the 1960s. Yet, it’s his personal connection to COPD through his wife Grace Anne Dorney Koppel that keeps respiratory care a top priority for him. According to Koppel, he is “continually amazed and frustrated by the general lack of knowledge about COPD and the overwhelming apathy towards what is, after all, the number three killer among chronic diseases.” He uses this to drive his focus on the attention — or inattention — dedicated to research in the treatment of COPD, working to help bring greater awareness and understanding to the disease.

10:30 a.m. | TBA

Opening of the Exhibit Hall

Karen Schell DHSc RRT RRT-NPS RPFT AARC President/Presiding

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Karen Schell

The 2019 AARC President opens the Exhibit Hall. As the gold standard of all respiratory care meetings, AARC Congress 2019 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 a.m.–6:00 p.m. | TBA | General

Sputum Bowl Preliminaries

Thomas Lamphere RRT RPFT FAARC/Presiding

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Thomas Lamphere

Student teams from the AARC State Societies compete in the preliminary competitions. The top four teams will face off in the Finals on Monday, Nov. 11.

11:00 p.m.–12:00 p.m. | 267–268 | General

Presenting an Open Forum® Abstract

Rich Branson MSc RRT FAARC, Beaufort SC
Teresa Volsko MBA RRT FAARC, Canfield OH

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Rich BransonTeresa Volsko

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.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | 272–273 | General

Orientation for First-Time Attendees

Karen Schell DHSc RRT RRT-NPS RPFT, Frankfort KS
Sarah Varekojis PhD RRT FAARC, Westerville OH

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Karen SchellSarah Varekojis

This lecture will provide tips from previous Congress experiences to help make the most of this year's meeting including lessons learned, prioritizing lectures, and take-home highlights.

12:45 p.m.–2:40 p.m. | 280–282 | General

Open Forum — Poster Discussions #1

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Open Forum

Researchers and clinicians present research results on bread-and-butter issues in respiratory care. The audience and authors review the posters during the first part of the session. A brief oral presentation (no slides) and audience questions and discussion allow presenters to expand on the work featured on the posters.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from

12:45 p.m.–2:40 p.m. | 275–277 | General

Open Forum — Poster Discussions #2

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Open Forum

Researchers and clinicians present research results on bread-and-butter issues in respiratory care. The audience and authors review the posters during the first part of the session. A brief oral presentation (no slides) and audience questions and discussion allow presenters to expand on the work featured on the posters.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from

1:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | Ethics

Case Studies in Ethics

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | 278–279

Who Gets to Decide? Case Studies in Autonomy

Melissa Ash RRT RRT-ACCS AE-C, Downingtown PA

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Melissa Ash

In the US, ethical decision-making is typically based on ethical principles: autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. This presentation will showcase the principle of autonomy as the presenter explores how autonomy can be upheld and violated in various case studies.

2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | 278–279

Define “Good”: Case Studies in Beneficence

Shawna Strickland PhD RRT FAARC, Irving TX

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Shawna Strickland

In the US, ethical decision-making is typically based on ethical principles: autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. This presentation will showcase the principle of beneficence as the presenter explores the definition of “good” and how this principle emerges in various case studies.

2:50 p.m.–3:25 p.m. | 278–279

But First … Do No Harm: Case Studies in Non-Maleficence

Karsten Roberts MSc RRT RRT-ACCS, Philadelphia PA

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Karsten Roberts

In the US, ethical decision-making is typically based on ethical principles: autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. This presentation will showcase the principle of non-maleficence as the presenter explores how non-maleficence is a complex component through various case studies.

3:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | 278–279

Fair Play: Case Studies in Justice

Joel Brown BS RRT FAARC, Oxford PA

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Joel Brown

In the US, ethical decision-making is typically based on ethical principles: autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. This presentation will showcase the principle of justice as the presenter explores how justice manifests and can be difficult to manage in various case studies.

1:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | Clinical Practice

Patient Assessment

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | Theater B

ECG Interpretation: Rhythm Strips

Kyle Mahan MSM RRT, Louisville KY

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Kyle Mahan

This lecture will review concepts related to basic ECG rhythm strips respiratory therapists encounter in the acute care environment. Special emphasis will be placed on components of the ECG tracing, systematic rhythm strip interpretation, and recognition of various ECG normal and abnormal findings.

2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Theater B

ECG Interpretation: 12-Leads

Sara Mirza MD MS, Chicago IL

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Sara Mirza

This lecture will provide an overview of the 12 lead ECG and its usefulness in diagnosing pathologic conditions in the acute care environment. Emphasis will be placed on the systematic interpretation of 12 lead ECG’s and recognition of normal and abnormal conditions.

2:50 p.m.–3:25 p.m. | Theater B

Hemodynamic Monitoring in Adult Acute Care: A Case-Based Review

David Vines PhDc RRT FAARC, Winfield IL

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David Vines

Hemodynamic instability is common in the intensive care environment. This lecture will use clinical cases to discuss various hemodynamic parameters and how they might impact clinical decision making.

3:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | Theater B

Essential Skills for Rapid Response Assessment

Eric Kriner BHS RRT, Washington DC

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Eric Kriner

Respiratory therapists are integral parts of rapid response teams. This lecture will review essential skills that respiratory therapists need to have when faced with patients that are acutely ill. Emphasis will be on rapid assessment and interpretation of unstable vital signs, acute mental status changes, and the potential for airway compromise.

1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Clinical Practice

Preventing Readmissions with NIV

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | 265–266

Preventing Readmissions with NIV

Kimberly Wiles BS RRT FAARC, Kittanning PA

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Kimberly Wiles

Frequent hospital readmissions for exacerbation of COPD with hypercapnic respiratory failure. This lecture will discuss methods to identify appropriate patients and improve patient compliance with NIV in the home.

2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | 265–266

The Future of Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation in the Home

Zach Gantt RRT, Livingston TN

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Zach Gantt

Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV) in the home has proven to be a roller coaster of success, failures, audits, and outcomes over the last 20 years. This presentation will outline how data has progressed this service and what data is needed to continue to prove the viability of NPPV, both from a device and respiratory service perspective.

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | 267–268 | Clinical Practice

Experience: Revisiting Patient Perspective

Tim Gilmore PhD RRT AE-C, Shreveport LA

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Tim Gilmore

This presentation will remind caregivers of clinical and other implications of common practice interventions. It will bring research-based evidence as well as thought-provoking anecdotal reminders to light that encompass the long-term effects beyond simple HCAHPS scores. The real-time and long-term clinical implications of certain procedures and/or interventions of certain common bedside practices will also be discussed.

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | 272–273 | Education

That’s Not the Way We Do It Here — How to Standardize Competencies within a Hospital System

Matthew Jurecki BS RRT, Lakewood OH

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Matthew Jurecki

In recent years, independent hospitals have been absorbed into larger hospital systems. Respiratory therapists often float between hospitals within the same health system and this can be a cause for concern related to competencies. This presentation will discuss how to standardize competencies within a health system.

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | 286–287 | Pulmonary Function

A Better Bronchoprovocation Test: Why Utilizing A Resistance Parameter Makes Sense!

Matthew O’Brien RRT RPFT FAARC, Madison WI

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Matthew O’Brien

Bronchoprovocation testing, whether indirect or direct, can benefit from the addition of the measure of airway or respiratory system resistance. This presentation outlines how to easily integrate body plethysmography or oscillometric methods into your bronchoprovocation test.

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | Theater A | Neonatal/Pediatrics

Respiratory Unknowns: A Case-Based Presentation

Bruce Rubin MBA MD MHA, Henrico VA

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Bruce Rubin

How good are your diagnostic skills? A master clinician will present a series of interesting “unknowns” in pediatric respiratory care. Can you make the diagnosis? Attend this session to test your knowledge. Time will be allocated for discussion with the audience.

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | Theater C | Management

How Do Your Leadership Skills Measure Up?

Teresa Volsko MBA RRT FAARC, Canfield OH

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Teresa Volsko

Leadership is an elusive concept with vague and ambiguous rules. This presentation will focus on the art and science of leadership. Discover insights into better practices to produce movement and constructive or adaptive change by establishing direction through visioning, aligning people, motivating, and inspiring.

2:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | Pulmonary Function

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | 286–287

Indications & Physiologic Response to Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Kaiser Lim MD, Rochester MN

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Kaiser Lim

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is used to evaluate complaints of reduced exercise tolerance in subjects secondary to an unknown origin. We will describe the clinical utilization of CPET and overall testing process. The presenter will also discuss the normal cardiac and ventilatory responses to an incremental exercise test.

2:50 p.m.–3:25 p.m. | 286–287

The Role of Exercise Testing in Improving Rehabilitation Outcomes

William Stringer MD, Torrance CA

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William Stringer

Pulmonary rehabilitation outcome measurements are needed to demonstrate program benefit and support program utilization. This lecture will discuss the utility of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in tailoring the exercise program and assessing outcomes.

3:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | 286–287

VO2 Testing or Six-Minute Walk: Which One Is Best?

Kaiser Lim MD, Rochester MN
William Stringer MD, Torrance CA

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Kaiser LimWilliam Stringer

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is the gold standard in identifying a specific limitation or change in exercise tolerance. The six-minute walk test has increasingly been used to define exercise tolerance and follow exercise outcomes in patients with chronic disease. This pro/con will describe the role of each procedure and debate which is more appropriate to assess a specific clinical outcome.

4:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | 286–287

Quality Assurance in the Exercise Lab

Katrina Hynes MHA RRT RPFT, Rochester MN

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Katrina Hynes

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) uses a variety of sophisticated equipment integrated with computer software to calculate minute ventilation, oxygen consumption, and a plethora of derived values. As they say, “garbage in, garbage out.” This lecture will describe the use of BioQC for CPET and their statistical targets.

2:10 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | General

Year in Review

2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | 267–268

Asthma

Michael Davis RRT, Richmond VA

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Michael Davis

Describe the important contributions in asthma management in the last year.

2:50 p.m.–3:25 p.m. | 267–268

High Flow Nasal Oxygen in Adults

Jie Li MSc RRT, Forest park IL

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Jie Li

High flow nasal cannula has changed the landscape of noninvasive respiratory support. The use of HFNC for hypoxemic respiratory failure, hypercapnic respiratory failure, and to prevent reintubation has shown mixed results. This lecture will cover the important findings in HFNC over the past year.

3:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | 267–268

Secretion Clearance in Ventilated Patients

Rich Branson MSc RRT FAARC, Beaufort SC

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Richard Branson

This lecturer will describe the best papers published in 2019 related to secretion clearance in mechanically ventilated patients.

4:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | 267–268

Patient Ventilator Synchrony

Robert Chatburn RRT RRT-NPS MHHS, Cleveland OH

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Robert Chatburn

The most influential papers on patient ventilator synchrony in 2019 will be reviewed in this session.

4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | 267–268

Aerosol Therapy

Ariel Berlinski MD FAARC, Little Rock AK

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Ariel Berlinski

The lecturer will present the significant contributions to the literature in the last 12 months regarding aerosol therapy.

2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | 272–273 | Education

Respiratory Residency: Do You Have One?

Shawna Murray MHS RRT CHC, Salt Lake City UT

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Shawna Murray

A residency for new graduates can support them as they transition from student to professional while on-boarding to facility-specific equipment and processes. Evidence shows that new graduates to the health care profession need a framework to help them get their feet beneath them while running to keep up with the pace of change and the challenges of the industry. Innovations to material presentation allows the new employees to grow and learn while making important connections and friendships.

2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Theater C | Management

Shared Governance: Stop Telling Your Team and Start Asking

Matthew Pavlichko MS RRT RRT-NPS, Myerstown PA

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Matthew Pavlichko

Employee engagement is becoming a priority metric in the hospital/health care industry. The Shared Governance theory is a way to engage and develop health care employees. This presentation describes the history, purpose, and structure of shared governance as well as how it can improve employee engagement while driving quality and process improvement.

2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Theater A | Neonatal/Pediatrics

Mechanical Ventilation of Pediatric Patients with Acute Brain Injury

Jordan Rettig MD, Boston MA

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Jordan Rettig

Many factors must be taken into consideration when ventilating a pediatric patient with acute brain injury. The presenter will discuss neurological breathing patterns, cerebral blood flow, and the impact of brain injury on the lung.

2:50 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | Clinical Practice

ALS Updates: What’s New, What’s Going Well, What’s on the Horizon?

2:50 p.m.–3:25 p.m. | 265–266

ALS Multidisciplinary Clinics - A Model That’s Making a Difference

Cynthia Knoche RRT BBA, Ponte Vedra Beach FL

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Cynthia Knoche

While amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) remains a fatal disease with no identified cure, studies show that attending an ALS multidisciplinary clinic prolongs survival. Collaboration with multidisciplinary team members maximizes care options and supports patients’ desired quality of life outcomes. ALS patients rely on the expertise of both the clinic and home care therapist to evaluate, recommend, and manage their complex and ever-changing ventilation requirements.

3:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | 265–266

ALS: Identifying Successful Respiratory Interventions

Stephen Kantrow MD, New Orleans LA

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Stephen Kantrow

The five years since the Ice Bucket Challenge have brought advances in research, clinical trials, and new medications, yet ALS patients continue to face their most challenging issue — respiratory failure. This lecture will review ALS pathology and discuss successful respiratory interventions that support prolonged survival and quality of life.

4:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | 265–266

Multidisciplinary Team Approach for ALS Patients in the Home

Brian Timon BS RRT, Austin TX

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Brian Timon

ALS is a progressive disease that requires a multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement individualized care plans. The RT is a key member of this team and must be able to recognize challenges inherent with ALS and be competent in patient assessment and treatment modalities.

2:50 p.m.–3:25 p.m. | Theater A | Neonatal/Pediatrics

Inhaled Medications in Cystic Fibrosis

Ariel Berlinski MD FAARC, Little Rock AK

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Ariel Berlinski

Inhaled medications are widely use in the care of patients with Cystic Fibrosis. The speaker will discuss the available evidence for the use of different inhaled medications in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.

2:50 p.m.–3:25 p.m. | 272–273 | Education

Person First, Patient Last: Equity vs. Equality in Patient Education

Gabrielle Davis MPH RRT CHES, Boise ID

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Gabrielle Davis

Appropriate patient education is imperative during appointments and hospital stays to ensure patients are armed with the necessary tools to be successful once they return home. Unfortunately, all people learn differently and literacy (health literacy as well) levels vary across the nation. Therefore, RTs must personalize general educational information that would best fit each patient instead of using materials and techniques that simply cater to their diagnosis.

2:50 p.m.–3:25 p.m. | Theater C | Management

Using the Concept of “Compressed Time” to Close the Execution Gap with Goal Setting

Scott Reistad RRT CPFT FAACP, Colorado Springs CO

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Scott Reistad

The farther down the road plans for the future are made, the less predictability exists. With long-term plans, calculated “guesses” are made about future performance based on assumptions regarding today & yesterday. The reality is that it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to determine what your daily actions should be only 6 months or 1 year from now. Using a model of “compressed time,” this problem may lend to more predictive success in achieving the goals you desire.

3:15 p.m.–5:10 p.m. | 280–282 | General

Open Forum — Poster Discussions #3

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Open Forum

Researchers and clinicians present research results on bread-and-butter issues in respiratory care. The audience and authors review the posters during the first part of the session. A brief oral presentation (no slides) and audience questions and discussion allow presenters to expand on the work featured on the posters.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from

3:15 p.m.–5:10 p.m. | 275–277 | General

Open Forum — Poster Discussions #4

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Open Forum

Researchers and clinicians present research results on bread-and-butter issues in respiratory care. The audience and authors review the posters during the first part of the session. A brief oral presentation (no slides) and audience questions and discussion allow presenters to expand on the work featured on the posters.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from

3:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | Theater A | Neonatal/Pediatrics

BPD Outcomes: Are We Making Any Progress?

Ilana Heisler MS RRT, Boston MA

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Sherry Courtney

Neonatal Care is constantly evolving based upon new evidence. Much work has been done to reduce the rate and impact of BPD. This presentation will review current strategies to prevent BPD and discuss the impact this has made on patient outcomes.

3:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | Theater C | Management

How to Implement a Respiratory-Driven Vascular Access Program

Stacey Cutts BHS RRT, Rowlett TX

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Stacey Cutts

“Turf wars” can arise when traditional services provided by one discipline are encroached upon by another. The presenter will share tips on creating and implementing a respiratory care-driven vascular access program. Preliminary data demonstrating the need and steps for assuming vascular access team duties at your facility will be shared.

3:30 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | 272–273 | Education

Being an Effective Preceptor: How and Why?

Emilee Lamorena MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Chicago IL

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Emilee Lamorena

Being a preceptor is one of the most difficult, yet most important, parts about being an RT. As a preceptor, you have a direct impact on the future of our profession and the clinicians who become the face of respiratory care. To be an effective preceptor, you must not only translate didactic knowledge into bedside skills, but also inspire and cultivate a passion for respiratory care. This presentation will cover the hot tips and best practices that all preceptors should know!

4:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | Theater B | Adult Acute Care

Compliance, Resistance, and Time Constants — Oh My!

Jeff Anderson MA RRT, Boise ID

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Jeff Anderson

This presentation will provide attendees with in-depth understanding of how the time constant influences ventilation, particularly in terms of its influence on auto-PEEP, both in mechanically ventilated patients and spontaneously breathing patients with COPD.

4:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | Theater A | Neonatal/Pediatrics

Pediatric Respiratory Care Residency Program

Heather McKelvy MHA RRT RRT-NPS, Menlo Park CA

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Heather McKelvyTBA

Many children’s hospitals are evaluating the most efficient means to train new graduates. This presentation will discuss the value in developing a Pediatric Respiratory Care residency program. Program restructuring, barriers, and successes encountered will be discussed.

4:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | Theater C | Management

Leading Outside of the Box

Kevin McQueen MPA RRT RRT-ACCS, Colorado Springs CO

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Kevin McQueen

Demand for respiratory care leadership is growing. Respiratory therapists and leaders are being asked to expand their roles. Join the presenter as he discusses the challenges of managing departments outside of the normal progression in respiratory care. Examples will include managing the emergency department, risk management, and patient safety management, as well as, safety/security and environment of care.

4:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | 272–273 | Education

Organizing to Learn and Participate in Successful Teaming: Are You Ready?

Shawna Murray MHS RRT CHC, Salt Lake City UT

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Shawna Murray

Successful interdisciplinary teaming requires a learning organization to operate in an environment of psychological safety where all participants of the team feel comfortable and confident in sharing what they know with others. Respiratory therapists using their unique assessment skills can and should be some of the most valuable members of the team. When health systems are organized to learn from every patient interaction and encounter and are empowered to share that knowledge, we all win!

4:10 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | 278–279 | Clinical Practice

The Battle Against Influenza

Bill Pruitt RRT AE-C FAARC, Mobile AL

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Bill Pruitt

Each year influenza affects millions of patients and for children and those with pulmonary disease the "flu" causes many hospitalizations and deaths. There is a potential for a major world-wide disaster if deadly strains develop and spread. Annual vaccination, patient education, precautions to avoid infection, and provision of quality, appropriate care can help reduce the impact on health, improve survival, and reduce cost.

4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | 278–279 | Clinical Practice

Going Beyond Disease Management: Creating Population Health

Bill Galvin MSEd RRT FAARC, Havertown PA

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Bill Galvin

Ok, we all know that a healthy population makes good sense. We also know that disease management and all its principles/ practices are sound strategies. But, considering our desire to practice healthy behaviors/disease prevention, so called “good medicine,” what are the forces shaping HC, drivers of poor health, and quality health and longevity? Attend this session and learn lessons from “Blue Zones” about the drivers of disease and key ingredients to longevity and an improved quality of life.

4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | 272–273 | Education

Update on APRT

Brian Walsh PhD RRT RRT-NPS, Lynchburg VA
Robert Joyner PhD RRT RRT-ACCS, Salisbury MD

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Brian WalshRobert Joyner

This session is an update for the profession on the progress made by the APRT committee.

4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | Theater A | Neonatal/Pediatric

High Frequency Percussive Ventilation: Does It Have a Role in Pediatric Critical Care?

Emilee Lamorena MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Chicago IL

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Emilee Lamorena

High frequency percussive ventilation (HFPV) has been proposed as an alternative mode of ventilation for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome and acute lung injury. This presentation will review the theory and mechanisms behind HFPV, the evidence surrounding its use on patients in refractory hypoxemic failure, and provide recommendations for future use in pediatric critical care.

4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | Theater B | Adult Acute Care

Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury

Neil R MacIntyre MD FAARC, Durham NC

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Neil MacIntyre

Ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. This lecture will include an overview of the mechanism, incidence, and strategies used to reduce VILI.

4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | 265–266 | Clinical Practice

Considerations when Transitioning a Ventilator Dependent Patient from a Hospital Ventilator to a Home Ventilator

Anthony Mozzone BHS CRT CRT-NPS

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Anthony Mozzone

Chronic care management of the ventilator dependent patient in the home requires an understanding of the equipment available. There are pros and cons to each unit, and it is the RTs expertise that helps to determine the most appropriate device.

4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | 286–287 | Pulmonary Function

Exhaled Breath Hydrogen Testing: Diagnostics to Expand Your Pulmonary Lab

Matthew O’Brien RRT RPFT FAARC, Madison WI

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Matthew O’Brien

Breath testing allows clinicians to evaluate biomarkers for a variety of conditions. Exhaled breath hydrogen testing is used to evaluate malabsorption of various sugars, assisting GI clinicians in a thorough clinical assessment. Learn more about how breath hydrogen testing might be an asset to your pulmonary lab.

4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | Theater C | Management

Drowning in Readmits? Respiratory Navigation: A Breath of Fresh Air

Consuela Wiley RRT, Pamplin VA

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Consuela Wiley

The implementation of the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction program led to increased focus on quality care. Hospitals not meeting 30-day hospital readmission expectations were penalized. After incurring a $2.7 million penalty in fiscal year 2016, four hospitals utilized pulmonary disease navigation to decrease that penalty to $941,888 in fiscal year 2018. Follow the presenter as she provides the “how to” for penalty avoidance using pulmonary disease navigators.


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