Current Topics in Respiratory Care 2018



This educational 8 DVD annual series offers an in-depth exploration of recent scientific advancements in respiratory care and the evidence-based practices that improve delivery of care and reduce readmissions. Presented by the leaders in respiratory care, the series is designed to cultivate high-performing respiratory therapists who are equipped to educate patients and implement best practices in care.

Each topic is presented as a one-hour lecture and the DVDs offer flexibility for group or individual viewings. Purchase of the 2018 DVD series (a total of 8 DVDs), ensures that one DVD will be delivered each month to your facility beginning in March 2018 through October 2018. Each program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE® credit after successful completion of the test.

Purchase the Complete 2018 DVD Series

Subscribe to the complete series of 8 topics, and pay only $57.38 per DVD, excluding tax, shipping and handling. Complete course materials, proctor guide, CRCE logo and certification of completion forms are provided with each topic. Videos are approximately 1 hour in length. This series replaces the Professor’s Rounds annual DVD series.

The 2018 Current Topics DVD series is designed to be used within the hospital, and cannot be shared with other hospitals in the system, or their staff. To use the DVD set with individuals not employed by the licensee’s institution a licensing agreement must be purchased with the DVD series. See Item #2018SLIC in the AARC Store for pricing details.

Complete 2018 Series:

Member Price $459
Nonmember Price $499
Member Savings $40; each DVD only $57.38

Single Program DVDs*:
Member Price $89
Single DVD Nonmember Price $99
Single DVD Member Savings $10
* Single DVDs are only available as each topic is released


2018 Program Guide

Program 1
Pulmonary Rehabilitation: The Year in Review
A review of the most recently published studies in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation will be discussed. Strategies on how to implement these research findings into the everyday practice of pulmonary rehabilitation will also be discussed. Available in March 2018. Lecturer: Brian W. Carlin, MD, MAACVPR

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Program 2
Role of the Respiratory Therapist in Tracheostomy Care
Respiratory therapists should have expertise in the use of tracheostomy tubes and related appliances. Most important is correct matching of the device to the needs of the patients. Also important is recognition when the patient can be decannulated and facilitating speech in the patient with tracheostomy. This presentation covers issues related to tracheostomy management and the integral role of the respiratory therapist. Available in April 2018. Lecturer: Dean Hess PhD, RRT, FAARC

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Program 3
Severe Asthma Attacks in the ER
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. Available in May 2018. Lecturer: Brady Scott, MSc, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC

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Program 4
Ventilator Discontinuation: The Evidence Base, Guidelines, and “Best Practice”
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 including education, medication and treatment recommendations, and follow-up after discharge, along with four-year data on readmission rates and cost savings will be presented. Available in June 2018. Lecturer: Neil MacIntyre MD, FAARC

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Program 5
The Use of Noninvasive Ventilation at the End of Life
Noninvasive ventilation is a common modality provided in acute, long-term, and home care environments to provide respiratory support to patients with a variety of acute and chronic disease pathologies. Though NIV is used predominantly as a bridge to recovery in acute disease pathologies and as ongoing support in chronic disease pathologies, some clinicians advocate for the use of NIV for comfort measures at the end of life. This presentation will provide a basis for the analysis of ethical dilemmas and debate the ethical arguments for and against the use of NIV at the end of life. Available in July 2018. Lecturer: Shawna Strickland PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC

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Program 6
Meeting the Challenge of COPD Care in the US: Access and Potential Solutions
COPD is a leading cause of death in the U.S., and yet it remains underdiagnosed and access to critical services for these patients remains challenging. Patients with COPD and the providers who care for them face unique obstacles, particularly in the current health care environment. The impact of these obstacles on patient care and how we as providers can help to address them will be discussed. Available in August 2018. Lecturer: MeiLan Han MD, MS

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Program 7
Caring for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient – a Patient-Centered Approach
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. Available in September 2018.Lecturer: Sangeeta Mehta MD, FRCPC

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Program 8
Evaluating the Value of the Respiratory Therapist: Where is the Evidence?
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 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. Available in October 2018. Lecturer: Marin H. Kollef MD

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