Current Topics in Respiratory Care 2019

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Build Value and Equip Your Team

Current Topics in Respiratory Care 2019 is one of the AARC’s top management products available for team training. This popular 8 DVD annual series offers respiratory teams an in-depth exploration of recent scientific advancements and evidence-based practices to improve delivery of care and reduce readmissions.

Presented by the leaders in respiratory care, the series is designed to cultivate a team of high-performing respiratory therapists that are equipped to educate patients and implement best practices in care. Purchase this training tool each year to continually build your department’s value and team expertise.

Monthly Releases Strengthen Continuing Education

Each topic is presented as a one-hour lecture and the DVDs offer flexibility for group or individual viewings. Purchase of the 2019 DVD series (a total of 8 DVDs), ensures that one DVD will be delivered each month to your facility beginning in March 2019 through October 2019. Each program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE® credit after successful completion of the test.

Purchase 2019 DVD Complete Team Training Series

Complete 2019 Series Pricing:

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

The 2019 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 #2019SLIC in the AARC Store for pricing details.

2019 Program Guide Topics

Program 1
Visualizing Mechanical Ventilation

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Respiratory therapists are important for the safe monitoring of mechanically ventilated patients. Applying imaging techniques such as electrical impedance tomography (EIT) and ultrasound to mechanically ventilated patients is gaining popularity in the literature. This lecture will discuss these techniques and where respiratory therapists play a key role. Lecturer: Thomas Piraino, RRT

This program is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from

Program 2
Alarm Fatigue: Implications for Patient Safety

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A major focus of Joint Commission 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 mechanical ventilation as well as BiPAP, ETCO2 and Pulse Oximeters. Lecturer: Marc Schlessinger, RRT, RRT-NPS, MBA, FACHE 

This program is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from

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Program 3
6 ml/kg Tidal Volume is Not Appropriate for All Patients
Adult data support the use of 6 ml/kg tidal volume for ARDS. Despite pediatric data this approach is commonly extrapolated to infants and children. This presentation will question this approach. Data in support of alternative tidal volume management approaches will be discussed. Lecturer: Neal J. Thomas, MD, MSc 

This program is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from

Program 4
State of the Art of ECMO: What’s new??
This lecture will discuss new methods and devices for extracorporeal support that have been recently developed and are on the horizon. Lecturer: Heidi J. Dalton, MD, MCCM 

This program is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from

Program 5
When Less is More?
In recent years, it has become increasingly appreciated that less aggressive therapy might lead to better outcomes. Noninvasive respiratory support has been shown to improve outcomes in appropriately selected patients. Lower tidal volumes lead to better outcomes during invasive or noninvasive ventilation. Although hypoxia leads to poor outcomes, hyperoxemia also leads to poor outcomes. Ventilator liberation potential is best identified with a spontaneous breathing trial rather than gradual reductions in ventilator support. Lecturer: Dean R Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC

This program is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from

Program 6
Journey to Zero Harm – Developing a Culture of Safety
Can we be successful in the elimination of nosocomial patient harm? An international expert in patient safety will discuss the journey to zero harm. Strategies that can be employed in all medical facilities to advance a culture of safety will be discussed. Lecturer: Michael Anderson, MD, MBA

This program is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from

Program 7
The ABCDEF Bundle and the Role of the Respiratory Therapist
This lecture will discuss the integration of respiratory therapists into each of these domains to assure collaboration and quality patient care. He will describe how lack of respiratory therapy involvement can doom the implementation to failure. The science behind the bundle will be reviewed and areas of further study revealed. Lecturer: E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH 

This program is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from

Program 8
Everyone Needs Oxygen
The presentation will discuss the evidence supporting the use of supplemental oxygen in COPD and efforts underway to promote stakeholder-supported strategies to promote appropriate us of home oxygen during hospital to home transitions. Lecturer: Jerry Krishnan MD, PhD

This program is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from

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