American Association for Respiratory Care


Sunday, July 13


7:00 am–8:00 am


Complimentary Coffee and Bagels


8:00 am–8:50 am

Patient Assessment

Carl R Hinkson MS RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS FAARC, Seattle WA

This presentation will discuss components of neurologic, basic cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, metabolic, and musculoskeletal assessments as well as reinforce the recognition of respiratory failure in the critically ill patient. The presenter will review normal and abnormal findings of these assessments in the context of the critically ill patient.


8:55 am–9:45 am

Diagnostics: Labs

J Brady Scott MS RRT-ACCS, Chicago IL

This presentation will discuss normal and abnormal values in relation to blood chemistries, cultures, cardiac markers, fluid analysis, and blood gases. In addition, the presenter will facilitate the relation of the findings of these diagnostic laboratory studies to the condition of the critically ill patient.


9:45 am–10:00 am



10:00 am–10:50 am

Infectious Processes


This presentation will review general infections common to patients in the intensive care unit and the various transmission routes of these infections. Other aspects of infectious processes such as VAP/VAE and preventive measures in the intensive care unit will also be discussed.


10:55 am–11:45 am

Cardiopulmonary Disease Review

Keith D Lamb RRT-ACCS, Des Moines IA

This presentation will focus on the cardiopulmonary disease processes that are common to the intensive care unit and are specifically addressed on the NBRC ACCS examination. These processes include but are not limited to: ALI/ARDS, COPD, cardiac disorders, post-surgical conditions, asthma, traumatic injury, burns/inhalation injury, pulmonary hypertension, and shock.


11:45 am–12:10 pm

Lunch Provided


12:10 pm–1:00 pm


J Brady Scott MS RRT-ACCS

This presentation will review the common medications (pulmonary and non-pulmonary) used in the treatment of critically ill patients. In addition, the presenter will provide information on the effects/side effects and the role of the respiratory therapist in the administration of these medications.


1:05 pm–1:55 pm

Airway Management

Keith D Lamb RRT-ACCS

This presentation will identify common airway clearance issues as well as the indications and contraindications for the use of various specialty gases in the treatment of the critically ill patient. The presenter will also discuss the use and hazards of various artificial airways.


2:00 pm–2:15 pm

Mechanical Ventilation, Part I

Thomas R Lamphere BS RRT-ACCS RPFT FAARC, Sellersville, PA

The first part of the mechanical ventilation series will begin with an exploration of the indications, contraindications, hazards, side effects, and beneficial effects of non-invasive ventilation. Next, the basic ventilator modes will be compared and contrasted. The last portion of the presentation will focus on ventilator waveform analysis in specific situations common to the critically ill patient.


3:15 pm–3:30 pm



3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Mechanical Ventilation, Part II


The second part of the mechanical ventilation series starts with an update on advanced ventilator modes and indications for use. The presenter will also integrate ventilator strategies for specific disease processes addressed on the NBRC ACCS exam matrix.