Breakfast Symposia

Held in the morning at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, they are free of charge and approved for CRCE credits. The schedule below shows the companies hosting the symposia. Please note that the companies provided all topics, speakers, and descriptions, and they are fully responsible for information presented at these sessions.

Complimentary breakfast. Attendance is limited, first-come, first-served once registration opens.

Sunday, November 6

Please note daylight-saving time ends at 2:00 am EDST. Be sure to turn your clock back one hour.

6:00 am – 8:00 am

Humidification Challenges: Strategies for VAP Risk Reduction

Ruben Restrepo MD RRT FAARC, San Antonio TX

The focus of this symposium will be on products and programs designed to help clinicians adhere to clinical practice guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, IHI, AARC and SHEA.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Impact of VAP
  2. The role of the VAP bundle as a strategy for VAP reduction.
  3. Recommended strategies to minimize the contamination of  equipment used to care for patients receiving mechanical ventilation according to recommended standards and guidelines.
  4. Evidence based clinical practice guidelines directed to reduce the incidence of VAP.
  5. Risks associated with breathing circuit condensation and the advantages and disadvantages of current options available for condensation management.
  6. The challenge of sustainable clinical practices to drive patient safety and improve clinical outcomes in critical care and beyond.

The American Association for Respiratory Care has approved this course for 1.0 CRCE. Course Number: 211629022.

Register for the Teleflex Symposium

6:00 am – 8:15 am

Improving Outcomes in Intubated and Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Presentation #1
Patient Ventilator Asynchrony: Incidence, Etiology, and Remedies
Richard Branson MSc RRT FAARC FCCM, Cincinnati OH

This presentation will review the data regarding the prevalence of patient ventilator asynchrony, its relationship to the duration of ventilatory support, and methods to obtain patient ventilator synchrony. The most common types and causes of asynchrony will be described along with techniques for mitigation. The use of Proportional Assist Ventilation (PAV) will be reviewed including principle of operation, indications, and limitations.

Learning Objectives:
  1. The relationship of patient ventilator interaction and duration of ventilation.
  2. The most common asynchrony events during volume and pressure targeted ventilation and description of methods for mitigation.
  3. Evaluation of waveforms for the presence of asynchrony.
  4. The function, indication, and limitations of Proportional Assist Ventilation (PAV).
Presentation #2:
Post-Operative Pulmonary Complications and the Role of Microaspiration
Aryeh Shander MD FCCM FCCP, Englewood NJ

Postoperative pulmonary complications remain one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and extended hospital stays. Aspiration of upper airway secretions into the respiratory tract is a major etiologic factor in intubated patients. The folded cuff material of high-volume low-pressure ET tubes can permit leakage of fluids past the cuff into the respiratory tract resulting in microaspiration. Given the unfavorable outcomes associated with microaspiration, a number of strategies have been suggested to limit microaspiration.

Learning Objectives:
  1. The incidence, economic implications, and clinical outcomes associated with post-intubation pulmonary complications.
  2. The role of microaspiration in pulmonary and systemic pathology.
  3. Various strategies to reduce or prevent microaspiration through the cuffs.

The American Association for Respiratory Care has approved this course for 1.5 CRCE. Course Number: 213296000.

Register for the Covidien Symposium

Monday, November 7

6:15 am – 8:15 am

Innovative Technologies During Economic Crisis

Dr. Robert Kacmarek PhD RRT FCCM FCCP FAARC
Dr. Howard Stein MD, Neonatologist

This program is intended for respiratory therapists, physicians, nurses, and clinical researchers involved with the care of the critically ill patient. The program will highlight the past, present and future of technologies associated with mechanical ventilation and how it influences cost containment and potentially cost reduction during difficult economic times.   

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the development of modern mechanical ventilation.
  2. Understand the different generations of mechanical ventilation and the future developments of support tools.
  3. Understand how decision support tools can influence the patient outcome by improving efficiency in ICU workflow.
  4. Understand the use of novel technology utilizing the respiratory drive of the neonate.
  5. Understand the transition from invasive neural control to noninvasive neural control and the potential cost implications to reducing re-intubation.

The American Association for Respiratory Care has approved this course for 2.0 CRCE. Course Number: 213318000.

Register for the Maquet Symposium

6:30 am – 8:15 am

Empowering the RT with New Noninvasive Monitoring Capabilities

Thomas Lamphere BS RRT RPFT, Sellersville PA
Michael Ramsay MD FRCA, Dallas TX

This program will review several clinically proven and validated noninvasive monitoring technologies that may enhance the ability to assess the realtime changing physiologic status of critically ill patients. Impact of early notification to the clinician of potential adverse events/conditions leading to prevention or appropriate clinical intervention or treatment will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how noninvasive dyshemoglobin and total hemoglobin monitoring expands oxygen content assessment beyond SpO2 alone.
  2. Explain how acoustic respiration rate monitoring can increase the number of patients assessed for respiratory depression.
  3. Understand how a continuous surveillance system can reduce rapid response activations and ICU transfers in post-surgical patients.

The American Association for Respiratory Care has approved this course for 1.0 CRCE. Course Number: 213297000.

Register for the Masimo Symposium