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Past Programs
The AARC’s Professor’s Rounds series has consistently presented the most current information available to improve the knowledge and skills of respiratory therapists. This cost-effective approach of providing continuing education for your staff has an outstanding lineup of topics and speakers.

Each participant earns 1 CRCE credit for each topic.

We would like to thank our Sponsors for supporting Professor’s Rounds through unrestricted educational grants. The AARC has the sole responsibility of assuring appropriate educational content of Professor’s Rounds.

2009 Programs

Program 1
Update on Noninvasive Ventilation
Available Now

Accumulating evidence supports that noninvasive ventilation improves outcomes in appropriately selected patients. The evidence for use of noninvasive ventilation will be discussed in this program. Technical aspects such as selection of an interface, ventilator, and ventilator settings will also be described.

Sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from:
Cardinal Health

Dean Hess, PhD RRT FAARC
Richard Branson, MS RRT FAARC FCCM

Order item PR9001

Program 2
Ventilator Associated Pneumonia—2009 Update
Available Now

This presentation will review the current opinions on the etiology and prevention of VAP.  New research will be discussed including the use of silver coated endotracheal tubes and other preventative techniques.  The discussion will also look at pay for performance based on VAP prevention measures and the possibility of changes in reimbursement for VAP by third party payers.

Richard Branson, MS RRT FAARC FCCM
Sam Giordano, MBA RRT FAARC

Order item PR9002

Program 3
Critical Care of the Brain-Injured Patient
Available Now

Patients with acute brain injury due to trauma or stroke are at risk for a wide gamut of problems including respiratory failure, acute lung injury, infection and shock.  This program will discuss unique aspects of critical care for this patient population, with a focus on management of mechanical ventilation.

Steven Deem, MD
Dean Hess, PhD RRT FAARC

Order item PR9003

Program 4
Delirium and Sedation in the ICU: Improving Outcomes of Mechanical Ventilation
Available Now

An alarming two-thirds of mechanically ventilated intensive care unit patients develop an acute and often severe and long-lasting brain dysfunction that begins as ICU-delirium. Over one-half of ICU survivors subsequently suffer a functionally debilitating dementia-like chronic illness, which appears related to the duration of delirium. Without formal measurement, ICU-delirium is missed 75% of the time. Dr. Ely will present available tools to diagnose delirium in ICU patients and implement proven treatment strategies to reduce the impact of this newly recognized and devastating illness.

E. Wesley Ely, MD MPH
Dean Hess, PhD RRT FAARC

Order item PR9004

Program 5
The Role of the RT in Improving PAP Compliance in Patients with OSA
Release in August

Realizing the increased morbidity and mortality of untreated OSA, and the significant benefits of appropriate PAP therapy, we plan to present direction and helpful hints to respiratory therapists in helping patients comply with their PAP treatment.  Attendees will learn the common obstacles to patient compliance, and how to troubleshoot them.  This will be practical guidelines based on cumulative experience of respiratory therapists working with OSA patients in the field and at the bedside.

Paul Selecky, MD FAARC
Suzanne Bollig, BHS RRT RPSGT R. EEG T.

Order item PR9005

Program 6
Respiratory Management of the Premature Infant
Release in September

This program will address key elements of respiratory management of the premature infant beginning in the delivery room.  Use of CPAP, surfactant, conventional and high frequency ventilation will be discussed.

Sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from:

Sherry Courtney, MD MS
Thomas Kallstrom, BS RRT AE-C FAARC

Order item PR9006

Program 7
High Frequency Oscillation in Adults:  Evolving Practice
Release in October

This presentation will review the basic physiology of HFO, as well as the pathophysiological mechanisms of acute-lung injury, outlining why HFO is theoretically ideal to minimize VILI.  In addition, evolving approaches to HFO practice will be discussed in detail with regard to lung recruitment and to ventilation and CO2 management.

Sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from:
Cardinal Health 

Niall Ferguson, MD
Dean Hess, PhD RRT FAARC

Order item PR9007

Program 8
Improving Communication with Patients and Families in the ICU
Release in November

This presentation provides an overview of the principles and practice of integrating palliative and critical care, with a focus on 4 specific areas: the role of palliative care in the ICU; symptom assessment and management; communication with patients and family members; and interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.  A new intervention for hospitals and individual ICUs: Integrating Palliative and Critical Care (IPACC) will be described. The goal of the IPACC intervention is to teach ICU clinicians basic palliative care skills and the language of palliative care, and to encourage all ICU clinicians to prioritize palliative care as one of the important things that we do in the ICU.

Sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from:

J. Randall Curtis, MD MPH
David Pierson, MD FAARC

Order item PR9008


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