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OPEN FORUM Abstracts to be featured in September's RESPIRATORY CARE Journal

For Immediate Release

DALLAS (September 3, 2002) - Neonatal and pediatric ventilation and ventilators, techniques in respiratory care and findings in education are just some of the OPEN FORUM abstracts in September's RESPIRATORY CARE Journal. The abstracts published in this issue will be presented during AARC's 48th International Respiratory Congress in Tampa, Fla. October 5 - 8, 2002.

The OPEN FORUMs sessions are symposia of similarly-focused abstracts based on the results of original scientific studies. GlaxoSmithKline graciously funded this year's OPEN FORUM via an educational grant.

In addition to the OPEN FORUM abstracts, Deborah L. Cullen, EdD, RRT, FAARC and Bernadette Rodak, MSc, CLSpH, present their evaluation of the "Clinical Utility of Measures of Breathlessness," an original contribution to RESPIRATORY CARE.

Other articles are "Relationship of Neonatal Endotracheal Tube Size and Airway Resistance," by Melisa J. Oca, MD, Michael A. Becker, RRT, Ronald E. Dechert, RRT and Steven M. Donn, MD; "Huge Pulmonary Arteriovenous Fistula: Diagnosis and Treatment and an Unusual Complication of Embolization," by Oliver Kretschmar, MD, Peter Ewert, MD, Hashim Abdul-Khaliq, MD, Mustafa Yigitbasi, MD, Heinz R. Zurbrügg, PhD, Roland Hetzer, PhD and Peter E. Lange, PhD; and "Anticipatory Use of Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for a High-Risk Interventional Cardiac Procedure," by Tina B. Carmichael, RRT, Edward P. Walsh, MD and Stephen J. Roth, MD, MPH. There is also a special article by Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC, on "Mechanical Ventilation Strategies: What's New and What's Worth Keeping."

RESPIRATORY CARE is part of the many benefits of membership in the AARC and is also available by subscription. Abstracts are available online at www.rcjournal.com or through www.aarc.org.

RESPIRATORY CARE is the official science journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care. RESPIRATORY CARE's mission is to disseminate information, viewpoints and questions about respiratory disease, research, clinical and laboratory practice, education and management of resources relative to patient care science.

The AARC is made up of respiratory care professionals from all over the world and represents some 30,000 members. As the leading respiratory professional membership association, the AARC focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. Its goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals. The Association also advocates on behalf of pulmonary patients for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals.