International Respiratory Congress Hosts China Delegation, SARS Information
For Immediate Release
Dallas (November 19, 2003) – The 49th International Respiratory Congress,
the annual meeting of the American Association for Respiratory Care
(AARC), will host a delegation of health officials from China and Taiwan
on Tuesday, December 9, 2003, in Las Vegas. The health officials will
be gathering information about SARS and protective equipment during
the world's largest respiratory health convention and exhibition December
8 through 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“This is a great opportunity to help them learn more about how the
U.S. health system protects people from the SARS virus and other respiratory
ailments and to help us learn more about coping with epidemic-type outbreaks
of respiratory-related illness,” says AARC Chief Operating Officer Kevin
Shrake, MA, RRT, FACHE, FAAMA, FAARC.
When the SARS outbreak occurred, the AARC, which serves the nation's
respiratory therapists as their only professional association, began
developing Web casts, documents, electronic resources and educational
opportunities to help provide respiratory care professionals with the
resources they would need should the deadly virus become a threat in
To facilitate an exchange of ideas and to learn from the China and
Taiwan representatives who have firsthand experience with the disease,
AARC leaders have invited key physicians and RTs to meet with the delegation.
These leaders include Sam P. Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC, AARC's Executive
Director; David J Pierson MD FAARC, the editor in chief of Respiratory
Care, the AARC's science journal; Susan R. Gallo MEd RRT, secretary-treasurer
of the AARC's board of directors; Robert M. Kacmarek PhD RRT FAARC,
a leading cardiopulmonary researcher; Patrick J. Dunne MEd RRT FAARC,
a respiratory care business leader; and Dean R. Hess PhD RRT FAARC,
also a leading cardiopulmonary researcher.
In addition the AARC will offer newly developed resources for dealing
with SARS should we see a resurgence in this disease. As the frontline
providers of respiratory care, respiratory therapists have led the way
for treating the illness and have an archived Webcast that provides
an in-depth look at SARS in North America and a SARS Resource Document.
From there, Shrake says it's on to the Exhibit Hall, to see what's
new in protective equipment and to visit with vendors to learn more
about advances in respiratory technology.
“Our exhibit hall contains the largest and most extensive showing of
the advances in cardiopulmonary equipment, treatment modalities, and
more,” Shrake adds. “It is here that innovators and medical leaders
come together to discuss these advances and to determine those things
that will best be incorporated into the daily practice of respiratory
“The delegates from China will indeed be able to learn from our technology
and come away with solid solutions for dealing with epidemic-like outbreaks
of respiratory illness in the future,” Shrake adds.
The delegation includes representatives from China's Guangdong Provincial
Health Bureau, Luohu District People's Government, Shaoguan Health Bureau,
Guangzhou Municipal Health Bureau, Guangdon Maternal & Child Health
Hospital, Guangzhou Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Guangzhou Center
for Diseases Prevention and Control, Zhuhai Health Inspection Institute,
Zhuhai Health Bureau, Shenzhen Hospital of Chronic Diseases, Shenzhen
Donghu Hospital, Huizhou Center for Diseases Prevention and Control,
Huizhou Central People's Hospital, Luohu District Health Bureau, Luohu
District Center for Diseases Prevention and Control, Luohu Hospital
of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenzhen Luohu Maternal & Child
Hospital, Shenzhen Luohu Healthcare Office, Zhanjiang Center for Diseases
Prevention and Control, Shaoguan Center for Diseases Prevention and
Control, and Shaoguan Health Bureau. Officials and professionals from
Taipei City, Taiwan will also participate in the event.
In addition to hosting the China delegation, the Respiratory
Congress will feature an afternoon session devoted to international
respiratory care issues on Wednesday, December 10.
From 1 to 4:55 p.m., respiratory therapist Lynn Beaton from British
Columbia Children's Hospital, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, will
speak about her experiences in China. As a respiratory therapist traveling
with a team of neonatal physicians from Canada, staffing issues in China
caught Beaton's attention. “The magnitude of the number of patients
these hospitals see in just a 24-hour timeframe in relationship to the
manpower was overwhelming from a North American perspective,” says the
therapist. Beaton will also discuss how a new educational program was
formed with a partnership between Shanghai Children's Hospital of Fudan
University and the Canadian Neonatal Network.
Katie Sabato, MS RRT, Children's Hospital, Oakland, Calif., will discuss
the role of respiratory therapists in third world countries. During
her talk from 2 to 2:55 p.m., Sabato will contrast the maximal success
accomplished by two respiratory therapists who independently and successfully
introduced mechanical ventilation to Belize to the struggles encountered
in Africa where health care is worse than anywhere on the globe. Sabato
will also highlight how respiratory therapists can become involved in
medical missionary groups.
The lecture series will conclude, from 3 to 3:55 p.m., with a glimpse
at how humor helps the healing process. In “Winning Hearts Around the
World,” respiratory therapist Wesley A. Flener, CRT, Lincare Home Health,
Louisville, Ken., will share his personal experiences with the healing
power of laughter from around the world including China, Russia, and
New York City.