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Best and Brightest Present the Science for Respiratory Care during the International Respiratory Congress OPEN FORUM

For Immediate Release

DALLAS (September 13, 2002) - As a profession, respiratory care is no stronger than the scientific evidence backing up the treatments and modalities used to care for patients and the practices implemented in the operation of the profession’s educational programs and departments.

“One of the largest and most prolific sources for this evidence is the annual OPEN FORUM sponsored by the AARC's RESPIRATORY CARE, the scientific journal of respiratory therapy,” says Ray Masferrer, the Journal’s Managing Editor.

This year, more than 170 studies from the best and brightest minds in the profession come together to provide conference attendees with the latest on everything from mechanical ventilation and disease management to Web-based learning and RT retention.

“The sessions are arranged into 15 different symposia grouped by topic,” Masferrer adds. He says that the topics include: “Techniques in Respiratory Care,” “Findings in Education,” “Asthma and the Respiratory Therapist,” “Ventilators and Ventilatory Techniques” and “Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care.”

These symposia are sprinkled throughout the four-day meeting. The OPEN FORUM gives respiratory therapists and other Congress attendees an opportunity to sandwich the short presentations in-between longer lectures and symposiums.

The OPEN FORUM is made possible in part by a generous grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

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.


Contact: Sherry Milligan