AARC members who are serving our country as a part of the military today, and those who have given of their service in the past, were honored during a special flag folding ceremony this morning, with Joseph Buhain, EdD, MBA, RRT, FAARC, presiding over the proceedings. Among the special honorees: Thomas Wallsmith, the only RT known to have been killed in the line of duty.
ECMO: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
They’re smaller, safer, and easier to use than ever before. Extracorporeal life support devices have changed dramatically over the past five years, and Ira M. Cheifetz, MD, FAARC, FCCM, outlined the advancements in this morning’s Egan Lecture, bringing everyone up to speed on this most astonishing aspect of critical care.
In addition to highlighting aspects of the new technology that now allow patients to receive extracorporeal life support while awake and, in some cases, even ambulatory, Dr. Cheifetz gave his audience a glimpse into the future and what we can expect from these devices and their application on patients whose lungs need a respite to recover going forward.
Dr. Cheifetz is a pediatric critical care medicine specialist at Duke Health in Durham, NC. He has published more than 100 papers in peer review journals, many of them focused on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. He has also served as Program Committee chair for the AARC Congress on many occasions and is the 2016 chair as well.
Stay tuned to Respiratory Care for publication of the Egan Lecture report in 2017.
The top ten submissions to this year’s Open Forum were presented during the prestigious Editors’ Choice session this morning. Each author reviewed his/her findings in an eight minute slide presentation followed by a 5-minute question and answer period.
Here are the top ten submissions for 2016 —
The Open Forum is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Monaghan.
AARC Congress 2016 has truly been an international meeting, with speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from all over the world. Respiratory researchers from here in the states have gotten the chance to network with their colleagues from abroad about everything from mechanical ventilation to reducing readmissions for COPD patients, and the exchange of information should help inform respiratory care both here and in other nations.
One of the best places to see the wide range of international participation was in the 2016 Open Forum, where these international colleagues presented their work —
We also heard from three international speakers: Thomas Piranino, RRT, FSCRT, and Eddy Fan, MD, from Canada, and Masaji Nishimura, PhD, MD, from Japan.
We’ve been pleased to welcome 3 new International Fellows to the meeting as well. Jingen Xia, MS, RRT; Julita V. Toledo, RMT, RTRP, MPA; and Marina Labor, MD, PhD, have definitely enriched the Congress experience for everyone who’s had a chance to visit with them here this week. Our thanks go to the sponsors who continue to support the International Fellowship Program with their generous contributions: AARC, AARC House of Delegates, Teleflex, National Board for Respiratory Care, Philips Respironics.