AARC Congress 2018

  Dec. 4–7, 2018

  Las Vegas, NV

Respiratory Care Open Forum

Researchers and clinicians present their findings from studies in aerosol therapy, mechanical ventilation, neonatal and pediatric care, education, management, and every practice mode in the profession.

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Tuesday, Dec. 4

12:45 p.m.–2:40 p.m. | Surf B

Poster Discussions #1: Aerosols/Drugs — Part 1

Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC and Ariel Berlinski MD/Co-chairs

  • Use of Neuromuscular Blockade Does Not Affect Mechanical Ventilation Duration in ARDS — Justin S Phillips RRT RRT-ACCS, San Francisco, CA
  • Pump Infusion Rate During Continuous Nebulization in a Mechanically Ventilated Pediatric Bench Model Affects the Percentage of Active Nebulization Time — Maria E Salazar MPH RRT RRT-NPS, Los Angeles, CA
  • Controlling Drug Delivery During Mechanical Ventilation: Breath-enhanced Jet Nebulization — Ann D Cuccia MPH RRT RRT-NPS RPFT, Stony Brook, NY
  • Delivery of Nebulized Colistin During Mechanical Ventilation: An In Vitro Study — Ching-Yi Liu MSc RRT, Douliu, Taiwan
  • The Impact of Tris-Hydroxymethyl Aminomethane on Electrolytes During Treatment of Severe Acidosis in ARDS — Vivian Yip RRT, San Francisco, CA
  • Increased Dilution Volume Improves Nebulized Budesonide Delivery During Mechanical Ventilation — Hui-Ling Lin MSc RRT RN FAARC, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • An In Vitro Comparison of Jet and Mesh Nebulizers During Mechanical Ventilation, Noninvasive Ventilation and Spontaneous Breathing in Pediatrics — Arzu Ari PhD PT CPFT RRT FAARC, Round Rock, TX
  • Effect of Nebulizer Type, Delivery Interface and Flow on Aerosol Drug Delivery to a Spontaneously Breathing Infant Lung Model — Arzu Ari PhD RRT PT CPFT FAARC, Round Rock, TX
  • Effect of Circuit Size on Albuterol Delivery During Heated High-Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy in a Pediatric Model — Randy Willis MBA RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Little Rock, AR
  • The Effect of Ratio of Adult Inspiratory Flow to Gas Flow on Aerosol Delivery via High-Flow Nasal Cannula for Adults — Jie Li MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS, Chicago, IL
  • Comparing the Effects of Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilators and Their Diluents on Airway Inflammation and Ciliary Function — Michael D Davis PhD RRT, Richmond, VA

12:45 p.m.–2:40 p.m. | Surf E

Poster Discussions #2: Airway Care

Carl R Hinkson MSc RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC and Joel M Brown II RRT FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Decreasing Duration of Mechanical Ventilation With the Use of an Airway Clearance Device — Ruth L Karales RRT, Aurora, IL
  • Reducing Unplanned Extubations in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycles and Quality Improvement Methods — Sara J Murphy MBA RRT RRT-NPS, Chicago, IL
  • Develop a Standardized Multidisciplinary Process for Safe Adult Extubation — Parul Shah RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS, Falls Church, VA
  • Evaluation of a New Balloon-Tipped Closed Suction System — John D Davies MA RRT FAARC, Durham, NC
  • Impact of an Endotracheal Tube Holder to Reduce Facial Injury — Alexa Moran RRT, Newark, DE
  • Laboratory Evaluation of Continuous Cuff Pressure Control Methods — Sherry A Babic RRT, Cleveland, OH
  • Reduction of Endotracheal Tube Cuff Pressure During a Series of Routine Cuff Pressure Checks — Ziad Alharbi, Mobile, AL
  • The Compliance of Distal Airway Volume Affects Secretion Mobilization Device Evaluation — William M. LeTourneau MA RRT RRT-ACCS, Rochester, MN
  • Trach Safe: An Approach for Reducing Preventable Death in Tracheostomy-Dependent Children — Leslee Hill RRT, Seattle, WA
  • Secretion Mobilization Capabilities of Two Airway Clearance Devices — Anna Hughes, Springfield, MO
  • Positive Pressure Nasal Irrigation Decreases Upper Respiratory Symptoms in an Adult Urban College Population — Alexis Huff, Erie, PA

3:15 p.m.–5:10 p.m. | Surf B

Poster Discussions #3: Ventilators/Ventilation — Part 1

Richard H Kallet MSc RRT FAARC and Dario Rodriquez MSc RRT FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Low Tidal Volume Ventilation and Threshold Opening Pressures During Lung Injury: Implications for Managing Severe ARDS — Gregory S Burns RRT, San Francisco, CA
  • Mortality Rate in ARDS Is Higher in Those Meeting NIH ARDSNet Exclusion Criteria — Richard H Kallet MSc RRT FAARC, San Francisco, CA
  • A Descriptive Analysis of Adherence to Ventilator Alarm Policy — Karsten J Roberts MSc RRT RRT-ACCS, Philadelphia, PA
  • Acute Renal Injury at Mechanical Ventilation Weaning Increases Risk of Tracheal Extubation Failure — Andrey Wirgues Sousa, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Do Early Changes in Oxygen Saturation Index Correlate to Patient Outcomes? — John S Emberger Jr RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC, Newark, DE
  • Impact of Complying With Lung Protective Tidal Volumes on Patient Outcomes — John S Emberger Jr RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC, Newark, DE
  • Selecting the Right Tidal Volume for Patients With ARDS: Are We Staying Within the Recommended Range for a Lung Protective Strategy? — Angel Melendez RRT, San Antonio, TX
  • Noninvasive Estimation of Optimal PEEP for Mechanically Ventilated Obese Patients — Laura R Reindl RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS, Milwaukee, WI
  • The Impact on Spontaneous Breathing Trial Compliance With the Addition of Respiratory Therapists to the Virtual Critical Care Team — Ashley L Owens RRT, Charlotte, NC
  • Trials of Unassisted Breathing in Adult Patients With Tracheostomy: A Single Center Experience — Michael D Wilson RRT RRT-ACCS RPFT, Durham, NC
  • Decreasing Ventilator Length of Stay Using Lean Methodology — Pamela B Holly RRT, Charlotte, NC
  • Development of an Interdisciplinary CVICU Ventilator Weaning Team to Improve Patient Outcomes and Decreased Intubation Times — Tiffany Saxon RRT, Falls Church, VA
  • The Validation of Rapid Shallow Breathing Index on Weaning off Mechanical Ventilator of Medical and Surgical Patients in Adult Intensive Care Unit — Yi-Tang Tsai, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Rapid Liberation from Mechanical Ventilation, the ICU and Hospital by Using an ICU Dashboard and Alert Program — Steven W Gudowski RRT, Philadelphia, PA

3:15 p.m.–5:10 p.m. | Surf E

Poster Discussions #4: Asthma/Pulmonary Disease

Timothy Op’t Holt EdD RRT FAARC and Ruben Restrepo MD RRT FAARC/Co-chairs

  • The Utilization of Venous-Venous Extracorporporeal Oxygenation Membrane for the Management of Status Asthmaticus — Kenneth Miller MEd RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC, Allentown, PA
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an Asthma Care Management Team on Patient and Process Outcomes — Irene Genet RRT AE-C, Akron, OH
  • Increased Risk of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Patients With Helicobacter Pylori Infection: A Population-Based Cohort Study in a Tuberculosis-Endemic Area — Yi-Hao Peng MSc, Taichung, Taiwan
  • A Volume Expansion Protocol: Using Incentive Spirometry as an Inspiratory Capacity Screening Tool Only — Vrena Flint MBA RRT, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Prospective Cohort Study of Minority In-Patients With a Primary Discharge Diagnosis of COPD Exacerbation — Gail S Drescher MA RRT, Washington, DC
  • The Perception of Adherence to Cystic Fibrosis Guidelines by Respiratory Therapists in Saudi Arabia — Douglas S Gardenhire EdD RRT RRT-NPS FAARC, Atlanta, GA
  • Carbon Monoxide Levels and Indoor Cooking Practices Among Participants Living in Rural Nicaragua — Douglas S Gardenhire EdD RRT RRT-NPS FAARC, Atlanta, GA
  • Evaluating the Knowledge of COPD Patients About Pneumonia Signs and Symptoms — Hannan Alsheikh, Mobile, AL
  • Knowledge of COPD Patients on the Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia in a Public Hospital Setting — Samantha Brown, Mobile, AL
  • Breathing Easier When a Lung Health Out-Patient Team Has Your Back — Maureen Lintner RRT, South Miami, FL
  • Implementation of a Comprehensive Program for Respiratory Therapists Providing Asthma Education — Kelly C Patrick RRT AE-C, Little Rock, AR
  • Impacts of Measuring Lung Age Through a COPD Awareness Event — Miki Nakanishi MSc RN, Nishinomiya, Japan
  • Respiratory Risk Associated With Indoor Air Pollutants in the Form of Settled House Dust — Herbert Jackson III EdD RRT, Houston, TX
  • School Absenteeism in Asthmatic Students of an Academic Institution in Cali, Colombia During 2017 — Edward Banguera, Cali, Colombia
  • What Pulmonary Function Testing Frequency Is Recommended for COPD Patients? — Scott Daniel MSHS RRT, St. George, UT
  • Care Transition Program and Patient Education Leads to Reduction in Readmission Rates in Patients Discharged With COPD and Pneumonia — Kristina Zekos-Ortiz RRT AE-C, Auburn, CA

Wednesday, Dec. 5

10:00 a.m.–11:55 a.m. | Surf B

Poster Discussions #5: Monitoring/Equipment/O2 Therapy

John S Emberger Jr RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC and Keith D Lamb RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Home Monitoring of Adult and Pediatric Patients on Opioids for Pain Post-Surgery — Shaylynn Uresk RRT RRT-SDS, Roosevelt, UT
  • Evaluation of Pulse Oxygen Saturation and Heart Rate While Training With Elevation Mask — Kendra Moravec, Mobile, AL
  • Performance Analysis of Two Point-of-Care Analyzers for Generating Oxygen Saturation Values During Acid-Base Homeostasis — Amanda Albee RRT, San Diego, CA
  • The Effect of Waist Trainers on Breathing — Terrence Green, Youngstown, OH
  • Am I Doing This Right? The Importance of Performing Respiratory Equipment Checks and Assessment — Lindcey P Telesford RRT, Orlando, FL
  • Bench Study Simulations: Matching Patient Effort to Four Different Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure for Airway Clearance Devices — Sherwin E Morgan RRT, Chicago, IL
  • Dynamic Hyperinflation and Hypoinflation During HFOV and their Measurement Using Electrical Impedance Tomography — Karel Roubik PhD, Kladno, Czech Republic
  • A Novel Approach to Respiratory Flow-Volume Loops Using a Noninvasive Respiratory Volume Monitor — Wael Saasouh MD, Detroit, MI
  • Custom Task Trainer for the Placement of Esophageal Balloon Catheters — Andrea L Forman MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS, Denver, MA
  • Lung Ultrasound Images Acquired and Assessed by Respiratory Care Students: Training Model Development — Richard D Nelson MD MSc RRT, Loma Linda, CA
  • PEEP Generated by High-Flow Nasal Cannula in a Pediatric Model — Beverly Ejiofor, Boston, MA
  • Do Respiratory Therapists Follow Oxygen Weaning Protocols on a Timely Manner? — Marian Ogoe RRT, San Antonio, TX
  • High Flow Nasal Cannula Use on the Medical Floors — Wendy Fascia MA RRT RRT-NPS, Syracuse, NY
  • Does the Use of a Pop-Off Valve Affect the Accuracy of Delivered Flow and Pressure in Heated High-Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy in Pediatric Patients? — Ben Downs RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Little Rock, AR
  • The Influence of Variable Flows on FIO2 Delivery via Self Inflating Resuscitation Bags — Isaac Zamora RRT, La Jolla, CA
  • Correlation of Forced Expiratory Maneuver to Impulse Oscillometry During Methacholine Challenge Testing in Adults — Christina Murillo RRT, San Antonio, TX

10:00 a.m.–11:55 a.m. | Surf E

Poster Discussions #6: Education

Shawna L Strickland PhD RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC and Sarah M Varekojis PhD RRT

  • New Faculty Mentoring in Respiratory Care Programs — Kristen McHenry EdD RRT RRT-NPS, Johnson City, TN
  • Respiratory Care Faculty and Students’ Perceptions of Effective Clinical Instructor Characteristics — Saad M AlRabeeah PhD RRT RRT-SDS, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • A Descriptive Study on Communication Skills of First Year Undergraduate Respiratory Therapy Students — Rebecca Oppermann MSc RRT, Columbus, OH
  • Promotion of “Flipped Learning” for Junior Therapist of Respiratory Therapy Professionals — Chia-Chen Chu PhD RRT FAARC, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Using a Test Blueprint to Evaluate Multiple Choice Questions in a Respiratory Care Program — Thomas D Baxter EdD RRT RRT-CPFT, Highland Heights, KY
  • Survey of Respiratory Therapy Alumni: Research Related Competencies and Skills — Sarah M Varekojis PhD RRT FAARC, Columbus, OH
  • Evaluation of Clinical Preceptor Training and Its Impact on Inter-Rater Reliability — Matthew J Mendoza MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS AE-C, Selma, CA
  • Level of Competence of MSRC Students During a Simulated Pre-clinical Patient Encounter — Kiandra Gildon RRT, San Antonio, TX
  • Correlation Between the Comprehensive NBRC Secured TMC SAE and the TMC Credentialing Exam — David Chang EdD RRT, Mobile, AL
  • Student Perceptions of 3D Printing in an Undergraduate Respiratory Care Curriculum — Samantha Davis MSc RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Boise, ID
  • Enhanced Learning Through a New Simulation Debriefing Method for Respiratory Care Students — Deborah A Patten MA RRT, Highland Heights, KY
  • The Incidence of Smoking Electronic Cigarettes Among Healthcare Students in Saudi Arabia — Yassin T Ismaiel RRT, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Disease Management in the Respiratory Therapy Curriculum — Georgianna G Sergakis PhD RRT FAARC, Columbus, OH
  • Evaluation of the Effects of an Educational Module About Electronic Cigarettes on Undergraduate Health Professional Students’ Knowledge and Perceptions — Bianca Edler RRT, Columbus, OH
  • The Use of Debriefing Tools and Education of Staff to Reduce ABG Scanning or Labeling Errors — Melissa K Garner MHA RRT RRT-NPS, Dallas, TX
  • Integrating Sleep Education Into Nursing and Allied Health Programs Using Technology — Tamara Douglass-Burton EdD RRT RPSGT, Towson, MD

11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Shorline Exhibit Hall

Posters Only #1

Poster Walk Rounds led by William F Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC and Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC

  • Inhaled Medication Reconciliation in the Electronic Medical Record — Joseph P Lynott MSc RRT, Washington, DC
  • Implementation of a Breath-Actuated Nebulizer Regimen May Reduce Nosocomial Influenza Acquired by Exposure to Fugitive Droplet Emissions from Continuous Nebulizers Whose Droplets Produced During Exhalation Are Vented to the Environment — Dawn Copelin RRT RRT-NPS, Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Could a Non-Rebreathing Mask or Simple Mask Be Used to Deliver Inhaled Nitric Oxide During Cardiac Catheterization Vasodilator Challenges — Matthew J McNally RRT, Dartmouth, NH
  • A Comparison of Expiratory Circuit Filters During Delivery of Inhaled Epoprostenol — Michael Sanders MEd RRT RRT-NPS, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Analysis of the Cost-Effectiveness of Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilator Therapy in Adults — Andrea Gerstner RRT, Columbus, OH
  • Reducing Unplanned Extubations in the NICU — Hank Perry RRT, Fresno, CA
  • The Effect of Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation Therapy on Intracranial Pressure in Neurocritical Patients — Mutsumi K Campbell MBA RRT RRT-NPS, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Comparison of Mucus Clearance Between Biphasic Cuirass Ventilation Device and Mechanical Cough Assist Device on the Differences of Rheological Property and Lung Mechanics — Tetsuo Miyagawa PhD RRT, Yokohama, Japan
  • Impact of a Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Project in Reducing Adverse Events Associated With Unplanned Extubations — Edward Guerrero RRT RRT-NPS, Los Angeles, CA
  • Acceptance, Adherence and Dropout Rates of Individuals With COPD Approached in Tele-Monitoring Interventions: A Systematic Review — Saeed Mardy Alghamdi MSc, Montréal, Canada
  • Adult Inhaled Medication Delivery and Inspiratory Flows: A Pulmonary Disease Navigator’s Findings Among Medically Complex Patients — Kyle White RRT RRT-ACCS, St. George, UT
  • Outcomes from the Implementation of a Pulmonary Disease Navigator for Higher Risk Patients: in-Hospital Mortality and 30-Day Readmission Rates — Tammy Stucki RRT RRT-NPS, St. George, UT
  • Comorbidities and Length of Stay in COPD Patients — Lanny Inabnit MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS, Charlotte, NC
  • Asthma Is Associated With Restless Leg Syndrome in Females: A Retrospective Population-Based Cohort Study — Chung Jieh Wang, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Association of Pulmonary Tuberculosis With Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Population-Based Cohort Study — Ching-Hua Su, Taichung, Taiwan
  • The Effect of Cigarette Taxation on Smoking Consumption Among Smokers in Saudi Arabia — Abdullah A Gazwani MSc, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty in Severe Asthmatics: Pre and Post Anxiety Levels — Abdullah Alismail MSc MA RRT RRT-NPS RRT-SDS, Loma Linda, CA
  • Effect of Inspiratory Muscle Training in Patients With COPD — Tomomi Ichiba PhD, Mitakashi, Japan
  • The Effect of Ethanolic Extract of Viola odorata on Muscarinic Receptors of Guinea Pig Tracheal Smooth Muscle — Gajendra P Choudhary PhD, Indore, India
  • Cow Dung Smoke Exposure Enhances Non-Typeable Haemophilius Influenza Adherence to Human Airway Epithelial — KC Rajendra, Tasmania, Australia
  • Comparison of Treadmill and Bicycle Ergometry in Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in an Active Duty Military Population — Brian S Barber RRT, San Antonio, TX
  • Post Bronchial Thermoplasty Discharge in Severe Asthmatics — Paul Casillas RRT RRT-ACCS, Loma Linda, CA
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Shortens Length of Hospital Stay for Patients With Pneumonia — Hwei-Ling Chou, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Effects of Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation on Peak, Plateau Pressure, and Auto-PEEP: A Bench Model — Soraya E Toghani, Galveston, TX
  • Respiratory Care Education: A Vital Role for Respiratory Therapists in Reducing Readmissions in COPD Patient Population — Lilianna RajtakMuller MHA RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS CPFT AE-C, Houston, TX
  • General Knowledge of University Students about Recreational Use of Marijuana and its Health Risks: Is There a Difference Between the Students in the College of Health Science and the General Campus Population? — Dan K Johnson, St. George, UT
  • The Value of Proactive Rounding by a Respiratory Care Practitioner/Registered Nurse Rapid Response Team Model on the Professional Growth and Development of Bedside Registered Nurses — Jennifer Deloraderie RRT, San Francisco, CA
  • Driving Inpatient Smoking Cessation Through Respiratory Protocols — Jennifer Hayes RRT RRT-NPS, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Professional Impact of Advanced Education for Practicing Respiratory Therapists — Lisa Farach DHSc RRT RN, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Healthcare Professional Students Knowledge of Sleep at a Faith Based Institution — Indah Sari MD, Loma Linda, CA
  • The Carcinogenicity of Caffeine and Its Impact on Lung Cancer: A Meta-Analysis — Patrick DeSanto MD, Brooklyn, NY
  • The Implementation of a High Fidelity Neonatal/Pediatric Simulation Program to Improve Practitioner Competency During Advanced Life Support — Heather C Esparza RRT RRT-NPS, San Francisco, CA

12:30 p.m.–2:25 p.m. | Surf B

Poster Discussions #7: Ventilators/Ventilation — Part 2

Robert L Chatburn MHHS RRT-NPS FAARC and Thomas Piraino RRT FCSRT/Co-chairs

  • Use of Noninvasive Ventilation and Predictors of NIV Failure in Subjects With Sepsis and Acute Respiratory Failure — Gail S Drescher MA RRT, Washington, DC
  • Noninvasive Ventilation for Patients With COPD Exacerbation and a Do-Not-Intubate Order — Ivan G Lee MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS RPSGT, Singapore, Singapore
  • Evaluation of Height Measurement Practice and Documentation and Potential Impact on Tidal Volume Settings and Reporting — Brittany Crook RRT, Killeen, TX
  • Characteristics of Patients Who Develop Stridor Following Extubation — Aya Matsushima RRT, San Francisco, CA
  • Application of PEEP While Using a Speaking Valve and a Sub-Acute Care Ventilator in a Simulated Infant Model — Gerald Moody RRT RRT-NPS, Dallas, TX
  • Hand Size and Grip Strength Effects on Volume Delivery With Two Bag Valve Mask Devices — Austin J Nitzsky, Youngstown, OH
  • Early Mobilization Applied Following a Rehabilitation Protocol in a Brazilian ICU — Thaynara L Cagnini, Cascavel, Brazil
  • Early Mobilization With Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation: Barriers and Self-Evaluation — William Pruitt MBA RRT RRT-CPFT AE-C FAARC, Mobile, AL
  • Evaluation of Respiratory Capacity and Functionality of Critical Illness Survivors — Thaynara L Cagnini, Cascavel, Brazil
  • Comparison of Cuff Pressure Between Supine and Sitting During Early Mobility of ICU Patients — Tetsuya Hasegawa, Yokosuka, Japan
  • Performance Assessment of 5 Transport Ventilators — Daniel W Chipman RRT, Boston, MA
  • Accuracy of Pressure Manometers on Resuscitation Devices from Various Manufacturers — Axl Larson, Springfield, MO
  • Modeling Patient Work of Breathing Without a Push-Pull Design Produces Data at Odds With Established Clinical Research — Justin S Phillips RRT RRT-ACCS, San Francisco, CA
  • Implementing an Automated Transport Stability Scale — Robert B Johnson MSc RRT, Birmingham, AL

12:30 p.m.–2:25 p.m. | Surf E

Poster Discussions #8: Aerosols/Drugs — Part 2

John D Davies MA RRT FAARC and Teresa A Volsko MHHS RRT FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Effect of Essential Oils on Growth of a Common Respiratory Tract Pathogen — Corey D Noles MSc, Birmingham, AL
  • Lavender Oil Brochodilation Effect: A Pilot Study — Corey D Noles MSc, Birmingham, AL
  • Tris-Hydroxymethyl Aminomethane Is Effective in Treating Severe Acidosis During Lung Protective Ventilation in ARDS — Vivian Yip RRT, San Francisco, CA
  • Comparison of Different Concentrations of Nebulized Epoprostenol Delivery in Adult Mechanical Ventilation: A Bench Study — Jie Li MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS, Chicago, IL
  • Doubling Dose Escalation of Albuterol Aerosol via High-Flow Nasal Cannula in Adult Patients With Obstructive Airway Disease — Jie Li MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS, Chicago, IL
  • Epoprostenol Delivered via High-Flow Nasal Cannula for ICU Subjects With Severe Hypoxemia Comorbid With Pulmonary Hypertension or Right Heart Dysfunction — Jie Li MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS, Chicago, IL
  • Quantifying Delivered Dose With Jet and Mesh Nebulizers During Spontaneous Breathing, Noninvasive Ventilation, and Mechanical Ventilation Using an In Vitro Adult Lung Model With Exhaled Humidity — Arzu Ari PhD PT CPFT RRT FAARC, Round Rock, TX
  • Hospital Conversion of Devices for Administration of Long-Acting Antimuscarinic Agent Using Common Canister — Christina Mazza RRT, Syracuse, NY
  • Maximizing Deep Lung Deposition in Healthy and Fibrotic Subjects — Joshua Samuel MD, Stony Brook, NY
  • Do You Know How to Wean INO? Gauging Compliance With an Institution-Wide Inhaled Nitric Oxide Clinical Practice Guideline in Neonatal and Pediatric Populations — Lindsey Borock RRT, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Albuterol Delivery During Heated High-Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy in a Pediatric Model — Randy Willis MBA RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Little Rock, AR
  • Aerosol Delivery With Two Tracheostomy Masks Using a Weighted Filter Model — Tristen Patterson, Springfield, MO

3:10 p.m.–5:05 p.m. | Surf B

Poster Discussions #9: Management

Cheryl A Hoerr MBA RRT FAARC and Garry W Kauffman MPA RRT FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Standardizing Handoff Decreases Episodes of Missed Care — Angela Saunders MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Cincinnati, OH
  • Exploring the Development of a Standardized Respiratory Care Language — Bethelhem Markos MSc, Chicago, IL
  • Interdisciplinary Approach to Improved Safety for Patient Owned NIV Devices in the Hospital — Travis W Collins MSc RRT, Cincinnati, OH
  • Hospice Palliative Care Cognition and Willingness for Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation in Taiwan — Chin-Jung Liu MSc RRT, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Respiratory Therapist Retention and Perspectives on the Current Healthcare Climate at a Major Metropolitan Hospital — Douglas S Gardenhire EdD RRT RRT-NPS FAARC, Atlanta, GA
  • Description of the Practice of Respiratory Therapists in the State of Pennsylvania — Natalie Napolitano MPH RRT RRT-NPS FAARC, Philadelphia, PA
  • Onboarding Experiences for New Respiratory Care Services Leadership — Denise C Marasigan RRT RRT-ACCS, San Francisco, CA
  • Comparison of GOLD Severity Classifications in a Lung Partners Population — Jennifer Pedley RRT, Syracuse, NY
  • Creation and Validation of a Hybrid Assignment Tool That Meets Budgetary Requirements While Accurately Reflecting Workload Reality — Matthew S Pavlichko MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Charlotte, NC
  • Pressurized Metered-Dose Inhaler Extra Dispenses: Oh the Horror! — Joeylynn Nolan RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Philadelphia, PA
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress in Respiratory Therapists — Brittany Carrier, Youngstown, OH
  • Show Me the Money! Decreasing Incremental Overtime — Eugene De Guzman RRT, La Jolla, CA
  • Lateral Violence in a Respiratory Therapy Department — Laura Taylor MSc RRT RRT-NPS CTTS-M, Philadelphia, PA
  • Respiratory Therapist Led COPD Education and the Impact on 30-day Readmission Rates — Nancy L Guyse RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Perry, GA
  • Respiratory Therapy Protocol Use to Drive Appropriate Resource Utilization and Decrease Hospital Length of Stay — Keith Brown RRT, Dallas, TX
  • Using the DMAIC Process to Examine Variability in Extubation Practices in Different Intensive Care Units Relating to Management Teams — Courtney Miles RRT, Columbus, OH

3:10 p.m.–5:05 p.m. | Surf E

Poster Discussions #10: Neonatal/Pediatrics Part 1

Kathleen M Deakins MSHA RRT RRT-NPS FAARC and Craig D Smallwood PhD RRT/Co-chairs

  • Comparative Study on Measured Volumes and Pressures for 2 Pediatric Ventilator Circuits — Randy Willis MBA RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Little Rock, AR
  • Effect of Changing Apnea Time in Premature Neonates Ventilated With NIV NAVA — Kimberly S Firestone MSc RRT, Akron, OH
  • Using a Multi-Disciplinary Team to Optimize Initiation and Management of Early Respiratory Strategies for Patients at Risk for Chronic Lung Disease — Kimberly S Firestone MSc RRT, Akron, OH
  • Transition from an Acute Care Ventilator to a Home Ventilator in Children Post-Protocol Initiation — Denise Willis MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Little Rock, AR
  • Is a Lung Protective Strategy Routinely Used for Pediatric Patients in the ICU? — Serafin Gudino RRT, San Antonio, TX
  • Bench Evaluation of 2.0 Endotracheal Tubes With High-Frequency Jet Ventilation — Rick Carter RRT RRT-NPS, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Management and Correlation of Transcutaneous Monitoring With Blood Gases in Extremely Premature Infants on Invasive Mechanical Ventilation — Cathy Hughes RRT, Washington, DC
  • Influence of Neonatal Side Stream End Tidal CO2 Adaptor on Breathing/Ventilation in Infant Olive Baboons — Vadim A Ivanov MD, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Implementation of a Ventilator Weaning Pathway Reduces Length of Mechanical Ventilation — Cheryl L Dominick MHA RRT RRT-NPS, Philadelphia, PA
  • Reducing Unplanned Extubations in Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Units — Kirsten Turner MBA RRT RRT-NPS CPFT, San Diego, CA
  • Inclusion Criteria for Extubation Readiness Testing in the Pediatric ICU: Too Exclusive? — Krista Hajnik RRT, Baltimore, MD
  • Impact of Neonatal Airway Emergencies in a Large Children’s Hospital — Leane Soorikian RRT RRT-NPS, Philadelphia, PA
  • Predictors and Outcomes of Pneumothorax in Premature Neonates — Melissa K Brown RRT RRT-NPS, San Diego, CA
  • A Bench Analysis: Concurrent Management of Pulmonary Hypertension and Airway Edema — Katlyn Burr RRT RRT-NPS, Newark, DE
  • Decreasing INO Waste: A QI Project to Reduce Non-Indicated Use of Inhaled Nitric Oxide in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Through Practice Guidelines — Kellianne Fleming MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Chicago, IL
  • Combined Use of Nitric Oxide and Noninvasive Ventilation in a Spontaneously Breathing Toddler Lung Model — Christina Marie Romo RRT, Seattle, WA

Thursday, Dec. 6

9:00 a.m.–11:28 | Lagoon C

Editor’s Choice

Richard D Branson MSc RRT FAARC and Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Noninvasive Ventilation Device-Related Pressure Injury in Pediatrics: A Correlation Study — Denise L Lauderbaugh RRT RRT-NPS, San Diego CA
  • A Respiratory Therapist-Driven Asthma Pathway Reduces Hospital Length of Stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit — Kaitlyn E Haynes RRT RRT-NPS, Durham NC
  • Novel Endotracheal Tube for Monitoring Static Lung Compliance in Real-Time — Michael D Davis PhD RRT, Richmond VA
  • A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Effectiveness of Lung Expansion Therapy Following Upper Abdominal Surgery in Adult Human Subjects — Daniel D Rowley MSc RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC, Charlottesville VA
  • Does Acetic Acid Solution Decrease Trach Stoma Site Infections Compared to Sterile Water When Used as a Daily Cleaning Task for Patients With Tracheostomy Tube Under One Year of Age? — Teresa G Zustiak CRT CRT-NPS, Minneapolis MN
  • Sustained Effectiveness of Aerosolized Prostacyclin in ARDS — Gregory S Burns RRT, San Francisco CA
  • Characteristics of Unplanned Extubation Events in the Critical Care Setting — Travis J Summers RRT, San Francisco CA
  • Changes in Respiratory Parameters After Caffeine Administration in Mechanically Ventilated Premature Neonates — Melissa K Brown RRT RRT-NPS, San Diego CA
  • Success of a Tobacco Cessation Program for Parents at a Children’s Hospital — Laura Taylor MS RRT RRT-NPS CTTS-M, Philadelphia PA
  • Impact of a Respiratory Therapist Home Visit Program Post Hospitalization to Decrease Readmission and Emergency Room Visits for COPD Patients in a Primary Care Network — Rebecca Kopelen RRT, Falls Church VA

10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Shorline Exhibit Hall

Posters Only #2

Poster Walk Rounds led by Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC and J Brady Scott MSc RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC

  • Respiratory Therapy Career Satisfaction — Christy Kane PhD RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC, Louisville, KY
  • Employee Engagement and the Value of High Fidelity Simulation Problem Based Learning Scenarios During Annual Skills Review — Ramona Burke RRT RRT-ACCS, San Francisco, CA
  • The Trend of Receiving Palliative Care in Patients With Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation in Taiwan — Szu-I Yu, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Accountable Care Clinical Pathway Standardizing Airway Clearance and Lung Expansion in Efforts of Reducing Nonproductive Respiratory Care — Brian M Daniel RRT, San Francisco, CA
  • Impact of Starting a Successful Out-of-Hospital Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation/Ventricular Tachycardia Extracorporeal Life Support Protocol to Patients and a Respiratory Therapy/Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Department — Rhonda Bakken RRT, Minneapolis, MN
  • Comparative Suction Efficiency of Two Systems for Subglottic Secretion Clearance — Valerie David MHA RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Atlanta, GA
  • Cuff Pressures — Sarah Woodman MHA RRT, Klamath Falls, OR
  • The Impact of Age and Gender on Cuff Leak Volume Tests — Yu Jen Chang, Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Decreasing Total Blood Gases in Neonates following Low Risk Cardiac Surgery — Aaron Armendariz RRT RRT-NPS, Aurora, CO
  • Comparison of SpO2/FIO2 Ratio to PaO2/FIO2 Ratio in Pediatric Patients as a Tool to Determine RDS Severity and Extubation Readiness — Christopher J Moore RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS RPFT AE-C, Danville, PA
  • Use of a Pressure Injury Bundle in a 101 Bed, Level IV NICU to Decrease Respiratory Device Related Pressure Injuries — Scott M Pettinichi MEd RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Louisville, KY
  • Comparison of Noninvasive Ventilation Delivered by Nasal Prongs in a High Fidelity Mannikin — David Conomon RRT RRT-NPS, Orlando, FL
  • Comparison of NIV CPAP Delivery Between a Disposable CPAP Device and an Intensive Care Ventilator in a Simulated Infant Model — Daniel Ketchersid, Dallas, TX
  • Rescue Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants: An Exercise in Futility? — Jacob R Burd MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Chicago, IL
  • Reduction in Nasal Airway Pressure Injuries Related to Noninvasive Respiratory Support — Silvia M Hartmann MD, Seattle, WA
  • Agreement Between Pediatric ICU Providers and Software Recommendations Regarding Ventilator Weaning in Pediatric Patients With Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure — Silvia M Hartmann MD, Seattle, WA
  • Reducing Unplanned Extubations in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Retrospective and Prospective Qualitative Analysis — Shelia Ball RRT RRT-NPS, Charlotte, NC
  • Extubation Readiness Assessment Testing in Intubated Pediatric Subjects Within a Cardiovascular Care Unit: A Comparison Study — Denise L Lauderbaugh RRT RRT-NPS, San Diego, CA
  • Agreement Between Pediatric ICU Providers and Software Recommendations Regarding Ventilator Weaning in Pediatric Patients With Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure — Silvia M Hartmann MD, Seattle, WA
  • Interdisciplinary Scoring Tool for Placement of Tracheostomy in Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Patients to Optimize Best Outcomes — Britany Lendrum RRT RRT-NPS, Columbus, OH
  • Comparison of Carbon Dioxide Rebreathing During Application of CPAP With 2 Types of Interface-Helmet — Satoshi Ishiyama, Yamagata, Japan
  • Noise Levels With Different High-Flow Nasal Cannulas — Takamitsu Kubo, Sunto-gun Nagaizumi-cho, Japan
  • Feasibility of Adding A Heated Humidifier to an Air Entrainment Venturi Mask — Hui Sun Cho MSc, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Evaluation of a Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Tool: Inter-rater Agreement and Correlation to Duration of Heated High-Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy — Justin Hotz RRT RRT-NPS, Los Angeles, CA
  • Acute Effects of Transcutaneous Electrical Diaphragmatic Stimulation in Patients With Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation — Yen-Huey Chen PhD, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  • Effects of Walking Program With Pedometer on Quality-of-Life Among Obstructive Lung Disease Patients — Li-Rong Chen, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Effects of Sitting Position on Volumes of Hemithoraces of Healthy Men and a Patient Who Underwent Thoracotomy With a Midline Incision — Akira Shobo PhD, Fujimino, Japan
  • Ventilator Alarms in Intensive Care Units: Frequency, Duration, Priority and Relationship to Ventilator Parameters — Jacqueline E Stokes MSc RRT MEHP, Baltimore, MD
  • The Predictive Effect of the Modified Predictors of Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation in Tracheostomized Patients With Prolonged Weaning: A Retrospective Study — Ping-Hui Liu MSc, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Ability of ICU Practitioners to Recognize Patient-Ventilator Asynchrony (PVA) Using Waveform Analysis in Saudi Arabia: An Observational Study — Abdullah A Ghazwani MSc, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Could the Loss of Diaphragm Thickness Measured by Computer Tomography Predict the Rate of Reintubation? — Yuenan Ni, Chengdu, China
  • The Effects of Using Respiratory Clinical Specialists to Drive SBT Compliance on Mechanically Ventilated Patients — Jason Folger, Charlotte, NC

12:30 p.m.–2:25 p.m. | Surf B

Poster Discussions #11: Ventilators/Ventilation — Part 3

Robert M Kacmarek PhD RRT FAARC and Daniel D Rowley MSc RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Is APRV Set According to Current Recommendations for Adult Patients at a Large Regional Community Medical Center? — Nowaf Alobaidi RRT, San Antonio, TX
  • Impact of Plow on Flow, Tidal Volume and Inspiratory PEEP in APRV — Michael Frame RRT, Springfield, MO
  • Autorelease Ensures Consistent Total PEEP With APRV — Kelly Fiorino MSc RRT RRT-ACCS, Ann Arbor, MI
  • An Evaluation of Various Inspiratory Times and Inflation Pressures During Airway Pressure Release Ventilation — Tim W Gilmore PhD RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS CPFT AE-C, Shreveport, LA
  • The Use of High Frequency Percussive Ventilation in Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Patients Significantly Improves Gas Exchange Without Impairment of Hemodynamics — Felix Khusid RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS RPFT FAARC, Brooklyn, NY
  • Comparison of the Rate of Improvement in Gas Exchange by High Frequency Oscillatory Versus Percussive Ventilation in a Newborn Piglet Saline Lavage Lung Injury Model — Robert Gillette MD, San Antonio, TX
  • Empirical Probability of Positive Response to PEEP Changes and Mechanical Ventilation Factors Associated With Improved Oxygenation — Craig D Smallwood PhD RRT, Boston, MA
  • Proportional Ventilatory Support: A Comparison of Proportional Assist Ventilation, Proportional Pressure Support and Proportional Pressure Ventilation — Alex R Sanders, Boise, ID
  • Expiratory Pause Maneuver to Assess Muscle Pressure During Simulated Assisted Mechanical Ventilation. Part 1: Feasibility — Lance Pangilinan RRT RRT-ACCS, San Francisco, CA
  • Expiratory Pause Maneuver to Assess Muscle Pressure During Simulated Assisted Mechanical Ventilation. Part 2: Intra- and Inter-Observer Reproducibility — Lance Pangilinan RRT RRT-ACCS, San Francisco, CA
  • Expiratory Pause Maneuver to Assess Muscle Pressure During Simulated Assisted Mechanical Ventilation. Part 3: Effects of Chest Mechanics — Travis J Summers RRT, San Francisco, CA
  • Comparison of State Compliance Readings on Four Different Ventilator Platforms — Emma Tanner RRT, Springfield, MO
  • Ventilator Automated Displayed Respiratory Mechanics Are Not Accurate in Passive and Active Patients — Reynaldo Katigbak RRT, Honolulu, HI
  • Can a Novel In Vivo and Hands on Learning Experience on Lung Protective Ventilation Modify Clinical Practice? — Daniel D Rowley RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC, Charlottsville, VA

12:30 p.m.–2:25 p.m. | Surf E

Poster Discussions #12: Diagnostics

Katrina Hynes RRT RPFT and Carl D Mottram RRT RPFT FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Comparing Respiratory Pathogen in Patients With Non-CF Bronchiectasis While Clinically Stable and During Exacerbation — Chaisith Sivakorn MD, Bangkok, Thailand
  • M-Mode Ultrasonography Is a Useful Tool to Identify Diaphragmatic Mobility Impairment in COPD Subjects — Camilo Corbellini PhD, Orbassano, Italy
  • An Alternative Volume-Based Method to Assess Stridor Risk in Mechanically Ventilated Patients — Aya Matsushima RRT, San Francisco, CA
  • Neurologic Dysfunction Is Associated With Syndrome Severity at the Onset of ARDS — Lance Pangilinan RRT RRT-ACCS, San Francisco, CA
  • Comparison of Reflectance Pulse Oximetry and Finger Pulse Oximetry to Blood Co-Oximetry — Andreah Schouweiler RRT RRT-NPS, Minneapolis, MN
  • Title Comparison of Chest Radiograph to Electrical Impedance Tomography — Maria Madden RRT RRT-ACCS, Baltimore, MD
  • Observational Use of Electrical Impedance Tomography During a Spontaneous Mode of Mechanical Ventilation — Penny Andrews RN, Baltimore, MD
  • Comparison of 6-point versus 12-Point Lung Ultrasound for the Diagnosis of Bilateral Lung Infiltrates in ARDS — Juvel M Taculod, MHA RRT RRT-NPS, Singapore
  • Exhaled Nitric Oxide Before and After Spirometry — Rosemary Dicke RRT RPFT, Rochester, MN
  • Bench Evaluation of Two Methods of Ventilation During Rigid Bronchoscopy — John S Emberger Jr RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC, Newark, DE
  • Bench Evaluation of Oropharyngeal Packing to Reduce Leak During Rigid Bronchoscopy — John S Emberger Jr RRT RRT-ACCS FAARC, Newark, DE
  • The Use of Indirect Calorimetry to Improve Malnutrition in Pediatric Post-Operative Lung Transplant Patients — Abby Motz MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Cincinnati, OH
  • Comparison of Quality of Pediatric Spirometry via Telemedicine and in-Person Modalities — Pamela K Leisenring RRT RPFT, Little Rock, AR
  • Implementing a Linear Ramp Treadmill Exercise Protocol — Garner G Faulkner II RRT AE-C, San Diego, CA
  • Trascutaneous PCO2 is Nearly Identical to Arterial CO2 in Adult Out-patients — Garner G Faulkner II RRT AE-C, San Diego, CA

3:15 p.m.–5:10 p.m. | Surf B

Poster Discussions #13: Neonatal/Pediatrics — Part 2

Natalie Napolitano MPH RRT RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC and Steven E Sittig RRT RRT-NPS FAARC/Co-chairs

  • A Bench Study Evaluating Gas Temperature and Absolute Humidity During Pediatric Airway Pressure Release Ventilation — Ryan M Sharkey MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Charlottsville, VA
  • The Effect of Bubble Bottle Humidifiers on Absolute Humidity When Using Low Flows in Neonates in Critical Care Settings: A Bench Study — Marselle Mitchell, Boise, ID
  • Providing Humidity During HFV Infant Transport Using Low Flow Humidified Medical Gas — Peter J Juarez RRT RRT-NPS, Seattle, WA
  • Impact of a Tube Securement Standard on Unplanned Extubation in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit — Katlyn Burr RRT RRT-NPS, Newark, DE
  • Lab Evaluation of Pulse Dose Oxygen Concentrators in Simulated Pediatric Lung Models — Melanie M Jepsen RRT, Seattle, WA
  • Occupational Radiation Exposure of Respiratory Therapists During Manual Ventilation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit — Samantha Davis MSc RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Boise, ID
  • Effects of Nasogastric Tube Placement, Head Position and Nostril Choice on Clinically Significant Events in Preterm Neonates — Kimberly S Firestone MSc RRT, Akron, OH
  • Novel Method of CPAP Delivery in Neonates With Apnea of Prematurity Using NIV NAVA — Kimberly S Firestone MSc RRT, Akron, OH
  • A Survey of Respiratory Therapist Preparedness for End of Life Care — Ava Caradine MPH RRT RRT-NPS AE-C, Little Rock, AR
  • Eliminating Device Related Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Through Quality Improvement Methods — Anne Geistkemper MSc RRT RRT-NPS, Chicago, IL
  • The Accuracy of Delivering Ventilation Pressures to a Neonatal Lung Model Using a Flow-Inflating Resuscitation Bag — Kevin Johnson RRT RRT-NPS, Santa Barbara, CA
  • The Variability of Tidal Volume During Pressure Controlled Mechanical Ventilation of Premature Neonates — Danielle L Camacho RRT, San Diego, CA
  • Comparison of Tidal Volume Delivery During T-Piece Pediatric Resuscitation at Different Flows: A Bench Study — Nancy Johnson RRT RRT-NPS, Cleveland, OH
  • Comparison of Tidal Volumes Delivered With Three T-Piece Resuscitators for Use in Newborns and Infants — Nancy Johnson RRT RRT-NPS, Cleveland, OH
  • Effect of Leak on the Accuracy of Negative Inspiratory Force Measurements in a Simulated Infant Model — Justin C Hotz RRT RRT-NPS, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Trilogy: Determining Delivered Tidal Volumes in Pediatrics — Katlyn Burr RRT RRT-NPS, Newark, DE

3:15 p.m.–5:10 p.m. | Surf B

Poster Discussions #14: Respiratory Potpourri

Maria Madden RRT RRT-ACCS and David L Vines MHS RRT FAARC/Co-chairs

  • Effects of CPAP Compliance in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients at Victory Health Partners — Timothy Op’t Holt EdD RRT AE-C FAARC, Mobile, AL
  • When to Initiate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients — Douglas S Gardenhire EdD RRT RRT-NPS FAARC, Atlanta, GA
  • Harmonica Playing Improves Outcomes in Patients With COPD — Mary K Hart MSc RRT AE-C FAARC, Dallas, TX
  • An Intensive Adherence Protocol to CPAP Therapy During Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Is Successful Even With More Severe Stroke Disability — Korren Rappisi RRT, Seattle, WA
  • Improvement to Patient Retention and Experience of Asthma Education Using Visual/Audio Tools Appropriate for Learners With Diverse Levels of Health Literacy — Kelly C Patrick RRT AE-C, Little Rock, AR
  • Management of Exercise-Induced Asthma Exacerbations in NCAA Athletic Programs — Heather MacDonald, Mobile, AL
  • Timing is Everything — Beatrice Norton, Girard, OH
  • Asthma Education Simulations Impact on the Educator's Self-Confidence and Self-Perception of Efficiency Regarding the Use of Learning Strategies — Kelly C Patrick RRT AE-C, Little Rock, AR
  • End-of-Life Education Experiences of Respiratory Therapists: Implications for University Leadership — Ralph D Zimmerman PhD RRT RRT-NPS, Youngstown, GA
  • Developing Smartphone Applications to Improve Communication Between Respiratory Therapists and Spanish Speaking Patients — Isaac Zamora RRT, La Jolla, CA
  • The Spotlight is on You: Gauging the Sustainability of a Continuing Professional Development Pilot Program — Lama Atari MHA RRT, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2018 Breathe-zy Community Education Program Outcomes — Amanda Bodily RRT, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Advanced Degrees and Professional Development: Assessing the Attitudes and Beliefs of Respiratory Care Practitioners at Three Academic Medical Centers — Sally Whitten MSc RRT, Portland, ME
  • Measured Improvement in the Competency and Comfort Level of Respiratory Therapists Obtained Through the Implementation of a Program of Independent Ventilator Study, Review and Practice — Shawna Murray MEd RRT, Murray, UT
  • Respiratory Therapists’ Awareness and Intended Use of the Electronic Modified Early Warning Score — Afnan AlRaimi MSc RRT, Chicago, IL
  • A Systematic Approach to Increasing Respiratory Protocol Utilization in a Quaternary Care Facility — Keith J Brown RRT, Dallas, TX


Accepted abstracts will be presented in one of three formats:

  • Editors’ Choice

    Tuesday–Wednesday, Dec. 4–5
    Display of Editors’ Choice posters with top 10 abstracts in 2018.

    Thursday, Dec. 6
    Ten-minute slide presentations with slides by authors of Editors’ Choice, each followed by 10-minute period of audience questions and discussion.

  • Poster Discussions

    Tuesday–Thursday, Dec. 4–6
    Poster sessions grouped by topics. A brief oral presentation (no slides) and questions/ discussion allow presenters to expand the work featured on the posters.

  • Posters Only

    Wednesday–Thursday, Dec. 5–6
    Posters presented in sessions grouped by category, different every day.