1:00 p.m.–1:55 p.m. Central
Rich Branson, MSc, RRT
The crisis-level surge of critically ill patients during a pandemic challenges the ability of the health care system to adequately provide mechanical ventilation. The federal stockpile of mechanical ventilators was developed in response to the certain need for additional mechanical ventilators during such a surge. This presentation will discuss the status of the strategic national stockpile of ventilators prior to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, changes to the stockpile as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, procurement procedures, and limitations.
2:00 p.m.–2:55 p.m. Central
Shawna Strickland, PhD, CAE, RRT, FAARC
Pandemics inherently present ethical challenges for the respiratory therapist. This presentation will take an academic approach of evaluating ethical challenges faced during a global pandemic, most recently in the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The speaker will, through case studies and using an ethical decision-making paradigm, discuss the ethical implications of scarce resource allocation and reverse triage.
3:00 p.m.–3:55 p.m. Central
Jim Damron, RRT, CPFT, MDiv
Health care burnout is costly and epidemic, but we are looking at it incorrectly. Follow along on a powerful story of transformation through burnout to discover how you can increase productivity, effectiveness, and improve patient outcomes especially during times of pandemic surge. Join the presenter as he recounts the necessity for caring for yourself and your respiratory care staff members using unique techniques and opportunities.