AARC Chief Operating Officer Douglas S. Laher, MBA, CAE, RRT, FAARC, Brady Scott, PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC, FCCP, and David L. Vines, PhD, MHS, RRT, FAARC, FCCP, contributed to the new Healthcare Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic speaker series. Organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), the speaker series focuses on how the COVID-19 pandemic brought health care and public health, emergency medical services, and emergency management together to adjust health care operations.
Series topics include the role of pharmacists in the pandemic, adjusting operations to manage patient surge, creating a COVID-19 task force, and meeting supply chain challenges. The AARC member featured presentation discusses “The Role of Respiratory Therapists During COVID-19.” Together, Laher, Scott, and Vines highlight the critical role played by respiratory therapists during the pandemic. They also examine the rapid training developed on prone positioning for acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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