Current Topics in Respiratory Care 2020



This educational 8 DVD annual series offers an in-depth exploration of recent scientific advancements in respiratory care and the evidence-based practices that improve the delivery of care and reduce readmissions. Presented by the leaders in respiratory care, the series is designed to cultivate high-performing respiratory therapists who are equipped to educate patients and implement best practices in care.

Each topic is presented as a one-hour lecture and the DVDs offer flexibility for group or individual viewings. Purchase of the 2020 DVD series (a total of 8 DVDs), ensures that one DVD will be delivered each month to your facility beginning in March 2020 through October 2020. Each program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE credit after successful completion of the test.

Purchase the Complete 2020 DVD Series

Subscribe to the complete series of 8 topics, and pay only $57.38 per DVD, excluding tax, shipping and handling. Complete course materials, proctor guide, CRCE logo and certification of completion forms are provided with each topic. Videos are approximately 1 hour in length. This series replaces the Professor’s Rounds annual DVD series.

The 2020 Current Topics DVD series is designed to be used within the hospital, and cannot be shared with other hospitals in the system, or their staff. To use the DVD set with individuals not employed by the licensee’s institution a licensing agreement must be purchased with the DVD series. See Item #CT2020SETLIC in the AARC Store for pricing details.

Complete 2020 Series:

Member Price $459
Nonmember Price $499
Member Savings $40; each DVD only $57.38

Single Program DVDs*:
Member Price $89
Single DVD Nonmember Price $99
Single DVD Member Savings $10
* Single DVDs are only available as each topic is released

2020 Program Guide

PROGRAM 1 | Electronic Vaping Devices: Educating our Patients and Community

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This talk will focus on understanding current literature on vaping devices for both those individuals trying to quit smoking and youth and young adults who are nicotine naive. Lecturer: Mary P. Martinasek, PhD, CPH, MCHES, RRT

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PROGRAM 2 | Secretion Clearance in Ventilated Patients

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Among the consequences of intubation and mechanical ventilation are the untoward effects on secretion clearance. Standard of care management of secretion clearance includes humidification and suctioning of the airway to prevent atelectasis, improve ventilation and reduce the development of infection. This presentation covers the use of techniques to remove secretions by simulating a cough, physical techniques to mobilize secretions and new methods for maintaining the airway secretion free. Secretion clearance techniques should never be performed routinely, and the methods used to determine when secretion clearance is required will be reviewed. Management of secretions in the ventilated patient are the purview of the respiratory therapists, the person at the bedside with the knowledge to evaluate the need for secretion clearance, implement the best therapy and monitor the outcome. Lecturer: Richard Branson, MSc, RRT, FAARC

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PROGRAM 3 | Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury Protecting the Lung

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Ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. This lecture will include an overview of the mechanism, incidence, and strategies used to reduce VILI. Lecturer: Neil MacIntyre, MD, FAARC

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PROGRAM 4 | Diaphragm Protective Ventilation

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Ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction is a growing concern in the literature. Various methods exist for monitoring patient effort, but minimal studies have used this information to adjust ventilation. This lecture will discuss the concept of diaphragm protective ventilation and present possible values to monitor for targeting an approach to ventilation that aims to protect the diaphragm. Lecturer: Thomas Piraino, RRT

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PROGRAM 5 | Optimizing Mechanical Ventilation: Human Thought or Computer Algorithm

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Can mechanical ventilation be best optimized by reliance on computer algorithms, individual human thought, or a combination of both? While computer algorithms can standardize care and employ the most updated data, human thought allows individualization to specific patient conditions and includes the intangible concept of the “art of medicine.” This presentation will review the available data and provoke thought and discussion on this increasingly important and controversial topic. Lecturer: Ira Cheifetz, MD, FAARC

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PROGRAM 6 | What Would Dr. Tom Think of COPD Today?

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Early in his career, Dr. Petty investigated the pathology of emphysema and airway disease in cigarette smokers. Later in his career, he was a proponent of the definition of COPD that incorporates airflow obstruction on spirometry and deemphasized emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This session will present the most recent information on the myriad effects of cigarette smoking including those not associated with airflow obstruction. The latest understanding of the effects of cigarette smoking is leading to the deconstruction of the current definition of COPD. Lecturer Barry J. Make, MD

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PROGRAM 7 | Asynchrony – Detection, Clusters and Outcomes

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This presentation will describe the impact of asynchrony on important clinical outcomes. Review the most common types of asynchrony, asynchrony detection and mitigation. It will also describe the automated detection of asynchrony and how technology can facilitate patient care. Lecturer: Lluis Blanch, MD, PhD

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PROGRAM 8 | Closing the Gap: Improving Critical Thinking Skills for the Respiratory Therapist

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Several publications indicate that critical thinking is an integral part of the delivery of health care. This would suggest that fostering the development of critical thinking skills is a vital component of preparing RTs for the health care of today and the future. However, we know very little about critical thinking in the context of respiratory care as it’s not an area that has been thoroughly studied. This presentation will discuss the core components of fostering critical thinking skills in formal education and at the bedside from one of the few recognized experts in the field. Lecturer: Shelley C. Mishoe, PhD, RRT, FAARC

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