Current Topics in Respiratory Care 2021


This educational 8-Video 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 videos offer flexibility for group or individual viewings. Purchase of the 2021 video series (a total of 8 videos), ensures that one video will be made available each month for your facility beginning in March 2021 through October 2021. Each program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE after successful completion of the test.

Purchase the Complete 2021 Video Series

Subscribe to the complete series of 8 topics, and pay only $57.38 per video, 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 2021 Current Topics video 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 video set with individuals not employed by the licensee’s institution a licensing agreement must be purchased with the video series. See Item #CT2021SETLIC in the AARC Store for pricing details.

Complete 2021 Series:

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

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

2021 Program Guide

PROGRAM 1 | Management of Pediatric Status Asthmaticus

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This talk will discuss the pathophysiology of status asthmaticus, pharmacologic agents, respiratory support options, and mechanical ventilation strategies. The evidence for each intervention will be covered. The use of asthma pathways and the importance of patient education will also be covered. Lecturer: Andrew Miller, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS

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PROGRAM 2 | Postoperative Management of Hypoxemia: NIV, HFNC or Standard O2 Therapy

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Following extubation, oxygen therapy is typically required to alleviate hypoxemia and prevent complications. How much oxygen and how should it be delivered? How important is humidification? Are there differences in the risk and rate of hypoxemia? What are the potential adverse effects of hyperopia? This lecture aims to answer these questions, giving attendees strategies to employ in their patient care. Lecturer: Jie Li, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT- ACCS, FAARC

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PROGRAM 3 | Advances in Noninvasive Monitoring

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This presentation will present various types of patient monitoring tools as well as different environments in which patients must be assessed. The discussion will focus on the benefits of advancing patient monitoring tools especially in the ear of COVID-19.   Lecturer: Harold Julius A. Oglesby, MBA, BSPS, RRT

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PROGRAM 4 | Prone Position for Ventilated and Non-Ventilated COVID-19 Patient

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Profound sudden hypoxemia has been a hallmark of COVID-19 respiratory failure. Oxygen administration, CPAP and invasive ventilation with PEEP are met with meddlesome success. Prone positioning has been shown to improve outcomes in severe ARDS. The role of prone positioning in COVID-19 has been espoused. Of note, self-proning with HFNC or CPAP has been advocated, attempting to take advantage of the alterations in V/Q associated with COVID-19 which remain incompletely understood. Proning teams have been developed and outcomes are still being reported. The use of ironing before and after intubation will be reviewed Lecturer: Carolyn J. La Vita, MHA, RRT​

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PROGRAM 5 | Optimizing Mechanical Ventilation (Graphics and Adjuncts)

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This lecture will review some underutilized waveform basics that can make a big difference in optimizing the patient ventilator interaction.  We will also discuss calculations that can be derived from the waveforms, such as driving pressure, and the utilization of adjuncts such as esophageal pressure monometry (Pes) and electrical impedance tomography (EIT) to bring added information and detection of lung phenomena that would suggest the need to change ventilation settings or ventilation strategy. Lecturer: Natalie Napolitano, MPH, RRT, RRT- NPS, FAARC

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PROGRAM 6 | Evidence-Based Respiratory Care

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Dean Hess will review his research in respiratory care and describe the evidence-based practices every department should perform. This will include literature support for both evidence-based and non-evidenced-based practice. Additionally, the lecture will discuss the importance of evidence-based practice for the future of the profession. Lecturer: Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC

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PROGRAM 7 | Non-invasive Ventilation for COPD

COPD is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the world and is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Despite progress in the treatment of symptoms and prevention of acute exacerbations, few advances limit disease progression or decrease mortality. The only interventions known to reduce mortality in COPD are smoking cessation and long-term oxygen therapy in patients with resting hypoxemia. There remains significant interest in the role of NIV at home. However, identifying which patients might benefit, the duration and severity of support are unknown. Recent guidelines address these issues, and the evidence will be presented. Lecturer: Robert Owens, MD

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PROGRAM 8 | Noninvasive Respiratory Support​

This presentation will discuss the use of HFNC and NIV ventilation in acute hypoxemia and hypercarbic respiratory failure, re-intubation prevention, and chronic respiratory failure management. The principal factors related to patient comfort and interface will be highlighted Lecturer: Thomas Piraino, RRT, FAARC

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