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Mass Casualty Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation

About this Webcast

If you previously attended the Mass Casualty Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation symposium on December 8th, 2023 or March 4th, 2024, you will not be able to claim credit for the April 8th, 2024 webcast.

Over the last two decades AARC has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response to train clinicians on the role of the respiratory therapist in mass casualty care and the ventilators in the strategic national stockpile. All in anticipation of a mass respiratory failure event. COVID-19 tested this preparation and challenged the worlds health care system. Shortages of staff, PPE, ICU beds and ventilators strained even the most prepared institutions. Hospitals were required to improvise on the fly. Staffing models were created and the use of travelers became routine. The use of PPE amongst shortages placed caregivers at risk, challenging the duty to work paradigm. The role of the respiratory therapist evolved. New treatments were devised, tested and either adopted or abandoned. There were 3 types of ventilators in the stockpile (a total of approximately 14,000 ventilators). During the COVID pandemic, this number ballooned, with the addition of approximately 150,000 ventilators (over a dozen new models- 2 of the 3 original devices were scrapped). These challenges and the responses as well as future planning will be discussed in this symposium.

2.50 Live CRCE Hours


Broadcast time:
2pm-5pm Eastern
1pm-4pm Central
12pm-3pm Mountain
11am-2pm Pacific

This webcast has been approved for 2.5 hours of CRCE.