Three Congress Plenaries You Don’t Want to Miss

 Published: September 29, 2022

By: Addie Schiefer


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This year’s Congress event is fast approaching, we are excited to gather together Nov. 9-12 in New Orleans, LA. One of the top reasons attendees come to Congress every year, is to hear the latest research and interesting topics in respiratory care. Every year the plenary lectures are at the top of many attendees lists to attend. This year is no different.

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This Year’s Plenary Lectures

10th Thomas L Petty Memorial Lecture – Respiratory Management of COPD Exacerbations
Presenter: Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC

COPD exacerbation is a common cause of hospital admission around the world. Management includes oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, non-invasive ventilation, medication administration and if required invasive ventilation. This lecture will explore how escalation of therapy should be guided by physical assessment and physiologic measures. It will also discuss how respiratory therapists should drive the use of oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation based on patient response and device performance. Mechanical ventilation of the COPD patient requires expertise in monitoring flow limitation and effecting auto-PEEP. Maintenance of blood gases, lung protection and aerosol delivery. Ventilator liberation and post-extubation treatment also require understanding the evidence base. View the full day two schedule.

2nd Robert M. Kacmarek Scientific Memorial Lecture – Complexities of Mechanical Ventilation: Toppling the Tower of Babel
Presenter: Robert L. Chatburn, MHHS, RRT-NPS, FAARC

Mechanical ventilation is ubiquitous to intensive care from neonates to adults. The terminology surrounding mechanical ventilation is manufacturer-specific and jargon still prevails. To provide evidence-based mechanical ventilation, clinicians must be able to communicate regarding the operation of mechanical ventilation. Evidence-based treatment requires that the critical care team be lock step chapter and verse, yet ventilator complexities often place the team on different pages and sometimes in different books. This lecture will provide a method of teaching mechanical ventilation terminology and operation based on a set of principles and how we speak about mechanical ventilation in a consistent and meaningful way. View the full day three schedule. 

38th Phil Kittredge Memorial Lecture – Prone Position Flipping the Script
Presenter: Jie Li, PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC

Prone position has long been known to reduce mortality in mechanically ventilated patients with ARDS who have moderate to severe hypoxemia. With the advent of COVID-19, the use of so-called ‘awake prone’ has become popular despite mixed results in the literature. Typically, mechanically ventilated patients are heavily sedated in the prone position, but more recently encouraging spontaneous breathing has been encouraged with a wide range of results. Finally, prone position during ECMO has been evaluated to determine the potential benefits. The literature on each will be explored in this lecture. View the full day four schedule.

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Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Content Manager for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories by email, AARConnect, or LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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