Mandy De Vries Says These Congress Sessions are Not to be Missed!

 Published: October 5, 2023

By: Debbie Bunch


AARC Congress 2023 is just around the corner — Nov. 5-8 in Nashville, TN — and while attendees will be setting their agenda based on their own professional needs, Congress is a great time to branch out and sample lectures in areas outside of your personal comfort zone too.

AARC Vice President of Education Mandy De Vries, MSc, RRT, RRT-NPS, believes these six sessions are worth adding to everyone’s radar screen, and she tells us why.

Mandy’s top picks

The Golden Hour: Standardization and Best Practices

Sunday, Nov. 5, 12:40-1:15 p.m.

Presenter: Kevin Dysart, MD, MBI

Step into the world of neonatal care and discover the transformative power of “The Golden Hour.” Aptly named for its critical significance in stabilizing neonates, this pivotal timeframe holds the key to both short-term and long-term outcomes. In this lecture, we shed light on the imperative need to standardize and seamlessly implement Golden Hour protocols across birth centers. By establishing clear objectives for the first 60 minutes of life, we aim to significantly reduce the risks of morbidity and mortality for VLBW/ELBW neonates. This session is your gateway to a future where every newborn gets the best possible start in life, ensuring a brighter and healthier tomorrow!

Ventilation and Oxygenation During CPR — Changing Paradigms

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:10- 2:45 p.m.

Presenter: Brady Scott, PhD, RRT, FAARC

Brace yourself for a groundbreaking lecture that will reshape your understanding of life-saving techniques. In the past decade, ventilatory support during CPR has undergone a monumental transformation, rewriting the rules of resuscitation. Get ready to explore how minute ventilation and respiratory rate requirements have been reimagined, with a spotlight on the advocacy of hands-only CPR in lay rescue situations. But that’s not all! Recent evidence has unveiled the remarkable impact of just a few breaths per minute, revolutionizing CPR protocols. Furthermore, oxygen delivery during CPR is under intense scrutiny, as we delve into the consequences of hyperoxia and hypoxia. Don’t miss this session; it’s your key to mastering the future of life-saving!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Professional Engagement in Respiratory Care

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:55-3:30 p.m.

Presenters: Gabrielle Davis, MPH, MA, RRT, and Samantha Davis, RRT, CHSE, FAARC

Congratulations on your hard-earned journey into the esteemed respiratory care profession! But what comes next on this exhilarating path? Join us for a transformative session that draws upon the vast experiences of our presenters to craft a comprehensive roadmap towards achieving unmatched professional engagement. Prepare to unlock your full potential, chart your course to success, and embark on a fulfilling career that transcends boundaries. This session is your compass to navigate the exciting landscape of respiratory care with confidence and purpose!

Respiratory Care’s Role in a Value-Based Care Environment

Monday, Nov. 6, 12:45-1:20 p.m.

Presenter: Teresa Volsko, MBA, RRT, FAARC

Explore the future of health care in a lecture that promises to redefine the role of respiratory therapists in this dynamic landscape. In an ever-evolving health care climate, organizations across the continuum are forging new alliances with payors through value-based contracts, reshaping the way patient care is delivered. Join us as we dive deep into the tenets of value-based contracts and discover how respiratory therapists become instrumental in this transformative journey. Gain valuable insights into how they are driving improvements in patient care, fostering healthier populations, and securing financial benefits for their organizations within the realm of value-based care. This lecture is your ticket to unleashing the full potential of health care innovation and excellence!

(De)Implementation Science — Wait, What?

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 3:00-3:35 p.m.

Presenter: Amanda Nickel, MSc, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS

Join us for a thought-provoking lecture that promises to revolutionize the way we approach health care. In our relentless pursuit of excellence, we frequently introduce new processes and therapies. Yet, equally crucial is the concept of halting outdated and ineffective practices. Explore the fascinating science of (de)implementation, offering a standardized framework to retire age-old therapies and workflows that no longer align with best practices or evidence-based care. This lecture is your gateway to a more efficient, effective, and forward-thinking health care landscape. Don’t miss this chance to shape the future of health care at its core!

RESPIRATORY CARE Journal Symposium

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 9:00-11:50 a.m.

Prepare to be inspired at the RESPIRATORY CARE Journal Symposium as we unveil a series of captivating lectures. Learn the art of crafting innovative research ideas, master the techniques of thorough literature searches to bolster your research protocols, embark on your research career journey with confidence, and discover the transformative power of inclusivity in your research process. These lectures are your gateway to success in the dynamic world of respiratory care research!

Lots more where these came from!

These six sessions are sure to broaden the horizons of respiratory therapists everywhere, but they really just scratch the surface of what will be available in Nashville in November.

AARC Congress 2023 will feature 139 sessions on topics geared to all of the specialty areas in the profession, so wherever you work and whatever your position is there, you will find content that zeros in on your daily job responsibilities.

So take a few moments to thumb through the Program and see what else is available. Then register to attend! We guarantee you will come home with the tips, tools, and skills you need to succeed in your career.

The 2023 Congress has been approved for 19.76 CRCE.

Email with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Debbie Bunch

Debbie Bunch is an AARC contributor who writes feature articles, news stories, and other content for Newsroom, the AARC website, and associated emailed newsletters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, photography, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Connect with Debbie by email or on AARConnect or LinkedIn.

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