Big Ideas on Asthma Happen at the AARC Congress

 Published: May 11, 2017

By: Fernanda Teixeira


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This is Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month, and all eyes are on the condition. But asthma is always front and center in the minds of RTs, and nowhere is that more evident than at the Big Ideas Theater at AARC Congress.

Alex Rotta, MD, brought RTs up to speed on mechanical support for status asthmaticus at the 2016 Congress in San Antonio last October and he shared his key points with AARC-TV’s Ed Heiland in the Big Ideas Theater.

According to Dr. Rotta, too many clinicians in ICUs all over the country are still taking the wrong approach to the care of children with severe acute asthma, and he reminded everyone that the goals of mechanical ventilation for these kids are quite different from those of the patient with ARDS or respiratory failure.

“In critical asthma we really are not trying to influence the course of the disease,” he said. “We’re just trying to support the child with the minimal support and not get in the way.” Finding the right strategy is the key to success with these patients, and Dr. Rotta outlined the path to reaching it.

That kind of hands-on information about asthma and how best to treat it will be front and center at AARC Congress 2017 in Indianapolis this Oct. 4-7 as well — so sign up for Congress today while the discounted rate is available and get ready to take advantage of cutting edge information on asthma and other key topics in respiratory care at AARC Congress 2017 this October.

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