Clinical Guideline Team Kicks Off

 Published: November 28, 2017

By: Heather Willden


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A team of AARC members from across North America embarked on a new clinical practice guideline development program earlier this November. Their work will continue through the next year and they have set publication goals of 2019.

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Clinical Guideline Team members hard at work during their kick-off workshop.

This effort is made possible by the AARC Board of Directors who, earlier this year, approved the proposal to develop six new clinical practice guidelines:

  • Oxygen administration for adult patients
  • Oxygen administration for neonatal and pediatric patients
  • Tracheostomy care for adult patients
  • Tracheostomy care for neonatal and pediatric patients
  • Suctioning of the artificial airway
  • Capillary Blood Gas sampling for neonatal and pediatric patients

“As a member of the AARC Board of Directors, I am thrilled to have been a part of approving this proposal. It’s a great way to advance our process for developing and renewing clinical practice guidelines,” said Dr. Brian K. Walsh, PhD, RRT-NPS, AARC president. “This new method still remains evidence based; however, it allows us to be much more efficient. We have a wonderful team of members ready and dedicated to making this program a success. I believe we will produce quality products to help us improve patient care and demonstrate our value to the world. It is truly an honor to be a part of this meaningful experience.”

According to Dr. Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT, FAARC, AARC associate executive director for member services, the AARC’s clinical practice guidelines have provided guidance to clinical practice since the first publishing in 1991.

“This effort will update a couple of older guidelines, provide new recommendations in areas of clinical practice, and serve the medical community with evidence-based recommendations to improve patient care and safety,” Strickland said. “The initial meeting was a great way for us to all meet and collaborate face-to-face and have an opportunity to clarify any concepts as we start this detailed project.”

Your Clinical Guideline Team

  • Robert Aranson, MD
  • Ariel Berlinski, MD
  • Peter Betit, MBA, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC
  • Chris Blakeman, MSc, RRT
  • Melissa K. Brown, BS, RRT, RRT-NPS
  • Kathleen Deakins, MHA, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC
  • Dana Evans, MHA, RRT, RRT-NPS
  • Emily Ginier, MLIS
  • Dina Gomaa, BS, RRT
  • Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • Maria Madden, BS, RRT, RRT-ACCS
  • Shawna Murray, MEd, RRT
  • Constance Mussa, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS
  • Natalie Napolitano, MPH, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC
  • Sara Parker, MPH, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C
  • Thomas Piraino, RRT, FCSRT
  • Daniel Rowley, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, RPFT, FAARC
  • Ulrich Schmidt, MD, PhD, MBA
  • Brady Scott, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC
  • Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • Teresa Volsko, MHS, RRT, FAARC
  • Brian Walsh, PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • Karen Watters, MB, BCh, BAO, MPH
  • Mark Yoder, MD

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

Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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