Say hello to AARC Explores, a 10-video annual series that offers an in-depth exploration of recent scientific advancements in respiratory care.
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What is AARC Explores?
AARC Explores delivers professional, continuing education to respiratory therapy departments that is convenient, affordable, and on-demand. Departments can provide up to 10 hours of CRCE to their staff, for one low price. There’s no better way to provide department-wide education to your staff than with AARC Explores!
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AARC Explores is a compilation of the best AARC content offered in 2021. This series replaces the Current Topics in Respiratory Care annual video series.
2022 AARC Explores Pathway Guide
Pathway 1 | Available in March
Neuromodulation for Sleep Disordered Breathing
Lecturer: Meena Khan, MD
Pathway 2 | Available in April
New Frontiers in COPD Treatment
Lecturer: Mike Hess MPH, RRT, RPFT
Pathway 3 | Available in May
Session 1: COVID-19 ARDS — A Distinct Type, Different From Other Forms of ARDS
Pro Lecturer: Jaspal Singh, MD, MS, MHA
Con Lecturer: Neil MacIntyre, MD
In some cases, COVID-19 can cause severe ARDS—but is COVID-19 ARDS distinct or does it differ from other forms of ARDS? Come to this session to hear two experts debate this controversial topic based on what has been learned during the pandemic.
Session 2: Understanding Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients — The Myth of Happy Hypoxics
Lecturer: Michael Lipnick, MD
Profound hypoxemia has been a common finding in COVID-19 pneumonia. Early presentations described patients with severe arterial hypoxemia without tachypnea or apparent discomfort. These patients were also said to ‘crash’ quickly and require intubation and mechanical ventilation. The term happy hypoxic littered medical journals. The issue of silent hypoxia is a well-known physiologic phenomenon related to cardiorespiratory compensation and eventual failure of these mechanisms.
Pathway 4 | Available in June
Session 1: Bedside Morality — Clinical Ethics for the RT
Lecturer: James Damron, MDiv, RRT, CPFT
Have you ever questioned the right thing to do? Have you ever felt uncomfortable about the treatment plan of your patient? If you have, then this program is for you. The discipline of medical ethics has moved to the center stage of controversies in the wake of the Covid pandemic and the continued demand for individual autonomy. Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss controversial real issues, shocking real cases, and learn simple real applications to your moral distress and ethical concerns.
Session 2: Perceptions of Palliative Care — The RT’s Role in Maximizing Quality of Life
Lecturer: Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT, FAARC
Palliative care is an important aspect of interdisciplinary, comprehensive, patient-centered care. Effective implementation of palliative care can improve health-related quality of life of patients with advanced illnesses. This presentation will focus on the RT’s role in the interdisciplinary team providing palliative care, including clinician education, patient assessment, and implementation of effective palliative care programs.
Pathway 5 | Available in July
Session 1: Has COVID-19 Changed How We Manage the Ventilated ARDS Patient?
Lecturer: Thomas Piraino, RRT, FCSRT, FAARC
The COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact in the world of mechanical ventilation, but does the presentation of the COVID-19 associated respiratory failure require a different strategy? This lecture will discuss some of the controversy surrounding COVID-19 mechanical ventilation practices and whether there is sufficient information regarding how to deliver mechanical ventilation.
Session 2: Respiratory Drive in COVID-19 Patients
Lecturer: Eddy Fan, MD, PhD
Many clinicians have described excessive respiratory drive in COVID-19 patients, but is this problematic? This lecture will discuss the impact of respiratory drive-in managing ARDS patients, and what can be done about it.
Pathway 6 | Available in August
Session 1: Aerosolized Surfactant Replacement Therapy: A Novel Innovaio for RDS and PARDS
Lecturer: Rob DiBlasi, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC
Surfactant replacement is a lifesaving therapy for pre-term infants. Liquid bolus administration via endotracheal tube has been the hallmark for surfactant administration. This lecture will discuss innovations using novel nebulizer technologies that may provide a potentially safer and more effective alternative for surfactant delivery in infants and larger children.
Session 2: You Can’t Stop Progress? Advanced Ventilator Modes in the PICU
Lecturer: Andrew Miller, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, FAARC
This lecture will discuss the use of advanced (high-frequency modalities, NAVA, and APRV) in pediatric critical care. The focus will be on what we have learned so far from clinical studies, animal models, and bench studies to apply these complex modes in the PICU.
Pathway 7 | Available in September
Changing the Definition and Perception of COPD
Lecturer: David Mannino, MD
The researchers working on the COPDGene project proposed, in 2019, a new way of defining COPD that expands the spirometric definition and uses other metrics, such as radiographic findings and patient symptoms. This change recognizes that COPD can have several different manifestations and phenotypes that may require different interventions. This presentation will describe these changes, their rationale, and examine how they have been applied in both research and clinical practice.
Pathway 8 | Available in October
Session 1: Current State of High Frequency Ventilation for Neonates
Lecturer: Jon Emberger, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC
High frequency jet and oscillatory ventilation have been around for more than 30 years. Participants will gain a knowledge of the current indications and management strategies based on the newest evidence in the literature for using high frequency ventilation in the neonatal ICU. Several cases will be presented that underscore the optimal use of high frequency ventilation for neonates.
Session 2: Unconventional Use of NIV for Pediatric Patients with Chronic Lung Disease
Lecturer: Howard Panitch, MD
This talk with discuss strategies for the use of NIV to assist with supporting infants with chronic lung disease (BPD, Pulmonary Hypoplasia, etc.) as a bridge to growth and as to not require an invasive airway to facilitate advanced respiratory support at home.
Pathway 9 | Available in November
Mechanical Ventilation in ARDS Quo Vadis?
Lecturer: Richard Kallet, MS, RRT, FAARC
Pathway 10 | Available in December
Airway Safety in Neonatal/Pediatrics
Lecturer: Teresa Volsko, MBA, RRT, FAARC
Infants and children have unique anatomic and physiologic considerations which make it challenging to safely achieve and maintain a patent airway. This lecture will review the equipment and techniques used to minimize the propensity for serious adverse events to occur while managing a pediatric airway.