AARC Explores 2023 — Your Path for CRCE

AARC Explores 2023

AARC Explores is a 10-video annual series that offers an in-depth exploration of recent scientific advancements in respiratory care.

2023 AARC Explores Overview

Complete 2023 Series
Nonmember Price $500
Member Price $400
Members save $100.
Complete 2023 Series with License
Nonmember Price $600
Member Price $500
Members save $100.
Individual Pathway Videos
Nonmember Price $75
Member Price $50

Members save $25.
Single videos are only available as each topic is released.

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!

How it Works

  • A department representative agrees to serve as the “proctor” and purchases either the “Series”, a “License” or “Individual Videos”.
    • Individual hospital departments may purchase the “Complete 2023 Series”.
    • Hospital/health systems may leverage their size and purchase the “Complete 2023 Series with License”.
    • Individual videos may also be purchased, but the bundled series provides the most savings.
  • Starting in March, your proctor will receive monthly access to new videos, released through December 2023.
  • These on-demand videos may be accessed by any member of the department — at one low price.
  • The proctor is responsible for maintaining a course roster for each educational video and upon completion, must submit it to the AARC for processing.
  • Course credit will automatically be applied to the CRCE Transcript for all AARC members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I’m part of a 5-hospital system. Which product do I purchase?
A1: The “Complete 2023 Series w/ License” gives your 5-hospital system a license to provide on-demand content to any respiratory therapist employed at any of the 5 hospitals. Each hospital will need to have a designated course proctor.
Q2: My department has 120 RTs in it. Is there a limit on how many people can take advantage of AARC Explores?
A2: No. The more employees there are, the more affordable AARC Explores becomes. If all 120 RTs took advantage of every video, the cost of education per employee would be less than $4.25 — for 10 CRCE!
Q3: I’m a staff RT in my department. Am I required to view all educational videos?
A3: No. You may watch as many or as few videos as you wish, but you will only receive CRCE credit for those videos you watched.
Q4: I’m not an AARC member. Can I still participate in AARC Explores?
A4: Yes. AARC Explores is not limited to AARC members, however, you will be responsible for keeping track of your own CRCE. Only AARC members will have their course credit added to their CRCE Transcript.
Q5: I’m part of a 10-hospital health system but am not interested in the entire series. Can I purchase a license agreement for individual videos?
A5: No. License agreements for health systems are only available for the entire video series.

2023 AARC Explores Pathway Guide

Pathway 1 | Available in March

Neonatal and Pediatric Airway Care During Transport

Lecturer: Terry Volsko, MBA, MHHS, RRT, FAARC

Interfacility transport of pediatric and neonatal patients for specialized medical care is an integral part of health delivery systems. In the United States, approximately 200,000 newborns, infants, and children in are transported yearly to a higher level of care. Securing and maintaining a patent airway is an essential component of neonatal and pediatric critical care provided during transport. This lecture will highlight the factors that impact airway management during air or ground transport, the challenges with providing advanced airway care at the referral institution and during the mode of transport as well as present methods to enhance safe and effective airway care during interfacility transport.

Pathway 2 | Available in April

High-flow, NIV, or Heliox? Noninvasive Respiratory Support in Critical Pediatric Asthma

Lecturer: Andrew Miller

Critical asthma is a common reason for children to require admission to the pediatric intensive care unit. Children are often treated with noninvasive respiratory support modalities such as high-flow nasal cannula, noninvasive ventilation, and helium-oxygen mixtures. This lecture will cover the pathophysiology of critical asthma, the mechanisms of action for each type of respiratory support, and the evidence supporting each strategy.

Pathway 3 | Available in May

Rebuilding What We’ve Lost in Covid: A Perspective from the ICU

Lecturer: Dr. Wes Ely, MD, MPH

This presentation will describe the difficulties that we as health care professionals are currently experiencing in our desire to provide the best care to ICU patients in the midst of the COVID pandemic. I will explain a scientifically proven method for amplifying humanism and dignity so that we can work, one patient at a time, to resurrect. I will use the power of human story to identify aspects of patient suffering that are epidemic within the pandemic and offer hope and strategy for rebuilding what was lost amid the pandemic mayhem and discuss a path forward.

Pathway 4 | Available in June

Respiratory Care Pharmacology: Additions and Deletions in 2023

Lecturer: Douglas Gardenhire, EdD, RRT, FAARC

Respiratory care pharmacology continues to change. Many respiratory therapists may be unaware of changes that exist in the medications used today. This lecture will discuss additions and deletions of agents used in respiratory care. The presenter will provide an update on newer medications as well as inform attendees about agents no longer in use.

Pathway 5 | Available in July

Patient Safety: Time for A Post-Pandemic Re-set!

Lecturer: Patrick J. Dunne, MEd, RRT, FAARC

In 1999, the US Institute of Medicine released its seminal report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System. The report, initially met with skepticism, estimated that between 44,000 to 98,000 preventable deaths occur each year in the US. However, several subsequent studies suggested that the number may actually be way higher. As a result, the US health care delivery system embarked on a decades-long concerted effort to reduce preventable harm to patients, regardless of site of care. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic ushered in an unprecedented wave of clinical and administrative challenges, seriously disrupting established processes and priorities, including patient safety. This presentation will review the essential elements of a meaningful patient safety initiative, and why respiratory therapists must make a renewed commitment to providing safe and equitable care in all practice settings.

Pathway 6 | Available in August

Early Mobilization in the ICU

Lecturer: Dr. Timothy Girard, MD, MSCI

Evidence suggests that early mobilization can improve outcomes — but in what way, and why? This presentation will provide a review of the evidence for early mobilization and offer practical advice on how to best implement the practice at the bedside.

Pathway 7 | Available in September

Respiratory Management of COPD Exacerbations

Lecturer: 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.

Pathway 8 | Available in October

Complexities of Mechanical Ventilation: Toppling the Tower of Babel

Lecturer: Robert L. Chatburn, MHHS, RRT, 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.

Pathway 9 | Available in November

Prone Position Flipping the Script

Lecturer: 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.

Pathway 10 | Available in December

Surviving the Storm – I’m Still Standing & So Are You!

Lecturer: Kathy Rye, EdD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, FAARC

Respiratory Therapists were an instrumental component of the health care team that helped me stand again after a life-threatening bout with COVID-19 in 2020. The closing session will encourage RTs to stand together as we endeavor to move the profession forward in an environment that has been forever changed by the pandemic.

Heading to the New Era

Elevate | Engage | Advocate | Educate