Takeaways from AARC Congress 2018

 Published: December 18, 2018

By: Heather Willden


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AARC Congress attendees listening to the opening ceremony keynote presentation.

The AARC Congress wrapped up earlier this month, and attendees went home with a wealth of information to put to work in their facilities back home.

Congress 2018 Highlights

AARC member Ashley Frerichs, BS, RRT, speaks for many Congress-goers when she says the meeting was a great experience. As an RT at Rapid City Hospital in Rapid City, SD, she was especially interested in sessions aimed at pulmonary rehabilitation.

Here are her top three takeaways –

  • How to set up a pulmonary rehab department: We currently have one already established, but I took away ideas on how to improve to best serve our patients.
  • 2019 AACVPR guidelines: Our PR department is AACVPR certified. It was very beneficial to review this presentation of what is to come in the future of PR.
  • DLCO ATS guidelines: The presenter, Jeffery Haynes, was extremely knowledgeable and provided a lot of valuable information regarding interpretation and QA.Frerichs says the Congress definitely rebooted her passion for respiratory care.

“By going to this meeting, I absolutely feel re-energized and excited about my profession,” she said. “I came into work this morning with different perspectives and exciting new ideas to help improve our PFT lab and pulmonary rehab. I am excited to pass on to my team everything I absorbed during this week.”

Did you attend AARC Congress 2018? Log on to your AARConnect discussion groups and share your top takeaways from the meeting too! Then get ready for AARC Congress 2019, coming up Nov. 9-12 in New Orleans, LA!

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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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