When Less is More?

 Published: July 2, 2019

By: Heather Willden


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This episode of the Current Topics in Respiratory Care video series features Dean R Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC, presenting “When Less is More.”

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In recent years, it has become increasingly appreciated that less aggressive therapy might lead to better outcomes. Noninvasive respiratory support has been shown to improve outcomes in appropriately selected patients. Lower tidal volumes lead to better outcomes during invasive or noninvasive ventilation. Although hypoxia leads to poor outcomes, hyperoxemia also leads to poor outcomes. Ventilator liberation potential is best identified with a spontaneous breathing trial rather than gradual reductions in ventilator support.

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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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