Visualizing Mechanical Ventilation

 Published: April 3, 2019

By: Heather Willden


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As part of Big Ideas Theater 2018, Thomas Piraino, RRT, of St. Michael’s Hospital, discusses the steps and tools to help RTs visualize mechanical ventilation. Piraino shares examples of what can be done at the bedside to visualize the internal active movement of patients.

“So, now we have the ability to see what is the impact of the pressure we’re putting into the lung, how is it moving the lung, so we have dynamic lung movement and then we have diaphragm function–all things that go beyond just the graphic going in and out of the ventilator,” Piraino said. “So this is really the next step for respiratory therapists.”

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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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