Respiratory Care 2009

The Gold Standard in Respiratory Care Meetings

55th International Respiratory Congress

Advance Program

Sunday, December 6
25th New Horizons Symposium

12:30 pm – 5:05 pm

Airway Management: Current Practice and Future Directions

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Emergent Intubation

Ulrich Schmidt MD PhD, Boston MA

This lecture will cover complications and outcomes of emergent intubations; improvement strategies (supervision and training, medications, etc.); who should intubate (training requirements, supervision, etc.); drugs for intubation; and complications of intubation.

1:05 pm – 1:35 pm

Equipment of Intubation

William E Hurford MD, Cincinnati OH

This presentation will describe new devices (e.g., Glidescope). Are the new devices really better? How are these devices validated?

1:40 pm – 2:10 pm

New Endotracheal Tube Types: Do They Make a Difference?

Steve A Deem MD, Seattle WA

The focus of this lecture will be new devices designed to prevent VAP: silver coated tubes, subglottic suction, special cuffs, mucous shavers, mucous slurpers, etc.

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Tracheostomy: Why, When, Who and How?

Charles G Durbin Jr MD FAARC, Charlottesville VA

When should a tracheostomy be performed? Should tracheostomy be performed by surgeons only or other clinicians(e.g. intensivists)? What is the evidence for open vs. percutaneous trach, bedside vs. operating room procedure?

2:50 pm – 3:20 pm

Care of the Tracheostomy

Michael A Gentile RRT FAARC, Durham NC

Information covered will include: airway clearance (open and closed suction, MIE), cuff pressure, and securing the tube.

3:25 pm – 3:55 pm

When To Change the Tracheostomy Tube

Alexander C White MD, Boston, MA

This presentation will include: reasons to change a trach tube (e.g., downsize, malposition, speaking, malfunction), safety of changing trach tubes, and how to choose the correct tube.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Pediatric Considerations

Ellen S Deutsch MD, Wilmington DE

What are the important issues related to airway management in children? When should cuffed vs. uncuffed tubes be used? What is the appropriate approach to a difficult airway? What are the indications for tracheostomy in children?

4:35 pm – 5:05 pm


Alexander C White MD, Boston, MA

Topics will include how to determine when to decannulate, decannulation to NIV, and use of techniques like the tracheostomy button to facilitate decannulation.

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