Respiratory Care 2010

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Advance Program

RC Solutions Showcase

Patrick J Dunne MEd RRT FAARC/Chair
AARC Program Committee

The AARC Program Committee is pleased that some of our exhibitors have opted to participate in the 2010 RC Solutions Showcase. The Showcase is a great opportunity for attendees to hear exhibitors give formal, scheduled presentations on their new and innovative products and developments; that is, information on products, services, care coordination/delivery models, and/or data with relevant scientific implications. The schedule below shows companies participating. Please note that the companies involved provided all topics, speakers, and descriptions. The AARC has not approved, nor is responsible for information presented at these presentations.

Monday, December 6

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Clement Clark

The “Ins” and “Outs” of Flow in Asthma and COPD—Inspiratory Flow Measurement and Inhaler Training with In-Check

Mark Sanders BSc MBA, San Diego CA

This presentation will explain how the healthcare professional can use the In-Check DIAL inspiratory flow meter to coach proper inhaler technique to patients. The In-Check DIAL assists in teaching patients how to get the most out of their inhalation therapy by identifying the correct inspiratory flow for their particular inhaler. It explains the difference techniques appropriate for correct use of pMDI and DPI inhalers. It also looks at the emerging potential for PIF as a measurement of bronchodilation in COPD. Additionally, a technique for improving peak flow measurement in younger children will be explained.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm


Partnering with Hospitals, Clinicians and Patients to Provide Respiratory Solutions That Support Best Practices for Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Risk Reduction

Jeri E Eiserman BS MBA RRT, Durham NC

In this presentation we will describe our portfolio of solutions which allow clinicians to better adhere to clinical practice guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, AARC, and SHEA regarding infection control practices for VAP, including:

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Reduce and Improve Ventilator Length of Service As Well As Patient Outcomes with MediLinks Respre

Michelle Russell-Payne MBA RRT and Victoria DeGel BS RRT, Chandler AZ

MediLinks uses the criteria described in the article “Evidence-based Guidelines for Weaning and Discontinuing Ventilatory Support” to determine whether patients qualify for a spontaneous breathing trial (SBT). It also helps determine what patients pass the SBT and should be extubated. Its branching logic leads the clinician through the objective questions. In the logic there is a pass/fail criteria built in to coach the clinician but the clinician can override the results. There are reports that the manger can use to monitor the progression of the trials for such items as: was a qualification done, did they pass the qualification, was a trial done, did they pass the trial, how long did it take to get them extubated once they passed the trial, what is the re-intubation rate, what is the ventilator length of service. MediLinks Respre has incorporated the Plan Do Check Act methodology in its reports giving the manager the tools to improve processes, reduce ventilator length of service, and thereby improving patient outcomes.

Tuesday, December 7

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm


ARIDOL™ Mannitol Inhalation Powder for Determining Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness

Kenneth Rundell PhD, Exton PA

Aridol™ (inhaled Mannitol) is an indirect bronchial challenge kit to assess bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR). Bronchial provocation testing using methacholine, exercise challenge or Aridol™ has been recommended by GINA guidelines (Chapter 2, page 19, Nov 2006) to aid in diagnosis of asthma. Aridol™ is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and is recommended as a challenge to assess BHR by NLHBI Guidelines (page 102). It is a relatively quick (<30 min for negative test and <20 minute for positive test), easy to administer challenge with a sensitivity and specificity similar to methacholine [Anderson SD et al Respir Res 2009:10:4.]

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm


The epoc® System: Healthcare’s First Wireless Alternative for Point of Blood Gas and Electrolyte Testing

Thomas Koshy PhD San Diego CA

The epoc® test system is a new device for the bedside analysis of blood gases and electrolytes. The system is comprised of four parts: at test card with the miniaturized electrodes, a reader which controls the test reactions and measures the electrode signals, a PDA-based host which analyzes the data and captures patient information and the data management interface between the epoc® system and the hospital LIS. The reader communicates by Bluetooth to the host, which communicates by wireless to the data manager, creating a truly portable system. The epoc® system produces lab-quality test results in 3–4 minutes.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm


KimVent* Multi-Access Port (MAP) Closed Suction Catheter: Multiple access. Multiple procedures. One Closed Circuit

Michael J Hewitt RRT-NPS FAARC, Tampa FL

KimVent* Multi Access Port Catheter is an innovative new suction catheter designed to provide clinicians additional access to the airway to perform mini BAL or bronchoscopic procedures, without disconnecting or opening the airway circuit, protecting the patient from desaturation, hemodynamic changes, and infection. Used primarily in the ICU, KimVent* Multi Access Port Catheter will be a shared responsibility of respiratory therapists and nurses. The Alternate Therapy Port provides the additional access for min-Bal or bronchoscopes, performed by pulmonologists and respiratory therapists to obtain lower respiratory tract secretions.

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

GE Healthcare

Indirect Calorimetry and Nutritional Assessment in the ICU

Terry L Forrette MHS RRT, Mandeville LA

Integrated gas analysis technology brings new possibilities to the way we care for mechanically ventilated patients.  Direct and easy to use technology exists to continuously assess nutritional status of mechanically ventilated patients.

This program will explore the importance and value of direct EE and RR measurement in the nutritional assessment of mechanically ventilated patients. In addition, participants will learn the science behind the actual technology used to measure EE and RR.