Interested in what’s coming to ISRC 2018?

Ask yourself this question, “Am I making the absolute best of this moment?”

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center
AARC President-Elect

Are you using this moment to its fullest advantage? Is your attitude and thinking pointed in a positive direction? Are you being solution orientated?
Being involved and engaged with our profession and patients can make an impact and make a remarkable difference in your everyday life. Advancing your educational opportunities and developing an action plan for yourself and others will help you focus on solutions to advance yourself and the profession. The respiratory profession has many challenges ahead, be a part of it and make the best of the moment! Anything is possible when you are involved.

Communication at the Bedside: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Bill Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC
Assistant Professor, Gwynedd Mercy University

Communication is cited as one of the most critical and essential skills in society. It is pervasive in the health care industry and regrettably cited as being at the heart of many medical mistakes and misadventures. Attend this session and learn through numerous examples of effective strategies to overcome the pitfalls, barriers and obstacles to becoming an effective communicator at the bedside.
Sponsored by Monaghan Medical

COPD Guidelines: History, Evolution, and Current State-of-the-Art

Bill Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC
Assistant Professor, Gwynedd Mercy University

COPD is arguably the most common respiratory condition seen and managed by the RT. Recognizing the history and evolution of the guidelines that determine, direct and drive our treatment, not only holds value, but is vital to our role as the cardiorespiratory expert at the bedside. Attend this session and get an update on the history, evolution and current state-of-the-art of the third leading cause of death in the US and the menacing condition we call COPD.
Sponsored by Monaghan Medical

Frequing Out About High Frequency

Keith Kohutek, BSRC, RRT-NPS
Regional Clinical Specialist, Bunnell Inc.

Saving babies is hard! High Frequency Ventilation is often used to help both prevent and treat neonatal lung injury.  Often clinicians will shy away from using HFV not fully appreciating the foundations upon which HFV can be beneficial.  This presentation will take a closer look at what HFV is and broaden our understanding of this unique form of ventilation.

Responding to Incivility in Healthcare

Janelle Gardiner, DHSc, RRT, AE-C
Associate Professor, Weber State University

Have you heard that “nurses eat their young”? It does not seem to be limited to nurses. All healthcare professions likely have components of bullying or horizontal violence, including Respiratory Care. This presentation will help you identify the degrees of bullying or incivility in healthcare. More importantly, you will learn how to appropriately respond to horizontal violence. You may also have a chance to practice your response using cognitive rehearsal. This is a valuable presentation and applicable to all who choose to attend.


Liz Hall
American Lung Association in Idaho

E-cigarettes, more commonly referred to as vapes, are the rage among Idaho teens and even among many adults.  Many of these teens and adults think that e-cigarettes emit nothing more than harmless water vapor and are safe.  However, virtually everyone, even health professionals, want to know more.  If you want to learn more about e-cigarettes, their safety, and their impact, this is a presentation you will not want to miss.

Perioperative Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr. Willian Thompson
Idaho Pulmonary Associates

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common, often untreated problem, affecting approximately 1 in 7 surgical patients. It is also associated with significant perioperative complications if left untreated. Dr. Thompson will speak on the value of screening for OSA, common complications of OSA in the perioperative period, and management of these patients to help get them through their procedures safely.

Proportional Ventilatory Support (PVS)

Lonny Ashworth, MEd, RRT, FAARC
Boise State University

During the PVS session, we will discuss proportional assist ventilation and the three different ventilators that provide proportional ventilatory support. We will also have a demonstration with a subject riding a bicycle while being ventilated in various modes of ventilation, to allow the participants to observe the differences in patient-ventilatory asynchrony in various modes of ventilation during exercise.

The Science of VDR and NIV use in Neonates

Curt Partain, RCP, RRT-NPS

Picture1.pngDr. Forrest M. Bird’s Volumetric Diffusive Respirator (VDR4) truly a hybrid ventilator combining attributes of both conventional convective and high frequency ventilation. A novel concept, directed toward offering the ability to truly optimize both Oxygenation and Ventilation while both recruiting and cleansing the lung of any excessive mucus or debris. It’s time to understand the physics and dynamics of how this remarkable mode of ventilation is so inherently lung protective, that it can safely ventilate the tiniest micro-preemie with hypo-plastic lungs to your largest adult patient. The VDR4 allows us to exploit the physics of ventilation to benefit our patient rather than let it stack up against our sickest patients!
For years we have used IPV therapy for lung clearance in the adult and pediatric population. Find out what happens when a level III NICU institutes an IPV Therapy Program in the Premature Newborn… Nothing less than a Quantum Leap in Care. IPV represents a safe and effective alternative to airway clearance in the premature infant.

Extra-corporeal Life Support

Cindy Malinowski RN, MN, CCRN
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

This presentation will focus on the goals of therapy for Veno-arterial (VA) and Veno-venous (VV)-ECLS. Problems that arise that are unique to VA and VV-ECLS will also be discussed. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions.


Brad Vazales, M.D.

Learn how a simple and safe procedure can help get your patients extubated sooner and save your facility money.

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