MS, RRT-ACCS, NPS, AE-C
David L Vines,
MHS, PhD, RRT, FAARC
As our aging population grows, so does the prevalence of respiratory-related ailments. To meet this medical need, a variety of new respiratory diagnostic and treatment options are being developed. With the availability of these new options, respiratory care professionals will require the most up-to-date, scientifically- and clinically-based information to help them make informed decisions on what is best for their patients.
Clinical Foundations provides practical, clinically- and evidenced-based articles, case studies and symposia for respiratory therapists and respiratory care directors, managers, and supervisors. Clinical Foundations is based on a patient-focused model of care that emphasizes the need to provide the care and services that focus on patients’ individual needs and preferences.
As part of our commitment to helping respiratory care professionals improve their skills, each edition of Clinical Foundations is fully accredited by the AARC for CRCEs.
New Online Module
Michael Klompas MD, MPH
The CDC switched from ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) to ventilator-associated event (VAE) surveillance in 2013. VAE definitions were designed to make surveillance more objective and to broaden the focus of surveillance to encompass all complications serious enough to compel a sustained increase in ventilator settings. Implicit in the VAE definition set is the understanding that many things can precipitate VAEs. Case series document a wide array of potential etiologies. Redesigning prevention programs around preventing VAEs instead of VAP has the potential to overcome many challenges. VAE definitions are more objective than VAP definitions, they broaden the focus of surveillance beyond pneumonia, and they focus surveillance on the subset of patients with potentially severe complications. An increasing body of evidence is beginning to clarify how best to prevent VAEs.
Moderator: Ruben Restrepo, MD, RRT, FAARC
Panelists: Brady Scott, MS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC, Keith Lamb, BS, RRT-ACCS, FCCM
Clinical Foundations is published quarterly by Saxe Healthcare Communications.
Please direct your correspondence to:
Saxe Healthcare Communications
3411 Washington Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
This program is sponsored by Teleflex
Richard Branson, MS, RRT, FAARC
Professor of Surgery
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Kathleen Deakins, MS, RRT, NPS
Supervisor, Pediatric Respiratory Care
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital of University Hospitals
William Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC
Program Director, Respiratory Care Program
Gwynedd Mercy College,
Gwynedd Valley, PA.
Carl Haas, MS, RRT, FAARC
Educational & Research Coordinator
University Hospitals and Health Centers
Ann Arbor, MI
Richard Kallet, MSc, RRT, FAARC
Clinical Projects Manager
University of California Cardiovascular Research Institute San Francisco, CA
Neil MacIntyre, MD, FAARC
Medical Director of Respiratory Services
Duke University Medical Center
Tim Myers, BS, RRT-NPS
Chief Business Officer, AARC
Tim Op’t Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC
Professor, Department of Respiratory Care and Cardiopulmonary Sciences University of Southern Alabama
Helen Sorenson, MA, RRT, FAARC
Assistant Professor, Dept. of
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
San Antonio, TX