• AARConnect Maintenance

    Our vendor will be performing scheduled maintenance on August 20 from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM ET / 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM PT.  AARConnect may experience sporadic connectivity during this maintenance window.

    Thank you for your patience during this time!

  • Congress 2021 Face-to-Face Event Moves to Virtual Platform

    After careful consideration of the persistence of the pandemic, and out of the abundance of caution for our attendees, the American Association for Respiratory Care must cancel face-to-face participation in AARC Congress 2021. Attendee health and safety remain a top concern.

    We will continue to rely on our robust virtual meeting platform for this years event, in order that all attendees have access to our top-notch program planned for this year.

    As much as we want to meet again in-person, now is still not the time. With many of our members working on the front lines, we want to help ensure their safety and provide flexibility during this challenging time.

    We are working to bring you a great virtual learning and networking opportunity this December. Ensuring a Congress 2021 educational and interactive event is vital to the growth of our profession.

    Congress LIVE! Learning in a Virtual Environment will take place across four days: December 1, 3, 7, and 9. Congress LIVE! will include learning sessions across all subject areas, our annual plenaries, virtual exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and games. Stay tuned for registration details coming in the next month.

    We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during the pandemic. Thank you for all you are doing for our patients.

    For questions, please contact


    Lanny Inabnit

    AARC Vice President of Education and Meetings

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will there still be a 2021 Congress?

    Yes, we will have a virtual meeting. We will share more details about registration, speakers, and topics as they become available. Meanwhile, we encourage all members to monitor the AARC website and AARC News for more information.

    Will the cost of registration be the same?

    Registration fees have not yet been identified. Were quickly working on the details of the event and will open registration as soon as possible. We encourage all members to monitor the AARC website and AARC News for more information.

    Will there be a virtual exhibit hall?

    Yes. A virtual exhibit hall will be available in conjunction with the virtual event.

    How many continuing respiratory care education credits will be offered with the virtual event?

    The agenda for the virtual meeting has not yet been finalized, thus we do not know the number of hours of continuing education that will be offered in conjunction with the virtual event. We will release this information on the AARC website as soon as it becomes available.

    Will there be a Sputum Bowl event?

    No. The 2021 Sputum Bowl competition is cancelled and will resume in 2022.

    Will I be able to ask questions during live presentations?

    Yes. The virtual event will offer traditional, live, continuing education. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and ask questions.

  • Nominations for FAARC End This Week

    Every year, select members of the respiratory care profession are honored with the Fellow of the American Respiratory Care Profession, or FAARC. Bestowed at the AARC Congress in the fall, this designation recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession in areas ranging from education to research to clinical practice and more.

    The AARC Fellowship Program was established to recognize active or associate members in good standing who have made profound and sustained contributions to the art and science of respiratory care and to the AARC.

    Nominations for this year's Fellowship Program will end on August 13, 2021. 

  • Respiratory Care Week 2021

    Celebrate Respiratory Care Week 2021 (Oct. 24–30) and let your community, patients, and colleagues know how vital you are to patient care. Visit the RC Week store to get started and plan your celebration. 

  • #RTSTRONG | New Videos Highlight Respiratory Therapy as Essential to Patient Care

    The AARC, in partnership with Medtronic, developed two special videos to highlight the profession and the work respiratory therapists do each day. It also serves as a call to our communities to take time to thank a respiratory therapist.

    The AARC asks that you share these videos on your social channels. It is our hope that the videos will help increase community awareness of the profession and highlight the essential role the respiratory therapist has played in patient care, during COVID-19 and beyond.

  • Safe & Effective Staffing Guide

    For over 30 years, the AARC has published the Uniform Reporting Manual (URM), with the 5th edition published in 2012. This tool has served RT leaders for decades in utilizing time standards for the most common clinical activities as the hallmark to measuring productivity.

    However, measuring productivity alone is no longer relevant if the procedures they deliver are not clinically indicated or driven by evidence-based practice.

    As a result, the AARC has expanded and re-branded the URM to the “Safe & Effective Staffing Guide: Achieving Your Mission to Deliver Value-Based Respiratory Care Services.” Known as “The Guide” (or the SESG), this rebranded tool offers many of the same benefits of the URM; however, The Guide expands upon those to meet the 21st century needs of today’s RT leaders.

  • Zenith Award Voting Open

    Every year for the Zenith Award program, AARC members vote for the companies they believe stand out from the crowd. Considerations for the award include the quality of their equipment, supplies, or services; accessibility and helpfulness of their sales personnel; responsiveness; service record; truth in advertising; and support of the respiratory care profession.

    Known throughout the profession as the “people’s choice award,” the AARC Zenith Award is the highest honor we have to bestow on the manufacturers who provide us with the tools we need to care for our patients. Voting runs June 15 through Aug. 16, 2021.

  • RC Course Packages - Asthma

    Are you focused on caring for patients with asthma? This bundle of AARC original content focuses exclusively on aspects of caring for patients with asthma. This package contains 8 AARC online courses that collectively provide you with 8 CRCE and a 10% discount over the individual courses!

  • 2021 MedLearn Coding Guide Resources for You

    Designed to address unprecedented threats to your revenues, these how-to resources are essential tools for the respiratory therapy, pulmonary function testing, sleep studies/polysomnography and cardiopulmonary departments. BONUS! Get a free copy of the 2021 Respiratory Therapy Update Webcast when you order either one of the books by July 31, 2021. This webcast covers all the changes that went into effect on January 1, 2021.
  • Registration NOW OPEN for Summer Forum LIVE!

    The earlier you book, the more you save! Our Early Bird rate runs through May 3, so don’t delay! 

    Join us June 29, July 1, 7, & 9, as respiratory therapists come together to experience learning in a virtual environment. 

    Spread across four days, Summer Forum LIVE! includes 22 sessions that include lectures, symposiums for Leadership and Educators. Summer Forum LIVE! also offers added networking through session conversation, Feel Good Activity Breaks, a Virtual Expo Hall, and Zoom Wrap-Up Chats with Colleagues.

  • Apply for an ARCF Award!

    The ARCF has plenty of opportunities for you to add awards to your trophy case – and resume – this year. The ARCF also offers grants to help you make the most of the research you’re passionate about. Unless otherwise noted, the deadline to apply for these awards and grants is June 1, 2021.  
  • Now Accepting Abstracts for the 2021 OPEN FORUM

    The FORUM offers posters-only sessions, poster discussion sessions and an Editors’ Choice session featuring the top abstracts submitted that year. Everyone from seasoned investigators to first-time researchers can find a place to showcase their work. 

    Abstracts for this year’s FORUM in Phoenix, AZ. are due June 1, 2021. Begin preparing your abstract now. 

  • 2021 Asthma and the RT Course

    RTs play a significant role in the treatment of #asthma. Put the 2021 'Asthma and the RT,' course on your to-do list this January! 
  • New Nutritional Guide Available

    The newest edition of the Nutritional Guide is now available! The AARC has published the second edition of the nutritional guide for the assessment and treatment of the critically ill patient. ✅ 
  • 24 Organizations Achieve Excellence in Respiratory Care

    The AARC Apex Recognition Award is a premier recognition program for respiratory care departments in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, home medical equipment companies, educational programs, and dedicated transport teams. Congratulations to this year's recipients.
  • 1 Week Left to Send Proposals!

    The deadline for proposals is almost here! Send yours by Jan. 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

    Is there a topic you feel is vital for the profession? Let us know! Send your proposal for 2021 Summer Forum and Congress.

    • AARC Summer Forum: July 12-14, 2021 (Mon. – Wed.) in Bonita Springs, FL
    • AARC Congress: Nov. 6-9, 2021 (Sat. – Tues) in Phoenix, AZ

    These educational events are multi-disciplinary and cover educational content important to all specialties within the profession. In addition to Adult-Acute Care, Neo/Peds, Management, and Education, the Program Committees is seeking content specific to the following categories:

    • Home Care
    • Transport
    • Pulmonary Rehab
    • Diagnostics
    • Nicotine Dependence
    • COVID-19
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Patient Safety
    • Ethics
  • January 2021 RESPIRATORY CARE Journal

    Editor's Commentary 


    Respir Care, January 2021 66:i 


    Editor's Choice 


    Effects of Ventilatory Settings on Pendelluft Phenomenon During Mechanical Ventilation

    Yusuke Enokidani, Akinori Uchiyama, Takeshi Yoshida, Ryuichiro Abe, Tomonori Yamashita, Yukiko Koyama and Yuji Fujino

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:1-10 doi:10.4187/respcare.07880



    Original Research


    COPD Overdiagnosis and Its Effect on 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates

    Richard D Rice, Xiaozhen Han, Xiaofeng Wang and Mohammed J Al-Jaghbeer

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:11-17 doi:10.4187/respcare.07536


    Reducing Unnecessary Nitric Oxide Use: A Hospital-Wide, Respiratory Therapist-Driven Quality Improvement Project

    Colin M Rogerson, Alvaro J Tori, Acrista J Hole, Elizabeth Summitt, Jayme D Allen, Samer Abu-Sultaneh and Kevin M Valentine

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:18-24 doi:10.4187/respcare.08347


    Effect of Different Interfaces on FIO2 and CORebreathing During Noninvasive Ventilation

    Li-Li Li, Bing Dai, Jie Lu and Xin-Yu Li

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:25-32 doi:10.4187/respcare.07444


    Subject Preferences and Psychological Implications of Portable Oxygen Concentrator Versus Compressed Oxygen Cylinder in Chronic Lung Disease

    Pasquale Moretta, Antonio Molino, Michele Martucci, Salvatore Fuschillo, Alberto De Felice, Pietro Guida, Andrea Motta, Michele Vitacca and Mauro Maniscalco

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:33-40 doi:10.4187/respcare.07829


    Neurally-Adjusted Ventilatory Assist Can Facilitate Extubation in Neonates With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

    Ryan D Meinen, Yousef I Alali, Awni Al-Subu, Michael Wilhelm, Catherine L Wraight, Ryan M McAdams, Jamie J Limjoco and David J McCulley

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:41-49 doi:10.4187/respcare.07681


    Emotional Labor Is Associated With the Mental Health of Respiratory Therapists in Hospitals

    Yu-Hua Yan, Chih-Ming Kung and Shu-Chen Hsing

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:50-57 doi:10.4187/respcare.07675


    Preserved Ratio Impaired Spirometry in a Spirometry Database

    Andrei Schwartz, Nicholas Arnold, Becky Skinner, Jacob Simmering, Michael Eberlein, Alejandro P Comellas and Spyridon Fortis

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:58-65 doi:10.4187/respcare.07712


    A Cross-Sectional Survey of Practice Patterns and Selected Demographics of Respiratory Therapists in India

    Madhuragauri S Shevade, Rajiv C Yeravdekar and Sundeep S Salvi

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:66-72 doi:10.4187/respcare.07823


    The Effect of High Protein and Mobility-Based Rehabilitation on Clinical Outcomes in Survivors of Critical Illness

    Stephanie Wappel, Dena H Tran, Chris L Wells and Avelino C Verceles

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:73-78 doi:10.4187/respcare.07840


    Maximum Voluntary Ventilation and Its Relationship With Clinical Outcomes in Subjects With COPD

    Ana Carolina Andrello, Leila Donaria, Larissa A de Castro, Letícia F Belo, Lorena P Schneider, Felipe VC Machado, Marcos Ribeiro, Vanessa S Probst, Nidia A Hernandes and Fabio Pitta

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:79-86 doi:10.4187/respcare.07855


    Measured CPAP in a Noninvasive Pediatric Airway and Lung Model

    Neil D Fernandes, Esther Chung, Michael D Salt, Beverly Ejiofor, Ryan W Carroll and Robert M Kacmarek

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:87-94 doi:10.4187/respcare.07864


    Face Mask Leak Determines Aerosol Delivery in Noninvasive Ventilation

    Alexandra Haw, Michael McPeck, Ann D Cuccia and Gerald C Smaldone

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:95-103 doi:10.4187/respcare.07915


    Comparison of Two Assessment Tools for Hospitalized Subjects With Asthma

    Sangeeta K Schroeder, Waheeda Samady, Irini N Kolaitis, Craig M Smith, Hannah Palac, Laura Shreffler and Mary A Nevin

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:104-112 doi:10.4187/respcare.07761


    A Treatment to Eliminate SARS-CoV-2 Replication in Human Airway Epithelial Cells Is Safe for Inhalation as an Aerosol in Healthy Human Subjects

    Michael D Davis, Tatiana M Clemente, Olivia K Giddings, Kristie Ross, Rebekah S Cunningham, Laura Smith, Edward Simpson, Yunlong Liu, Kirsten Kloepfer, I Scott Ramsey, Yi Zhao, Christopher M Robinson, Stacey D Gilk and Benjamin Gaston

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:113-119 doi:10.4187/respcare.08425



    Systematic Reviews


    Neuromuscular Blocking Agents for ARDS: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Heather Torbic, Sudhir Krishnan, Mary Pat Harnegie and Abhijit Duggal

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:120-128 doi:10.4187/respcare.07849


    Spontaneous Breathing Trials in Preterm Infants: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Raphaela Farias Teixeira, Aline Carla Araújo Carvalho, Rosana Danielly de Araujo, Felipe Camilo Santiago Veloso, Samir Buainain Kassar and Andrea Monteiro Correia Medeiros

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:129-137 doi:10.4187/respcare.07928



    Special Article


    Intubation Checklist for COVID-19 Patients: A Practical Tool for Bedside Practitioners

    Alfred Papali, Anna O Ingram, Amy M Rosenberger, Frances R D'Arcy, Jaspal Singh, Lisa Ahlberg and Christopher D Russell

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:138-143 doi:10.4187/respcare.08063



    AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines


    AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Management of Pediatric Patients With Tracheostomy in the Acute Care Setting

    Teresa A Volsko, Sara W Parker, Kathleen Deakins, Brian K Walsh, Katherine L Fedor, Taher Valika, Emily Ginier and Shawna L Strickland

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:144-155 doi:10.4187/respcare.08137


    AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Management of Adult Patients with tracheostomy in the Acute Care Setting

    Constance C Mussa, Dina Gomaa, Daniel D Rowley, Ulrich Schmidt, Emily Ginier and Shawna L Strickland

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:156-169 doi:10.4187/respcare.08206





    Consequences to the Lungs When Gas Swings Between Lung Units During Patient Triggered Mechanical Ventilation

    Robert M Kacmarek, Lorenzo Berra and Jesús Villar

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:170-172 doi:10.4187/respcare.08764


    Accurately Diagnosing COPD: A Clinical Challenge With Important Consequences

    Neil R MacIntyre

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:173-174 doi:10.4187/respcare.08741


    Respiratory Therapy-Driven Protocols: An Important Component to Decrease Overutilization in Medicine

    Deanna R Todd Tzanetos and Aaron W Calhoun

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:175-176 doi:10.4187/respcare.08742


    AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines: Phase 4

    Dean R Hess

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:177-178 doi:10.4187/respcare.08624





    Impact of Early Passive Exercise With Cycle Ergometer on Ventilator Interaction

    Kelly C Bonorino and Katerine C Cani

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:179 doi:10.4187/respcare.08643


    The Authors Respond

    Bruno V Pinheiro, Júlia R Silva and Maycon M Reboredo

    Respir Care, January 2021 66:180-181 doi:10.4187/respcare.08672


    Copyright (c) 2020 by the American Association for Respiratory Care.

  • AARC Times December 2020



    Clinical Perspectives | Neonatal ETTs: How to Keep Them in & When to Take Them Out

    An Unplanned extubation (UE) is any unintentional dislodgement of an endotracheal tube (ETT) from the trachea. In the NICU setting, unplanned extubations result in serious harm to critically ill infants each year. In this discussion, the author will focus on optimizing management of mechanically ventilated neonates by addressing the balance between UE prevention and appropriate evaluation for extubation readiness. By Stephen Hepditch, BS, RRT, RRT-NPS, RCP



    Clinical Perspectives | Building Channels of Communication During Rounds

    Effective rounding requires interpersonal communication. A good place to start for the respiratory therapist may be with understanding the value of the RT role in rounds, identifying potential roadblocks, and having the tools to overcome communication barriers. It is imperative that the respiratory therapist attends multidisciplinary rounds by building channels of communication and consistently presenting pertinent information. By Madison Fratzke, BSRT, RRT, RRT-ACCS



    Chronic Disease Manager | COPD: A Disease by Assumption

    Assumptions can often be helpful when guiding clinical decisions that provide efficient, effective therapies for the people in our care. However, assumptions can also be dangerous, leading us to overlook some of the very basics of health. By Mike Hess, MPH, RRT, RPFT



    Improve Knowledge, Improve Patient Care

    Anthony L. DeWitt, JD, RRT, CRT, discusses the value and importance of improving your knowledge and skills.






    Kansas Educators Go Back to the Bedside

    When their rural community was inundated with COVID-19 patients, Janae Zachary and Arlette Austin knew they had to pitch in and help. By Debbie Bunch



    The Final Chapter Meets a New Beginning

    AARC Times gives way to The AARC Newsroom in January. By Debbie Bunch

  • December 2020 RESPIRATORY CARE Journal

    Editor's Commentary 


    Respir Care, December 2020 65:i 


    Editor's Choice 


    Transition From an ICU Ventilator to a Portable Home Ventilator in Children

    L Denise Willis, Gary Lowe, Phyllis Pearce, Beverly J Spray, Randy 
    Willis, Angela Scott, John L Carroll and Amit Agarwal

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1791-1799 doi:10.4187/respcare.07641


    Original Research


    Invasive Home Mechanical Ventilation: 10-Year Experience of a Pediatric Home Care Service

    Eliza Fernanda Borges, Laerte Honorat Borges-Júnior, Antônio José Lana Carvalho, Hyster Martins Ferreira, Wallisen Tadashi Hattori and Vivian Mara Gonçalves de Oliveira Azevedo

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1800-1804 doi:10.4187/respcare.07406


    Effects of Zero PEEP and < 1.0 FIOon SpO2 and PETCO2 and During Open Endotracheal Suctioning

    Jacqueline Rodrigues de Freitas Vianna, Valéria Amorim Pires Di Lorenzo, Miléa Mara Lourenço da S Simões, Jorge Luís Guerra and Maurício Jamami

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1805-1814 doi:10.4187/respcare.07435


    Home Overnight Gas Exchange for Long-Term Noninvasive Ventilation in Children

    Lucie Griffon, Samira Touil, Annick Frapin, Theo Teng, Alessandro Amaddeo, Sonia Khirani and Brigitte Fauroux

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1815-1822 doi:10.4187/respcare.07488


    Comparison of Prognostic Factors Between Direct and Indirect Pediatric ARDS

    Da Hyun Kim, Eun Ju Ha, Seong Jong Park and Won Kyoung Jhang

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1823-1830 doi:10.4187/respcare.07605


    Objective Measures of Vest Therapy Adherence Among Pediatric Subjects With Cystic Fibrosis

    Christine M Benoit, Eric Christensen, Amanda J Nickel, Sophie Shogren, Mahrya Johnson, Elizabeth Franck Thompson and John McNamara

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1831-1837 doi:10.4187/respcare.07421


    Avoidance of Routine Endotracheal Suction in Subjects Ventilated for ≤ 12 Hours Following Elective Cardiac Surgery

    Eileen Gilder, Shay P McGuinness, Alana Cavadino, Andrew Jull and Rachael L Parke

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1838-1846 doi:10.4187/respcare.07821


    Prediction of Mortality With the Use of Noninvasive Ventilation for Acute Respiratory Failure

    Francesca Innocenti, Laura Giordano, Simona Gualtieri, Arianna Gandini, Lucia Taurino, Monica Nesa, Chiara Gigli, Alessandro Becucci, Alessandro Coppa, Irene Tassinari, Maurizio Zanobetti, Francesca Caldi and Riccardo Pini

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1847-1856 doi:10.4187/respcare.07464


    Involvement of Respiratory Muscles During the Timed Inspiratory Effort Index Measurement With Surface Electromyography

    Helson Lino Leite de Souza Costa, Leonardo Cordeiro de Souza, Arthur Evangelista da Silva Neto, Bruno Leonardo da Silva Guimarães, Leandro Miranda de Azeredo, Marcos David Parada Godoy and Jocemir Ronaldo Lugon

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1857-1863 doi:10.4187/respcare.07465


    A Comprehensive Bench Assessment of Automatic Tube Compensation in ICU Ventilators for Better Clinical Management

    Louis-Marie Galerneau, Nicolas Terzi, Emanuele Turbil, Zakaria Riad, Carole Schwebel, Martin Cour, Laurent Argaud, Claude Guérin and Bruno Louis

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1864-1873 doi:10.4187/respcare.07608


    Comparison of the Oxygenation Factor and the Oxygenation Ratio in Subjects With ARDS

    Mohamad F El-Khatib, Imad J Bouakl, Chakib M Ayoub, Robert L Chatburn, Hatem Farhat, Mayyas Msheik, Mohamad H Fakih and Ali H Hallal

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1874-1882 doi:10.4187/respcare.07669


    Earlier Is Better: Evaluating the Timing of Tracheostomy After Liver Transplantation

    Samuel M Miller, Raymond A Jean, Alexander S Chiu, Kristin Oliveira and Peter S Yoo

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1883-1888 doi:10.4187/respcare.07519


    Education Experiences of Adult Subjects and Caregivers for Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation at Home

    Craig M Dale, Doug McKim, Reshma Amin, Sarah Carbone, Tom Fisher, Roger Goldstein, Sherri Katz, Andrea Gershon, David Leasa, Mika Nonoyama, Regina Pizutti, Anu Tandon and Louise Rose

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1889-1896 doi:10.4187/respcare.07534


    In COPD, Nocturnal Noninvasive Ventilation Reduces the FIO2 Delivered Compared With Long-Term Oxygen Therapy at the Same Flow

    Michael Cardinale, Pierre-Julien Cungi, Pierre Esnault, Olivier Castagna, Cédric Nguyen, Erwan Daranda, Julien Bordes, Jean-Michel Arnal, Eric Meaudre and Philippe Goutorbe

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1897-1903 doi:10.4187/respcare.07570


    Emergency Department Airway Management for Status Asthmaticus With Respiratory Failure

    Haley T Godwin, Megan L Fix, Olesya Baker, Troy Madsen, Ron M Walls and Calvin A Brown III

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1904-1907 doi:10.4187/respcare.07723


    Postoperative Pulmonary Complications in the Morbidly Obese: The Role of Tidal Volume and Type of Abdominal Surgery

    Carlos E Guerra-Londono, Xiaoxia Han and Donald H Penning

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1908-1915 doi:10.4187/respcare.07777



    Narrative Review


    Transition From Pediatric to Adult Care for Young Adults With Chronic Respiratory Disease

    L Denise Willis

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1916-1922 doi:10.4187/respcare.08260



    Special Article


    A Flexible Enclosure to Protect Respiratory Therapists During Aerosol-Generating Procedures

    Cameron R Smith, Nikolaus Gravenstein, Thomas E LeMaster, Ceri M Borde and Brenda G Fahy

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1923-1932 doi:10.4187/respcare.08568





    To Change Is to Improve

    Christopher JL Newth and Narayan P Iyer

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1933-1935 doi:10.4187/respcare.08576


    The Current State of Home Mechanical Ventilation in Children

    L Denise Willis

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1936-1938 doi:10.4187/respcare.08412


    Can Hyperinflation Before and After Open Endotracheal Suctioning Improve Clinical Outcomes?

    Ruben D Restrepo

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1939-1940 doi:10.4187/respcare.08483





    Monitoring Respiratory Mechanics During Multiplex Ventilation?

    Ehab G Daoud

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1941 doi:10.4187/respcare.08373


    The Authors Respond

    Robert L Chatburn, Richard D Branson and Umur Hatipoğlu

    Respir Care, December 2020 65:1941 doi:10.4187/respcare.08582


  • AARC Times November 2020


    Clinical Perspectives | Is Your Post Accident Incident Plan Ready for Primetime?

    One can only hope your Post Accident Incident Plan may never need to be activated, but one never knows when it may be needed. It is best to know how your Post Accident Incident Plan is structured and tested to be the most helpful to staff, their families as well as the transport program. By Steven E. Sittig RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC

    Chronic Disease Manager | Cost Burden of COPD & Comorbidities

    The health care field focuses on ways to decrease readmission rates, but it can overlook the impact of comorbidities for each patient and does not address these for each patient. The complexity of COPD makes it difficult to manage patients consistently and to account for all the possible cost variables. Researchers should continue to look for links between certain comorbidities and COPD. By Lanny Inabnit, MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, RCP, FAARC

    Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.

    AARC President Karen Schell, DHSc, MHSc, BSRC, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS, RPFT, RPSGT, AE-C, CTTS, discusses her pride in the members of the profession, reflecting on the grace she has seen in respiratory therapists everywhere.

    Understanding Hospital Boards

    Anthony L. DeWitt, JD, RRT, CRT, explains the valuable role board members play in ensuring the hospital (or really, any business) stays on the straight and narrow.


    2020 Jimmy A. Young Medal | A Robust Career Set on Talent and Drive

    When the phone call came informing Terry Volsko that she was to be the 2020 Jimmy A. Young Medalist, she was at a regional NICU with a nursing colleague from Akron Children’s. They were waiting to join the Ohio Department of Health onsite survey team for a tour of the new unit and a one-on-one interview. The upcoming tour had taken a momentary backseat as she tried to contain her delight at the thought of joining the ranks of the elite group of professionals who call themselves Jimmy A. Young Medalists. By Debbie Bunch

    Precious Cargo | Lake Charles RTs keep infants safe during Hurricane Laura

    A lot has been written in recent months about the health care heroes who have made a difference in the COVID-19 pandemic. Respiratory therapists are certainly among them. The parents of 19 newborns in Lake Charles, LA, would say hurricanes bring out the health care heroes too. And again, RTs are front and center. By Debbie Bunch