Respiratory care is a dynamic profession and that means we all have to be ready for the next big development, the next unavoidable change, and the next new opportunity to come our way.
There is no better meeting all year to get up to speed on everything respiratory than the AARC International Respiratory Convention & Exhibition.
At AARC Congress 2016 in San Antonio, October 15-18 – you’ll learn the latest from the biggest names in the business, and you’ll come home with a wealth of ideas you can put right to work helping your own organizations deliver better and more cost effective care to respiratory patients.
But while the four day meeting will certainly be the main event this October, it isn’t the only thing that’ll be going on in San Antonio. Every AARC Congress comes with a host of extra added attractions and we have some great things lined up for 2016.
Pre-Courses Add Value
Come in a day early and take advantage of three great AARC Pre-Courses. These courses are free with your Congress registration and you’ll have the chance to dig into some topics that could make a real difference to your organizations back home. Here’s what’s on tap:
Arterial Fundamentals: Ultrasound Guided Arterial Catheter Insertion: This four hour simulation course will provide you with the knowledge you need to perform ultrasound scanning to identify anatomical structures, verify vessel health, and identity the appropriate insertion area. You’ll learn how to use ultrasound for arterial catheter insertion and the session even includes a review of the aseptic technique. The course is being sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Teleflex Medical and requires a $50 registration fee, which will be refunded at the end of the session. 4.0 hours of CRCE.
Preparing for a Pandemic: The Strategic National Stockpile: Mechanical Ventilation Workshop: If a natural or manmade disaster involving large numbers of respiratory patients strikes our country, respiratory therapists will be called upon to ventilate patients using the Strategic National Stockpile ventilators. This workshop will bring you up close and personal with these vents and their capabilities. You’ll also learn how they are being stored and maintained and how they will be allocated in the event of a pandemic. 3.25 hours of CRCE.
Lung Protection, VILI, & Alveolar Protection – the Good, the Bad, and the Better: Attend this session and you’ll walk away with the ability to explain the mechanisms by which the mechanical breath causes tissue damage at the alveolar level, describe how the parameters that comprised the mechanical breath can be adjusted to minimize VILI, and manipulate APRV ventilator settings to maximize alveolar protection from VILI. The course is being sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Draeger Medical Inc. and lunch is included. 4.0 hours of CRCE.
Night at the Grotto Fundraiser
When your pre course is done for the day, our annual ARCF Fundraiser on Friday evening will be the perfect place to unwind and network with friends and colleagues from all over the country. All proceeds from the event go to support the scholarship and research funded by the Foundation.
Purchase tickets today to enjoy a fun and relaxing evening on the banks of the Riverwalk in a fabulous venue known as the Lonesome Dove Room and Grotto. You and your fellow Congress-goers will love this one-of-a-kind venue that flows out onto a river patio with numerous trees, foliage, and a waterfall. Everyone who attends will receive a ticket to enter into our raffle drawing for a Grand Prize and additional raffle tickets will be on sale for other prizes to be awarded during the evening as well.
Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit
Patients are our number one priority at the AARC and our 2nd Annual Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit will make sure they have a voice at our meeting. The inaugural event in Tampa last year featured a robust exchange of information, with RTs joining with physicians, industry reps, and others to let patients know their opinions matter to the people responsible for their care.
A number of well-known patient advocacy groups and other organizations will be on hand in San Antonio as well to discuss key issues of concerns to the patient community, including providing seamless access to respiratory therapists. Lecture topics include “Asthma, From Caregiver to Advocacy,” “CF and Lung Transplantation: The Patient, The Caregivers and the Respiratory Therapists,” and “Clinical Outreach for the Respiratory Patient.” Register for the event and ask your patients to do the same.
Registration for AARC Congress 2016 is underway now, and earlybird savings are in effect until Aug. 26. So sign up today and get ready to experience the most comprehensive educational event of the year in the respiratory care profession!
Register today before the early registration discount expires!