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A Breath Ahead - Free Respiratory CEUs

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Welcome to A Breath AheadPlay video

An Introduction from Winnie Sywulak

“At Dräger, we continue to support our customers with clinical solutions that add value. Our complimentary education series from leading key opinion leaders supports this sustained effort.”

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10+ Years of A Breath Ahead

A Breath Ahead is an interactive community for leaders and practitioners in respiratory care. Find the newest webinars on featured topics and earn free continuing respiratory care education (CRCE) credits. Download our infographic to see how A Breath Ahead has supported the respiratory care community for the last 10+ years.


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Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) Courses

Earn complimentary CRCE credits by successfully completing our online webinars and presentations for respiratory professionals. You can take tests by selecting "Take your test" after watching one of our webinars. After successfully completing a test and course evaluation, you'll receive an email with your CRCE certificate.

Choose from our list of accredited webinars and presentations and start earning CRCE credits now!

*Each program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063

Adult Courses

Implementing New Strategies in Respiratory CarePlay video

Featured Course - Implementing New Strategies in Respiratory Care

Despite all the pressures in the respiratory world with staffing shortages, workload and continuous implementation of new equipment - how can Respiratory Therapists find time for performance improvement and proper implementation of new strategies and modalities? Join Mr. John Emberger as he presents performance improvement concepts and change management strategies for real world respiratory care scenarios.

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Critical Thinking in the ICU

Critical Thinking in the ICUPlay video

Dr. Aaron Light will discuss unique situations encountered in the ICU that require the clinician to critically think. In addition, he will present patient cases with pertinent and distracting information for you to determine what is the best course of action for the patient. After which a review of each will offer a better understanding and discuss the associated pathology, physiology and assessment components.

Lung Protection Using APRV/TCAV

Lung Protective Ventilation Using APRV/TCAVPlay video

APRV following a TCAV protocol is infrequently used by most clinicians and understood by even fewer. But when applied appropriately, APRV-TCAV has tremendous potential to restore lung architecture, recruit physiologic lung volumes, and promote safety, comfort, and ultimately liberation from the ventilator. In this presentation, Dr. Ben Daxon will review the literature that details how this is done and answer some of the most common questions when using the mode.

Ventilator-Induced Diaphragm Dysfunction

Ventilator-Induced Diaphragm DysfunctionPlay video

The diaphragm is the primary muscle of respiration and its function is critical to recovery from respiratory failure. Diaphragm function is impaired in many mechanically ventilated patients, in part because of injury to the muscle related to mechanical ventilation. Dr. Ewan Goligher will review the mechanisms and impact of ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction and identifies potential therapeutic strategies.

Dr. Goligher is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Toronto, and clinician-scientist at University Health Network. His program of research is aimed at developing and testing lung- and diaphragm-protective strategies for patients with acute respiratory failure.

Weaning Strategies in the ICU for Ventilated Patients

weaning strategies in the icu for ventilataPlay video

When mechanical ventilation is initiated, the near-, and long-term goal is ventilator liberation. How and when that goal is achieved is of the utmost importance. Spontaneous breathing trials are one aspect of ventilator liberation; support of the patient's respiratory status post-mechanical ventilation must also be guided by current evidence. This lecture will review evidenced based practice that lead to successful ventilator liberation.

Value-Based Respiratory Care

Value Based Respiratory CarePlay video

The days of obtaining reimbursement for every procedure, test, and intervention are only distant memories. Counting procedures and billable service units are examples of ‘counting what we can count’ and must be replaced with ‘doing what counts’. Garry W. Kauffman will address the changing health care system, with attention to the current and forecasted demands on health care professionals and professional opportunities within the evolving health care system.

TU-BE or not TU-BE, That Really is the Question!

TU BE or not TU BE, That Really is the Question!Play video

The current healthcare environment has emphasized the critical role the Respiratory Therapist plays in the treatment paradigm, including the use of non-invasive modes of ventilation like Heated High Flow Nasal Cannula (HHFNC) and BiPAP. From a transport perspective, this has also added a challenging level of caring for these sick patients and trying to avoid mechanical ventilation and avoiding other pitfalls that can be presented. This lecture will discuss and identify these patients at risk and examine some case studies as they relate to these decisions.

Proportional Pressure Support – PPS

Proportional Pressure Support – PPSPlay video

In conventional ventilation we tend to look at the delivered volume and see how much pressure that is required to meet the desired volume. Proportional ventilation has been around for 30 years and Maria Madden will share how to best use this mode of ventilation and how to set to meet your patient’s lung resistance and elastance. Ms. Madden will review the current literature on the use of proportional ventilation and the benefits it provides the patient. Finally, you will be able to learn how to sculpt that sinusoidal waveform through clear examples of patients being ventilated by PPS.

Management of the COVID-19 Patient with Acute Hypoxemia

Management of the COVID-19 Patient with Acute HypoxemiaPlay video

Mr. Emberger will discuss patients who present with acute hypoxemia due to COVID-19. Guidelines and literature for this population along with a few cases will be discussed to underscore the management techniques for COVID-19 patients with acute hypoxemia.

Navigating Non-Invasive Respiratory Support and COVID-19

Navigating Non-Invasive Respiratory Support and COVID-19Play video

Speaker: Tracey Roberts BS, RRT, RRT-NPS, Clinical Respiratory Care Educator, University of North Carolina Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC 

Ms. Roberts will present on noninvasive respiratory support when treating COVID-19 Patient in the constantly changing environment. Reviewing lessons learned from previous outbreaks as well as what is known as of today September 2020. 

Transitioning Your NIV Patient from Acute Care

Transition Your NIV patient in Acute CarePlay video

Transitioning non-invasive ventilation patient from the acute care environment can be challenging. Laura Marchiano shares her experiences from initiation of NIV in the acute care setting to successful transition into the long term care or even the home environments. Ms. Marchiano will focus on topics such as chronic hypoventilation, CO2 monitoring, ventilator titration, patient interfaces, and ultimately continued monitoring once the patient has left the acute care setting.

APRV using the TCAV Method: Science, Research, and Application - AARC 2020 Symposia (Part 1 of 2)


Airway Pressure Release Ventilation (APRV) has been available in a mechanical ventilator since 1987, there are many clinicians that have never used the mode in clinical practice. In this video, learn about the science and research behind APRV using the TCAV method from Mr. Gary Nieman and Dr. Nader Habashi.

*The button below will take you directly to the AARC University website where you can take the course.

APRV using the TCAV Method: Science, Research, and Application - AARC 2020 Symposia (Part 2 of 2)


Airway Pressure Release Ventilation (APRV) has been available in a mechanical ventilator since 1987, there are many clinicians that have never used the mode in clinical practice. In this video, Ms. Penny Andrews and Ms. Maria Madden will provide clinical application and cases studies using APRV with the Time Controlled Adaptive Ventilation (TCAV) method.

*The button below will take you directly to the AARC University website where you can take the course.

Early Mobilization and the ICU Patient

Early Mobilization and the ICU PatientPlay video

The idea of moving patients early after surgery is not a new concept and Mr. Piraino will discuss the early mobility in the intensive care unit including the safety, feasibility, and the areas for further study.

Mechanical Breath Magic: Gas Exchange Without Tissue Damage in the ARDS Lung. Does It Work for Covid-19 Induced ARDS?

Breath Magic: O2 & Ventilation of the ARDS LungPlay video

Speaker: Gary Nieman, Professor and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Surgery, Director, Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Laboratory, Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY

Mr. Nieman is the director of the Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Laboratory which is a large animal translation laboratory investigating that pathophysiology and treatment of septic and traumatic shock. Specifically, Gary’s group studies the pathogenesis and treatment of ARDS and VILI. Mr. Nieman will provide an overview of the pathophysiology of the lung with ARDS. Identify and review literature regarding the current standard of care and hypothesize alternatives to improve patient outcomes. Ultimately could these approaches help treat the COVID 19 induced ARDS and what is said in literature today.

Mechanical Ventilation: Historical Perspective

Mechanical Ventilation: A Historical PerspectivePlay video

Dr. Arthur Slutsky is a critical care physician whose research, teaching and patient care has touched broad sectors of the health care community. His research interests span the fields of acute respiratory failure, non-conventional ventilation, classic respiratory mechanics, asthma pathophysiology, lung transplantation, myocardial preservation during cardiac surgery, and recently, the primary role mechanical ventilation plays in the development of subsequent lung injury and multiple organ failure. In this presentation, Dr. Slutsky will present the early beginnings of respiratory care and how mechanical ventilation has grown from the "early days" of the iron lung and polio epidemic, the "birth of the ICU" and how technology has grown from the 1800s to today.

Lung Recruitment: Techniques

Lung Recruitment: Techniques and MonitoringPlay video

In this presentation, Mr Emberger will provide an overview of current options and methods to safely and effectively recruit the collapsed lung.

Neonatal Courses

Concepts in Neonatal VentilationPlay video

Featured Course - Concepts in Neonatal Ventilation

This lecture will describe the indications for neonatal ventilation and emphasize the practical and useful modes of the ventilation. In particular, the talk will highlight the advantages of volume guarantee mode over traditional SIMV and present a working algorithm for when AC/VG and SIMV/VG with or without PS should be used. Dr. Mitchel Goldstein will present the importance of ventilator graphics and the usefulness of available pulmonary function parameters in making these selections.

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Using Neonatal Airway Graphics to Optimize Care in Neonatal Patients

Using Neonatal Airway Graphics to Optimize Care in Neonatal PatientsPlay video

Airway graphical waveform analysis is one form of monitoring that can provide real-time assessment on underlying pathophysiologic changes in mechanical ventilated patients. Improvements in flow sensor design and ventilator technology now allow clinicians to accurately monitor graphics at the airway in neonatal patients. This interactive discussion will focus on airway graphics monitoring in the neonatal intensive care unit setting using novel modes of ventilation and different disease types.

Overview of Updates for Neonatal Resuscitation, NRP 8th Edition

Overview of Updates for Neonatal Resuscitation, NRP 8th EditionPlay video

Maria Rog is a registered nurse and Neonatal Senior Clinical Application Specialist. This presentation will not provide a certification but an overview and review of those updates that have been made to the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, NRP.

Evolution of Respiratory Care in the NICU to Reduce the Use of Invasive Ventilation

Evolution of Respiratory Care in the NICU to Reduce the Use of Invasive VentilationPlay video

John Emberger will discuss the history of newborn respiratory care. He will help us better understand those key drivers that push forward the care of this patient population. Over the years, alternative therapies and management strategies for the newborn patient have improved patient outcomes through the reduction in the need of invasive mechanical ventilation to our smallest patients. Mr. Emberger will share important insights and best practices in neonatal respiratory support.

Mandatory Minute Ventilation in Neonates

Mandatory Minute Ventilation in NeonatesPlay video

Respiratory insufficiency remains one of the major causes of neonatal mortality. Providing adequate respiratory support for spontaneous breathing and promoting the weaning process while preventing events of inadequate oxygenation and CO2-removal due to irregular breathing efforts are the goals. Professor Jane Pillow will help you become familiar with the theory, the clinical application and operating principle of MMV.

Caring for the BPD Patient; Current Updates and Outcomes

Caring for the BPD Patient; Current Updates and OutcomesPlay video

Ms. Napolitano will present what’s new when caring for severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) patients based on the most recent literature to include optimization of mechanical ventilation as well as therapeutic aerosolized treatments for this patient population.

Volume-Targeted Ventilation in Neonatal Care

Volume-Targeted Ventilation in Neonatal CarePlay video

In this webinar, Dr. Martin Keszler, Director of Respiratory Care at the Women and Infants’ Hospital in Providence, RI, discusses how to treat neonatal pediatric patients. Among the topics Dr. Keszler discusses:

  • How to select appropriate inspiratory times, pressures and tidal volumes
  • Clinical applications of Volume Guarantee

About Martin Keszler

Name: Dr. Martin Keszler
Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Place of employment: Women and Infants’ Hospital, Providence, RI

Neonatal Pulmonary Disorders

Challenges in Neonatal ResuscitationPlay video

Natalie Napolitano, MPH, RRT-NPS, FAARC is a Research Clinical Specialist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In this presentation she will discuss challenges in neonatal resuscitation including what the literature tells us, and challenges implementing the recommendations.

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