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An Introduction from Edwin Coombs

An Introduction from Ed Coombs

“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.”

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

Transition Your NIV patient in Acute Care

Featured Course - Transitioning Your NIV Patient from Acute Care

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.

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Alveolar Stress & Microstrain

Alveolar Microstrain & Stress

In this presentation, Dr. Michaela Kollisch-Singule will present how our understanding of alveolar physiology has led to current thinking of ARDS, its treatment, and how to proactively prevent ventilator-induced lung injury.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Early Mobilization and the ICU Patient

Early Mobilization and the ICU Patient

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.

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Evidence Based Respiratory Care

Evidence Based Respiratory Care

Ms. Napolitano will provide a basic understanding of Evidence-based practice and how to incorporate that evidence into daily clinical practice. She will also present different research models and the importance to remain focused by utilizing a strong PICO question. Additionally, identify types of evidence, why to use one over another and how to implement practice change based on research. Finally, Ms. Napolitano will offer a few examples along with a blueprint for success from research to evidence-based practice. 

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Myths and Misconceptions of APRV

Myths & Misconceptions of APRV

Penny Andrews, RN, BSN discusses truth vs. myth in APRV.

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Pre-emptive Use of APRV to Prevent ARDS

Pre-emptive Use of APRV to Prevent ARDS

Penny Andrews, RN, BSN, is a researcher at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, SUNY Upstate Medical Center; Donor Management Clinical Specialist at One Legacy Foundation of Los Angeles; and Clinical Specialist at ICON. In this presentation, she discusses early application of APRV to prevent acute lung injury and ARDS.

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Alveolar Physiology & Using the Ventilator as a Drug

Alveolar Physiology & Using the Ventilator as a Drug

Gary Nieman is an Professor and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Surgery at the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. Gary is also the director of the Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Laboratory, which is a large animal translational laboratory investigating the pathophysiology and treatment of septic and traumatic shock. Specifically, Gary’s group studies the pathogenesis and treatment of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and ventilator induced lung injury (VILI). In this presentation, Mr. Nieman will present how our understanding of alveolar physiology has led to current thinking of ARDS, its treatment, and how to proactively prevent ventilator-induced lung injury.

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Mechanical Ventilation: Historical Perspective

Mechanical Ventilation: A Historical Perspective

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.

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Lung Recruitment: Techniques

Lung Recruitment: Techniques and Monitoring

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

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Neonatal Courses

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

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

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.


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APRV in Pediatrics and Neonatology

APRV in Pediatrics and Neonatology

Dr. Kollisch will present on the use of Airway Pressure Release Ventilation (APRV) in pediatrics and neonatology. Her focus will help the audience understand the appropriate settings for these patients as well as discuss the biomechanical properties of APRV in mechanical ventilation. In addition, Dr. Kollisch will review the current evidence supporting the use of APRV in both pediatric and neonatal patients.

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Mandatory Minute Ventilation in Neonates

Mandatory Minute Ventilation in Neonates

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.

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Caring for the BPD Patient; Current Updates and Outcomes

Caring for the BPD Patient; Current Updates and Outcomes

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.

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Volume-Targeted Ventilation in Neonatal Care

Volume-Targeted Ventilation in Neonatal Care

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

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Volume Targeted Ventilation: Feeling Pressure to Make The Change

Volume Targeted Ventilation

Mr. DiBlasi will discuss the different aspects of ventilator induced lung injury and provide a review of the clinical benefits of neonatal lung protective ventilation strategies using conventional ventilation. He will introduce volume-targeted modes and data to support its’ use in premature infants and identify limitations as well to better understand the new clinical guidelines for supporting infants on volume guarantee ventilation.

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Interpretation of Neonatal Ventilator Waveforms

Interpretation of Neonatal Ventilator Waveforms

Mr. Sharkey will provide an understanding of how to optimize mechanical ventilation which comes from analyzing waveforms. First and foremost know what a normal waveform looks like on the mechanical ventilator in order to identify and how to address abnormal waveforms. Finally, provide a review and analyze neonatal mechanical ventilation waveforms.

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HFNC: Effective and Safe?

HFNC: Effective and Safe?

Ms. Napolitano will look at the evidence as it is today in the literature and better understand what that evidence states regarding the neonatal and pediatric patient population when delivering HFNC. Review the definitions of possible physiological benefits and what future research is needed to sup[port evidence based practice.

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Safe Transport of the Neonate

Safe Transport of the Neonate

Edward Shepherd, MD is the Medical for Transport and RT Program and Neonatal Services at Nationwide Children's. In this presentation, Dr. Shepherd discusses the history, principles, skills, and unique challenges of neonatal transport.

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Best Practices in Thermoregulation

Best Practices in Thermoregulation

Beth Faulkner DNP, CCNS, RNC is a Maternal/Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Stanford Children's Health. In this presentation she discusses best practices in thermoregulation.

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Neonatal Resuscitation - Evidence for Recommendations

Neonatal Resuscitation

Adrian Combs discusses neonatal resuscitation and evidence for the recommendations.

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Safety in the NICU

Safety in the NICU

Mary Baum is the President & CEO of BA&T. In this presentation Mary discusses patient safety and outcomes, and how improving outcomes has a lot to do with people and processes.

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Neonatal Pulmonary Disorders

Challenges in Neonatal Resuscitation

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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Development of Care in the NICU

Development of Care in the NICU

Robert White, MD discusses the NICU environment of care, and why it matters for babies for families and for staff.


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Enhancing Parental Support in the NICU

Enhancing Parent Support

Alison Brooks RNC, MS, CNS is a clinical nurse specialist and educator on behalf of NICU babies and their parents at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. In this presentation she describes stressors NICU parents and babies experience, a unique program enhancing support for parents and babies, and the program impact from a parent perspective.

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Neonatal Resuscitation: Does Practice Make Perfect

Neonatal Resuscitation Does Practice Make Perfect

In this presentation, John T. Gallagher, MPH, RRT-NPS from Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, poses the questions does practice make perfect in neonatal resuscitation?

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It Takes A Village to Raise a Sick Neonate

It Takes A Village to Raise a Sick Neonate

Ms. Ives-Baine provides an overview of what the clinicain's role is supporting families of critically ill infants. Discuss the challenges of communicating with families as well as identifying barriers and cultural to be considered of raising a NICU family.  

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Gestational Development of the Lungs

Gestational Development of the Lungs

Dr. Daphne DeMello is the Chief of Pathology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and board certified in both pediatric pathology and anatomic pathology, She is also a clinical professor of pathology at the University of Arizona. Her special interest is in lung development and pediatric pulmonary disease. Dr. DeMello will discuss the various stages of fetal lung development.


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Golden First Hour of Newborn Resuscitation

The Golden First Hour/Neonatal Resuscitation

Having been a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 20 years, Professor Johnson is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of the Respiratory Care Program at Stony Brook University. Her responsibilities include teaching, advisement of students, and mentoring faculty. Her professional areas of interest are asthma education and working with youth and their opportunities for college preparation. Ms. Johnson will discuss the resuscitation protocols of the newborn.


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Cardiac Disorders of the Newborn

Cardiac Disorders of the Newborn

Dr. Lance Parton serves as a professor of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and anesthesiology at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Parton has a special interest in surfactant therapy, nitric oxide, high frequency oscillation, and mechanical ventilation of the neonate. With experiences at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Georgetown University, and Stony Brook University, he is a friend and advocate of Respiratory Therapy. Dr. Parton will review congenital cardiac defects and their treatment.


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Challenges in Neonatal Ventilation

Neonatal Pulmonary Disorders

Dr. Donald Nullserves as the medical director for the neonatal intensive care unit at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. Dr. Null is board certified in neonatal and pediatrics. Prior to becoming the chief at Primary Children’s, his experience includes a residency and fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center and Columbus Children’s Hospital. He is a well-respected leader among his peers. Dr. Null will be discussing neonatal pulmonary disorders and treatment.


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COVID-19 Courses

Management of the COVID-19 Patient with Acute Hypoxemia

Featured Course - Management of the COVID-19 Patient with Acute Hypoxemia

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.

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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 Lung

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.

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Navigating Non-Invasive Respiratory Support and COVID-19

Navigating Non-Invasive Respiratory Support and COVID-19

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. 

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Three Clinical Experiences Treating Patients with COVID-19 Respiratory Failure

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