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AARC Launches VAP, Alpha-1 Continuing Education Courses 

Contact: Sherry Milligan

Dallas, TX (February 6, 2012)The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has launched two new online continuing education opportunities for respiratory therapists (RTs).

“Empowering the Respiratory Therapist to be the VAP Expert” is aimed at preparing RTs to play a leading role in the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Presented by Patrick J. Dunne, MEd, RRT, FAARC, and Roger D. Seheult, MD, the course includes an overview of VAP prevention, explains why RTs should “own” VAP prevention in their facilities, and provides a tutorial on developing and maintaining a viable VAP prevention program.

“Emerging Roles for the Respiratory Therapist in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency” is being presented by internationally recognized Alpha-1 experts Charlie Strange, MD, James K. Stoller, MD, MS, FAARC, and Robert Sandhaus, MD, PhD, and covers all the bases when it comes to understanding and treating this genetic form of COPD -- from pathobiology, clinical manifestations, and epidemiology and detection to optimal management, augmentation therapy, and emerging therapies.

Participants who successfully pass a post test will earn 2.5 Continuing Respiratory Care Education credits for the VAP course and 3 credits for the Alpha-1 course. In addition to being available on desktop and laptop computers, both courses are also compatible with the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.

The VAP course is being sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Kimberly-Clark. The Alpha-1 course is being sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from the Alpha-1 Foundation.

Both courses are available to AARC members at a special introductory price of $15 each through March. The nonmember rate is $50 per course.

About the AARC

The American Association for Respiratory Care, headquartered in Dallas, is a professional association of respiratory therapists that focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. The organization’s goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals as well as supporting respiratory health care providers. The association continues to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals. Further information about the AARC and how to become a respiratory therapist are available at www.AARC.org.