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Course Description

The past several years have seen significant advances in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic pulmonary disorders. This comprehensive and interactive two-day seminar begins with an in-depth discussion of the normal and pathological physiology of the lungs. Attendees will be provided with a logical approach to the recognition and management of pulmonary diseases based on solid evidence-based practice guidelines. Attendees’ learning experience is enhanced throughout the course with presentations of challenging case studies. This teaching strategy provides opportunities for problem solving and applying newly learned concepts.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the physiology and physics of oxygenation, ventilation and perfusion.
  • Learn the ins and outs of integrated pulmonary assessment, including physical exam, imagery and labs.
  • Gain confidence in the multimodal management of complex respiratory patients, including airway management, pharmacology and mechanical ventilation.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Oxygenation, Ventilation and Perfusion
    Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve | Minute Ventilation | Oxygen Delivery vs. Oxygen Demand
  • Blood Gases, Capnography and Pulse Oximetry Data
    Interpretation of ABGs | Waveform Capnography | Pulse Oximetry and Hemodynamics
  • Physical Assessment and Imagery
    Inspect, Auscultate, Percuss | Radiographic Interpretation
  • Airway Pharmacologic Agents
    Airway Smooth Muscle | Edema | Infection and Inflammation
  • Basic and Advanced Airway Management
    Patient Positioning | Airway Adjuncts | Intubation Pharmacology | Intubation | Chest Tubes

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Non-Invasive and Invasive Mechanical Ventilation
    CPAP and BiPAP | Pressure vs. Volume Control | Triggers | Advanced Modes HFOV, APRV
  • Complications of Mechanical Ventilation
    BaroTrauma and VoluTrauma | Oxygen Toxicity | Dyssynchrony | Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
  • Weaning and Extubation
    Criteria and Methods | Pearls and Pitfalls
  • Ventilation and Oxygenation Issues
    Asthma | Pneumonia | Pulmonary Edema | Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Perfusion Issues: Putting It All Together
    Pulmonary Embolism | Cardiogenic Shock | Sepsis