Diamond Course Information

Objectives for Diamond Conference 2014

  • Identify the indications, potential risks, and benefits of using nitric oxide in pediatric patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.
  • Discuss the role of PAP in treating children with obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Describe current use of aerosol delivery devices in spontaneously breathing tracheostomized pediatric patients.
  • Discuss and evaluate expected safety behaviors to improve patient safety.
  • Examine reasons for loss of asthma control and new therapies in development ┬áto manage severe and uncontrolled asthma.
  • Identify indications and diagnostic role of exercise testing in a patient with known or suspected cardiopulmonary disease


Objectives for lunch session:

  • Describe the use of equipment and procedures in the home versus hospital practice.
  • Discuss Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act AARC and its potential impact on respiratory care practitioners.
  • Identify causes of dysphagia, diagnostic modalities and management of dysphagia to prevent airway complications.
  • Discuss research topics presented by ACH staff.