Mechanical Ventilation

August 20
Phoenix, Arizona

CME credits and MOC points: 4.25

Learn how the use of graphic displays of airways mechanics helps optimize mechanical ventilation support for difficult-to-treat patients. Common problems, such as providing ventilation support for the patient with severe obstruction and COPD or the hypoxemic patient with ARDS, will be addressed. Evidence-based information will be highlighted during case management presentations and discussions.


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John Davies, MA, RRT, FCCP

John Davies, MA, RRT, FCCP
Clinical Research Coordinator
Adult Critical Care
Duke Medical Center
Durham, NC

Mr. Davies has worked at Duke for 25 years. He is one of the Co-Chairs of the Mechanical Ventilation Simulation Committee for CHEST. He has been faculty on a number of postgraduate mechanical ventilation courses presented by CHEST both at the headquarters and at the CHEST annual meetings. Recently, Mr. Davies received the Distinguished Educator Award from CHEST for his educational contributions.

Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FCCP

Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine (with tenure)
Former Clinical Chief of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Division
Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services
Duke University
Durham, NC

Dr. MacIntyre is a native of Southern California but received his medical degree and internal medicine training at Cornell University in New York City. After 3 years of service as a US Navy flight surgeon at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Lab in Pensacola, FL, he returned to California for a pulmonary disease fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He was then recruited to the faculty at Duke University where he has spent the remainder of his career. His research interests range from clinical pulmonary physiology to large scale randomized trials in COPD and acute respiratory failure. He was on the Steering Committee of two large NIH multicenter trials: The Long-Term Oxygen Trial (LOTT) and the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network (ARDSnet). To date, he has over 200 peer-reviewed articles and reviews, is the editor/co-editor of eight books, and is on the editorial board of five notable journals. He is the past president of the American Lung Association of North Carolina, NAMDRC, and the current Vice-Chair of the American Respiratory Care Foundation. Important honors include Alpha Omega Alpha, The Surgeon Generals Award for Aviation Medicine, the Forrest Bird Award for lifetime scientific achievement, and the Jimmy Young Medal from the American Association for Respiratory Care.Description

Gregory A. Schmidt, MD, FCCP

Gregory A. Schmidt, MD, FCCP
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Critical Care
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Dr. Schmidt has garnered teaching awards at both the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa. He has authored numerous original articles and textbook chapters; conducts clinical research in the ICU; and serves on several editorial Boards. With Drs. Jesse Hall and Larry Wood, he co-edits “Principles of Critical Care,” published by McGraw-Hill.

Dr. Schmidt has long been an active member of CHEST. He served on the Education Subcommittee from 2008 to 2013 and has also been a member of the Critical Care NetWorks Steering Committee and the CHEST Scientific Program Committee. He has taught in the CHEST ICU Ultrasound and Echocardiography simulation courses, as well as the Mechanical Ventilation courses. He is a past Director of the CHEST Critical Care Board Review Course. He is a member of the editorial board for the journal CHEST® and co-edits the Contemporary Reviews in Critical Care series. Finally, he received the Roger C. Bone Memorial Lecture Award presented at CHEST 2011.


  • TIME
  • 2:00 PM – 2:40 PM
    Principles of Mechanical Ventilation
    • Breath Design
    • Modes
    • Respiratory System Mechanics
    Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FCCP
  • 2:40 PM – 3:10 PM
    Demonstration – Ventilator Modes, Mechanics, and Synchrony
    Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FCCP
    John Davies, RRT, MA, FCCP
  • 3:10 PM – 3:40 PM
    Conventional Ventilator Management of ALI/ARDS: Lung Protection
    • From What Are We Protecting the Lungs?
    • Conventional Strategies
    Gregory A. Schmidt, MD, FCCP
  • 3:40 PM – 4:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Ventilator Management of Obstructive Airway Disease
    • The Role of Noninvasive Ventilation
    • Management of Air Trapping
    Gregory A. Schmidt, MD, FCCP
  • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Strategies of Management of Severe Hypoxemia When Conventional Methods Fail
    John Davies, RRT, MA, FCCP
  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    What in the World Is Going On?
    • Understanding and Troubleshooting the Ventilator Through Graphical Analysis
    John Davies, RRT, MA, FCCP
  • 5:30 PM – 5:50 PM
  • 5:50 PM – 6:10 PM
    The Process of Ventilator Discontinuation
    • Concept of Ventilatory Dependency
    • Evidence-Based Literature
    • Discuss the Roles of Noninvasive Ventilation and Automated Weaning
    Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FCCP
  • 6:10 PM – 6:40 PM
    Panel Discussion
    Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FCCP
    Gregory A. Schmidt, MD, FCCP
    John Davies, RRT, MA, FCCP
  • 6:40 PM – 6:55 PM
    Closing Comments

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