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Recorded Webinar: Pre-Hospital Rescue CPAP

This is a discussion around the application of CPAP in the pre-hospital environment where the perils of intubation and mechanical ventilation may be avoided in large numbers. This results in decreased LOS, decreased morbidity/mortality and very importantly in this day and age, a decrease in costs. With the tidal wave of baby boomers looming large, many of whom have this cardiac condition, we have an enormous opportunity to impact patient care as well as the financial stability of our facilities.

After watching, attendees will:

  • Have an understanding of the impact of CHF on our patients’ lives and our hospital operations;
  • Have an understanding of traditional approaches to this patient population;
  • Have an understanding of the importance of changing traditional approaches in treating this patient population;
  • Have an understanding of the role of hospitals/systems in funding and supporting the pre-hospital approach to treatment of these patients.

Who would benefit from watching?

RT’s, Nurses, advanced practitioners/PA’s and physicians would benefit from listening to the webinar.


Join Michael Hewitt, RRT,ACCS, NPS, RCP, FAARC, FCCM, Clinical Manager, Respiratory Care Manager at Rhode Island Hospital, as he discusses how to redefine how we care for patients during this hour-long webinar.

Speaker Bio

Michael Hewitt has 30 years’ experience in all aspects of Respiratory Care and critical care medicine. He was named a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (FAARC) in 2006. In addition, he was named the Texas Society for Respiratory Care Practitioner of the Year in 2003, 2004 & 2006. In 2008, Michael was inducted as a fellow (FCCM) in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Michael was also named the 2011 Advance Magazine for Respiratory Care Practitioners National Respiratory Manager of the Year. He has served as the Chair of the Adult Acute Care Section of the AARC. Currently, he serves as the Clinical Manager, Respiratory Care Services at Rhode Island Hospital & Hasbro Children’s Hospital and as the Chair for the Respiratory Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Michael is known as a strong respiratory department leader and motivator and is also a widely recognized lecturer on a variety of topics, including Respiratory Critical Care, clinical and management practices as well as the motivation of our present day and future Respiratory Care Practitioners.

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