SESSIONS: Venovenous Extracorporeal Support for Respiratory Failure: Approach to the Patient and Circuit on Wednesday (previously also held on Monday and Tuesday)
Please summarize your session in a tweet: Any provider who cares for the sickest patients will benefit greatly from learning about advanced extracorporeal therapies for heart and lung failure. Three days of lectures and workshops about the management of ECMO patients.
How did you develop a passion for pulmonology/sleep medicine/critical care? I was a medical student doing an orthopedic sub internship, and I recall seeing a patient on the wards who was clearly in shock. We told the chief resident and attending that the patient needed help, and the response was: “His knee looks great. Call pulmonary critical care, and they will deal with it.” I met the critical care team who came and took over the patient’s care after intubating him.
What’s your best method for preparing for your presentation? We will have some online materials, review articles, and algorithms that can be reviewed prior to the courses.
Who has had the biggest impact on your professional life and why? The collective group of attending pulmonary critical care physicians who trained me during my fellowship at Walter Reed.
What do you hope to see while you’re visiting San Antonio? Looking forward to running along the River Walk and seeing the Alamo.
Your most indispensible tool in San Antonio: The team of expert educators and thought leaders that I will be working with.
Most memorable career moment: Placing the first patient on ECMO in Afghanistan and flying him back to Germany.
Number of steps you think you’ll take at CHEST 2018: I will start with a first step…