Date Published: 
September 23, 2015

Each year the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) selects researchers and clinicians from around the world to showcase their findings at the international convention. Recent UNC Charlotte graduates, Sheila Ball, Holly Harron, Jamie Lemmon, and Andrew Miller, were selected to present their final projects from the Respiratory Therapy Capstone course during this year's open forum.
 
Shelia Ball’s research entitled "The use of NIV-NAVA as a Treatment Strategy for Apnea of Prematurity" was performed at the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. The prospective case control study focused on the use of a new mode of noninvasive ventilation in premature neonates. In the group treated, there was a significant reduction in the need for endotracheal intubation at the hospital.
 
Holly Harron’s research focused on workforce management. Her project was entitled “Respiratory Care: Staffing for the Future”. From her research, Harron was able to develop a flex staffing schedule that saved Levine Children’s Hospital over $14,000 in the first two quarters of this year. In addition, Harron collaborated with graduate Jamie Lemmon to develop an abstract on the use of Telemedicine for Asthma Education, which was also accepted by the AARC.
 
Andrew Miller’s accepted capstone research was entitled "Endotracheal Intubation Training and Skill Maintenance for Respiratory Therapists”. Miller, a well-recognized research therapist, reviewed the policies, education, and experience of respiratory therapists' practice of placing breathing tubes at Duke University. He also conducted a national survey of this practice and his results will be presented during this year's open forum.
 
The AARC Congress is the largest respiratory convention in the world, where leading respiratory therapists, physicians, managers, educators, and students meet to stay on top of the latest developments in the respiratory field. This year the AARC Congress will be held in Tampa, Florida on November 7 – 10, 2015.

Summary: 
Recent UNC Charlotte graduates were selected to present their final projects from the Respiratory Therapy Capstone course during this year's open forum.