Years in Review Bridge Science and Patient Care

The ATS International Conference theme—”Where Today’s Science Meets Tomorrow’s Care”—sets the tone for the largest gathering of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep clinicians and researchers in the United States. These six words illustrate how planners have developed vital programming that translates science into patient care.

The “Clinical Year in Review,” “Nursing Year in Review,” and “Pediatric Year in Review” are three areas where the latest science and the best patient care intersect.

Clinical Year in Review
Expert presenters will examine the latest advances in disparate areas during four “Clinical Year in Review” sessions, which run from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. today through Wednesday in the Grand Ballroom (above the Grand Hall) Pennsylvania Convention Center. Please note that Tuesday’s “Clinical Year in Review” will begin at 8:15 a.m. Today will focus on radiology, lung cancer, interventional pulmonology, and asthma. Monday will concentrate on interstitial lung disease, respiratory infections, cystic fibrosis, and health disparities in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Tuesday’s topics will be critical care medicine, acute respiratory distress syndrome, mechanical ventilation, and ICU organization and systems. The series will wrap up Wednesday with talks on sleep medicine, tuberculosis/nontuberculous mycobacteria, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary hypertension.

Attendees will leave with new findings that are relevant to patient care, an understanding of how these findings augment guidelines so they may modify approaches to common and rare diseases, and an ability to identify and consider how quality improvement strategies can be applied in clinical environments in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Clinical Year in Review 1 (A1) is supported by educational grants from Pfizer, Inc., and Varian Medical Systems. 
Clinical Year in Review 2 (B1) is supported by educational grants from Gilead Sciences, Inc., and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. 
Clinical Year in Review 4 (D1) is supported by educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Forest Laboratories, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Nursing Year in Review
The “Nursing Year in Review,” which takes place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today in Room 107 A-B (100 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center, has been expanded from four to six speakers, who will give short, succinct presentations. Plus, three late-breaking abstracts have been added to the session.

This session will provide an overview of recent advances in the areas of critical care related to integrative therapies, pediatrics, and advanced practice nursing, with application of lessons learned in clinical practice related to palliative care, tuberculosis, and sleep. The presentations will cover nursing considerations related to sleep, lessons learned from tuberculosis, pediatric critical care, integrative therapies for symptom management with critically ill patients, advanced practice providers in the hospital setting, and palliative care challenges and opportunities.

Pediatric Year in Review
Pediatric pulmonologists, pediatric intensivists, neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, other providers of health care to children with lung disease, and clinical and translational researchers will participate in a scholarly discussion of the most important and influential papers in five clinical topic areas published within the past two years during the “Pediatric Year in Review.” Experts in their respective fields will discuss treatment of cystic fibrosis in the 21st century; provide updates on childhood interstitial lung disease, asthma in infants and young children, and respiratory disease in the critically ill child; and summarize the latest clinical understanding of pulmonary vascular disease. The program will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Terrace Ballroom II (400 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center.