One hundred years ago, the outbreak of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic began. This mini-gallery provides a brief overview of the pandemic and features an interview with Alvan Barach, MD who treated patients with influenza and pneumonia during the 1918-1919 pandemic.
An overview of key events in the profession and key agencies (AARC, NBRC, CoARC, and ARCF) since the first on-the-job training program began over seven decades ago.
The designation as a Legend of Respiratory Care is an honor bestowed upon an individual who significantly impacted and changed the respiratory care profession.
A collector of vintage respiratory equipment and several of his prized acquisitions are featured in this mini-gallery.
Equipment for pulmonary function testing and pulmonary screening from the 1920s-1980s is featured.
An overview of oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways, endotracheal tubes, tracheostomy tubes, and related devices.
Resuscitators, from the 1907 Dräger Pulmotor to early bag-valve-mask devices, are shown.
This mini-gallery features some of the adult ventilators from the 1980s and 1990s. Help us complete this gallery by sharing your images of adult ICU vents from these decades.
Infant and pediatric ventilators from the 1960s -1980s are featured.
An overview of CPR and auxiliary equipment used in resuscitation is featured.
Cannulas, catheters, and a variety of masks are featured, along with oxygen therapy pioneers.
Oxygen analyzers, blood gas analyzers, pulse oximeters, and transcutaneous monitors are featured.
Bulk oxygen systems, compressed gas cylinders, regulators and flowmeters, and oxygen concentrators are featured.
Early aerosol generators including atomizers, bulb nebulizers, small volume and large volume nebulizers are featured.
Medications delivered by inhalation in the first four decades of the profession (1940s-1989) are featured.
An overview of the early generations of ICU ventilators from the 1950s - 1979.
An overview of IPPB, one of the primary inhalation therapy modalities from the 1940s until the mid-1970s.
The cuirass, rocking bed, and negative pressure respirator (iron lung) are among the featured devices.
The Past Presidents and annual award recipients of the professional association for respiratory care are featured.
The leaders and annual award recipients of the agency that accredits respiratory care degree programs are featured.