Magazine for critical care nurses and other healthcare professionals, published by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
Magazine of news and information for respiratory practitioners, published by the AARC
Monthly magazine that serves respiratory department directors and managers, supervisors, pulmonologists and others.
A biweekly newsmagazine for RRTs, CRTTs, and cardiopulmonary technologists.
Journal of the American Thoracic Society
The Journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)
The official journal of the Critical Care Forum, a new and unique online service that provides the critical care community with the fastest and most thorough update on new developments in all areas of emergency medicine.
Comprehensive clinical information and resources essential to physicians and healthcare professionals
Journal publication of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC)
Each issue of Respiratory Care Clinics reviews new diagnostic and management techniques for a single clinical problem--and makes them simple to apply. Its concise, comprehensive, and its editors and authors are respected experts.
Publication for the Respiratory Care Practitioner
New England Journal of Medicine


Formerly known as the Health Industry Manufacturers Association (HIMA); a medical technology trade organization
The governing the American Academy of Pediatrics not-for-profit Illinois corporation.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
The merger of three national associations – the Health Industry Distributors Association’s Home Care Division (HIDA Home Care), Home Health Services & Staffing Association (HHSSA), and the National Association for Medical Equipment Services (NAMES).
American Association for Respiratory Care
State Societies for Respiratory Care
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (Biomedical Engineering)
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Clinical Engineering
Acute Respiratory Distress Network, of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (National Institute of Health)
The AMA strives to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. It is the premier voice of the American medical profession.
Professional association for those interested in all aspects of mechanical engineering, including biomechanics
A society dedicated to the goal of increasing the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation.
Promotes biomedical engineering
Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
The European Consortium on Chronic Respiratory Insufficiency (ECCRI). Includes useful information regarding home mechanical ventilation.
An international consortium of health care professionals and scientists who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.
Global medical technology trade association (see American Association for Homecare, above).
Former name of the medical technology trade association now known as AdvaMed (see above)
The IEEE is a professional society for those interested in electronics and electrical engineering and includes a biomedical section
The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) is a national trade association based in Washington, D.C. that represents independent manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostic products and health care information systems. MDMA encourages the development of new medical technology that improve patient care and fosters the availability of beneficial innovative products. MDMA presents the collective interests of its members before federal agencies of the US Government that develop or implement policies affecting the medical device industry.
Dedicated to the home medical equipment industry (see American Association for Homecare, above).
The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) is a US organization of physicians whose mission is to educate its members and address regulatory, legislative and payment issues that relate to the delivery of healthcare to patients with respiratory disorders.
Credentialing board for respiratory therapists
Spanish Society of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery
An agency of the United Nations, WHO promotes technical cooperation for health and related concerns among nations


Nursing community website with discussions, news, links, resources, and more
Mesothelioma Center - comprehensive and up-to-date resource for educating the public and bringing awareness to mesothelioma cancer
ECRI is a non-profit organization devoted to evaluating and reporting on medical devices
Accredits hospital and other healthcare organizations to support their performance improvement, safety, and quality of care for the public.
Acute care for ventilator-dependent and medically complex adults and children. (Formerly known as Vencor, name changed in April 2001)
Home Healthcare Equipment


Part of Healthline Media United Kingdom diving deep into medical research of the past and present.
The news publication of record for digital health, providing news, analysis, and data to innovators at provider groups, payers, pharma companies, tech and venture capital firms as well as startups.

Medical Libraries and Resources

A free virtual medical library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.
Ranked, peer-reviewed, annotated, updated clinical medical resources
Combines health information with the resources of MEDLINE.
The 17th edition of this medical textbook is available for use online, free of charge.
Merck's website provides the public with free access to both the text version and the new multi-media interactive version online.
Multimedia medical reference library
Internet Resources for neonatology/perinatal medicine
A free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.
Billed as the "single best source of facts on the Net," refdesk organizes links to information web sites, newspapers, search engines, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a myriad of other resources on the Internet, organized by topic and updated daily. Definitely worth looking at when you need any type of information.

Respiratory Links

Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs)

Includes evidence-based practice guidelines, ACCP publications, consensus reports, and patient education information
CHEST 1997; 111:769-778
CHEST 1993; 104:1833-1859
Guidelines and Practices from the Society of Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Sustained Use of Sedatives and Analgesics in the Critically Ill Adult
Crit Care Med 2002: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Sustained Neuromuscular Blockade in the Critically Ill Adult Patient
Crit Care Med 1991: Guidelines for Standards of Care for Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure on Mechanical Ventilatory Support
Policies & Procedures from NEMC's Dept. of Adult, Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care
Source: NEMC
Source: NEMC
Source: NEMC
Source: Respiratory Care
Source: Respiratory Care
Source: Respiratory Care
Source: Respiratory Care
Source: Respiratory Care
Diagnosis, Assessment of Severity, Prevention, 1996 (format: PDF)
Presumably (though unconfirmed) from Harris Continued Care Hospital


Guideline on the application of inhaled nitric oxide for hypoxic respiratory failure in term and near-term neonates. American Academy of Pediatrics, August 2000
Protocols from the Respiratory Care Department at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Example weaning protocol using Pressure Regulated Volume Control (PRVC/VS). contributed by Ted Wawrzyniak, BS, RRT, CPS,of Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota (Adobe Acrobat [PDF] format).
University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Gives protocols such as for weaning.
(Demo) Protocol for titrating oxygen based on estimated pulmonary shunt.

Clinical Trials

Listings and resources devoted to clinical trials for patients and healthcare professionals
News, meeting place, and resources for clinical research sponsors and professionals in the pharmaceutical, device, and biotech industries.


Food and Drug Administration. FDA has the responsibility regulates marketed medical products including drugs, biologics, medical and radiation-emitting devices, and special nutritional products (e.g., medical foods, dietary supplements and infant formulas). The site has a wealth of information about device safety and incident reports, as well as periodic bulletins on medical devices and drugs.
FDA Medical Products Reporting Program. Designed to educate all health professionals about reporting and being aware of adverse events and problems to FDA and/or the manufacturer, as well as a communication vehicle to rapidly deploy critical safety information to the medical community that may improve patient care.
Premier spot at FDA for regulatory information about medical devices.
Device experience reports (over 600,000) on devices that may have malfunctioned or caused a serious injury or death. The reports include both reports submitted to the (mandatory) Medical Device Reporting Program (MDR), from 1984-1996, and voluntary reports through June 1993. Reports from 1992 to 1996 can be searched online at this page. Also links to organizations that provide more up-to-date Device Experience Network (DEN) information, for a fee.
Searchable Federal Register (from 1994) that includes announcements and publications from FDA.
Searchable database that includes, of course, FDA regulations
Information about the ISO 9000 and 9001 standards for quality assurance.
Section of the FDA that monitors pharmaceuticals and research.
Drugs approved by the FDA (since July, 1996). List is updated weekly.

Email Lists (Listservs)

Respiratory Care HomeWork List (RC_HMWK-L)
Address: LISTSERV@IUPUI.EDU, Body message: sub RC_HMWK-L YourFirstName YourLastName, Addt'l Help:
Many interactive forums about respiratory care, administered by Harry Dugan
Address:, Body message: subscribe pul-med
Discussion on issues of weaning from ventilators. Discussion is for patients and caregivers.
Address:, Body message: subscribe (your email address)
iNO-l (I-N-O-L: Inhaled Nitric Oxide List)
Address:, Body message: subscribe iNO-l (your email address)
Address:, Body message: subscribe nicu-net yourname yourtitle
Pediatric Lung List
Address:, Body message: subscribe ped-lung
RT Chatter
Siemens Servo Forum
Address:, Body message: subscribe siemens-servo-forum
International Ventilator Users Network is a worldwide network of ventilator users and health professionals interested in home care and longterm mechanical ventilation. IVUN is a forum for ventilator users, pulmonologists, pediatricians, respiratory therapists, and ventilator suppliers to discuss problems and solutions of home ventilation. IVUN publishes a quarterly newsletter that is available by subscription.
Discussion list to facilitate communication among people who require a ventilator to breathe, run by James Lubin
Resources of interest and support information for the ventilator-dependent patient
Online discussion forum for patients, family, and caregivers on topics and questions relating to mechanical ventilation.
Listings and resources devoted to clinical trials for patients and healthcare professionals

Basic Information

From the American College of Chest Physicians
Ongoing series of articles about the basics of mechanical ventilation, presented by Amethyst Research, LLC, producers of VentWorld.
From the US FDA (Sept/Oct 1999)
State CEU requirements for RCPs and Nurses, from RC Educational Consulting Services
What is a Respiratory Therapist? From UMD, New Jersey.
Merck provides the public with free online access to the text and the new multi-media interactive version.

Users' Web Sites

TJ Parker talks about how Max (Multimedia Designs Inc.), a novel environment control system, and the Head Mouse (Origin Systems), have enriched his life.
A guide to home care for a child with a tracheostomy, created by Cynthia Bisell, RN.
Online magazine (with pictures and links) about living on a ventilator and with a tracheostomy, run by Michael Bowell
Notes from John Prestwich's life in an iron lung
Notes from Jeff Galli's life before and after his accident that left him paralyzed and vent dependent.
Page with information and links about Maureen who is vent dependent because of her muscular dystrophy
Norma Kennedy Plourde's links to information and products related to Cystic Fibrosis