Northwest AHECs hosts a two-day Respiratory Therapy Conference in Blowing Rock, N.C., every February. Approximately 12 other North Carolina community colleges attend, as well as respiratory therapists from hospitals across the state.
The conference hosts a Respiratory Gladiator Competition. The timed event mimics real-life scenarios consisting of three-person teams moving through four skill stations: drawing arterial blood from a manikin’s arm, placing a breathing tube in a manikin, connecting the manikin to a mechanical ventilator (breathing machine), and conducting a patient assessment.
CPCC entered two teams into the competition this year and took first and fourth place. The first place team correctly performed each skill in 5:47, while the third place team did it in 7:47!
This is just the second time CPCC students placed first in the 20 years that the competition has been held. We are so proud of the team members for such an excellent job.
Team 1: Stuart Moore, Tiffini Carrington, Alie Hemperly (alternate), and Adam Pike
Team 2: Jamal Peay, Kelly Ciaramella, James Phillips (alternate), and Kelley Creed