Dave E. Swift, R.R.T.
(Revised Edition), has been a registered respiratory therapist since 1983. In 1999, Mr. Swift was tasked with facilitating his organization’s (Ottawa Hospital) preparation for Y2K. Taking an active interest in emergency preparedness, he began his training in disaster and emergency preparedness. In 2007, Mr. Swift became the subject matter expert and respiratory therapy team lead for the National Office of the Healthcare Emergency Response Team (NOHERT), a Canadian federal team for Health Canada. His instruction included chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear (CBRN) train-the-trainer (provided by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army Medical Command, Dietrich, Maryland), emergency response in austere locations, and disaster management and planning. With the disbanding of NOHERT in 2012, Mr. Swift continued his activities as a monthly columnist for the Advance for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine and assisted with the review and update of the Strategic National Stockpile (including the national mechanical ventilator pool’s selection). As a charge therapist and campus coordinator at the Ottawa Hospital – Civic campus, Mr. Swift’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining his department’s emergency response plan. Because of its location in Canada’s national capital, the Ottawa Hospital is designated as the lead organization in any CBRN event.
Aimee D. Green, MAOM, BA, RRT, RCP, (Original) has more than 15 years of clinical experience with respiratory patients. She is currently the director of clinical education as well as a respiratory care instructor at Missouri State University, in West Plains. Aimee has an associate of applied science degree in respiratory therapy from Sanford-Brown College in Kansas City, Missouri, a bachelor of arts degree in healthcare management from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, and a master of arts degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She is also currently attending Missouri State University to receive her master of science degree in public health. Aimee has a wide range of experience in sleep medicine therapies, home care, adult and pediatric airway management, conflict management, educational course development, and more. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross, Wings of Hope, and the International Children’s Heart Foundation, among others. Aimee has written for Mosby’s Evolve Skills series and for Advance for Respiratory Care Practitioners, Respiratory Therapy: The Journal of Pulmonary Technique, and several courses accredited by the AARC.