The Indian Association for Respiratory Care (IARC), a non-profit organization which supports and promotes the professional standards of Respiratory Therapy in India had collaborated with Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, a well known name in the field of academics. The IARC in collaboration with SIHS organized the 8th National Conference for Respiratory Care professionals under the able guidance of Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar, Dean, Faculty of Health And Biomedical Sciences & Dr.Sammita Jadhav, Deputy Director (Academics),Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences. It was for the first time that an academic conference in the field of Respiratory care was promoted in the Western part of India; enabling Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences to establish the as yet relatively unknown profession of Respiratory Therapy.

Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS) is one of the leading institutions that is imparting knowledge and practical skills in all the major domains of allied health care professions such as Respiratory Therapy, Cardiac Care Technology, Imaging Science, Dialysis Technology, Operation Theatre & Anaesthesia technology and Clinical Laboratory technology.

There is a felt need and concern to address the requirements of manpower in the field of Healthcare, of which allied health practitioners are an integral part. They are an emerging and important workforce, as they support diagnosis, recovery and quality of life.

Medical Technology, being a part of the allied health profession refers to the diagnostic or therapeutic application of science and technology to improve the management of health conditions. The current status of medical technologists in India stands at one per 5000 individuals(as per the report of the Ministry of Health And Family Welfare & National Initiative of Allied Health Sciences). The reason attributing to this huge manpower crunch is the scarcity of knowledge in the community regarding the vivid scope of this profession and insufficient number of institutions in India imparting education in Allied Health Sciences. The disease burden of Respiratory diseases is increasing in India with many of the 2 billion people of India suffering from Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases making these patients struggle to breathe. With the revolution of Respiratory Health Care the role of Respiratory Therapists is proving to be of immense value to distressed patients not only in the Intensive Care Unit of urban Hospitals , but especially in the rural areas where there are no doctors available for treating critical patients.

The aim of RESCARE 2014 was to empower Respiratory Care practice, promote professional growth in the Indian Health Care System, teach new skills & inculcate new technology to the clinical practice. The highlights of this conference were a skill development workshop on Basic and Advance Ventilatory Management, Pedagogical lectures on Asthma Management, High Frequency Oscillation Ventilation (HFOV), discussion on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), Neonatal Management, Home Respiratory Care and Obstructive Airways Diseases.

This conference served as an excellent opportunity for Respiratory Care personnel, Health & Hospital Professionals, Services, Companies, Industry, Government organizations, and students in Respiratory Therapy to network with colleagues on upcoming developments in the Respiratory field. The conference was held from 12th – 14th September, 2014 at Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune. The Chief Guest for this coveted event was Dr. Shirish Prayag (M.D and Chief Consultant Critical Care, Prayag Hospital, Pune). Stalwart speakers like Dr Anitha Shenoy (President, Indian Association for Respiratory Care & Prof. & Head Anaesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) , Prof. Vijay Deshpande (Prof Emeritus, Respiratory Therapy, Georgia State University, USA), Dr. N. M. Sivakumar (Head. Department Of Critical Care Medicine, Head. Infection Control Committee, Kowai Medical Centre and Hospital, Coimbatore), Dr. Suresh Nair (Prof. And Head Anaesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy, Amrita IMS, Kochi), Dr. Prasad Rajhans (Chief Intensivist, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune), Dr. Sundeep Salvi (Director, Chest Research Foundation, Pune),Mr. H. Arthur (Sr. Instructor and course Co-ordinator, Critical Care Therapy, Christian Medical College, Vellore), Prof. Vivekanand (Professor of Anaesthesiology, Armed Forces Medical College) and many more dignitaries shared their knowledge regarding Respiratory Care.