Jessica Dietz, MS, RRT-ACCS
Jessica Dietz holds a Master of Science Degree in Respiratory Care (MSRC) from Rush University, Chicago, IL. She joined the IngMar Medical team in 2016.
“Mechanical ventilation management requires a whole set of sophisticated skills. It is deeply satisfying to be able to teach people how to practice and perfect those skills using simulation. It is amazing to watch learners transform their knowledge into hands-on competence. This is powerful.”
Jessica comes to IngMar Medical from the University of Chicago Medicine, where she worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.
When asked what she is enjoys most about her role at IngMar Medical, Jessica said, “The opportunity to teach people from all over the world. I am very lucky to be able to work at the forefront of mechanical ventilator management training.”
Justina Gerard, BSRC, MBA, RRT
Justina holds a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. She joined the IngMar Medical team in 2018.
Children are not simply small adults. With eight years of pediatric clinical experience, Justina Gerard is acutely aware of this fact. And IngMar Medical is pleased to welcome Justina as our new neonatal/pediatric specialist on our Clinical Education Team.
Prior to joining IngMar Medical, Justina was a Senior Respiratory Therapist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC East Hospital. She has also served as adjunct professor for the IUP/West Penn Hospital Respiratory Program. Justina holds a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from California University of Pennsylvania.
In her new role as a Clinical Educator at IngMar Medical, Justina is excited that the company values respiratory care enough to involve her in so many aspects of the business, from product design to training.
Furthermore, she appreciates IngMar Medical’s unique dedication to proper respiratory care training and simulation. Finally, she is impressed by the fact that IngMar has made great strides toward promoting the field and profession as a whole.
About the importance of training, Justina says that,
“Understanding ventilation management is so critical, because as a respiratory therapist, you may be the only person in the room who fully understands the interaction between the ventilator and the patient. It is imperative to be able to think on your feet and understand how to fix whatever issues may arise.”
She feels that respiratory simulation training has a distinct advantage over simply learning information from books and lectures. The hands-on aspect of simulation is the only way to prepare respiratory therapists for the real-life clinical world. A background that includes simulation training helps therapists to reduce their anxiety and increase their confidence without putting patients at risk.
In regard to pediatric patients, Justina concludes that, “In my opinion, the biggest key to clinical success in the pediatric population is having confidence in your skills and training.” This is why she feels simulation training should be a cornerstone of respiratory education. Simulation allows therapists to learn how to manage young patients, in real-life clinical situations, all while being in a controlled environment.