Ventilator Asynchrony Workshops

Patient-ventilator synchrony is a key concern in respiratory care. With sponsorship from IngMar Medical, Pulmonary Critical Care Specialist Eric Kriner will demonstrate how to identify and resolve asynchrony during several workshops at regional and state respiratory conferences over the next eight months.

“The problem of patient-ventilator asynchrony is complex. The ability to recognize the problem requires a strong knowledge of ventilator waveforms. The ability to fix the problem requires a strong knowledge of how every set parameter controls each portion of the respiratory cycle.”

Eric Kriner BS, RRT; Pulmonary Critical Care Specialist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Kriner uses IngMar Medical’s ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator to create the patient waveforms he uses to teach recognition and correction of patient-ventilation asynchrony.

IngMar Medical’s ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator was used to generate these waveforms that simulate a trigger dysynchrony.

Click here for information on how to simulate a patient-ventilator asynchrony using the ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator.
Click here to view a short webinar on patient-ventilator dysynchrony.

You can catch one of Kriner’s workshops at the following conferences:


Eric Kriner

Eric Kriner (BS, RRT) is a pulmonary critical care specialist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Eric Kriner instructs Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellows at MedStar Health's SiTEL in Washington, DC.
Eric Kriner instructs Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellows at MedStar Health’s SiTEL in Washington, DC.

At Medstar, Eric oversees the management of all mechanically ventilated patients; sits on numerous hospital-wide committees (ECMO, organ donation, emergency airway); and is responsible for the clinical practice and policy of the Respiratory Care Department.

He is also responsible for the educational advancement of the respiratory care staff, nursing, physician assistants, use practitioners, as well as the resident and fellow physician staff. In that capacity, Eric wrote and implemented a live lecture and simulation-based curriculum for Advanced Mechanical Ventilation consisting of 39 hours of lecture and over 40 mechanical ventilation and critical care clinical simulations. This program is now used in part by the Pulmonary Services Department, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship, Medical Resident and Emergency Medicine programs.

In 2015, Eric presented at 14 state conferences on the topic of patient-ventilator dysynchrony. Several of the conference presentations were mechanical ventilation clinical simulation workshops. He is also on faculty for the Mid-Atlantic Pulmonary Critical Care Fellows Education collaborative, lecturing on patient-ventilator dysynchrony, mechanical ventilation in ARDS and APRV, High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation, non-invasive ventilation, and oxygenation support using high flow nasal oxygen. As faculty, he also writes and precepts dozens of mechanical ventilation clinical simulations.

In 2012 Kriner was awarded the Acute Care Specialty Practitioner of the Year by the American Association for Respiratory Care. Previously Eric served as Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Therapy program at prince George’s Community College. He continues to serve there as the chair of the Respiratory Therapy Medical and Curriculum Advisory Committee. Eric holds a BS in Respiratory Therapy from Salisbury University.