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WISER mourns the loss of a dedicated Associate Director, Course Author, Instructor and most of all a friend. Al Augustine passed away Sunday July 4th, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Al was a pioneer in the world of Respiratory simulation, bringing WISER to the forefront of the specialty. Al authored courses for RT Clinical Internship 1, RT Emergency Airway Management, RT Immediate Life Support, RT Lung Recruitment, RT Mechanical Ventilation; Problem Solving and Trouble Shooting and RT Mini BAL (Bronchoalveolar Lavage).
Al won multiple awards, created abstracts and published papers for his work in simulation and respiratory care. Al is most known for his work within UPMC for advancing the care and competence of Respiratory Therapists through the use of simulation. Al along with his team of Respiratory Therapy faculty from WISER also won the 2007 Allen DeVilbiss Best Paper Award for their paper "Utilizing Simulation Technology for Competency Skills Assessment and a Comparison of Traditional Methods of Training to Simulation-Based Training." This literary award recognizes the "best paper" published in the science journal RESPIRATORY CARE.
Al's most recent achievement was authoring a commercial course for SimMedical that will allow clinicians of all types to properly treat and care for patients with ventilation problems. Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy for Healthcare Professionals will be available in August.
Al will be missed by the WISER team. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.