Save the date for the 51st Annual OAPA CME Conference. Oct 2-4, 2024 – At a NEW venue – Embassy Suites Downtown OKC – 741 N Phillips Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. More information HERE.

Wes Brownfield, RRT

Wes is a critical care respiratory therapist whose career began at Saint Francis Hospital in 2002. His experience includes management of advanced ventilator modes such as APRV, Bi-Level, and High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation in both the adult and pediatric settings. He is often called upon to assist in difficult airway situations and is considered a strong resource for tracheostomy management. While at St Francis, Wes held the positions of Supervisor and Clinical Coordinator, and was responsible for teaching the use and delivery of Nitric Oxide and nebulized Epoprostenol, as well as serving as a clinical resource. He is a two-time recipient of the CT Thompson Award for Excellence in Trauma Care, and was recognized by the FDA for identifying a product defect which resulted in a Class 1 nationwide recall. Currently he is working with Council Oak Comprehensive Healthcare, where he is assisting in the advancement of the Respiratory Therapy service line.


Blood Gas Breakdown: A thought process for blood gas interpretation


  • Components of blood gases:
    Describing the respiratory and metabolic components, and what drives them.
  • Acidosis and Alkalosis:
    Respiratory Vs Metabolic.
    Examples of common pathophysiologic influences.
  • Compensated and non-compensated:
    Deciphering general corrective actions.
  • Case Studies:
    Respiratory Acidosis, Acute, Chronic, Respiratory Alkalosis, Metabolic Acidosis, Metabolic Alkalosis, Combined Acidosis/Alkalosis.

Respiratory Failure & Ventilator Management

  • Describe the basic principles of mechanical ventilation.
  • Understand the various modes of mechanical ventilation.
  • Discuss how to approach weaning from mechanical ventilation.