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Al Saville, BS, RRT

Education Coordinator

Employed by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the Respiratory Care Services Department since 1977. Responsible for providing continuing education to respiratory therapists and others as needed. Develops and reviews policies / procedures and educational programs. Orders and maintains departmental supplies and equipment.  He is innovative and creative, and he frequently develops unique therapeutic approaches to meet atypical clinical needs.  Serves on numerous hospital committees and taskforces, and collaborates with RNs, MDs and others on projects within the hospital and nationally.  Over the years he has been a tremendous resource to RT staff and others, and have contributed greatly to the development of our services and our clinical training program for students. 



BS, University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Professions, 1983
AS, Community College of Allegheny County, Respiratory Therapy, 1977



Kim, I., Phrampus, E., Sikes, K., Pendleton, J., Saville, A., Corcoran, T., Gracely, E., Venkataraman, S.: “Helium/Oxygen Therapy Improves Clinical Scores in Infants with Bronchiolitis; A Randomized Controlled Trial" Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. (accepted paper, soon to be published) 

Bhashyam, A., Wolf, M., Marcinkowski, A., Saville, A., Thomas, K., Carcillo, J., Corcoran, T.:  "Aerosol Delivery through Nasal Cannulas: An InVitro Study"

Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, Vol. 21, Number 2, 2008

Kuch, B., Saville, A., Bumbarger, A., Vehovic, W., Venkataraman, S.:  “Accuracy of Sidestream vs. Mainstream End-Tidal Capnography: A Bland-Altman Analysis”, American Association for Respiratory Care International Conference, Poster Presentation, 2008 

Kim, I., Saville, A., Sikes, K., Corcoran, T.: "Heliox-Driven Albuterol Nebulization for Asthma Exacerbation: An Overview"Respiratory Care, June 2006, Vol. 51 No.6

Kim, I., Phrampus, E., Venkataraman, S., Pitetti, R., Saville, A., Corcoran, T., Gracely, E., Funt, N., Thompson, A.: “Helium/Oxygen - Driven Albuterol Nebulization in the Treatment of Children with Moderate to Severe Asthma Exacerbation"Pediatrics  2005; 116

Lum L., Saville, A., Venkataraman, S.: "Accuracy of Physiologic Deadsapce Measurement in Intubated Pediatric Patients Using a Metabolic Monitor: Comparison with the Douglas Bag Method" Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 26, Issue 4 April 1998 

Khine, H., Fuchs, S., Saville, A.: "Continuous vs. Intermittent Nebulized Albuterol for Emergency Treatment in Asthma" Academic Emergency Medicine, Vol. 3, Issue 11, 1996 

Bhende, M., Thompson, A., Cook, R., Saville, A.: "Validity of a Disposable End-Tidal CO2 Detector in Verifying Endotracheal Tube Placement in Infants and Children" Annals of Emergency Medicine,  21:2  February 1992