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AdvaMed (The Advanced Medical Technology Association) Formerly known as the Health Industry Manufacturers Association (HIMA); a medical technology trade organization
American Academy of Pediatrics
AACN American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
American Association for Homecare The merger of three national associations – the Health Industry Distributors Association’s Home Care Division (HIDA Home Care), Home Health Services & Staffing Association (HHSSA), and the National Association for Medical Equipment Services (NAMES).
AARC American Association for Respiratory Care

AARC Chartered Affiliates

State Societies for Respiratory Care
AAMI Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (Biomedical Engineering)
ACCP American College of Chest Physicians
ACCE American College of Clinical Engineering
ARDSNET Acute Respiratory Distress Network, of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (National Institute of Health)
American Medical Association The AMA strives to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. It is the premier voice of the American medical profession.
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Professional association for those interested in all aspects of mechanical engineering, including biomechanics
American Society of Training and Development
American Thoracic Society (ATS)
Asociación de Medicina Critica y Terapia Intensiva del Noreste de México A.C. Mexican association of critical care medicine
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation A society dedicated to the goal of increasing the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation.
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Promotes biomedical engineering
Canadian Nurses' Respiratory Society
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
Canadian Thoracic Society
CoARC Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
European Respiratory Society
European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
ECCRI The European Consortium on Chronic Respiratory Insufficiency (ECCRI). Includes useful information regarding home mechanical ventilation.
Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) An international consortium of health care professionals and scientists who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.
Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) Global medical technology trade association (see American Association for Homecare, above).
Health Industry Manufacturers Association (HIMA) Former name of the medical technology trade association now known as AdvaMed (see above)
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) The IEEE is a professional society for those interested in electronics and electrical engineering and includes a biomedical section
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
Medical Device Manufacturers Association The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) is a national trade association based in Washington, D.C. that represents independent manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostic products and health care information systems. MDMA encourages the development of new medical technology that improve patient care and fosters the availability of beneficial innovative products. MDMA presents the collective interests of its members before federal agencies of the US Government that develop or implement policies affecting the medical device industry.
National Assocation for Medical Equipment Services Dedicated to the home medical equipment industry (see American Association for Homecare, above).
National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) is a US organization of physicians whose mission is to educate its members and address regulatory, legislative and payment issues that relate to the delivery of healthcare to patients with respiratory disorders.
National Board for Respiratory Care Credentialing board for respiratory therapists
Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
Sociedad Espanola de Neumologia y Cirugia Toracica (SEPAR) Spanish Society of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery
Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario  
Scottish Respiratory Site  
World Health Organization (WHO) An agency of the United Nations, WHO promotes technical cooperation for health and related concerns among nations
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