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May Issue of RESPIRATORY CARE Now Available

May 23, 2002 (Dallas) - The May issue of RESPIRATORY CARE includes articles that examine current bedside spirometry practices, the nature of respiratory therapists' involvement in patient assessment and ways to better prepare respiratory care students for their careers.

"Bedside Spirometry in a Tertiary Hospital: The Cleveland Clinic Experience"
After conducting an audit of their bedside spirometry tests, the Cleveland Clinic Hospital implemented an improvement program and tracked the results. The paper, by James K. Stoller MD, MSc, FAARC; Douglas Orens RRT, MBA; Edward Hoisington RRT and Kevin McCarthy RCPT provides a blueprint any organization can adapt to fit their own assessment needs.

"Physician Expectations of Respiratory Therapists in Patient Assessment"
The respiratory therapists role in patient assessment varies between state, institutions and even individual physicians. As protocols become more incorporated, however, the RT's role in patient assessment will become clearer and physicians' current expectations may define the scope of RT involvement. A group in Loma Linda, Calif. conducted a survey of local physicians to determine their expectations for RT involvement in patient assessment. The survey and its results may help others rethink how respiratory therapists may be incorporated into the health care responsibility matrix.

"Relationship Between Critical Thinking and Decision-Making in Respiratory Care Student"
To effectively practice, respiratory therapists must have critical thinking and decision-making skills. Educators are currently refining curriculum to improve these skills in current and future students. The study presented here looks at the relationship between critical thinking, decision-making and respiratory care students and how improving the students' critical thinking may, by default, improve their decision-making skills.

RESPIRATORY CARE is part of the many benefits of membership in the AARC and is also available by subscription. Abstracts are available online at www.rcjournal.com or through www.aarc.org.


RESPIRATORY CARE is the official science journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care. RESPIRATORY CARE's mission is to disseminate information, viewpoints and questions about respiratory disease, research, clinical and laboratory practice, education and management of resources, relative to patient care science.

The AARC is made up of respiratory care professionals from all over the world and represents some 30,000 members. As the leading professional membership association of respiratory therapists, the AARC focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. Its goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals. The Association also advocates, on behalf of pulmonary patients, for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals.