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Symposium Proceedings Featured in RESPIRATORY CARE Journal

July 2, 2002 (Dallas, Texas) - July's RESPIRATORY CARE Journal is devoted to the issue of airway clearance techniques. The articles cover topics such as the physiology of mucus clearance, the use of pharmacology and clearance techniques when dealing with artificial airways.

The papers were presented at the 17th Annual New Horizons Symposium at the AARC's International Respiratory Congress, held last December in San Antonio, Texas. This month's issue of RC Journal also includes an editorial by Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC, who shares his perspective on the nature of studies of secretion techniques and the obstacles facing researchers.

In their foreword, James B. Fink, MS, RRT, FAARC and Bruce K. Rubin, MEngr, MD, FAARC wrote, "The symposium participants agreed that although there may be few data to unequivocally support the use of many of these techniques, there is strong observational evidence that suggests that many of these techniques can have a role in mobilizing secretions."

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 respiratory professional membership association, 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.