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20 Nov

The COPD National Action Plan – Tracking Progress

In keeping with November as COPD Awareness Month, the AARC participated in a recent meeting convened by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to discuss progress members of the COPD community have made in meeting goals and objectives laid out in the COPD National Action Plan (CNAP). Representatives from organizations from across the… Read more »

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20 Nov

COPD Tips for Reducing Readmissions

Improving quality of life for your patients—particularly those working to manage their COPD—remains a top priority for respiratory therapists. Helping your patients stay strong, healthy, and knowledgeable to manage their symptoms, thereby avoiding the hospital, helps strengthen their quality of life. Julie Smith, MHA, RRT, manager of respiratory care and ECLS services at Unity Point… Read more »

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20 Nov

Tips for Balancing Your Team’s Workload

The workload in any RT department is a fluid thing – it changes by the season, by the day, and sometimes even by the hour if an emergency arises. Therapists know health care is unpredictable and they have to roll with the punches, but when the workload they were handed at the beginning of the… Read more »

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14 Nov

Student Video Contest Winners Announced

(From Left to Right) Back row: Teirra Ferris, Rebecca Ewing, Katelyn Caldwell, Allison Pitts; Middle row: Jaclyn Busin, Amber Tolnar, Bailie Pago; Front row: Megan May and Breanna Schlatter Announced at the Student Symposium for New Professionals at AARC Congress 2019, students from Laurel Technical Institute in Hermitage, PA, were congratulated by their peers for… Read more »

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14 Nov

RTs Make Positive Impact in COPD Care

Respiratory therapists play a key role in caring for patients with COPD. Because of this, RTs have the unique opportunity to make a positive impact in delivering care. We checked in with Post-Acute Care Chair Adam Mullaly, BSRT, RRT, AE-C, a COPD navigator with Bryn Mawr Hospital, for his input on this topic. Here’s what… Read more »

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14 Nov

How RTs are Involved in the Early Diagnosis of COPD

COPD can be a devastating disease, but when caught in the early stages, the prognosis is encouraging for patients who follow their treatment regimen and make the lifestyle changes necessary to slow the progress. The problem is, most patients aren’t diagnosed until the condition has done significant damage to the lungs and quality of life… Read more »

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06 Nov

Save the Date: Support the ARCF on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3

Entering its eighth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. This is a chance to give your time, donations, or goods through a collaborative and social media-fueled effort. One way to take part in #GivingTuesday is by supporting the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting respiratory health through… Read more »

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05 Nov

Value of Nicotine Cessation Training for COPD Care

“COPD has remained as one of the top five causes of death in America for years,” said Gabrielle N. Davis MPH, RRT-ACCS, NPS, CTTS, CHES. “Regardless of readmissions, nicotine addiction attributes to this rate.” Helping patients with nicotine cessation targets the goal to increase the quality of life for the patient. “Because COPD is an… Read more »

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