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21 Aug

This is How AARC Members are Implementing the COPD National Action Plan

The COPD National Action Plan released by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute last spring included five overarching goals aimed at: Promoting public awareness and understanding of COPD. Increasing the skills and education of health care providers. Encouraging increased data collection, analysis, and sharing. Increasing and sustaining COPD research. Fostering collaboration to translate the… Read more »

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16 Aug

How RTs Keep Up With New Medications

The pharmaceutical industry is constantly developing new medications for patients with respiratory conditions, and while that is certainly a good thing, it can leave respiratory therapists feeling as if they are always playing catch up. What do AARC members do to stay informed about the respiratory medications prescribed for their patients? We asked members of… Read more »

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16 Aug

AARC Executive Office Kicks Off “Go Visit” Challenge

AARC Executive Office members visit respiratory care team at Medical City Denton To meet with members and promote the association, the AARC Executive Office issued a challenge to all affiliates across the U.S. to visit local respiratory care teams. Members of the AARC Executive Office kicked off the challenge by visiting Medical City Denton in… Read more »

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10 Aug

2017 Patient Advocacy Award Recipient Announced

Christine Hartling of Utah is the 2017 recipient of the National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award. A collaborative effort between The FACES Foundation (Family and Caregiver, Education & Support) and the AARC, this award identifies and honors registered respiratory therapists from across the country who demonstrate excellence in compassionate care for patients and families. As part… Read more »

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07 Aug

Study Finds Good Results for Respiratory Therapist-Led Protocol

Determining when a patient is ready to wean from mechanical ventilation is essential to a successful extubation. Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN, believe an RT-led daily spontaneous breathing trial protocol can make a difference. In a study published ahead of print by Pediatric Critical Care… Read more »

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07 Aug

RT Autonomy Cited as Factor in Timely Use of NIV

Studies have shown noninvasive ventilation (NIV) reduces the need for intubation in patients hospitalized with a severe exacerbation of COPD, and it also decreases hospital length of stay and mortality. So why aren’t more hospitals using it? To answer that question, U.S. researchers decided to conduct in-depth interviews with 32 clinicians at seven hospitals considered… Read more »

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