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25 Apr

Hill Day 2018: Respiratory Therapists Speak their Mind on Capitol Hill

Contact Congress Today For Hill Day 2018, respiratory therapists, appointed as Political Advocacy Contact Team members by their states, will head to Washington, D.C. on May 1 to lobby their Congressional delegations seeking support for a Telehealth Pilot focusing solely on respiratory therapists. “We want all patients to receive the best possible respiratory care, wherever… Read more »

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25 Apr

E-Cigarettes: Should RTs Use Them to Help People Quit?

The buzz surrounding e-cigarettes is loud and confusing. While the manufacturers of these products — and some health professionals as well — tout them as a way to help people quit smoking, others say the science just isn’t there to make that recommendation. A recent study out of Harvard Medical School suggests proceeding with caution… Read more »

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25 Apr

DPIs: What RTs Need to Know

Dry powder inhalers (DPIs) came on the market in response to the uncertain future facing pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) containing CFC propellants known to contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. The phase-out of those propellants drove the development of DPIs, which are now considered to hold the greatest potential for new and… Read more »

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18 Apr

SPOTY Spotlight: Melissa Brown

This month in our Specialty Practitioner of the Year (SPOTY) Spotlight series, we’re learning more about our Neonatal-Pediatrics SPOTY: Melissa K. Brown, BS, RRT, RRT-NPS, RCP. Join the Neonatal-Pediatrics Specialty Section Meet Melissa Neonatal-Pediatrics Specialty Practitioner of the Year Melissa K. Brown, BS, RRT, RRT-NPS, RCP Brown graduated from the Grossmont College Respiratory Therapy program… Read more »

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18 Apr

Benefits of Seeking Higher Education

By Janelle Gardiner, DHSc, RRT, AE-C AARC Member Janelle Gardiner, DHSc, RRT, AE-C, credits the growth of her career and the opportunities she’s received as a result of her continued pursuit of higher education. Just after graduating from high school I began taking college courses. Like many others, I began working on general education courses…. Read more »

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11 Apr

Big Ideas Theater, Episode 11: Guidelines for Ventilator Liberation

In this episode of Big Ideas Theater, Neil MacIntyre, MD, FAARC, FCCP, defines ventilator discontinuation and discusses how guidelines have evolved and the differences between discontinuation and extubation. According to Dr. MacIntyre, ventilator discontinuation is the process of getting patients off of ventilator support and out of the ICU as they are recovering. “It consumes,… Read more »

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11 Apr

Thank You AARC Volunteers!

The volunteer efforts and engagement of our members make the AARC a true success. From serving on committees or in elected positions, taking part in focus groups, sharing expertise and mentoring skills in AARConnect, advocating for respiratory care issues, our members volunteer their time all while strengthening the AARC. April 15-21, 2018 is National Volunteer… Read more »

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11 Apr

Respiratory Therapists across U.S. Advocate for Telehealth Inclusion

The American Association for Respiratory Care kicked off its 2018 Virtual Lobby Campaign on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The three-week Campaign advocates for a new Telehealth Pilot focusing solely on respiratory therapists. This pilot will gather information on both the health impact and costs associated with respiratory therapists as telehealth practitioners. It will also help… Read more »

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