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04 Apr

Clinical Documentation: What it Means for RTs and Why

Most clinicians view charting as a chore. But clinical documentation is a fact of life in health care with far reaching implications for hospitals and their patients. Respiratory care managers explain why bedside therapists need to take it seriously. Not charted? Not done! “There is a real simple statement that covers this,” said Jeff Davis,… Read more »

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04 Apr

Stand Out to Managers, Tips for BSRT Graduates

The Georgia State student externship enjoy learning and training at their clinical site, Piedmont Atlanta. In photo, Georgia State student externs, the Piedmont Atlanta educator Victoria Liu, BS, RRT, RRT-NPS, ACCS (center, white coat), and Piedmont Atlanta Director of Respiratory Care Valerie David, MHA, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C (far right). You’ve earned your bachelor’s degree, now… Read more »

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04 Apr

Student Perspective: Alicia Thomas

Alicia Thomas, RTS, from the University of Missouri, says it’s her goal to spread awareness of the respiratory therapy profession and ultimately help the profession grow. As she approaches graduation, Thomas took a moment to reflect on the opportunities she’s received as an AARC student member, helping her develop skills and connections. Gaining Experience, Promoting… Read more »

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28 Mar

Battling Burnout in RT

High patient loads, new workplace demands, doing more with less — all of these realities in the typical hospital can lead to stress for health care providers like respiratory therapists, and that stress can quickly turn into burnout if it is not addressed. Two respiratory care managers explain what they’re doing to combat it in… Read more »

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28 Mar

Breaking Through the Excuses to Advance Your Degree – Laura Hartman

This month in our Breaking Through the Excuses series, we’ll learn how Laura Hartman, MHA, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, who recently completed her master’s program, advanced her degree. Laura’s Story “I am a respiratory care supervisor at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida,” Hartman said. “In many ways, my Master of Healthcare Administration degree has… Read more »

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28 Mar

Respiratory Managers Explain How They Track Ventilator-Associated Events

Five years ago the CDC replaced its ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) surveillance definitions with ventilator-associated event (VAE) definitions. In a paper published in the November edition of Respiratory Care, Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, from the department of population medicine at Harvard University, attributed the change to the complexity and subjectivity of the VAP definitions, their narrow… Read more »

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