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18 Dec

Good Press – December 2019

This month’s edition of Good Press features members receiving award recognition, sharing their expertise with local news groups, and organizing community presentations. CHECK IT OUT

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18 Dec

3 Questions to Ask Your Mentor

Mentorship opportunities—whether you’re the mentor or mentee—offer great opportunities to foster professional growth and networking. But how do you get to that point? We checked in with Diana Livingston, BA, RRT, from the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM, to learn what three questions you should ask your mentor— #1 – What books… Read more »

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18 Dec

Children and Vaping: How One RT is Educating His Community

Serious illnesses linked to vaping – many of them in children and teens – have raised alarm throughout the medical community. That has certainly been the case at Kevin McQueen’s hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. When he provided a lecture on the topic at Grand Rounds earlier this year, the lecture room was packed to… Read more »

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11 Dec

Focus on Self-Care: Shift Recovery

Every RT has worked a shift that brought them to their knees. Recovering from these grueling shifts isn’t easy, but veteran therapists have learned how to do it. Two of them share their experiences with us here. Multifaceted approach Like most bedside therapists, Marie Agustin, RRT, says the level of care she is assigned to… Read more »

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11 Dec

Inhaler to Nebulization Protocols

A recent study conducted in a large hospital system in Arizona found an inhaler to nebulization protocol saved the system more than $1.5 million over the first year of operation without adversely impacting either length of stay or 30 day readmissions rates. AARC members who have implemented these protocols in their facilities believe it’s the… Read more »

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04 Dec

Study Says: RTs Offer Value as Inpatient COPD Educators

A study published ahead of print by Hospital Topics on Oct. 17 found a COPD inpatient education program using existing respiratory therapy staff in an academic health system in Pennsylvania reduced hospital length of stay and associated costs. AARC member Daniel Ofak, RRT, RRT-NPS, who recently took on a new job as director of respiratory… Read more »

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04 Dec

Expanding COPD Care Through Patient Education

Patient care reaches far beyond the hospital doors. And it’s through patient education opportunities where your care exponentially expands. Mike Hess, MPH, RRT, RPFT, a lung disease coordinator in Michigan, shares his tips in looking beyond the basics when it comes to COPD patient education opportunities. Know your medicine “First and foremost, I always recommend… Read more »

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22 Nov

COPD: Tips for Patient Education

Camp Breathless proved to be an invaluable education opportunity for patients with COPD. Fostering an environment where your patients with COPD can take ownership of their disease, learning to best manage and recognize their symptoms. This starts with patient education. Mary Hart, MS, RRT, AEC, FAARC, FCCP, offers her tips and advice for helping educate… Read more »

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