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24 Mar

Mark Your Calendar for Next Week’s Virtual Lobby Week

More than 150 respiratory therapists from nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be going to Washington DC on April 12 to meet with members of Congress. They will be lobbying for the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act, an important piece of legislation that expands Medicare telehealth services to include respiratory therapists as telehealth practitioners. The Act… Read more »

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23 Mar

Executive Office Update: AARC Partners with CDC in 2016

About the author: Thomas J. Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC, is executive director of the AARC. There are benefits to having partners that share your mission and goals, and while reaching for these goals, there is strength in the number of partners. This is why we were honored when the CDC approached the AARC in late… Read more »

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22 Mar

State Societies Lobby for Respiratory Care Issues

In a run up to the AARC’s Virtual Lobby Week and Capitol Hill Day, state societies in California and Kansas have been converging on their state capitol buildings to educate lawmakers on issues important to their patients and to lobby for respiratory care issues. California Hosts Legislative Advocacy Day The California Society for Respiratory Care (CSRC) hosted… Read more »

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14 Mar

RT Voice Comes Through Loud and Clear at NHLBI COPD Meeting

AARC President Frank Salvatore snaps one of his famous selfies with fellow therapists in attendance. Respiratory therapists were out in force earlier this month as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosted the first-ever town hall meeting aimed at developing a National COPD Action Plan. AARC… Read more »

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14 Mar

Patient Safety Awareness Week Offers Opportunities for RTs

By Kevin McQueen, MHA, HCM, RRT, CM As respiratory therapists, patient safety must always be top of mind as we care for our patients at the bedside, but there is a lot RTs can do to promote patient safety within their institutions as well. With Patient Safety Awareness Week going on this week, now is… Read more »

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09 Mar

Good Press AARC Members in the News | March 2016

Good Press AARC Members in the News features AARC members who were recently noted, quoted and interviewed. Lauren Geary Robert Joyner Deana Rogers Mike Crabb and Jessica Gardner Mary Martinasek A carbon monoxide detector in Lauren Geary’s home was the only thing standing between her family and a potentially deadly situation on Super Bowl Sunday, and… Read more »

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08 Mar

For the Sleep RT, Every Week is Sleep Awareness Week

AARC Sleep Section chair Marilyn Barclay shares how RTs can benefit from joining the Sleep Section. By Marilyn Barclay, BSRT, RRT, CPFT March 8, 2016 Daylight savings time starts on Sunday, and that means RTs and everyone else will be losing a precious hour of sleep this weekend. The National Sleep Foundation uses this annual… Read more »

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02 Mar

One RT Student’s Experience with an Exploding E-Cigarette

AARC member Melanie Ferguson was a student on a critical care air transport clinical rotation when her team received the call that they were going to get a patient who had been severely injured due to an e-cigarette explosion. Although many on the team were bewildered, Melanie had heard of similar cases like this during… Read more »

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25 Feb

AARC Activates Disaster Fund for Victims of Severe Weather

The AARC has activated its Disaster Relief Fund for AARC members who sustained property loss or damage as a result of the tornados and severe weather that hit several states along the Gulf Coast over the past week. Members living in state- and federally-declared disaster areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida may apply for… Read more »

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24 Feb

RT Driven Monitoring Cuts Rapid Response Team Calls by Half

Thanks to state-of-the-art ETCO2 monitoring technology, rapid response team calls have been cut in half at one California hospital, and respiratory therapists are driving the process. The monitoring went into operation at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles after concerns began to be raised at Adventist Health, parent company of the hospital, about the… Read more »

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