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08 Mar

COPD Foundation Founder Passes Away

Photo Courtesy of the COPD Foundation/Alpha 1 Foundation The AARC was saddened to learn of the death of COPD Foundation Founder and Director Emeritus John Walsh, who passed away on Tuesday after complications from an accident he suffered last year. According to the COPD Foundation, Walsh “lived each day pushing himself to advocate for those… Read more »

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01 Mar

De-License RTs in Iowa? Don’t Count on It!

Tuesday, Feb. 21 dawned as just another winter’s day for RTs in Iowa. But it sure didn’t end that way. Late in the afternoon leaders in the Iowa Society for Respiratory Care (IaSRC) were contacted by their lobbyist, Matt Eide, who told them a bill had just been introduced into the legislature calling for the… Read more »

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15 Feb

“Dripping” is the Latest E-Cigarette Concern

Growing evidence suggests there are multiple harms associated with the use of e-cigarettes, and most respiratory therapists caution their patients against their use. Not only do these electronic devices contain dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein, they are also increasingly being used as a substitute for cigarettes rather than as a path to quitting…. Read more »

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09 Feb

GOLD Issues 2017 Report

The 2017 GOLD Report includes some notable changes for respiratory therapists involved in the care, treatment, and disease management of COPD patients. Developed by an internationally-recognized group of clinicians, the updated recommendations specifically call for – Separation of spirometric values from the “ABCD” grouping of patients by symptoms and risk of exacerbations. According to the… Read more »

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