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25 Feb

25 Years of Smoke-Free Flying

Airline Smoking Ban has Roots in the AARC Twenty-five years ago this month, airline passengers boarding domestic flights of six hours or less were finally assured of a smoke-free environment, as the initial ban on smoking on flights of two hours or less passed by Congress in 1988 was extended to cover longer flights. What… Read more »

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25 Feb

Keeping Respiratory Therapy Patients Safe

On March 8, hospitals all across the country will mark National Patient Safety Awareness Week with educational events and other efforts aimed at ensuring their staffs know how to protect their patients from harm. Here at the AARC we work to help respiratory therapists ensure safe care for their patients through several projects and programs… Read more »

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19 Feb

Share Your Creative Side – Participate in the RC Week 2015 Theme Contest

It’s time for the AARC to create a theme for RC Week in 2015, and there’s no better way to get ideas than from inspired respiratory therapists! Share your creative side by submitting theme ‘phrase’ ideas to help generate excitement about the future of the respiratory profession, as well as generate more awareness of lung health issues and practices. Submit… Read more »

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18 Feb

Membership—Alpha and Omega

RTs Beginning and Ending Careers Have a Choice in Membership Options Two new membership programs are available to help people at the beginning and end of their career cycles. Students and retiring members will each benefit as AARC dues tiers are being developed to help both groups step into their new life roles. Early Renewal for… Read more »

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17 Feb

Good Press: AARC Members in the News

Rita Edwards Charlie Friderici Sharon Tucker Heather Esparza Frank Salvatore Kathleen Smith-Wenning Lera Foster Amber Dixon Jayne Matoian Rita Edwards talks about her hospital’s new lung cancer screening program in this article on mainlinehealth.org. Rita serves as a lung health navigator at the facility. Vicki Walters’ recent election to president of the Kentucky Society for… Read more »

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05 Feb

First Editor of RESPIRATORY CARE Passes Away

James Whitacre, MA, RRT and Jeff Ward, MEd, RRT, FAARC. The respiratory care community lost a pioneering member late last month with the passing of James Whitacre, MA, RRT, at the age of 93. One of the earliest members of the AARC, Whitacre served the Association on its Board of Directors in the late 1950s… Read more »

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29 Jan

Putting Patients First

Tom Kallstrom honored at third annual Patient Safety Summit More than 200,000 people in the U.S. die in hospitals every year due to patient safety errors that could easily be fixed by implementing simple practices available to every hospital out there today. Last weekend, leaders in the industry gathered for the third annual Patient Safety,… Read more »

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29 Jan

Popular Program Retires After 25 Years

Current Topics debuts this month For the past 25 years the AARC’s Professor’s Rounds series has been educating respiratory therapists about key topics in the profession. As respiratory therapists came together in department meeting rooms and other venues, they learned how to bring cutting edge therapies to their patients from some of the leading names… Read more »

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22 Jan

Good Press: AARC Members in the News

Debra Szymanski’s RT program is noted for earning the CoARC Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award for the third year in a row in this article in the Press and Guide out of Dearborn, MI. “It is a great honor to be recognized as a premiere program in the United States for three straight… Read more »

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15 Jan

Multidisciplinary Course Addresses Pulmonary Disease Education

As more and more focus is placed on reducing hospital readmissions, respiratory therapists are increasingly working with the multidisciplinary team to provide pulmonary disease management services. In collaboration with several other organizations, the AARC is launching a Pulmonary Disease Educator Course aimed at covering key components of pulmonary disease education for COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma,… Read more »

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