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14 Nov

Smoking Cessation for Pregnant Women

By Mary P. Martinasek, Ph.D, RRT, and Allison Barthel, Student Researcher Mary P. Martinasek, Ph.D, RRT Allison Barthel, Student Researcher Smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of disease and disability in the U.S. One of every five deaths per year has been attributed to cigarette smoking.[1] Additionally, smoking is also one of the… Read more »

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14 Nov

3 Things RTs Can Do to Improve Quality of Life for COPD Patients

Often COPD can impair a patient’s quality of life. What can RTs do to help their patients improve their quality of life? Stephanie Williams, BS, RRT, director of community programs, with the COPD Foundation offers tips for working with your COPD patients and helping improve their quality of life. November is COPD Awareness Month Tip… Read more »

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09 Nov

FDA Announces New OTC Option, AARC Raises Concerns

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced approval of Primatene Mist for over-the-counter (OTC) use to provide temporary relief for symptoms of mild, intermittent asthma for patients age 12 years and older who have been diagnosed with asthma by a health care provider. The American Association for Respiratory Care came out… Read more »

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08 Nov

Best Practices When Shopping AARC

Be an aware and informed shopper. AARC Congress 2018 is coming up Dec. 4-7 in Las Vegas, and it has recently come to the Association’s attention that potential attendees and exhibitors alike are being targeted by outside entities with unauthorized registration and housing registration claims. How can you be sure you’re signing up for the… Read more »

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08 Nov

Developing an Inpatient Education Program

Equipping your patients with the skills and knowledge to better manage and understand their diseases, such as COPD, establishes a strong partnership in their health care. Developing an inpatient education program helps make this possible. AARC Member Kim Bennion, MsHS, RRT, CH, shares her tips for helping your patients Discovering the need for inpatient education… Read more »

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08 Nov

Finding Rewards in Your Work

Being a respiratory therapist is hard. Not just hard work, which of course, is part of the mix, but hard in the sense that you must deal with difficult patient situations where the outcomes are not always assured or positive. Finding rewards in this type of work can be a challenge, but respiratory therapists who… Read more »

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