February 22, 2013
Clarifies ACLS Policies
The American Heart Association has clarified that respiratory therapists
are eligible to take ACLS and PALS courses as well as become an instructor.
A collaborative call has resulted in a clear statement on the issue.
Mobile-Optimized RESPIRATORY CARE
The new and enhanced RESPIRATORY CARE
website is now optimized for easier viewing on ALL smartphones. Just enter
on your phone browser and the site will recognize your device and display
the contents: current issue, archives of previous issues, papers in press,
The Journal has introduced lots of new features over the past couple
of months and they appear to be making an impact. Our Facebook
page just topped 1,000 “likes”! Visit and
add your “like” to the mix.
Keeping Up with Friends
Speaking of Facebook, AARC PACT member Ronda Bradley has been using it
to connect with her members of Congress. By “friending” them,
she can see when they’ll be where. That came in very handy last
week when she was trying to firm up a Capitol Hill Lobby Day meeting with
one Congressman. Our annual day on the Hill is still a few weeks away–March
12–but our Virtual Lobby Week starts March 1, so plan now to call
or email your members of Congress in support of your PACT reps.
New England won’t soon forget the Blizzard of 2013, which barreled
across their states over a week ago. Connecticut got the worst of it,
and AARC member Mary Ann Couture shares what it was like to work under
those conditions. See how she and her colleagues kept things running like
clockwork–even when it meant a trip outdoors during the height of
Let AARC Times Know What You Want in 2014
AARC Times is planning its 2014 editorial calendar now, and AARC
members are invited to submit ideas for clinical topics. Editor Marsha
Cathcart posted a short blog with the details on AARConnect. Go weigh
in with your ideas.
ARCF Education Recognition Awards: Get a Head Start Now
The American Respiratory Care Foundation offers several Education Recognition
Awards for students and they all require submission of a paper or essay.
While the application deadline isn’t till June 15, now is a good
time to get started on the application process. The online application
and paper submission guidelines are available on the ARCF website.
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