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August 4, 2011

AARC to Participate in Development of COPD Inpatient Protocol
The AARC is joining colleagues from other key organizations in a new effort to develop a protocol for the management of inpatients with COPD. This effort will seek to address deficiencies and opportunities in emergency department, acute care, and post discharge of patients with COPD. The first meeting occurred July 28.

The AARC is expanding!
Our servers and network have reached their capacity.  As a result, we are in the process of upgrading.  Starting Friday morning, Aug. 12, all of our online services will be unavailable.  You will not be able to register for courses, take online tests, or use AARConnect.  We expect to be back in service Sunday Aug. 14. Thank you for your patience as we improve our ability to serve our members.

Enter the AARC Times Photo Contest
Be sure to snap some great shots of your co-workers and/or patients in action and then submit them to our 2011 AARC Times’ Photo Contest. We’re awarding free AARC membership on renewal to all of our winners, and the grand prize winner will see his/her photo on the cover of our Feb. 2012 issue! All photos must be submitted by Sept. 10.

Benchmarking Made Just for RC
Benchmarking is a key tool in hospitals today, but standard systems often fall short when it comes to RC departments. The AARC Benchmarking System is the answer. Developed especially for RC departments, it’s your best bet for supporting administrative decisions and identifying and promoting best professional practices.

Obesity-Related RC Takes Center Stage in Aug. 10 Webcast
Obesity complicates respiratory care for many patients, and next Wed. you’ll have the chance to learn more about the special care these patients need in a webcast on “Respiratory Care of the Morbidly Obese Patient.” Sign up now to hear John D. Davies, MA, RRT, FAARC, discuss the impact of obesity on the respiratory system and how to effectively ventilate the obese patient. Attend the live session and earn one FREE CRCE.

Good Press: AARC Members in the News
This edition of our popular column includes lots of great stories, including one from a member who was surprised by a phone call from local radio DJs, who reported that she had been nominated as a “Wonder Woman” by one of her patients.

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