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11 Jan

AARC RFP: A Needs Assessment Study

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) invites qualified organizations to submit a bid for conducting a national needs assessment in accordance with the attached project description for Exploring the Status of Non-Physician Advanced Practice Provider Employment Density and Sufficiency of Educational Background in the Care of Patients with Cardiopulmonary Disease. The AARC is seeking a… Read more »

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30 Nov

RT Role in COPD Care Outlined in New Report

The role of the respiratory therapist figures heavily in a new report published in the October 2016 issue (Volume 3, Issue 4) of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation. The report outlines the results from the second annual National COPD Readmissions Summit, which was convened by the COPD Foundation in March of… Read more »

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17 Nov

Big Ideas Theater: Dr. Neil MacIntyre Explains the ABCDEF Bundle

If you work in an ICU, you’ve probably at least heard of the ABCDEF Bundle. Developed by critical care experts who reviewed randomized controlled trials on the ventilator liberation process, the bundle is aimed at getting more patients off mechanical ventilation as quickly as possible through the use of evidence-based strategies. Attendees at AARC Congress… Read more »

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10 Nov

ATS, ACCP, Publish New Ventilator Discontinuation Guidelines

New guidelines from the American Thoracic Society and American College of Chest Physicians may provide additional guidance for clinicians like respiratory therapists who manage patients on mechanical ventilation. Developed by a committee of experts, the guidelines are an update to the 2001 CHEST guideline on ventilator liberation and are based on the most recent evidence… Read more »

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08 Nov

How Do You Use Incentive Spirometry?

The AARC has been asked to disseminate a survey among its membership aimed at finding out how therapists use incentive spirometry on the job. Developed by a medical student as part of a research project, the five-minute survey is also being circulated among nurses. So take a few minutes to weigh in on this important… Read more »

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31 Oct

Smoking Leads to Excessive Cancer Deaths, More Money for Tobacco Control Could Help

Respiratory therapists regularly advocate for increased spending on tobacco control measures. Unfortunately, tobacco control often gets the short end of the stick in state budgets. New research from investigators at the American Cancer Society suggests that’s taking a toll. Based on large prospective U.S. studies and state-specific smoking prevalence data, they calculated the population-attributable fraction… Read more »

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06 Oct

Minnesota RTs Help Implement Continuous Capnography Program

Lange believes other therapists can play a significant role in similar programs in their facilities and urges them to take on the challenge Respiratory depression is a serious medical problem that can lead to unnecessary death. Continuous capnography can alert clinicians to the development of respiratory depression in time to do something about it. Hospitals… Read more »

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