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21 Aug

This is How AARC Members are Implementing the COPD National Action Plan

The COPD National Action Plan released by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute last spring included five overarching goals aimed at: Promoting public awareness and understanding of COPD. Increasing the skills and education of health care providers. Encouraging increased data collection, analysis, and sharing. Increasing and sustaining COPD research. Fostering collaboration to translate the… Read more »

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31 Jul

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, making this a great opportunity to remind your patients to get their appropriate vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of American adults get sick each year from diseases that vaccines can prevent. For patients with asthma or COPD, vaccines are an important step… Read more »

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11 Jul

USP 800: What RTs Need to Know

USP Chapter 800 takes effect July 1, 2018, and medical facilities are likely reviewing and implementing all of the precautions set forth in the chapter now in order to meet the new standards. Health care professionals who administer hazardous drugs (HDs) will come under new protections as of July 1, 2018. USP Chapter 800 will… Read more »

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10 Jul

Texas RTs Take on Intubations

Cross-training intubation skills at Texas Health Southwest in Fort Worth has proven successful with more than half of the RTs in the cardiopulmonary department now handling Code Blue intubations. At Texas Health Southwest in Fort Worth, CRNAs traditionally managed emergent intubations. This included paging them to the floor unit and pulling them away from the… Read more »

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26 Apr

New Guidelines Tout Pulmonary Rehab, Home Care, for COPD

Respiratory therapists know pulmonary rehabilitation can help COPD patients regain lost functioning, and many believe these patients can be effectively treated at home when the condition flares up as well. In a new set of guidelines aimed at helping clinicians care for COPD patients with an acute exacerbation, the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory… Read more »

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