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28 Nov

Teaching Empathy: One Educator’s Perspective

Nearly every health care professional out there today got into the field because they wanted to help sick people get better. Those altruistic tendencies, however, can and sometimes do go by the wayside in the face of busy shifts, uncooperative patients, and cumbersome bureaucracy. Respiratory therapists are not immune to this erosion in compassion, but… 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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10 Oct

Dealing with Patient Death and Dying: Advice for RTs

Respiratory therapists go to work every day thinking about how they can save the lives of their patients. But some of those patients will inevitably die, and coping with those situations can be a challenge for clinicians who are educated and trained to keep people breathing. Stephanie Williams, BS, RRT, is director of community programs… Read more »

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15 Aug

Lung Therapy Set to Music

The Austin-based Harmonicas for Health group at the Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit in San Antonio, TX. Kitty Collins, BHS, RRT, a respiratory therapist at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, TX, set her patients’ lung exercises to a unique rhythm through their music therapy program. As part of the COPD Foundation’s Harmonicas for Health program,… Read more »

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26 Jun

Building Patient Trust Requires Action

The relationship between the RT and patient must be built with trust. Having a strong foundation of patient trust is mutually beneficial, and ultimately leads to an overall improved patient experience. AARC Member Karen M. Sicard, RRT, RCP, discusses the importance of building trust and offers suggestions. Be active “Patient trust. In my 40 years… Read more »

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06 Jun

Tips for Educating Patients

From face-to-face instruction to video demonstrations, RTs use a variety of methods to educate patients so they can be active participants in managing their care. AARC Members Bill Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC, and Krystal Craddock, BSRC, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, share their tips and best practices for educating patients. RAMP-2-FAME Galvin keeps the acronym RAMP-2-FAME… Read more »

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30 May

Helping Patients Find Hope While Living with Chronic Diseases

Respiratory therapists have a unique opportunity to work with patients living with chronic diseases. These diseases, like cystic fibrosis, are hard on the patient and affect them physically and emotionally. How do you help your patients find hope in their health challenges? Empowering our patients Krystal Craddock, BSRC, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, once asked a COPD… Read more »

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