Articles by: Fernanda Teixeira

Study Finds Good Results for Respiratory Therapist-Led Protocol

August 7, 2017

Study Finds Good Results for Respiratory Therapist-Led Protocol

Determining when a patient is ready to wean from mechanical ventilation is essential to a successful extubation. Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN, believe an RT-led daily spontaneous breathing trial protocol can make a difference. In a study published ahead of print by Pediatric Critical Care... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

RT Autonomy Cited as Factor in Timely Use of NIV

August 7, 2017

RT Autonomy Cited as Factor in Timely Use of NIV

Studies have shown noninvasive ventilation (NIV) reduces the need for intubation in patients hospitalized with a severe exacerbation of COPD, and it also decreases hospital length of stay and mortality. So why aren’t more hospitals using it? To answer that question, U.S. researchers decided to conduct in-depth interviews with 32 clinicians at seven hospitals considered... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

This is Where Patient Advocacy Comes to Life

August 7, 2017

This is Where Patient Advocacy Comes to Life

RTs who have been on hand for past Summits attest to the value of the meeting. Respiratory therapists will travel to Indianapolis this October for AARC Congress 2017; however, one of the most meaningful aspects of the meeting will actually take place the day before the big event kicks off. That’s when AARC members will... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

Great Experiences Made at Summer Forum

July 31, 2017

Great Experiences Made at Summer Forum

The AARC hosted its annual Summer Forum in June, bringing together 430 attendees from across 46 states. From networking to learning, Summer Forum delivered great experiences for our members. “What I really liked about the Summer Forum was the opportunity to meet other therapists and learn their perspective on some of the issues and problems... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

July 31, 2017

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 »

 Fernanda Teixeira

Good Press: AARC Members in the News | July 2017

June 21, 2017

Good Press: AARC Members in the News | July 2017

Khris O’Brien Nancy Caldwell Mary Wightman Lisa Trujillo Karen Schell Dave Woldow Shane Pelletier Jason Moury Joe Lewarski KENS-TV in San Antonio, TX featured Daniel Zimmerman in a story about the U.S. Army’s Burn Flight Team. Made up of several other military RTs in addition to Zimmerman, this team is the only one of its... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

Home Oxygen Patients Need More from RTs

June 21, 2017

Home Oxygen Patients Need More from RTs

In 2016, the AARC circulated a survey aimed at looking at the role of the respiratory therapist in pre- and post-discharge practices specific to COPD. Now the results are in, and according to AARC Executive Director Thomas Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC, who co-authored an abstract on the study that was presented at the recent American... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

AARC Advocates for Its Patients

June 14, 2017

AARC Advocates for Its Patients

The AARC has sent comments to the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders with copies to all Senators advocating for affordable and effective health care for patients with chronic respiratory disease. By now you are aware the House of Representatives passed a bill known as the American Health Care Act.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, the... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

Two Schools Up Their Degree Programs

June 6, 2017

Two Schools Up Their Degree Programs

Educational needs in the respiratory care profession continue to increase and two schools have just announced new degree programs aimed at producing RT graduates who can rise to the next level. Transitioning to the BS level A goal nearly a decade in the making was realized at Molloy College on Long Island in New York... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

AARC Mourns the Loss of 1989 President Paul Mathews

May 25, 2017

AARC Mourns the Loss of 1989 President Paul Mathews

The AARC was saddened to learn of the death of Paul Mathews, PhD, RRT, FCCM, FCCP, FAARC. Dr. Mathews passed away on May 25 after a long illness. A member of the AARC since 1966, Paul Mathews earned his certificate in inhalation therapy from Yale New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, CT, where his... Read more »

 Fernanda Teixeira

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