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14 Feb

Members Share Input: New Issue Paper Open for Review

Now through Feb. 22, 2019, AARC members will have the opportunity to share their input regarding a new Issue Paper. The AARC publishes position statements and issue papers to promote patient safety, quality care, access to respiratory therapy, and cost control. The Position Statements and Issue Papers Committee recently drafted the following new Issue Paper:… Read more »

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13 Feb

FDA Approves First Generic Version of Advair

Asthma and COPD patients who use the Advair Diskus got some good news last week when the FDA approved the first generic version of the respiratory medication. Generic Advair Diskus is indicated for the twice-daily treatment of asthma in patients aged four years and older and maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations in… Read more »

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13 Feb

Video Wrap-up: Patient Advocacy Summit Brings RTs Together with Patients, Families

Enable cookies to see embeded content. The AARC brought respiratory therapists together with patients, families, and patient advocacy organizations at the fourth Annual Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit held in conjunction with AARC Congress 2018 in Las Vegas last December. “The Patient Advocacy Summit is an opportunity for patients, caregivers, respiratory therapists, and students to collaborate… Read more »

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13 Feb

The Long-Term Effects of Tonsillectomies: What RTs Need to Know

The tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed in children, and physicians have long believed it can treat problems like recurrent throat infections or obstructive sleep apnea with no lasting effect on long-term health. Research published in JAMA Otolaryngology last summer suggests otherwise. When Danish investigators looked at data on 1.2 million people… Read more »

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13 Feb

RTs Expand the Profession’s Reach

Ryan Sharkey (seconf from left) with colleagues (L to R) Zheng Zheng Zhang, Sun Xin, and JinHao Tao in China. Ryan M. Sharkey, MSc, RRT, RRT-NPS, has been traveling to China once a year for the past three years to help expand the knowledge and practice of respiratory care in China. His primary focus is… Read more »

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13 Feb

Tips for Starting an ECMO Program

“Our program began out of the need to have another tool in our arsenal for helping patients that have ARDS,” said Julie Jackson, BS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, a manager at UnityPoint Health – Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She explains that their need and value for an ECMO program may be different than others since they are… Read more »

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06 Feb

3D Printing Enhances Student Learning

Enable cookies to see embeded content. As part of Big Ideas Theater 2018, Samantha Davis, MS, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, CHSE, explains how 3D printing helps to enhance student learning, specifically when exploring congenital heart defects. Watch More Big Ideas Theater Davis teaches neo-natal/pediatric respiratory care at Boise State University and one of the big topics… Read more »

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06 Feb

Increasing Team Collaboration

“The importance of team collaboration cannot be overstated,” said Steve Abplanalp, RRT, executive director of Respiratory Care and Sleep Services at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah. “In the matrixed, complex, and rapidly changing environment that is health care, success or failure depends on our ability as respiratory care leaders to team and collaborate with others.” Team… Read more »

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