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04 Dec

Study Says: RTs Offer Value as Inpatient COPD Educators

A study published ahead of print by Hospital Topics on Oct. 17 found a COPD inpatient education program using existing respiratory therapy staff in an academic health system in Pennsylvania reduced hospital length of stay and associated costs. AARC member Daniel Ofak, RRT, RRT-NPS, who recently took on a new job as director of respiratory… Read more »

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04 Dec

Expanding COPD Care Through Patient Education

Patient care reaches far beyond the hospital doors. And it’s through patient education opportunities where your care exponentially expands. Mike Hess, MPH, RRT, RPFT, a lung disease coordinator in Michigan, shares his tips in looking beyond the basics when it comes to COPD patient education opportunities. Know your medicine “First and foremost, I always recommend… Read more »

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22 Nov

COPD: Tips for Patient Education

Camp Breathless proved to be an invaluable education opportunity for patients with COPD. Fostering an environment where your patients with COPD can take ownership of their disease, learning to best manage and recognize their symptoms. This starts with patient education. Mary Hart, MS, RRT, AEC, FAARC, FCCP, offers her tips and advice for helping educate… Read more »

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20 Nov

The COPD National Action Plan – Tracking Progress

In keeping with November as COPD Awareness Month, the AARC participated in a recent meeting convened by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to discuss progress members of the COPD community have made in meeting goals and objectives laid out in the COPD National Action Plan (CNAP). Representatives from organizations from across the… Read more »

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20 Nov

COPD Tips for Reducing Readmissions

Improving quality of life for your patients—particularly those working to manage their COPD—remains a top priority for respiratory therapists. Helping your patients stay strong, healthy, and knowledgeable to manage their symptoms, thereby avoiding the hospital, helps strengthen their quality of life. Julie Smith, MHA, RRT, manager of respiratory care and ECLS services at Unity Point… Read more »

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20 Nov

Tips for Balancing Your Team’s Workload

The workload in any RT department is a fluid thing – it changes by the season, by the day, and sometimes even by the hour if an emergency arises. Therapists know health care is unpredictable and they have to roll with the punches, but when the workload they were handed at the beginning of the… Read more »

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14 Nov

Student Video Contest Winners Announced

(From Left to Right) Back row: Teirra Ferris, Rebecca Ewing, Katelyn Caldwell, Allison Pitts; Middle row: Jaclyn Busin, Amber Tolnar, Bailie Pago; Front row: Megan May and Breanna Schlatter Announced at the Student Symposium for New Professionals at AARC Congress 2019, students from Laurel Technical Institute in Hermitage, PA, were congratulated by their peers for… Read more »

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