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19 Feb

Good Press | February 2020

This month’s edition of Good Press features members saving lives, celebrating milestones, and sharing expertise with local news outlets.

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12 Feb

#AARCmemberforlife | Virtual Scavenger Hunt Shows Value of Membership

AARC member Helena F. Medkiff, MSHCM, RRT, RRT-NPS, RPFT, AE-C, is currently the director of clinical education respiratory therapy and assistant professor of clinical cardiopulmonary science at Louisiana State University, School of Allied Health Professions. She teaches a respiratory fundamentals course at LSU, the first course students take that is specific to the respiratory system. Medkiff’s students are required to become student members of the AARC, but she doesn’t stop there in getting them more involved. During the second semester of her class, students take part in a virtual scavenger hunt assignment. The assignment involves the students visiting the multiple AARC websites and resources, to help them learn of all the benefits that come along with being a member.

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05 Feb

CHEST Makes Workforce Article Available to RT Community

Last fall, CHEST posted online an accepted paper that examined the cardiopulmonary workforce in the U.S., with special emphasis on the need for advanced practice providers (APPs) such as the advanced practice respiratory therapist (APRT) to meet ongoing needs. In response to a request from the AARC, the full text of that paper has now… Read more »

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05 Feb

#AARCLobby | Get Ready to TAKE ACTION

Our first #AARCLobby TAKE ACTION campaign for 2020 kicks off Monday, Feb. 10 and runs through Friday, Feb. 14. Now is the time to contact your elected officials regarding the CONNECT Act and SMART Act. Telehealth is Still a Priority The House and Senate have introduced identical versions of the CONNECT (Creating Opportunities Now for… Read more »

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31 Jan

AARC Board of Directors Announcement: Advance Practice Respiratory Therapist Scope of Practice

By 2030 the United States is predicted to have a shortfall of 1,300 to 12,000 Cardiologists and Pulmonologists. As identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three of the top five leading causes of death are diseases of the cardiopulmonary system. Combining these problems with the aging population in the United States obligates… Read more »

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29 Jan

#AARCLobby | Be An Advocate, Every Day

The AARC advocates each day to support the profession, and we encourage RTs all over the U.S. to join in the effort. We checked in with Terri Lesser, RRT, for her take on the importance and value of advocacy. Have an Advocacy Agenda Terri Lesser, RRT, graduated from Washburn University in May 1989 and has… Read more »

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29 Jan

The Emerging Role of the Respiratory Therapist in PAH

Enable cookies to see embeded content. As part of Big Ideas Theater 2019, Tonya Zeiger, RRT, CPFT, discusses the vital role respiratory therapists play in delivering care to patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. She explains how educational opportunities have grown through the partnering of the AARC and Pulmonary Hypertension Association to develop courses and credits… Read more »

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29 Jan

Antibiotics & Pneumonia – What You Should Know

Last summer, Intermountain Healthcare published a study on the effects of broad-spectrum antibiotics on patients with pneumonia. The study summarized that often the use of administering the antibiotics to these patients could do more harm than good. We asked AARC Member Mike Hess, MPH, RRT, RPFT, to share his key takeaways from the study. Mike’s… Read more »

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