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04 Apr

Student Perspective: Alicia Thomas

Alicia Thomas, RTS, from the University of Missouri, says it’s her goal to spread awareness of the respiratory therapy profession and ultimately help the profession grow. As she approaches graduation, Thomas took a moment to reflect on the opportunities she’s received as an AARC student member, helping her develop skills and connections. Gaining Experience, Promoting… Read more »

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28 Mar

Battling Burnout in RT

High patient loads, new workplace demands, doing more with less — all of these realities in the typical hospital can lead to stress for health care providers like respiratory therapists, and that stress can quickly turn into burnout if it is not addressed. Two respiratory care managers explain what they’re doing to combat it in… Read more »

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28 Mar

Breaking Through the Excuses to Advance Your Degree – Laura Hartman

This month in our Breaking Through the Excuses series, we’ll learn how Laura Hartman, MHA, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, who recently completed her master’s program, advanced her degree. Laura’s Story “I am a respiratory care supervisor at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida,” Hartman said. “In many ways, my Master of Healthcare Administration degree has… Read more »

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28 Mar

Respiratory Managers Explain How They Track Ventilator-Associated Events

Five years ago the CDC replaced its ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) surveillance definitions with ventilator-associated event (VAE) definitions. In a paper published in the November edition of Respiratory Care, Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, from the department of population medicine at Harvard University, attributed the change to the complexity and subjectivity of the VAP definitions, their narrow… Read more »

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21 Mar

Catching Up with David Shelledy, AARC President 2003

This month in our Catching Up series, we’re learning more about David C. Shelledy, PhD, RRT, RPFT, FAARC, FASAHP, AARC president 2003. Shelledy shares details about his career path, road to presidency, as well as tips and advice for members interested in pursuing leadership roles in the AARC. Describe Your Career Path “Professional service provides… Read more »

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21 Mar

Wearable Respiratory Devices: RTs on the Cutting Edge

Research suggests wearable devices aimed at monitoring patient behaviors and physiological parameters can help health care providers keep tabs on patient conditions outside of the acute care hospital. One study out of The Netherlands, for example, found good results for two internet-based activity monitors in measuring physical activity among COPD patients. Another trial conducted by… Read more »

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14 Mar

ALA’s State of Lung Cancer Report: What RTs Need to Know

The American Lung Association has just released a first-of-its-kind report detailing the impact lung cancer is making on the lives of Americans throughout the U.S. The report offers state-by-state data showing the discrepancies that exist between the states in everything from lung cancer incidence to early screening and diagnosis. “Nationally, the five-year survival rate for… Read more »

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