Articles tagged with: Clinical Perspectives

COPD Care Bundle Aligns With COPD National Action Plan

September 11, 2017

COPD Care Bundle Aligns With COPD National Action Plan

Developed at the request of Congress by the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute, the first ever published COPD National Action Plan was released on May 23, 2017 with input from the AARC, COPD Foundation, and the broad COPD community. The plan provides an outline for respiratory therapists and others to take coordinated actions to improve... Read more »

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Attention RTs: Free E-book on Clinical Acid-Base

August 22, 2017

Attention RTs: Free E-book on Clinical Acid-Base

Mastering clinical acid-base is key to providing respiratory care, and now RTs can take advantage of a free Kindle Edition e-book on the topic available August 23-27 on Amazon. All you’ll need is the Kindle app and an Amazon account to purchase the free e-book. Written by Benjamin Abelow, MD, The Painless Guide to Mastering... Read more »

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This is How AARC Members are Implementing the COPD National Action Plan

August 21, 2017

This is How AARC Members are Implementing the COPD National Action Plan

The COPD National Action Plan released by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute last spring included five overarching goals aimed at: Promoting public awareness and understanding of COPD. Increasing the skills and education of health care providers. Encouraging increased data collection, analysis, and sharing. Increasing and sustaining COPD research. Fostering collaboration to translate the... Read more »

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USP 800: What RTs Need to Know

July 11, 2017

USP 800: What RTs Need to Know

USP Chapter 800 takes effect July 1, 2018, and medical facilities are likely reviewing and implementing all of the precautions set forth in the chapter now in order to meet the new standards. Health care professionals who administer hazardous drugs (HDs) will come under new protections as of July 1, 2018. USP Chapter 800 will... Read more »

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Texas RTs Take on Intubations

July 10, 2017

Texas RTs Take on Intubations

Cross-training intubation skills at Texas Health Southwest in Fort Worth has proven successful with more than half of the RTs in the cardiopulmonary department now handling Code Blue intubations. At Texas Health Southwest in Fort Worth, CRNAs traditionally managed emergent intubations. This included paging them to the floor unit and pulling them away from the... Read more »

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AARC Members Co-Author New ARDS Guidelines

May 9, 2017

AARC Members Co-Author New ARDS Guidelines

AARC members Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC, and Richard Branson, MS, RRT, FAARC, are among the authors of a new set of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) on the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Published in this month’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the evidence-based CPGs focus on the use of mechanical ventilation in adult... Read more »

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Guidelines Call for Revision in Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis

February 9, 2017

Guidelines Call for Revision in Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis

  Respiratory therapists may soon see a change in the way their cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are diagnosed with the disease. An international group of researchers publishing in a supplement to this month’s edition of The Journal of Pediatrics has developed a new set of guidelines that widen the diagnostic criteria. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation... Read more »

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Get the Resources You Need to Help Patients Like Brian Quit Smoking

December 21, 2016

Get the Resources You Need to Help Patients Like Brian Quit Smoking

Brian grew up with parents who smoked, so when he took his first puff at age eight he never even considered smoking was something that could harm his health. As a respiratory therapist, you work with tobacco dependent patients like Brian every day. Every encounter you have with them is an opportunity to educate them... Read more »

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RT Role in COPD Care Outlined in New Report

November 30, 2016

RT Role in COPD Care Outlined in New Report

The role of the respiratory therapist figures heavily in a new report published in the October 2016 issue (Volume 3, Issue 4) of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation. The report outlines the results from the second annual National COPD Readmissions Summit, which was convened by the COPD Foundation in March of... Read more »

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Big Ideas Theater: Dr. Neil MacIntyre Explains the ABCDEF Bundle

November 17, 2016

Big Ideas Theater: Dr. Neil MacIntyre Explains the ABCDEF Bundle

Enable cookies to see embeded content. If you work in an ICU, you’ve probably at least heard of the ABCDEF Bundle. Developed by critical care experts who reviewed randomized controlled trials on the ventilator liberation process, the bundle is aimed at getting more patients off mechanical ventilation as quickly as possible through the use of... Read more »

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