Articles tagged with: Clinical Perspectives

ATS, ACCP, Publish New Ventilator Discontinuation Guidelines

November 10, 2016

ATS, ACCP, Publish New Ventilator Discontinuation Guidelines

New guidelines from the American Thoracic Society and American College of Chest Physicians may provide additional guidance for clinicians like respiratory therapists who manage patients on mechanical ventilation. Developed by a committee of experts, the guidelines are an update to the 2001 CHEST guideline on ventilator liberation and are based on the most recent evidence... Read more »

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How Do You Use Incentive Spirometry?

November 8, 2016

How Do You Use Incentive Spirometry?

The AARC has been asked to disseminate a survey among its membership aimed at finding out how therapists use incentive spirometry on the job. Developed by a medical student as part of a research project, the five-minute survey is also being circulated among nurses. So take a few minutes to weigh in on this important... Read more »

 

Smoking Leads to Excessive Cancer Deaths, More Money for Tobacco Control Could Help

October 31, 2016

Smoking Leads to Excessive Cancer Deaths, More Money for Tobacco Control Could Help

Respiratory therapists regularly advocate for increased spending on tobacco control measures. Unfortunately, tobacco control often gets the short end of the stick in state budgets. New research from investigators at the American Cancer Society suggests that’s taking a toll. Based on large prospective U.S. studies and state-specific smoking prevalence data, they calculated the population-attributable fraction... Read more »

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Open Letter Reminds RTs Why We Do What We Do

October 12, 2016

Open Letter Reminds RTs Why We Do What We Do

Peter DeMarco and his wife, Laura Levis, hiking together last summer in Scotland. Credit Photo courtesy of Peter DeMarco When a patient is near death in the hospital, family members need more than just competent care for their loved one. They need compassion too. Clinicians at CHA Cambridge Hospital in Boston, MA, were there for... Read more »

 

Minnesota RTs Help Implement Continuous Capnography Program

October 6, 2016

Minnesota RTs Help Implement Continuous Capnography Program

Lange believes other therapists can play a significant role in similar programs in their facilities and urges them to take on the challenge Respiratory depression is a serious medical problem that can lead to unnecessary death. Continuous capnography can alert clinicians to the development of respiratory depression in time to do something about it. Hospitals... Read more »

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New Cystic Fibrosis Guidelines Fill a Gap for Preschoolers

September 29, 2016

New Cystic Fibrosis Guidelines Fill a Gap for Preschoolers

New guidelines on CF care for preschoolers may add an important component to your CF program. Guidelines have long existed for the care of infants with cystic fibrosis and children and adults age six and older. However, a gap has existed for kids between the ages of two and five. Now, new clinical practice guidelines from... Read more »

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Join the Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit at AARC Congress 2016

July 5, 2016

Join the Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit at AARC Congress 2016

Register for the Summit Today! Deadline Sept. 30, 2016 Oct. 14, 2016 • San Antonio, Texas • 11:45 am–5:00 pm Do you have a passion for improving the quality of care and life for your respiratory patients and plan on attending AARC Congress in San Antonio? Then join the movement and come to Congress one-day early... Read more »

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