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26 Apr

New Guidelines Tout Pulmonary Rehab, Home Care, for COPD

Respiratory therapists know pulmonary rehabilitation can help COPD patients regain lost functioning, and many believe these patients can be effectively treated at home when the condition flares up as well. In a new set of guidelines aimed at helping clinicians care for COPD patients with an acute exacerbation, the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory… Read more »

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08 Mar

COPD Foundation Founder Passes Away

Photo Courtesy of the COPD Foundation/Alpha 1 Foundation The AARC was saddened to learn of the death of COPD Foundation Founder and Director Emeritus John Walsh, who passed away on Tuesday after complications from an accident he suffered last year. According to the COPD Foundation, Walsh “lived each day pushing himself to advocate for those… Read more »

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09 Feb

GOLD Issues 2017 Report

The 2017 GOLD Report includes some notable changes for respiratory therapists involved in the care, treatment, and disease management of COPD patients. Developed by an internationally-recognized group of clinicians, the updated recommendations specifically call for – Separation of spirometric values from the “ABCD” grouping of patients by symptoms and risk of exacerbations. According to the… Read more »

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30 Nov

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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02 Nov

November is the Month to Build Your COPD Skills

Here’s a rundown of what we have available for you — and for your patients and your colleagues too: Our Alpha-1 Course covers everything from pathobiology to optimal management to emerging therapies for the leading genetic cause of COPD. Our Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators will bring you up to speed on the portable systems… Read more »

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02 Nov

COPD Month: We’re Raising Awareness, You Should Too!

November is COPD Awareness Month, and that means we all need to get out into our communities and let people know what this chronic lung disease is all about and how respiratory therapists are involved in its treatment. Go Orange! Here at the AARC, we’re posting COPD-related messages on our social media pages throughout November,… Read more »

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