Articles tagged with: Patient Care

Educating Youth about the Dangers of Smoking

August 29, 2018

Educating Youth about the Dangers of Smoking

Smoking cigarettes has always had a certain appeal to children anxious to try out perceived adult behaviors. But picking up the habit in childhood can have lasting – and devastating – effects. Respiratory therapists can play a big role in making sure fewer children take up the habit and end up with a smoking-related disease.... Read more »

 

Patient Advocacy Summit Sets Focus on Improving Care

August 22, 2018

Patient Advocacy Summit Sets Focus on Improving Care

Enable cookies to see embeded content. The value of the annual Patient Advocacy Summit takes focus in this episode of Big Ideas Theater. Amber Galer, BS, RRT, discusses the 2017 summit and explains how the annual summits are rooted in the needs of the patients. According to Galer, the Summit gives patients a chance to... Read more »

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Lung Therapy Set to Music

August 15, 2018

Lung Therapy Set to Music

The Austin-based Harmonicas for Health group at the Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit in San Antonio, TX. Kitty Collins, BHS, RRT, a respiratory therapist at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, TX, set her patients’ lung exercises to a unique rhythm through their music therapy program. As part of the COPD Foundation’s Harmonicas for Health program,... Read more »

 

Delivering 360 Degree Patient Care: Empowerment, Finding Connections, & Giant Microbes!

August 1, 2018

Delivering 360 Degree Patient Care: Empowerment, Finding Connections, & Giant Microbes!

Caring for the “whole” patient means many different things to many different people. But the bottom line for all is ensuring patients receive the compassionate care they need to heal. In our final 360 Degree Patient Care article, two RTs explain how they take their whole patient into account during the delivery of respiratory care. The... Read more »

 

How RTs Can Help Battle Occupational Asthma

July 19, 2018

How RTs Can Help Battle Occupational Asthma

According to a recent report from the CDC, 33,307 people between the ages of 15 and 64 died from asthma between 1999 and 2016. What caused those deaths? For an estimated 3,664-6,994 of them, an occupational exposure to a hazardous substance may have been to blame. Men working in food, beverage, and tobacco products manufacturing;... Read more »

 

Big Ideas Theater, Episode 16: Portable Oxygen Concentrators

July 11, 2018

Big Ideas Theater, Episode 16: Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Enable cookies to see embeded content. In this episode of Big Ideas Theater, Kim Wiles, BS, RRT, CPFT, FAARC, vice president of Respiratory Services, discusses portable oxygen concentrators and the importance of knowing their limitations. Portable Oxygen Concentrators Guide According to Wiles, oxygen delivery is different in the home, where pulse delivery is used instead... Read more »

 

What RTs Can Do to Keep Smokers from Losing Hope

July 11, 2018

What RTs Can Do to Keep Smokers from Losing Hope

Quitting smoking is the hardest thing many people will ever try to do in their lives, and most of them have to make multiple attempts before they are successful. Ensuring these smokers don’t lose hope during the prolonged journey toward tobacco freedom can be hard for clinicians like respiratory therapists. Two RTs who specialize in... Read more »

 

PFTs in Children: Which Interface is Best?

July 3, 2018

PFTs in Children: Which Interface is Best?

Performing pulmonary function tests in young children can pose special challenges, in part because they don’t like the mouthpiece and noseclips required for many of the tests. A recent study in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis found the facemask could be a more child-friendly option for the multiple breath washout (MBW) test, which is often... Read more »

 

Building Patient Trust Requires Action

June 26, 2018

Building Patient Trust Requires Action

The relationship between the RT and patient must be built with trust. Having a strong foundation of patient trust is mutually beneficial, and ultimately leads to an overall improved patient experience. AARC Member Karen M. Sicard, RRT, RCP, discusses the importance of building trust and offers suggestions. Be active “Patient trust. In my 40 years... Read more »

 

Tips for Educating Patients

June 6, 2018

Tips for Educating Patients

From face-to-face instruction to video demonstrations, RTs use a variety of methods to educate patients so they can be active participants in managing their care. AARC Members Bill Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC, and Krystal Craddock, BSRC, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, share their tips and best practices for educating patients. RAMP-2-FAME Galvin keeps the acronym RAMP-2-FAME... Read more »

 

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