Articles tagged with: Patient Care

Helping Patients Find Hope While Living with Chronic Diseases

May 30, 2018

Helping Patients Find Hope While Living with Chronic Diseases

Respiratory therapists have a unique opportunity to work with patients living with chronic diseases. These diseases, like cystic fibrosis, are hard on the patient and affect them physically and emotionally. How do you help your patients find hope in their health challenges? Empowering our patients Krystal Craddock, BSRC, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, once asked a COPD... Read more »

 

Delivering 360 Degree Patient Care: Lost and Found, Home Repair to the Rescue

May 16, 2018

Delivering 360 Degree Patient Care: Lost and Found, Home Repair to the Rescue

Michele Sawyer, center, gathers with team members at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, from left to right, back row, Joseph Whitten, RRT, director of respiratory and Alex Garvey, PhD, senior vice president of mission; front row, Julie Jackson, RN, left, and Kathleen Burgess, MCM, MeD, RRT, right. Patients are, first and foremost, people. And... Read more »

 

Educating Team Members on Asthma: How RTs Can Lead the Way

May 8, 2018

Educating Team Members on Asthma: How RTs Can Lead the Way

Respiratory therapists are the lung health experts, and as such, have a responsibility to share their knowledge with physicians, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team. Nowhere is that truer than with asthma. According to the CDC, asthma affects 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 10 children living in the U.S., and they all... Read more »

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Asthma Action Plans Enhance Patient Care

May 1, 2018

Asthma Action Plans Enhance Patient Care

Each patient you treat is unique. While symptoms between patients may be similar, the treatment and care you give will be distinctive for the individual. For your asthma patients, an asthma action plan can help deliver unified and strategic care. AARC Members Doug Gardenhire, EdD, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC, and Dave Burnett, PhD, RRT, AE-C, share... Read more »

 

E-Cigarettes: Should RTs Use Them to Help People Quit?

April 25, 2018

E-Cigarettes: Should RTs Use Them to Help People Quit?

The buzz surrounding e-cigarettes is loud and confusing. While the manufacturers of these products — and some health professionals as well — tout them as a way to help people quit smoking, others say the science just isn’t there to make that recommendation. A recent study out of Harvard Medical School suggests proceeding with caution... Read more »

 

Caring for Patients with Special Needs

April 18, 2018

Caring for Patients with Special Needs

Amber Galer enjoys helping youngsters like Daniel with their respiratory care needs. (Photo taken by Richard Stowell and courtesy of Shriners Hospital.) AARC Members Amber Galer, BS, RRT, and Garner Faulkner II, BSRC, RRT, AE-C, share stories of how they deliver compassionate care to those with special needs. Salt Lake City, UT . . .... Read more »

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Improving Remote Care

April 11, 2018

Improving Remote Care

Technology tools help assist RTs with all aspects of delivering and managing care. They can even help RTs deliver care beyond the boundaries of the clinic. Micaela Sarazen, BSRT, RRT, RRT-NPS, a neuromuscular respiratory therapist at UC Davis Medical Center, shares how she uses technology tools to enhance her team’s delivery of remote care for... Read more »

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California Respiratory Therapists Expand into Telehealth

March 26, 2018

California Respiratory Therapists Expand into Telehealth

Neuromuscular disease patients need ongoing support, and respiratory therapists are an integral part of their multidisciplinary care team. A pilot project implemented by Micaela Sarazen, BSRT, RRT, and her colleagues at UC Davis in Sacramento, CA, in partnership with a local DME provider suggests telehealth may offer new opportunities for RTs to expand their role... Read more »

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

March 14, 2018

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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Delivering 360-Degree Patient Care: Build Trust, Dance it Out

March 14, 2018

Delivering 360-Degree Patient Care: Build Trust, Dance it Out

The patients respiratory therapists see at the bedside every day are in need of immediate care to treat their acute conditions. But those very same patients — many of them suffering from chronic lung conditions like asthma and COPD — need help beyond that acute exacerbation too. How do RTs care for the whole patient?... Read more »

 

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