Articles tagged with: Patient Care

Reaching Rural Patients

March 6, 2019

Reaching Rural Patients

People with chronic respiratory diseases need ongoing care and education to manage their conditions at home. But those who live in rural areas of the country are often forced to go it alone because the services they need are not easily accessed from their outlying locations. Respiratory therapists who work in the rural setting know... Read more »

 

Gathering Ventilator Alarm Data Supports Patient Safety

February 21, 2019

Gathering Ventilator Alarm Data Supports Patient Safety

Enable cookies to see embeded content. As part of Big Ideas Theater 2018, Richard Zink of Purdue University discusses the value of gathering ventilator alarm data and how it relates to patient safety. Watch More Big Ideas Theater Big Ideas Theater 2018 was filmed at the AARC Congress 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. Congress speakers... Read more »

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Assessment and Implications of Article Comparing E-cigarettes to Nicotine Replacement Therapies

February 21, 2019

Assessment and Implications of Article Comparing E-cigarettes to Nicotine Replacement Therapies

by Mary P. Martinasek Ph.D., RRT and Caroline Bakyta, student researcher Affiliation: University of Tampa Where things started Mary P. Martinasek Ph.D., RRT (top) and Caroline Bakyta (above), student researcher, share their take on the study and how RTs can best apply it. Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik patented the first commercially electronic cigarette (e-cigarette).[1] Lik... Read more »

 

Video Wrap-up: Patient Advocacy Summit Brings RTs Together with Patients, Families

February 13, 2019

Video Wrap-up: Patient Advocacy Summit Brings RTs Together with Patients, Families

Enable cookies to see embeded content. The AARC brought respiratory therapists together with patients, families, and patient advocacy organizations at the fourth Annual Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit held in conjunction with AARC Congress 2018 in Las Vegas last December. “The Patient Advocacy Summit is an opportunity for patients, caregivers, respiratory therapists, and students to collaborate... Read more »

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Advocating for Patients, Meeting Their Needs

February 6, 2019

Advocating for Patients, Meeting Their Needs

Tonya Loftin, back right, joins a patient and her aunt in advocating for issues important to those with respiratory conditions in the post-acute setting. The AARC joined forces with The FACES Foundation to honor one RT each year who stands out from the crowd when it comes to advocating for patients, and the 2018 honor... Read more »

 

What RTs Need to Know About Acute Flaccid Myelitis

January 30, 2019

What RTs Need to Know About Acute Flaccid Myelitis

The CDC has been monitoring cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) on a state-by-state basis since 2014 when the disease was first identified among children across the country. In 2018, 201 confirmed cases were reported in 40 states, the vast majority of them in children age 18 and younger. Due to the rise in the... Read more »

 

AARC Voice Heard at Patient Safety Movement Summit

January 23, 2019

AARC Voice Heard at Patient Safety Movement Summit

Tom Kallstrom, second from the left, joins his fellow panelists for a discussion of the leading causes of in-hospital preventable deaths. For the seventh year in a row, the AARC played an integral role in the Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit convened by the Patient Safety Movement. This year the Summit was... Read more »

 

New Report Highlights Flaws in Home Oxygen Therapy, Offers Steps Toward Improvement

January 16, 2019

New Report Highlights Flaws in Home Oxygen Therapy, Offers Steps Toward Improvement

Last fall, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) released a ATS Oxygen Workshop Report, complete with recommendations on how to improve home oxygen therapy. Deeming the current system inadequate, the report concludes that improved education and expectations will help us achieve optimal care. According to the report, “1.5 million adults in the U.S. use supplemental oxygen... Read more »

 

Avoiding Drug-Drug Interaction for Patients

January 16, 2019

Avoiding Drug-Drug Interaction for Patients

When delivering quality patient care, safety remains supreme. Taking the time to be mindful of your patient’s history and background will help you avoid harmful drug-drug interaction for patients. AARC Member Doug Gardenhire, EdD, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC, shares his tips on how RTs can avoid drug-drug interaction. “Drug safety is very important in respiratory therapy... Read more »

 

Educating Patients and Families

January 2, 2019

Educating Patients and Families

Every patient and informal caregiver dealing with a chronic disease needs patient education, and that’s especially true for those struggling to cope with a chronic disease that affects the ability to breathe. When taking that next breath no longer comes quite as naturally as it once did, people have questions, and they want answers. Respiratory... Read more »

 

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