Articles tagged with: Patient Care

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 »

 

Patient Safety Success Story

December 12, 2018

Patient Safety Success Story

Baylor University Medical Center dramatically reduces instances of Failure to Rescue: Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression Article courtesy of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Failure to identify and treat opioid-induced respiratory depression is unfortunately common with stories of patients found “dead in bed” in the hospital. That was the case for 12-year-old Leah Coufal. After undergoing successful... Read more »

 

FDA Launches New Campaign on Youth E-Cig Prevention

December 6, 2018

FDA Launches New Campaign on Youth E-Cig Prevention

The FDA launched “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign earlier this fall in an attempt to educate kids and teens about the dangers associated with e-cigarettes and vaping. The main message: e-cigarettes, just like traditional cigarettes, put young people at risk for addiction and other health consequences. According to the campaign, which is an... Read more »

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FDA Goes on the Offensive to Protect Children from E-Cigs

November 28, 2018

FDA Goes on the Offensive to Protect Children from E-Cigs

The FDA and CDC released new findings on the use of e-cigarettes among middle and high school students on Nov. 15 that show an alarming rise in the number of children using these products. In just one year, more than 1.5 million students were added to the number of children reporting use of e-cigarettes within... Read more »

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Teaching Empathy: One Educator’s Perspective

November 28, 2018

Teaching Empathy: One Educator’s Perspective

Nearly every health care professional out there today got into the field because they wanted to help sick people get better. Those altruistic tendencies, however, can and sometimes do go by the wayside in the face of busy shifts, uncooperative patients, and cumbersome bureaucracy. Respiratory therapists are not immune to this erosion in compassion, but... Read more »

 

Developing COPD Peer Support Groups

November 28, 2018

Developing COPD Peer Support Groups

Patient Education is an important tool for self-care. This GateWay Community College student is teaching diaphragmatic breathing by demonstrating and getting the patient to return-demonstration during pulmonary rehab at the clinic. (Photo Courtesy of Gateway Community College) Giving your COPD patients a network of peer support offers a platform for empathy and understanding. It’s a... Read more »

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