Articles tagged with: Patient Care

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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Smoking Cessation for Pregnant Women

November 14, 2018

Smoking Cessation for Pregnant Women

By Mary P. Martinasek, Ph.D, RRT, and Allison Barthel, Student Researcher Mary P. Martinasek, Ph.D, RRT Allison Barthel, Student Researcher Smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of disease and disability in the U.S. One of every five deaths per year has been attributed to cigarette smoking.[1] Additionally, smoking is also one of the... Read more »

 

3 Things RTs Can Do to Improve Quality of Life for COPD Patients

November 14, 2018

3 Things RTs Can Do to Improve Quality of Life for COPD Patients

Often COPD can impair a patient’s quality of life. What can RTs do to help their patients improve their quality of life? Stephanie Williams, BS, RRT, director of community programs, with the COPD Foundation offers tips for working with your COPD patients and helping improve their quality of life. November is COPD Awareness Month Tip... Read more »

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Developing an Inpatient Education Program

November 8, 2018

Developing an Inpatient Education Program

Equipping your patients with the skills and knowledge to better manage and understand their diseases, such as COPD, establishes a strong partnership in their health care. Developing an inpatient education program helps make this possible. AARC Member Kim Bennion, MsHS, RRT, CH, shares her tips for helping your patients Discovering the need for inpatient education... Read more »

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Singing for Pulmonary Rehab

October 24, 2018

Singing for Pulmonary Rehab

The Rockin’ Rehabbers Moving up the breathing charts since 2015, the Rockin’ Rehabbers is a singing group out of UC Davis Hospital in Sacramento, CA. Formed as part of the hospital’s pulmonary rehab program, they meet often to practice their singing, giving their lungs a good exercise each time. “Inspiration for the group came in... Read more »

 

North Dakota Sets Focus on Educating Youth on E-Cigarettes

October 10, 2018

North Dakota Sets Focus on Educating Youth on E-Cigarettes

The North Dakota Department of Health developed a new position statement to include e-cigarettes in its tobacco prevention efforts, helping to educate parents and youth on the dangers of using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Expanding tobacco prevention In keeping pace with the rise of e-cigarette products, the North Dakota Department of Health expanded its... Read more »

 

Dealing with Patient Death and Dying: Advice for RTs

October 10, 2018

Dealing with Patient Death and Dying: Advice for RTs

Respiratory therapists go to work every day thinking about how they can save the lives of their patients. But some of those patients will inevitably die, and coping with those situations can be a challenge for clinicians who are educated and trained to keep people breathing. Stephanie Williams, BS, RRT, is director of community programs... Read more »

 

Running a Successful Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

September 26, 2018

Running a Successful Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) programs provide an added network of support and care for patients. AARC members Debbie Koehl MS, RRT-NPS, FAARC, and Trina Limberg, BS, RRT, FAARC, MAACVPR, share their suggestions for running a successful program. PR improves quality of life “The greatest benefit of a successfully-run PR program is that we take care of... Read more »

 

Should Family Members Participate in ICU Rounds?

September 19, 2018

Should Family Members Participate in ICU Rounds?

The ICU is a stressful place for families. The sight of so much equipment, alarms going off, and the hustle of clinicians in and out of the space can leave anyone feeling anxious and confused. A growing number of hospitals have started to include family members in the daily ICU rounds that take place on... Read more »

 

Commit to Improving Patient Safety

September 11, 2018

Commit to Improving Patient Safety

Safety is the fundamental foundation to delivering quality patient care. No matter your role, you play a vital part in ensuring patients receive this standard of care. In partnership with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, the AARC encourages all members to commit to improving patient safety. Commit to Safety AARC Members Kevin McQueen, MHA, RRT,... Read more »

 

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