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13 Feb

The Long-Term Effects of Tonsillectomies: What RTs Need to Know

The tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed in children, and physicians have long believed it can treat problems like recurrent throat infections or obstructive sleep apnea with no lasting effect on long-term health. Research published in JAMA Otolaryngology last summer suggests otherwise. When Danish investigators looked at data on 1.2 million people… Read more »

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29 Aug

Fueling the Passion for Research

Helping students find research opportunities fuels their passion for respiratory care and builds the profession overall. Aaron Light, DHSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, respiratory care program director at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, MO, shares tips on helping students get involved in research projects. Have a Plan In Light’s program, students perform research projects in their… Read more »

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03 May

Input Needed for Therapist Credential Maintenance Program Survey

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is planning to revise the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) by constructing annual assessments designed to stimulate learning. In order to successfully revise the program, the NBRC is seeking the representation of respiratory therapists who achieved the CRT or RRT credential after June 2002. Study results will define the content… Read more »

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28 Mar

Respiratory Managers Explain How They Track Ventilator-Associated Events

Five years ago the CDC replaced its ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) surveillance definitions with ventilator-associated event (VAE) definitions. In a paper published in the November edition of Respiratory Care, Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, from the department of population medicine at Harvard University, attributed the change to the complexity and subjectivity of the VAP definitions, their narrow… Read more »

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07 Aug

Study Finds Good Results for Respiratory Therapist-Led Protocol

Determining when a patient is ready to wean from mechanical ventilation is essential to a successful extubation. Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN, believe an RT-led daily spontaneous breathing trial protocol can make a difference. In a study published ahead of print by Pediatric Critical Care… Read more »

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07 Aug

RT Autonomy Cited as Factor in Timely Use of NIV

Studies have shown noninvasive ventilation (NIV) reduces the need for intubation in patients hospitalized with a severe exacerbation of COPD, and it also decreases hospital length of stay and mortality. So why aren’t more hospitals using it? To answer that question, U.S. researchers decided to conduct in-depth interviews with 32 clinicians at seven hospitals considered… Read more »

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31 Jul

Great Experiences Made at Summer Forum

The AARC hosted its annual Summer Forum in June, bringing together 430 attendees from across 46 states. From networking to learning, Summer Forum delivered great experiences for our members. “What I really liked about the Summer Forum was the opportunity to meet other therapists and learn their perspective on some of the issues and problems… Read more »

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