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  • Pulse Oximetry Tests for CCHD

    All babies in the U.S. have a newborn blood screen. Newborn screens are run by each state.  All states test for sickle cell, metabolic, endocrine disorders and nearly all screen for cystic fibrosis (CF).  Other states may choose to test for more disease processes in the newborn blood screens. Early diagnosis allows parents ...
  • A Win for Students with Asthma

    Finally! New York has joined the rest of the United States in approving a law that allows students to carry and self-administer epinephrine auto-injectors and asthma medication. With this, now all 50 states have some kind of right for students affected by asthma and allergies to protect themselves. The next issue is allowing schools to stock ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on February 9, 2015
  • The Scoop on Cystic Fibrosis Treatments

    Pediatric respiratory therapists deal with various diseases, but one stands out that is challenging, can take your breath away, and can be an emotional roller coaster: Cystic Fibrosis (CF).  There are various genetic mutations and aspects to this disease.  There are many updates occurring and I learned some of these new updates at a ...
  • Medical Lab Science to be Featured on Television

      The medical laboratory science   profession will be featured on the Leading Edge, an award-winning program on public television that examines impactful subjects and helps to educate the public about topics they might not otherwise know about; or know very little about    A glitzy, professional video ...
  • Restoring the Doctor/Patient Relationship, Part 2

    Recently, I engaged in a conversation about direct access physicians, not realizing the vociferousness of the opposition to doctors who opt out of Medicare.  However, as a respiratory patient advocate, I do not shy away from a debate if the subject is improving patient care. Even though I do not have the answers, I believe we should ...
    Posted to An RT Paradigm Shift (Weblog) on August 18, 2014
  • Challenged by BRPT Exam

    I mentioned before that I attended the FOCUS spring conference in Florida. My main goal for that event was to attend the sleep educator workshop presented by the BRPT. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I did learn a lot; it was worth every penny spent.  Now, I am tasked with passing the associated exam. I ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Hurray for FOCUS 2014

    Well, we have another FOCUS meeting behind us.  nd what a great meeting it was: action packed, star studded and uber-educational.  Hats off to everyone involved in putting this first-class event together. The meeting was held at the Coronado Springs resort at Disney World, near Orlando, Fla. It's an idyllic setting, as is ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 22, 2014
  • Sleep Educators Course

    I have to admit that the BRPT has really stepped up to create the next step of growth in our field. It is an impressive sight, when a conference room is overfilled and there are 300 eager people learning about the extended role of the educator. This was a motivated group of people open to learning new skills, the role of ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • Let the World Know You Are an Expert

    Well, talking to people, it appears allergy season is here. I know we have talked about it before, even recently, but this time of year is when respiratory therapists can really shine. Not only can allergies lead to hospitalizations, but they also afford us the opportunity to reach out to our communities in several ways. Many ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 28, 2013
  • Use the Gram Stain

    In microbiology we learn to use the Gram stain results of a direct smear to check specimen quality (usually by a count of squamous epithelial cells) and any predominating organisms (e.g. lancet shaped Gram positive cocci on a sputum) that suggest what to work up. All good micro techs use the Gram stain. Intracellular organisms are an immediate ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 24, 2013
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