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  • When RTs Are Laid Off

    An item has shown up on the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care Facebook page, one that I hope does not signify a trend. KentuckyOne Health, based in Lexington, has decided to remove respiratory therapists from the emergency rooms of some of their facilities. About 20 therapists have been laid off, among 500 total. Two hundred other ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 27, 2014
  • Protect Yourself from False Allegations

    This month's poll concerned sexual allegations against health care workers. I asked ''What do you tell your therapists to consider when alone with a patient in a room, the ED, or elsewhere in the hospital, if they must do a procedure or test that could implicate them in a sexual harassment or sexual crime''? I had quite a few responses! It ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 28, 2011
  • Respiratory Therapists Are Underpaid

    Consider this: In 1929, U.S. health care costs were about $4 billion. By 2007, those costs were more than $2 trillion. Increased technologies, procedures, and specialized medicine led health care costs to skyrocket to the anticipated 20 percent of our GDP by 2015, compared to 5 percent earlier in the century. People pay to stay healthy. It's basic ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on November 3, 2010
  • You Can't Fire Patients

    We've all had them. Those patients or customers we would just as soon not have. I have always enjoyed taking care of my patients. Even on bad days, something good usually happens to make it worthwhile. Still, some people can really test us. A recent blog stated that there are basically four types: the bully, the tightwad, chicken little, and ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on April 30, 2010
  • Motivate the Unmotivated

    With the new year in its infancy, it's time to think about what we do and how we do it. We have all worked for the supervisor content to sit in an office and watch everyone else work. I'm fortunate. I don't have one of those. My supervisor is out there on the floors with us, doing his share and sometimes more. We've also all worked with the ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 12, 2010