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  • Depression's Impact on Therapy

    It makes sense. Depressed people have trouble completing pulmonary rehabilitation. Depression hits so many, and comes in so many different forms. Researchers at the Miriam Hospital have seen a big rate of ''non-completers,'' as they are called, in their pulmonary rehab programs, and those working in rehab facilities should take note. COPDer's ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on July 14, 2014
  • Are We at Risk for TB?

    A new study indicates that people on corticosteroids may be more prone to TB than we thought. Dr. Nicholas Vozoris, a respirologist at St. Michael's Hospital, concludes that people on drugs such as prednisone be screened more often. Prednisone, it seems, can turn latent TB into active TB. These patients are also screened for TB much less often. ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on June 30, 2014
  • 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
  • COPD Exacerbated by High Temps

    Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is time for respiratory therapists to consider ''adaptive therapy'' for their COPD patients. We have known for some time that people affected by COPD do not fare well when the summer heat comes to town. We told our patients that they need to stay indoors if possible. A new study presented at the 2014 ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 19, 2014
  • Could Ginseng Help Fight RSV?

    Researchers at Georgia State University have discovered that ginseng my help treat and prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages and ginseng, a well-known herbal medicine, may be beneficial in stopping the virus and the symptoms that go along with it. Ginseng has also been ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 12, 2014
  • Measles Make a Return

    Now there is something ''old'' to look out for. A resurgence of measles is underway in California. Orange County officials are saying it is the worst outbreak in decades. The measles are very contagious, and usually start with a fever, cough, runny nose, and pink eye. It progresses to a rash and can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, and brain ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 31, 2014
  • Is Your Stethoscope Contaminated?

     A recent study reminds us of the importance of cleaning our equipment. While healthcare has made a big push on cleaning hands, offering hand sanitizing gels in our hallways for workers and guests, insisting on routine hand washing between patients, and other preventative measures to reduce the transmission of germs, we often forget about the ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 10, 2014
  • Will Ultrasound Replace Stethoscopes?

    A pair of prominent New York City cardiologists are now touting the use of ultrasound technology for bedside patient evaluation. They claim it will soon replace the stethoscope, a staple of medicine since its invention in 1816. Ultrasound, which came about in the 1950s, allows a practitioner to ''see'' the problem rather than depending on hearing ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 27, 2014
  • Natural Aids to Quitting Smoking

    One of the more common New Year's resolutions is to stop smoking. Any time is a good time to quit. Some make it a pledge for the new year, while others take advantage of the Great American Smokeout. Others use birthdays, anniversaries,or other holidays. If your New Year's resolution was to be a quitter, you may be interested to know of some ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 6, 2014
  • Patients with Guns

    Recent events force us to focus on worker safety in hospitals, especially as it relates to shootings inside and outside the hospital building. Violence is not limited only to hospital workers, either. What about home health nurses? Whatabout therapists who go into homes in an effort to keep patients at home rather than in a rehab facility, CPAP ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on December 30, 2013
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