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  • Justifiable Crime?

    Well, it was bound to happen. Respiratory therapists, often characters themselves, have to put up with all kinds of characters in the hospitals and clinics where they work. And while it seems as though nurses get all the glory and physical therapists get all the funding, respiratory therapists get to see the whole spectrum of humanity. Some of the ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on July 28, 2015
  • Are Unions Needed in Healthcare?

    I have been reading over the weekend about negotiations between some 1,600 nurses and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The hospital reached an agreement with the nurses extending contracts three years. My question for readers are: 1) have you ever worked under a labor agreement forged through a union and 2) do you believe unions have a ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on April 7, 2015
  • 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
  • Patient Dignity

    After talking to a former patient of mine, I started thinking about something to which we all get exposed. It is sometimes subtle, and sometimes very obvious, but at some point in health care, all of us will have some experience with it. It is dignity; specifically preserving the dignity of those for whom we care. I can remember several ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on February 3, 2015
  • School Nurses Need Support from RTs

    Our children spend 28% of their daytime in school during the academic year, and 14% of their total time between the ages of five and 18 will be sitting at the desk learning the three R's (yes, I know they are no longer taught). Behind the scenes, someone is responding to the 18 million children estimated by the Department of Health and Human ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 5, 2015
  • Make the Right Impression on Patients

    As medical professionals, it is important that we project a certain image to our patients. We need to be professional, intelligent, curious and caring -- all at the same time. The biggest detractor we face is our interactions with other professionals, which are sometimes in a very unprofessional manner. The therapist at the nurses' desk chatting ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • New Respiratory Disease Is a Killer

    A new, deadly disease has killed at least 93 people, many of them healthcare workers. The Middle East Respiratory Symdrome (MERS) appears to originate in Saudi Arabia. It is a viral respiratory illness that has been around since 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-SoV. Infected people develop fever, cough and shortness of breath, so as ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 5, 2014
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