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  • Some New Thoughts on ARDS Treatments

    Results of two recent studies may provide respiratory therapists with some flexibility in treating their acute respiratory distress syndrome patients, according to Timothy A. Mullen, RRT, in an article titled ''Beyond ARDS Net: A Two-Study Review Shows a Reduction in Mortality.'' Behind the scenes, he shows how the debate over use of low tidal ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on October 1, 2009
  • Aisle 3: Asthma Treatment

    Could the local Walgreen's or CVS become your asthma patients' first stop when they need an allergy shot or nebulizer treatment? It certainly seems like that's what the pharmacy giants are hoping. With retail sales floundering, outpatient medical care services down, and the economy still in a sad state, both companies are expanding the services ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on June 23, 2009
  • Wii COPD

      Needless to say, most gamers didn't seem impressed when Nintendo president Satoru Iwata introduced the prototype for the new Wii Vitality Sensor on June 3. But perhaps respiratory professionals might be a little more excited with its potential.   The sensor is basically a pulse oximeter that would attach to the Wii game system, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on June 5, 2009
  • Guest Blog -- From the Director's Chair: RTs vs. MDs

    Let's face it, our working with physicians results in the best practice for both the therapist and the patient.    Notice I said working with and not under.  Have you ever encountered a physician with an attitude that it's my way or the highway?  So how do we build relationships with our physicians? Or better yet, how do ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on February 19, 2009
  • Deciphering Coding Conundrums

    The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) demonstration program proved to be a great success for the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Medicare already has recouped nearly $1 billion from providers in the five states where the program was launched in 2005. And with tough times hitting everyone -including CMS - the government health care ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on February 13, 2009
  • Tennis Star Loses Big after Straying from Asthma Guidelines

    When clinicians don't follow the asthma guidelines, patients usually end up paying the price. But in Filippo Volandri's case, he's literally paying the price - $166,000 in fact - for not following the guidelines as an asthma patient, Sky Sports reported. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) handed the Italian tennis star a three-month ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on January 21, 2009
  • ATS Coverage: COPD-The Rodney Dangerfield of Diseases

    Attendees of the ATS President's Lecture today heard a different type of professional opinion than they have heard at this lecture in the past. Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, national spokesperson for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, served as the first patient advocate to deliver the esteemed lecture. Dorney Koppel's husband and ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on May 20, 2008