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Have a great week celebrating!!!
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sputum bowl

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So happy to announce, My team and I won the Sputum Bowl in our NJ Shore Conference last Thursday! Thank God.
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The Oklahoma Society is looking for motivated individuals who are interested in being involved with our board for the 2018 year. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact me. Also please if you haven't already, follow our page Oklahoma Society for Respiratory Care on Facebook and checkout the website at www.oksrc.org
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What do you guys think? Is it wise to inform the patient not to tap the nebulizer reservoir after it sputters? Can it put the patient at risk for possible reinfection especially for patients with chronic lung disease? Please include reference to support answer. Than you for everyone's input.
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Looking for a mentor

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​Hi, I am a new graduate and I am looking for a mentor in my area of Louisiana. I really need the help in getting more experience in my career as a respiratory therapist. I am willing to travel to you, if need to get that hands on skills in critical care. I was not exposed to a lot of critical care at my clinical site. If anyone could help me please get in touch with me at (985)772-3287 thanks.​​
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Could anyone share how they integrated RRT into ER staff, In stand alone ER?
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Hi friends. I have a situation on my hands that turns out to be a whole lot larger than originally perceived. I could really use help as I am at a loss here.... As a clinical specialist, part of what my role entails is to identify needs within a hospital and RT dept, and find solutions that work well with all. Level 1 trauma and NICU, Peds and adult CF center, huge hospital--I have discovered a hospital RT dept in a state like I've never seen before. I was in a meeting with an RT supervisor and a veteran RT to discuss the details surrounding secondhand info that they had been sharing equipment between CF kids, specifically our vest therapy device. The meeting ...
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Hello,  Recently we had a patient with ALS who's ABG's CXR, weaning parameters and labs were within acceptable ranges with exception of her NIF which was -6. Patient  was awake, alert following commands , normal vitals and communicating with eyes prior extubation on CPAP, we extubated her and had to place her on  BIPAP because she started to desaturate and mild increase of WOB. She will probably need to be reintubated and discuss trach options. Any thoughts on how to improve her NIF/MIP prior extubation?  Thank you, Edda Avil
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I was wondering if you all could direct me as to which agency/foundation would be best to discuss a potential new concept for PR?
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Have you read this yet? http://rc.rcjournal.com/content/62/3/259 or https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28028189 "Implementation of a β-Agonist/Airway Clearance Protocol in a Pediatric ICU" was published in the March 2017 Respiratory Care Journal. The main discussion identifies areas in which a change in provider often means a change in therapy, seemingly arbitrarily at times, and how respiratory therapists can ameliorate this problem. Respiratory therapists possess the skills to evaluate a patient and can determine when prescribed therapy is inappropriate, and are potentially being underutilized as part of the diagnostic care team or used inefficiently. In ...
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been screwed

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I have been screwed out of my job by liars after 50 years of working in all phases of respiratory liars helped screw me out of my job
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Any Respiratory Care departments with and RCP in a disease management role? Who are going into the home post discharge to assess the patient and evaluate equipment. If so, can you share your program. Gloria Stewart Manager, BS RRT, RPSGT Respiratory Care Email: gstewart@iuhealth.org
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I'm looking for suggestion or ideas regarding the scoring process of our Assess and Treats , there are times when we do our scoring and patients are receiving their treatments more often at home, we don't want to give less therapy then when there at home.   How do we get around this as our score needs to correlate with the frequency of delivery?  Thanks
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The practitioner sputum bowl needs 15 teams registered by July 15, 2017 in order for the practitioner bowl to take place.  There's still time for you to get a fellow therapist or two and form a team to compete in the National Sputum Bowl.  I hope to see you there! Renee Wunderley BA, RRT-NPS
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I'm in Dallas at the AARC leadership bootcamp learning how to be a better leader for the GSRC.
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Simply posting a query regarding facilities that have specific differences in clinical assignments among their CRT vs RRT staff. Does your facility have a clear policy? If so, what are the specifics. Thank you.
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I post these two links today to demonstrate the value of older healthcare professionals. A. few years back there was a discussion on the Management List Serve about whether you hire new grads or experienced therapists. To my surprise, several managers/directors responded that they do not hire experienced therapists because they all come with bad habits. You'll note I did not call them leaders; leaders do not think that way. https://www.facebook.com/nbcnightlynews/videos/10155261824943689/ http://pilotonline.com/news/local/health/a-norfolk-doctor-found-a-treatment-for-sepsis-now-he/article_7a3063e5-24cf-56c1-b25c-142731604196.html I hope you enjoy these ...
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Hello, Does anyone have the Getwell Network at their facility and what is the source of your Video Library? Are you making your own related to copyright laws? If so, what have you learned or encountered in this process? Thank you for your input! LKreutzjans RRT/Eduction/Project Coordinator
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( Originally posted on my LinkedIn blog. Connect with me to be among the first to see new updates!) Last week was a big one for transitions in the chronic lung disease world. AARC President Brian Walsh shared his latest article (written with one of the godfathers of our profession, Dr. Robert Kacmarek) about how respiratory care stands at a crossroads . COPD Foundation founder and Chair-Emeritus John Walsh passed away after a lengthy struggle with injuries sustained in a fall last year. Congress has started marking up bills to repeal various parts of the Affordable Care Act. Here in Michigan, our almost-daily weather transitions seem to ...
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We are trying to brain storm ideas for neonatal intubation certification. In the last 2-3 years our unit has added NNPs. In a week or 2 we will be getting Residents. With HFNC, BCPAP, Vapotherm, etc helping neonates, MDs not wanting to intubate, NNPs & Residents, how do you maintain your certification? Also, what methods do you use for initial certification? Would appreciate any input!! Thanks
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