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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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Good Morning - We are looking to switch our NICU to disposable blades. I am trying to get a feel for how many NICUs are currently using disposable versus non-disposable and would like any recommendations for a brand of disposables that work well for this population. Thanks
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I received my RRT in 1992, It expired in 2002. I was out of the medical field for the years until now..I am trying to get my license renewed. I have taken CE classes and submitted my application to the state (PA). It is being reviewed...I recently joined the AARC and wanted to add my certificates that i have earned but am unsure of how to add them, since i took the courses and then joined the AARC. Any help available with how to manual add them and any help with what else i can be doing to renew my license would be greatly appreciated!! I am sure i am not the only one in PA that has or is attempting to do this :) Thanks, kim
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Originally posted on my LinkedIn blog at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/were-coming-you-mike-hess Every now and then, someone fires up a conversation about education in respiratory therapy. The latest discussion started because of a kind-of-insane rumor that the National Board of Respiratory Care was mandating all RTs get a bachelor's degree in the next couple of years and throwing "all those with associates degrees under the bus." Despite there being no real truth to this belief (for starters, it is not within the NBRC's purview to make or enforce a decision like this), many people immediately panicked, thinking their livelihoods in jeopardy. ...
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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic may seem like an odd place to look for professional advice, but in order to address these Seven Deadly Sins, we need be willing to step out of our professional comfort zones. It's all about taking long, hard looks at ourselves, and accepting guidance from unexpected sources. I admit, pretty much all I know about My Little Pony I learned from my daughter. An expert on all things Ponyville, she's the one who first introduced me to a rather odd-looking mishmash character, who turned out to be a recurring antagonist. Appropriately named Discord (and voiced by the incomparable John de Lancie), he personifies the spirit ...
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Please explain how you use HF O2 in Rehab setting. 50' hose? humidity? portable tank? Thank-you Angie
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Multiple Therapy

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Hello I am a RT supervisor and the hospital that I work for does one on one therapy and we are having some changes to our department and I was wondering, If anyone would be willing to share any information or policy it would be greatly appreciated. How many you can do at one time? Does anyone use charting by excemption
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Top Gun is, of course, one of the quintessential '80s movies. Tom Cruise plays Maverick, a young Navy pilot with boundless self-confidence and a fair bit of charisma (some argue that he is, in fact, playing Tom Cruise). After causing some havoc aboard his home-base aircraft carrier, Maverick and his best friend/radio intercept officer Goose (Anthony Edwards) are sent off to the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also called Top Gun, for advanced training against some of the best pilots in the world. Eager (some might say desperate) to demonstrate his prowess, Maverick flies right at the edge of the performance envelope. This earns him the awe of some and the ...
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Taiwan RT

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Glad to join AARConnect,We from Taiwan and 2016 congress we have a booth(No,1237),thanks everyone coming.Taiwan RT forward foreve
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Vapotherm

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Hi everyone. I had an inservice recently regarding the Vapotherm High Flow Oxygen device. (Hi-VNI) I was just curious if anyone uses it and how you like it? Have you had a positive patient response to the Vapotherm? And if you have used both which high flow system do you like the best. I am just trying to get some feedback. We currently use the high flow flowmeter system (up to 50 liters) and the F & P humidifier with a blender. I appreciate the feedback! Have a great day! Lindsey Kasten. RRT-NP
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Happy RT Week

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As you all pop in here, leave a comment...we would like to see the usage of this connection. Happy Respiratory Care week to all of you!
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We all know that one therapist. The one who gets their workload done, but never calls to check on the rest of the crew. The one who gets their coffee in every day, but somehow manages to disappear whenever the pagers go off. The one who gets "swamped" with a handful of aerosol orders. That therapist is a problem. But this is not about that therapist. Slothful workers are found in any line of work, and the solution to that problem is fairly simple (even if managers are sometimes loathe to flip that switch). Instead, we need to talk about a far more insidious type of sloth, the laziness borne of complacency. Unfortunately, this sloth can be far more ...
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Hi I have just received the small, medium, and large Ram cannulas in our facility to use in the pediatric population. Are any of you using these sizes? What flow rates are working best? Also a rep just told me they are approved for HFNC. Has anyone used them in that application? RAM Nasal Cannulas N4900 Micro Preemie <750gm N4901 Preemie 750-1000gms N4902 Newborn 1000-2500gm N4903 Infant >2500gms N4904 Small n/a N4905 Medium n/a N4906 ...
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In 2015, I wrote a series of blog posts covering what I saw were the major issues facing our profession. Now, a year later, I'm revisiting these posts and sharing them with a new audience, because they appear to be as relevant today as they were two summers ago. I welcome any and all feedback! "Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." --Jedi Master Yoda We're afraid. It's not something we want to hear as therapists, but it's time for some tough talk about the future of respiratory care. Fear seems to stalk the background of much of what we do as a profession. ...
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