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Proper MDI Use Almost Nonexistant In New Study

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Created on 03 November 2013

Antistatic pediatric asthma spacer inhaler CE In news that will probably shock no respiratory therapist anywhere, a new study shows that vanishingly few adults properly administer inhalers to asthmatic children in their care. It's unclear why there's such a problem with education, but this appears to be another area where failure to utilize respiratory therapists is leading to lower quality care.

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Turning the Tide on RSV

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Created on 03 November 2013

 

disease-picture-comThe National Institutes of Health estimate that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), nemesis of pediatric RTs everywhere, accounts for 7% of infant deaths worldwide.  On the flip side, the NIH also now estimates a vaccine is now not only feasible, but in the works.  ‚ÄúThis work marks a major step forward," according to Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).

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Michigan RTs Still Under Attack (UPDATE)

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Created on 07 October 2013

Just when everyone thought the threat of deregulation was dying down, a Michigan state senator has stoked the fires again.  (UPDATE: Apparently at the request of the state respiratory society itself.)

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Senator Tom Casperson

The Michigan Society for Respiratory Care announced in late September that Senator Tom Casperson (R-Upper Peninsula) introduced Senate Bill 514, calling for the repeal of Michigan's RT licensure act.  If successful, Michigan hospitals would lose an important tool in maintaining quality care, as they would no longer have an effective accountability mechanism.  In addition, many Michigan RTs have expressed the concern that the state would be on a "race to the bottom," with RTs who have lost their license in another state (and are therefore essentially unemployable) would flock to the state, reducing the already-small number of available jobs. 

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