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military working dogs

DHA Spearheads Effort for Working Dog Research Collaboration

Military Working Dogs provide a critical force protection capability and are an important force multiplier for the combatant commander, and the Defense Health Agency’s Veterinary Service is at the forefront of the effort to develop and foster working dog knowledge sharing and research. Military working dogs have been a valuable part of the U.S. armed forces and have been officially recognized since WWII. In the past, these dogs could warn troops

carpal tunnel

VA doctor perform revolutionary “awake” hand surgeries

VA surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Baker performed the first ever ‘awake’ carpal tunnel surgery at the Charlotte VA Health Care Center, a 10-15 minute procedure that can help a lot of Veterans. Baker, who will operate out of Charlotte one day per month, performed five cases on his opening day in Charlotte and anticipates doing ten each morning going forward. With more than a third of surgical referrals coming from the Charlotte

new baby

Expecting a Baby? Here’s How TRICARE Can Help

You just learned you’re going to be a mom. Congratulations – this is a happy and exciting milestone in your life. But you may also feel nervous about what comes next, and that’s okay. New mothers often have questions about their health care coverage & what they can do to promote a healthy pregnancy. TRICARE provides access to maternity care resources and services to help mothers and their babies get the

RCweek21

Best Practices for Bedside Teaching

Patients who learn about their health and medical care are better at improving their well-being, and well-educated patients can lead to better compliance with treatment plans and improve outcomes. Using best practices will enhance the patient’s comprehension of their condition and prevent or minimize complications from their chronic disease. Respiratory therapists providing bedside care should incorporate patient education during that time. learn more  

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Exploring the latest trends for Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilators

The delivery of inhaled pulmonary vasodilators (iPVD) and its ability to affect pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) without impacting the systemic vasculature has produced improvements in both morbidity and mortality in patients. Today, targeted PVR therapy comes in several forms. To appreciate the current state of iPVDs, we will review the current knowledge of vascular tone modulation and the available pharmacological agents used. Therefore, considerations in providing this service should include the individual

respiratory therapy

Combined Noninvasive Respiratory Support Therapies to Treat COVID-19

A recent study evaluated the impact of a noninvasive respiratory support algorithm on clinical outcomes in subjects with COVID-19 and with acute respiratory failure. From June to December 2020, 113 subjects with COVID-19 respiratory failure were admitted to a respiratory intermediate care unit, where a total of 83 subjects (73.45%) were successfully treated with noninvasive respiratory support. This data showed that combined noninvasive respiratory support was feasible, with favorable outcomes.

sleep clinics

Sleep Labs in the Pandemic Era

For technicians, respiratory therapists, and providers working in sleep medicine, the pandemic influenced face-to-face visits to sleep clinics and placed elective procedures on hold. As the country began to watch the pandemic wax and wane, the opportunities changed for patients, but how did it affect their ability to receive care? And as new strains of COVID-19 are discovered and the pandemic continues, sleep labs and sleep centers work to rebuild and

respiratory therapy

Jacksonville University Launches Unique Master of Respiratory Care

Citing workforce demands created by the pandemic, Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, is launching a new Master’s of Science in Respiratory Care program offering leadership and advanced practice preparation in multiple areas. Developed in partnership with Rush University (Chicago, Ill.), a nationally recognized leader in respiratory care education, the program is the only one of its kind in the state of Florida and there are only eight comparable respiratory care programs

RSV Awareness Month

October is National RSV Awareness Month

October is National Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Awareness Month, a common and dangerous virus that impacts the respiratory system of children two years old and under. Spread Awareness in Your Community! The National Coalition for Infant Health asks you to use the hashtag #RSVAwarness on your social media posts. This hashtag will be used to share stories and resources about RSV to help parents, caregivers, health care providers and policymakers.

patient connections

Innovative Ways to Connect with Patients

Providers continue to consider patients’ ongoing needs along with the responsibility to keep them safe from COVID, especially those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. The first challenge in providing in-home care remotely is finding a way to connect with Veterans, using telehealth applications to increase access to care, and the collaborative effort of team members and embracing new technology provides continuity of patient care during a pandemic. learn more