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COPD Gold Stages & Treatements

Lung Disease

Table of Contents The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) provides criteria for the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although all patients may have their own unique course with […]

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Respiratory Therapy Clinicals: Making it Count

Respiratory Therapy School

Respiratory therapy school is hard.  The schedule is tight.  The material is demanding.  The skills lab makes you want to vomit…and if that isn’t enough, you also have to survive clinical rotations.  You are tired and emotionally drained when […]

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Oxygen Tank Duration Calculator

Respiratory Calculations

If you don’t have access to the calculator above simply use the following formula to calculate the minutes remaining in your oxygen tank:  Here’s what you will need: Tank size & conversion factor for that […]

Pulmonary function testing

Flow volume loops

Analyzing flow volume loops provides a quick way to detect lung disease. The appearance of the loop can reveal the presence of obstructive and/or restrictive lung disease. The location of the airway obstruction can also […]

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Mechanical ventilation

Hazards of Mechanical Ventilation

Complications associated with mechanical ventilation are primarily due to the effects positive pressure has on the lungs and cardiovascular system. Positive pressure not only damages sensitive lung tissue but also may inhibit blood flow returning […]