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Respiratory Calculations

Lung Compliance: The Ability to Stretch

If you’ve been around respiratory care or pulmonary medicine any length of time, you are likely very familiar with the idea of both lung compliance and airways resistance. The concept of compliance is arguably the […]

A patient taking a PFT test
Pulmonary function testing

PFT Interpretation: A 4 Step Approach

Pulmonary diseases can be very sneaky, developing subtly over time with very little outward signs or symptoms.  When these diseases are underrecognized and undertreated it can lead to increased damage to the lungs, faster progression of […]

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Lung Disease

COPD Gold Stages & Treatements

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 School

Respiratory Therapy Clinicals: Making it Count

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 […]