Category Archives: Community-Based Patient Education

Talking With Your Doctor: Getting Ready for Your Appointment


Talking With Your Doctor: Getting Ready for Your Appointment A basic plan that you prepare ahead of time can help you get the most out of your medical appointment.  This presentation focuses on communication tips for routine medical visits, whether they are with your doctor, nurse, respiratory therapist, or other care provider. There are things you can do to prepare for your appointment so that you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish and do not forget […]

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Press Release: Select Respiratory Services Joins NHLBI Breathe Better Network


A Campaign to Raise Awareness of COPD Select Respiratory Services, LLC, is pleased to announce its Core Membership in the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI’s) Breathe Better Network, part of the COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign.  Launched in 2007, the Breathe Better Network has grown to include more than 80 members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  From generating media attention, hosting screening events, and convening COPD coalitions, to disseminating materials and even driving […]

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Stay Well During the Flu Season


People with healthy immune systems may recover from colds and viruses more quickly.  Children and the elderly are more susceptible to these viruses, because their immune systems may not be as strong as the immune systems of younger adults. There are things everyone can do, however, to strengthen their immune systems and avoid getting sick in the first place.  Flu vaccines protect us from the most dangerous flu strains each year.  Daily exercise and a healthy diet are important ways […]

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Health and Prevention: Coming to a Hospital Near You


Most of us in healthcare recognize “health promotion and disease prevention” as smoking cessation, getting an annual physical, vaccinations, a gamut of diagnostic tests, and taking medications as directed. However, disease prevention and health promotion are so much more than that. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It includes physical fitness, good nutrition, adequate rest, and temperance; the ability […]

Restoring the Doctor-Patient Relationship


When I was two years old, I contracted rheumatic fever.  Too ill to be moved, the family doctor came to our home with his black medical bag and stayed with me all night. Nowadays, doctors no longer make house calls, and they are not free to do what they think the patient needs.  Instead, they do what Medicare pays for.  Thousands of non-medical Medicare employees oversee this process.  Billions of dollars that once went directly to patient care now support […]

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Wall-to-Wall Asthma


Before the 1950’s, carpets were made of either wool or cotton.  Then nylon was developed, and it soon dominated the market because it was much less expensive than natural fibers.  In 1965, manufacturers introduced polyester carpeting, then olefin, rayon, and acrylics.  Today, the vast majority of carpeting is made of synthetic fibers. Since indoor air quality is important to health, we should know that carpets, flooring adhesives, and carpet cleaning products affect the quality of the indoor air we breathe […]

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How Healthcare Providers Take Care of You: Big Changes Are Coming!


Big changes are coming to the way healthcare providers take care of you!  Beginning October 1, Medicare will penalize hospitals if patients are readmitted for the same problem within 30 days of their discharge.  This new rule specifically applies to patients admitted for COPD, congestive heart failure (CHF), and myocardial infarction (MI), and is already in effect for pneumonia. Dedicated Respiratory Therapists have always had patients’ best interests at heart.  Hospitals, however, are paid to take care of sick people, and […]

Traumatic Brain Injury and Sleep Disorders


Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have lasting consequences on thinking, ability to function and work, and quality of life.  Fifty percent of those with TBI develop sleep apnea, insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and other sleep problems.  Difficulty sleeping can interfere with recovery, making rehabilitation and healing more difficult.  When people with TBI get poor sleep, it dramatically worsens their thinking, memory, and attention, and increases their risk of dementia. The two most common sleep problems in TBI are sleep apnea […]

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What Do Nasal Allergies and Asthma Have in Common?


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It is uncertain what causes some people to have nasal allergies and asthma. We are still learning what is going on in the body when people have either of these conditions. But we do know that allergies and asthma have a lot in common. Nasal allergies occur in the “upper airways” (the nose, sinus cavities, and throat), while asthma occurs in the “lower airways” (the lungs). Though the locations are different, allergies and asthma appear to cause the same sorts […]

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Who Needs a Patient Advocate?


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A nurse at high risk for breast cancer called to make an appointment for her annual preventive mammogram.  During the phone call, the appointment scheduler asked the nurse if she was experiencing any symptoms.  She told the scheduler that her skin was itchy, including her breasts, but she was pretty sure the itching was caused by the new soap she was using.  Unbeknownst to the nurse, the scheduler noted “itching breasts” in her chart, and instead of scheduling her for […]

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