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Clinician-Turned-Patient: View From the Other Side


              I recently had the opportunity to experience patient care from the vantage point of a hospital bed, following a rare adverse reaction to a prescribed drug. I spent seven long days in the hospital. When it was finally time for me be discharged, I had strong concerns, as a professional case manager and registered respiratory therapist, about how my ongoing recovery would continue following my transition to home. I live alone: was I […]

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Sleep Disorders in Adults: An Overview for Clinicians


Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is characterized by abnormalities of respiratory pattern (pauses in breathing) or the quantity of ventilation during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common such disorder, is characterized by the repetitive collapse or partial collapse of the upper airway during sleep and the need to arouse to resume ventilation. Sleep is thus disrupted, yielding waking somnolence and diminished neurocognitive performance. The recurrent sleep arousal in association with intermittent hypoxia and hypercapnia has been implicated in the […]

Press Release: CMSA Elects Victoria Florentine to BOD


The Case Management Society of America, Sacramento Chapter, has elected Victoria Florentine, BA, RRT, CCM, AE-C, to the 2016 Board of Directors.  Victoria is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Case Manager, and is the President and Owner of Select Respiratory Services, LLC.  This is the first time a Respiratory Therapist has been elected to the Board of Directors for this Chapter of the CMSA. Select Respiratory Services, LLC, provides home respiratory care and consulting services.  It is based in […]

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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