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I was provided this link from Eric Chung, Respiratory Therapy Professional Practise Lead at Eagle Ridge Hospital which easily illustrates the available services in BC for Pulmonary Rehab and Lung Education.

The map is interactice and provides addresses and contact information.

 

Thanks Eric!

 

OSA case study PowerPoint

OSA case study PowerPoint

OSA case study PowerPoint

Published on Jun 5, 2015

An attempted summary of the important trials in Critical Care Medicine since 2002. Sepsis. ARDS. Glucose Control. Timing of tracheostomy. Others.

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In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), inflammatory changes impact their ability to breathe properly. Patients will eventually retain carbon dioxide (CO2) as their efforts to maintain normal CO2levels proves difficult. Experts have long debated whether chronically elevated carbon dioxide levels affect how a patient handles oxygen. As a result, a theory developed that administering oxygen obliterated the drive to breathe.

The problem with the Hypoxic Drive Theory is that it’s a myth concocted on incomplete evidence and often elicits a controversial response, according to John Bottrell, RT, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, and COPD/asthma expert for¬†healthcentral.com.

For hypoxemic patients with COPD, most medical experts now recommend administering the lowest amount of oxygen needed to maintain SpO2 of 88% to 92%, according to Bottrell.

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Ten thousand people suffering from cystic fibrosis have been offered new hope after a gene therapy was shown to reverse the condition in some cases.

The therapy, which was described by health experts as ‚Äėlife-changing‚Äô is likely to be available within the next five years following a landmark trial.

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UpComing Resptrec Courses

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Fees

Fees include online learning components and course materials.

  • Education for Chronic Disease: $625.00
  • COPD: $625.00 (with option at time of registration to purchase the Bourbeau textbook for an additional $60)
  • Asthma: $625.00
  • Spirometry: $550.00

CCCEP: The Education, COPD and Asthma courses have been accredited by Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy. Pharmacists have been involved in development of the curricula and review of the content.

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy has confirmed accreditation as follows:

  • Education Course – 6.5 CEUs
  • COPD Course – 13.00 CEUs
  • Asthma Course – 6.5 CEUs

Resptrec Courses

 

 

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Washington Post Link

Ebola

The fear of Ebola has spread faster in America than the virus itself. Ebola has infected the American psyche, forcing us to do risk analysis of a pathogen we know little about. This is different from the flu scares of recent years, because this virus is novel here, and we have no cultural memory of what we are supposed to do, or think, or believe, when Ebola is on the loose.

People have to wonder: How contagious is this virus ‚ÄĒ really? Is there something different and more pernicious about this particular strain of Ebola?

 

 

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How the microscopic Ebola virus kills thousands – The Washington Post

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