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What’s it like for an HME RT during the pandemic?


WATERBURY, Conn. – Respiratory therapist Patricia DeMaida has spent her entire career taking care of patients, both in the hospital and in the home, but she’s never seen anything like the COVID-19 pandemic, she says.

Q&A: Sarah Brundidge brings RT to the forefront


MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Many people don’t know what respiratory therapy is, and that’s what Sarah Brundidge, who was voted president-elect of the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care (WSRC), wants to change.

Bill breathes life into telehealth for respiratory therapy


WASHINGTON – A bill to encourage the use of telehealth by registered respiratory therapists has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., TJ Cox, D-Calif., Earl Carter, R-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa., on May 2 introduced H.R.

Pediatric Home Service sees telemedicine as bonus opportunity


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – A patient homecare visit that would normally take about six hours with travel time took Jill Anderson, a respiratory therapist with Pediatric Home Service, 30 minutes to complete using telemedicine.

‘It’s not a desk job’: RTs say they love their career choice


YARMOUTH, Maine – Job prospects for respiratory therapists look rosy, with an expected growth rate of about 12% and increased recognition by the medical community of the role they play in keeping costs down.

Q&A: The COPD Foundation’s Deb McGowan

With penalties approaching, improved communication needed to cut readmissions

WASHINGTON – If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community of healthcare providers to keep COPD patients out of the hospital. That will become even more critical Oct. 1, when hospitals start being penalized for excessive readmissions for COPD patients.

DeVilbiss Healthcare celebrates 125 years


SOMERSET, Pa. – This year marks the 125th anniversary of DeVilbiss Healthcare, which was founded in 1888 by Dr. Allen DeVilbiss, who invented the first atomizer, according to a press release.

Pride Mobility taps new VP of sales


EXETER, Pa. – Pride Mobility Products has named Andrew Pyrih its new senior vice president of domestic sales, according to a press release.

The state of long-term oxygen therapy


"The Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) Conference; Separating Fact From Fiction" held March 31-April 1 in Orlando, Fla., was not like the typical oxygen conference. The objective of this meeting was to focus on the science of LTOT and identify the issues that are impacting effective oxygen therapy in the home. The faculty consisted of some of the most respected pulmonologists and clinicians in the country. The goal was to have an objective review of the current situation in LTOT and discuss what we know, what we don't know and what we must do to change direction in therapy to improve overall outcomes for patients needing LTOT.

POC manufacturer wins six bidding contracts


GOLETA, Calif. - When most HME providers said "No thanks" to Inogen's portable oxygen concentrator, the company said, "Okay, we'll do it ourselves." The result: Inogen won competitive bidding contracts in six cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Dallas and Riverside.