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Personal digital assistants (PDAs) have had a tremendous impact in the clinical setting, as they have in business and education environments. This report explores the health care application of PDAs, compares available PDA devices and software, and discusses PDA use for tracking patients, documenting clinical procedures, medical education, research, and(More)
Airway clearance therapy (ACT) is used in a variety of settings for a variety of ailments. These guidelines were developed from a systematic review with the purpose of determining whether the use of nonpharmacologic ACT improves oxygenation, reduces length of time on the ventilator, reduces stay in the ICU, resolves atelectasis/consolidation, and/or(More)
Aerosolized medications are used as airway clearance therapy to treat a variety of airway diseases. These guidelines were developed from a systematic review with the purpose of determining whether the use of these medications to promote airway clearance improves oxygenation and respiratory mechanics, reduces ventilator time and ICU stay, and/or resolves(More)
BACKGROUND In pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) effective measures have been taken while in analyzing a patient's intervention with the help of entry to exit evaluations. The absence of an objective and quantifiable scale are limitations of PR that allow analyzing of a patient's self reported symptoms throughout PR. The Breathlessness, Cough and Sputum Scale(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of protocol-directed recommendations for oxygen therapy implemented by respiratory therapists in skilled nursing facilities. We hypothesized that the use of an oxygen protocol would reduce the number of missing and incomplete orders and unnecessary oxygen use in skilled nursing facilities. (More)
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