As The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expand their control and funnel their resources into new and expanding environments, respiratory care has the potential to be left behind. This is a difficult pill to swallow for many respiratory therapists (RT), but the fact remains that CMS is driving innovation by way of keeping… Continue reading It Is Time: Bachelor’s Degree Licensure Requirement for Respiratory Therapists
Chronic Bronchitis wreaks havoc on the lung’s ability to clean themselves out. One of its hallmarks is thick, sticky mucus. This kind of mucus is made from airways that are continuously inflamed and swollen. In this condition, the airways are narrowed, so it’s not easy for the cilia to sweep mucus out of the lungs.… Continue reading What is Chronic Bronchitis?
The airways in the lungs are lined with a thin, watery mucus blanket. The mucus sits upon tiny, hair-like strands called “cilia.” The cilia and mucus blanket work together to keep the lungs clean and free from infection. The lungs are very clean—even though they are directly connected to the outside air, which is full… Continue reading How Do Lungs Clean Themselves?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, includes respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis, or all three combined. It involves the swelling and inflammation of the airways, which narrows them and produces thick, sticky mucus. These conditions hinder the air in the lungs from being exhaled completely and effectively. This narrowing of the airways… Continue reading What is COPD?