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October 23 - 29 is Respiratory Care Week

In November of 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared the last full week of September (since moved to the last full week of October) to be National Respiratory Therapy Week, stating, "In recognition that chronic lung diseases are an important cause of death, ill health, and disability and that respiratory therapy can do much to lessen their effects."

This annual event is designed to recognize the hard work of respiratory care professionals and to promote the awareness of lung issues and practices. To celebrate Respiratory Care Week, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has provided a Respiratory Care Week Planning Guide to help you arrange events and activities that promote respiratory health in your community. To learn more, visit the AARC website. Also, be sure to participate in the conversation on social media with the hashtag #RCWeek16. 

OPENPediatrics is pleased to feature some of our respiratory content, including the Virtual Ventilator, an immersive online mechanical ventilation training tool. This tool allows the user to take care of virtual patients without having to physically be in the intensive care unit. The virtual ventilator incorporates real-time changes in vital signs, ventilatory parameters, patient appearance, arterial blood gasses, chest X-rays and more. Learners will interpret physiologic imaging and ventilator data, formulate diagnoses and make changes to best treat their patient. Click here to learn more and begin using the Virtual Ventilator. 

Also, be sure to check out the other respiratory care resources OPENPediatrics offers, including: