2016 is here, but before we turn the page on the new year, RT is taking a look back at our top articles published in 2015. The following is a list of the 10 most-read articles on RTmagazine.com from January 1st through December 30th, 2015. (To be included in the list the article must have been published in 2015.) Click on the headlines to read the articles.
Happy New Year to all and thank you for your continued support of RT!


#1 / Ventilator Weaning: It’s About Technology and Teamwork

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Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving technology, but the inevitable decision to wean a patient off of a ventilator requires a skillful combination of proven protocols, reliable technology, and teamwork between RTs and physicians.


#2 / Noninvasive BiPAP Systems May Help COPD Patients

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Researchers at Blount Memorial Sleep Health Center say recent advances in noninvasive ventilator support using BPAP or BiPAP systems have notably decreased COPD patients’ chances of needing an invasive ventilator.

#3 / Flight Therapists: RTs Take to the Skies in ‘Flying ICUs’

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While the vast majority of respiratory therapists do their lifesaving work in hospitals and clinics, a select few who operate as flight RTs find their workspace miles above the earth.


#4 / Protecting the Airway, Protecting the Patient

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While intubation can be a life-saving intervention, we must also be mindful of the associated hazards. RTs must understand the challenges of managing artificial airways and bring their skills and expertise to the patient’s bedside.

#5 / Respiratory Therapists in the Armed Forces

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Respiratory caregivers in the US military have both the challenge and the privilege of serving their country and their patients, both at home and abroad, in peace and in combat.

#6 / Philips Launches its Sleep Apnea Solution, ‘Dream’

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Philips Respironics has introduced the Dream Family solution — which includes a mask, PAP system, and mobile solution — to help improve the sleep therapy experience for people with obstructive sleep apnea.

#7 / ‘MacGyver-like’ Doctor Creates Nebulizer on Transatlantic Flight to Save Asthmatic Toddler

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A US doctor used materials aboard his Transatlantic aircraft to create a nebulizer and delivered oxygen and medication to an asthmatic toddler in distress.

#8 / Is It Asthma, COPD, or Both?

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Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) accounts for approximately 15-25% of all obstructive airway diseases, but distinguishing between ACOS and asthma or COPD alone can be a challenging diagnosis.

#9 / Smart Inhalers and the Future of Respiratory Health Management

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Smart inhalers are part of a new wave of digital technology designed to improve the management of lung diseases.

#10 / Miracle Machine Keeps Lungs ‘Alive’ Outside the Body

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A new machine developed by the University of Michigan keeps donor lungs “alive” outside the human body for up to six hours.