Respiratory Care Week – October 25-31, 2020

Respiratory Care Week 2020

Respiratory Care Week is an annual event to recognize the essential work and dedication of respiratory care professionals around the globe. Not only are they deserving of this recognition for the incredible work they do, but it is also a time to spread awareness about respiratory health. This year, especially, it’s important that we all honor and celebrate the individuals who help patients manage their chronic lung conditions with one-on-one training, guidance, and ongoing support.

How to Get Involved with Respiratory Care Week

Whether you are a patient or prescriber, there are many ways you can get involved in this year’s event to say thank you and show support to respiratory therapists in your community. The American Association for Respiratory Care provides a community-based platform and guide for you to share stories, show gratitude, and find resources to post on social media.

Visit their website and remember to follow their hashtag: #RCWEEK20 to stay connected to news and events taking place this week. You can also visit the Respiratory Therapy Zone to learn the history of International Respiratory Care Week, including when it started and how it continues to evolve today!

Meet Our Respiratory Therapists

At Electromed, our dedicated teams offer unrivaled support, committed to helping patients and providers every step of the way. From clinician support to patient support to reimbursement support, our teams work closely with you to help navigate the process.

Did you know? Some of our amazing employees are also registered respiratory therapists and help play a vital role in the success of SmartVest users. By offering their knowledge and expertise, they work efficiently with clinics and give patients and caregivers peace of mind knowing their father, mother, or child is in the best, most caring hands possible.

Talk to Mike, respiratory therapist

Talk with our Patient Care Advocate, who is an RT, via the Chat icon or Schedule a Call.

In honor of this year’s celebration, we wanted to take a moment to highlight and thank a few of our respiratory therapists for the work they do each day. From beginning the initial conversation with new SmartVest users to providing product support for their high frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) therapy at home 365 days a year, our team is committed to providing patients with lifetime support.

Doctor sitting with man living with chronic lung disease.“The most rewarding part of being a respiratory therapist for Electromed for the last 14 years is talking to patients every day about how much the SmartVest has changed their life and improved their lung health.”

Kirsty Waldron, RRT
Patient Services Representative

“It is not only an honor but a privilege to be educated and licensed in the field of Respiratory Care. After working in direct patient care in a hospital for many years, teaching Respiratory for a local college and then transitioning to DME and being able to focus patients on a specific therapy like the SmartVest is rewarding. All of this combined has helped me to better educate patients virtually when it comes to their lung health and how they will most certainly benefit from the SmartVest. I am proud to be in a field that is continually progressing and making people’s lives better.”

Lori Jessico, RRT
Patient Care Specialist

“I worked in patient care for years and, like many respiratory therapists, got to know my frequent fliers very well. I was even with many of them when they lost their battle to their pulmonary diseases. I wish that I knew then what I know now about the prevalence of bronchiectasis, especially within our COPD population. As an Electromed employee, my mission as a respiratory therapist has shifted. Rather than saving lives in the hospital, I am helping to change lives by keeping patients at home, reduce exacerbations, and improve their quality of life.”

Christina Nicklaus, MHA, BS, RRT
Clinical Education Manager

“We have the most amazing patients! I enjoy creating relationships with my patients as I step them through the process of obtaining their SmartVest and then towards healthier outcomes!”

Eileen Bacallado, RRT, CPFT
Patient Services Representative

“This is my 30th year as an RT and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the patients of SmartVest!  We get to share the SmartVest each and every day and hear how the system improves the quality of life of our patients and that is so rewarding!”

Tonya Taylor, RRT
Patient Services Representative

What SmartVest Users Say About Our Respiratory Therapists

At Electromed, our mission is to help patients breathe easier and experience symptom relief by using effective airway clearance with the SmartVest System. Part of this journey includes the support and guidance you receive from one of our respiratory therapists.

Our team takes great pride in being an advocate for patients living with bronchiectasis, COPD, or other chronic lung conditions. And already, they have established lifelong friendships with SmartVest users by continuing to provide the personalized support they need to feel confident about their therapy and in control of their symptoms.

“I cannot speak highly enough of the company AND the positive improvement to my health and day to day life. Call them. Their generosity with me moved me to tears. And I am not a crier. So in a nutshell, call them. My life improved significantly with this machine. The SmartVest has kept me out of the hospital as well.” -Pamela

“The person who helped me get set up [with SmartVest] was a Respiratory Therapist. He spent time explaining every facet and setting up a program my doctor had prescribed as to how often and how many times a day to use it. My SmartVest has been a huge factor in staying well. Thanks, SmartVest, for improving my quality of life!” -Joyce

Remember to thank a respiratory therapist this week and show your support by getting involved in the conversation! Tell us how your respiratory therapist has helped you!

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