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Respiratory Care Grows Program, Focuses on Research

Students and faculty in the Department of Respiratory Care continue to expand research with presentations and publications in the national and international Respiratory Care communities. The department’s international presence has also led to several agreements and possible collaborations.

Michael Hahn, a December 2011 graduate in Respiratory Care, will have his article, “A Review of Palliative Sedation and it’s Distinction From Euthanasia and Lethal Injection,” published in the March 2012 issue of the nationally-refereed “Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.” This paper was written as a course requirement for RESPCARE 498 Respiratory Care Senior Seminar. This is the second article Hahn has had accepted for publication since enrolling in the Respiratory Care Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program.

Meanwhile, Boise State students and faculty continue to have a substantial presence at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) International Congress. Three undergraduate Respiratory Care students presented four refereed, research poster presentations at the congress. The faculty continue to present refereed presentations at the Congress in additional to presenting international educational workshops.

Due to the faculty and student’s presence in the international respiratory care community and the quality of the department graduates, who continue to be highly respected and desired potential employees, the department has been contacted by administrators in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi about starting collaborative educational opportunities.

More locally, the department has established articulation agreements with two community colleges, with several more expressing interest in the department’s Self-Support, Online Bachelor’s Degree-Completion Program.

Additionally, the faculty are in the middle of five separate medical research projects in which they are designing and developing medical instruments in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Economics.