• NLHEP News
  • from Dr. Tom Petty
  • The NLHEP is gaining momentum as it enters its fifth year of operation. The partnership with NLHEP and the AARC (American Association of Respiratory Care) continues to grow. The AARC represents 130,000 respiratory care professionals who are in virtually every hospital in the USA. Thus, they are becoming the foot soldiers for the implementation of the NLHEP in pursuit of our goals of early identification and intervention of COPD and related disorders.
  • Recently, Mrs. Gretchen Lawrence, a senior respiratory therapist and a Master of the AARC has been hired to assist with program development. She is the liaison to the Dallas Office. Our two booklets, Prevent Emphysema Now, and Save Your Breath America, Prevent Emphy-sema Now, written for the primary care physician and patients respectively, are available from the AARC.
  • The NLHEP along with the Oklahoma State University and the Tulsa Regional Medical Center conducted a comprehensive program for primary care MDs and DOs in Tulsa on February 16. Speakers were Tom Petty of Denver, and Jim Seebess, DO, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Oklahoma State. The "dynamic duo" covered the pathogenesis, epidemiology, course, and prognosis of COPD. Practical approaches to smoking cessation and treatment of symptomatic patients were discussed in detail. The use of home oxygen, pulmonary rehabilitation, and surgical treatment received emphasis. A practical discussion and demonstration of simple office spirometry completed the program.
  • The entire program will soon be available on a CD, available from the department of medical education of the Tulsa center. It is hoped that this model can be repeated throughout the USA in the months to come.
  • Stay well until we next meet...