Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MC Respiratory Care program presents asthma education workshops

• Helping children become familiar with asthma symptoms, how to get help

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Students enrolled in Midland College’s (MC’s) Respiratory Care program are sharing their knowledge with area elementary school students. To date, MC students have presented the workshop to approximately 300 elementary school children in grades 2-5 since January.

“The workshop focuses on asthma’s anatomy and physiology, triggers and medications,” explained MC Respiratory Care Program Chair Robert Weidmann, BS, RRT-NPS, RPFT, RCP. “The purpose is to help children become more familiar with asthma in general and also with the signs and symptoms of an asthma attack and how to get help, whether the attack is happening personally to them, to a friend or to a family member.”

Weidmann said that during the workshops, MC students are stationed at three different tables. Small groups of 2nd through 5th graders rotate from table to table learning about different aspects of asthma care at each table. The MC students interact with the children providing hands-on demonstrations, engaging in one-on-one discussion and answering questions.

“Asthma education is just one important role that a respiratory care professional provides,” stated Weidmann. “Respiratory Care offers unique challenges in the areas of prevention, diagnostics, treatment, management and rehabilitation of people with respiratory and/or cardiac abnormalities. Program graduates enter a field in which the demand has exceeded the supply. Their expertise is a precious commodity and specialties include, but are not limited to, adult critical care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, home care, diagnostics, sleep disorders, education and management. Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credentials are honored throughout the U.S. and Canada — geography is no barrier to career opportunities.”

Midland College’s Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). For more information about the program, including admission requirements, contact Kay Floyd at (432) 685-4600, kfloyd@midland.edu

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