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Chair’s Message

I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer! Despite the lazy days of summer, things have been moving right along at The Lung Association. The planning for Better Breathing 2018 is almost complete! Save the date, January 25 – 27, 2018, and plan to attend Canada’s premier respiratory conference hosted by the Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS), the Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) and The Lung Association – Ontario. Topics and speakers have been selected to appeal to a variety of professions working in all areas of respiratory health. This year’s line-up includes sessions on Transplant Innovations, the Use of Apps and New Technology in Sleep Medicine, Compassion Fatigue for Health-care Workers and a debate on pulmonary rehabilitation versus general rehabilitation when treating COPD, to name a few.

The goal of The Lung Association’s Better Breathing Conference is to provide a forum for professional education and to formulate, disseminate and implement strategies for achieving optimal respiratory health for Ontario. The conference goal will be achieved through plenary sessions, workshop sessions and poster presentations. On behalf of the ORCS Education and the Research and Fellowship Committees and the RTSO Research Committee, I invite you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the conference. The abstract review committee will finalize selection of abstracts after the deadline date of Monday, November 13, 2017. For more information please see the Call for Abstracts on the Better Breathing website.

We are eager to continue to enhance the benefits of your ORCS membership! A survey was deployed this summer to gain your thoughts on the Better Breathing Conference and what you value about membership in the ORCS. More than 100 people responded – a response rate of an impressive 14.5 per cent, which demonstrates our members care about the Society.

And finally, The Lung Association continues to work on a new membership portal that will greatly improve the ORCS registration process for returning and new members, allow members to have their own profile page, and streamline BBC and other event registrations. Stay tuned for its expected roll out in the coming months.

I am always available to discuss any comments or suggestions that you may have.  I am available by email or by phone at 4l6-978-1739.

Respectfully submitted,

Dina Brooks, BScPT, MSc, PhD
Chair, Ontario Respiratory Care Society

Editor’s Message

Greetings everyone. We are excited to bring you the third edition of the joint ORCS/RHEIG publication which now bears the new title Update on Respiratory Health, Research and Education. We truly feel this new title incorporates the essential elements of both previous publications and is a resource which will provide you with a wide range of information to enhance your knowledge and practice.

In this edition, we are pleased to cover a wide range of topics. The two Feature Articles discuss Mobility in the ICU and Causal Information in Patient Education. The Eye On section highlights the work being done by the Caring for My COPD program at NHCHC. The Toolbox reminds us of the importance of teaching and reinforcing correct inhaler technique. The Respiratory Articles of Interest section summarizes three articles which focus on the effects of oxygen therapy in a variety of scenarios. The poster winners from Better Breathing 2017 are featured in In The Spotlight.

As you read this, we are only a few months away from Better Breathing 2018. We encourage all members to attend this exciting and informative conference and to bring along your colleagues who have perhaps never attended a Better Breathing conference.

The Respiratory Health Educators Group (RHEIG) has been busy planning their sponsored afternoon on Thursday, January 25, 2017. Broad topics being investigated at present include: ethical issues surrounding end-of-life care and assisted suicide, how to effectively communicate with your patients dealing with lung cancer, brief action planning with your patients around behavior change, new respiratory medications in COPD and asthma, and how to help you and your patients recognize “fake news”.
The ORCS Editorial Board and the RHEIG have continued to work on Terms of Reference, and the integration of these two groups to provide this joint publication. Continued thanks to all who have helped and continue to help facilitate this process.

As we continue to enhance and improve this new joint electronic venture, we are very interested in your feedback, both positive and negative. We want this publication to meet your needs so please let us know what you think!
Mark January 25 to 27, 2018 on your calendar and we look forward to seeing many of you in Toronto at Better Breathing 2018.


Lorelei Samis
Co-chair RHEIG Executive Team
Editorial Board


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