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Chair’s Message

I hope everyone was able to take a break to recharge over the summer months.  Autumn is a great time to refresh and re-focus our energy towards all the activities ahead.  In fact, with everyone heading back to school, and summer vacations behind us, September can feel as much like starting a new year as January does.

September is a great time to kick off some important lung health research!  The ORCS Research Grants and Fellowship Awards support research and graduate study by health-care providers in the field of respiratory care.  Approved by The Lung Association Board of Directors in June, $83,500 has been invested in three research grants lead by principal investigators:  Darlene Reid, Sylvia Rinaldi and Marla Beauchamp, and four Fellowship Awards going to Sachi O’Hoski, Christina McMillan Boyles, Kenneth Wu and Sylvia Rinaldi.  Congratulations to all and good luck with your ongoing efforts to improve lung health for Ontarians!

The Regional Planning Committees of the ORCS have planned six educational events across the province for September to November.  Topics include COPD Management, pre-school asthma, non-fatal drowning, marijuana and lung health and many more.  Click here to find out more about the regional education events.

The Lung Association is once again hosting its biennial Tuberculosis Conference at the Chelsea Hotel November 20 – 21 with optional preconference sessions November 19 at Toronto Public Health.  This conference is particularly relevant for health and social service professionals and others working with populations at high risk of TB in such fields as medicine, nursing, public health, community health, infection control, institutional health, communicable disease and correctional services.  For more information or to register, visit:

And you’ve probably by now heard about Member 365, the new ORCS and OTS membership portal that launched last year. The new portal is a system that puts membership management, communications and events all in one place. If you haven’t already set up your profile, please visit today!  And, if you haven’t renewed your ORCS membership yet, renew today:  Members receive a significant discount on the Better Breathing Conference registration.

I am always available to discuss any comments or suggestions that you may have. Feel free to contact me by email or by phone 416-978-1739.

Don’t forget to save the date for Better Breathing 2019! January 24 – 26, 2019.

Respectfully submitted,
Dina Brooks, BScPT, MSc, PhD
Chair, Ontario Respiratory Care Society.

Editor’s Message

Welcome to our Fall 2018 edition of Update on Respiratory Health, Research and Education brought to you by The Editorial Board. These members of the ORCS continue to work hard to bring you interesting and informative articles in this publication and we hope you will find the articles both interesting and relevant to your practice.

Our first feature article Doing Two Things at Once – Is it More Difficult for People Living with COPD? has been written for us by Darlene Reid, BMR, PhD, and is followed by our second feature, Patient and Family-Centered Performance Measures Focused on Actionable Processes of Care for Persistent or Chronic Critical Illness by Louise Rose, RN, BN, ICU Cert, MN, PhD, FAAN.  In addition, we bring you Dyspnea from the Larynx by Jennifer Anderson, MD MSc FRCS, and Early Detection of Small Airway Disease in Poultry Farmers by Rose-Marie Dolinar, RN (EC), PhD (C).

The regular In the Toolbox section, provided for us by Jane Lindsay, BSCPT, CRE enlightens us about the Using The Lung Association’s “Find a Respiratory Program” Service, while our Eye On section presents Innovative Care for the COPD Patient in a Rural Community Hospital by Annette Stewart, RRT, CRE. In our Respiratory Articles of Interest section we provide summaries of three articles: the first is the article Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, the next is Mindfulness-based Symptom and Stress Management Apps for Adults with Chronic Lung Disease: Systematic Search in App Stores, and the third one is Preoperative Physiotherapy for the Prevention of Respiratory Complications After Upper Abdominal Surgery: Pragmatic, Double Blinded, Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial. These have been summarized for us by Priscila Robles, BScPT, MSc, PhD, Julie Duff Cloutier, RN, MSc and Shirley Quach, HBsc, RRT respectively. Lastly, but in no way least, In the Spotlight, written for us by Sheila Gordon-Dillane, BA, MPA, shines the light on one of our ongoing stars, physiotherapist Jane Lindsay.

We encourage you to check out and attend some of the educational events this fall and to keep an eye out for information on The Lung Association conference, Better Breathing 2019.

As we provide you with this electronic publication, we look forward to hearing from you with both ideas and feedback, so, please, do let us know what you think!

Respectfully submitted,
Jocelyn Carr
Co-chair Editorial Board

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