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Resources for Bronchiectasis

At the beginning of my career I was more focused on few respiratory conditions and diseases such as Asthma, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.  With more experience, I am more exposed to variety of conditions that directly and indirectly impact the respiratory system.  In my journey I have realized that bronchiectasis is a common condition which I did not pay much attention to as I viewed it a “secondary consequence” or complication.  This condition involves abnormal widening of airways.  In my attempt to better understand this condition, I searched the web; Here is a list of great resources that will help you review this condition:

CHEST: http://hubs.ly/H07C_730

The Lung Association:  https://www.lung.ca/lung-health/lung-disease/bronchiectasis

British Lung Foundation: https://statistics.blf.org.uk/bronchiectasis

European Respiratory Society: http://www.erswhitebook.org/chapters/bronchiectasis/

Duty of Care

On June 14, 2017, CBC’s World News reported that “5 people, including Michigan health chief, charged in Flint water probe”.   The investigation follows the poor quality of water in Flint where more than 100, 000 people were exposed to high levels of lead.

This topic may not be related to respiratory health but does speak to our accountability and actions as individuals with power and influence over other’s health.

Take the time to review:
-CSRT’s Standards of Practice at http://www.csrt.com/standards-of-practice/ and

-CRTO’s Stands of Practice at http://www.crto.on.ca/pdf/Standards_of_Practice.pdf

– CBC World Newshttp://www.cbc.ca/news/world/flint-water-health-chief-charged-1.4159883

-CNN-Flint Water Crisis Facts http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/04/us/flint-water-crisis-fast-facts/index.html


Farzad ‘Raffi’ Refahi

June 14, 2017