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Archive for October, 2013

Saltzer Medical Donates System to BSU Respiratory Care Program

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

By: Kathleen Tuck Published 8:32 am / October 29, 2013

Alumnus Carl Rizzo, a pulmonary function technologist at Saltzer Medical in Nampa and clinical preceptor for the Boise State Respiratory Care program, notified faculty that Saltzer’s system was being replaced and inquired about donating the older system to the university’s program.

The MedGraphics system from MGC Diagnostics can perform complete pulmonary function studies that measure spirometry (flow rates and volumes), lung volumes and capacities, diffusion capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide, airway resistance and conductance. Cost to purchase a similar new system would be $55,000. In addition, Adam Galloway from MGC Diagnostics arranged for installation and instruction in the use of the system at a reduced cost.

This system provides students with the opportunity to practice with equipment that is similar, if not identical, to that used in area pulmonary function testing labs. These labs are staffed by respiratory care practitioners, many of whom are graduates of the Boise State program.

Jody Lester

Pulmonary function studies are commonly performed in hospitals and pulmonary physicians’ laboratories, and are used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of conditions affecting lung function. This equipment also can be used for research activities. Jody Lester, chair of the Department of Respiratory Care, said, “This donation will dramatically increase our students’ knowledge and prepare them to step into a professional role in a pulmonary function lab.”

The field of Respiratory Care provides therapeutic and diagnostic procedures for patients from premature newborns through the elderly, in critical care units, general wards, extended care facilities and patient homes. The program recently completed an on-site accreditation visit and was described by the site visitors as “one of the top respiratory care programs in the nation.”

Dean Tim Dunnagan added his thanks for the donation, and invites all friends of the College of Health Sciences to keep this kind of donation in mind if they are replacing state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, if your organization is purchasing new equipment, it may be possible to include an item for Boise State at a reduced price as part of the package. For more information on how to make a donation to Health Sciences programs, contact development director Sunny Wallace at 426-2124.

Ideal Protein – Holidays

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Here Comes the Holidays!
With the upcoming holidays, all the treats and traditional holiday themed foods are starting to come out on store shelves, and restaurants’ and coffee shops are starting with their fall themed specialties. With all these temptations, what is an Ideal Protein dieter to do?
First, we would encourage you to talk with your coach. Don’t cheat and don’t give in to these cravings. They will help you come up with strategies to help curb your hunger.
Second, avoid places and situations where you know you will be tempted. I personally love the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, but these are NOT sugar free nor fat free and are not permitted in Phase 1-3 of the Ideal Protein Diet and in Maintenance would be ok on a “cheat” day only. I have to avoid the coffee shops during this time of the year to avoid being tempted.
Empower friends, co-workers, family to help hold you accountable. In addition to your coach, there are resources all around you. Letting your support group know what your struggles are will help them look at for those situations and foods that may come up and tempt you, so they can help you avoid them and encourage you.
You can do this! Cravings can be overcome with proper planning and motivation!

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Adult Flu Shot Clinic

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Tuesday, October 8th
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa

Thursday, October 10th
11:00 AM – 6:30 PM
9850 W. St. Luke’s Drive, 2nd Floor, Nampa
(Behind Costco)

Medicare, Medicaid and Insurances will be billed

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