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Seattle’s the Place -Saturday is the Day!

Alpha-1 Education Day – Seattle

Saturday, 23 October 2010

AARC Accreditation for 6 hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education.

Emergency Supplemental Oxygen will be available, courtesy of Apria.

Doubletree Guest Suites Seattle Airport/Southcenter Parkway, 206-575-8220

The event begins with a continental Breakfast and Exhibitor displays at 0815 followed by a warm welcome by Marlene Erven, Executive Director, Alpha-1 Association.

Angela McBride, Director of Development, Alpha-1 Founadation will give a foundation update.

The program ends with Alan Barker, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University speaking on Alpha-1 Research Update & Importance of Oxygen and  Preparing for Transplant.

The event filled day includes Robert E. Sandblom, M.D., Chief of Pulmonary Service-Respiratory Disease, Eastside Speciality Center.

A Alpha-1 Liver Disorder update will be given by Simon Horslen, M.D., Ch.B., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washinton School of Medicine and Medical Director, Liver & Intestinal Transplantation, Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Contact 800-521-3025 for more information.

Welcome to Seattle, Alpha-1 Foundation!

More later…. Sharon O’Hara

World Spirometry Day

World Spirometry Day

14th October 2010

A worldwide first – free Spirometry checks as part of the worldwide, 2010: The Year of the Lung on 14 October 2010. This first ever global lung function testing event is being supported by the APSR and other members of the Federation of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), to encourage people to get their lungs tested, and to raise awareness about lung health.

Spirometry test

Take a breath

Look at your lungs

The European Lung Foundation (ELF) is coordinating the event and offers material and support for local and national lung health societies. They will also collect data of the number of tests performed, which can be seen (real time) on the Year of the Lung website.


The question to ask your health department, what are you doing 14 October 2010 to test the lungs of the taxpayers in your town, county or state?  Ask your health department, as I will ask mine, again.

Kitsap County Health District, what I can do to help you offer free Spirometry to the public on 14 October 2010?


The AARC folks – respiratory people – are indispensable trained folks for COPDers.  They can be the patient’s new best friend, they ARE the folks who give us the tests to let our doctor know how we are doing. Pulmonary rehab is vital to the COPDers present and future health.

For Kitsap County Harrison Medical Center, Erik Anderson is the guy to talk to … what he doesn’t know respiratory testing usually isn’t worth knowing. He also heads the too infrequent COPD Support Group meetings.  360-792-6686

The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) is on the March with an alternative way of alerting the public about early detection for COPD.

I asked for and received AARC pamphlets and information to hand out at local doctor offices and the Kitsap County Health Department.

“3.86% of 239000 people in Kitsap county means 9 THOUSAND 2 Hundred people have lung disease. 9,200 are known and potentially 9,200 have some COPD and don’t even know it yet.

There are a lot of people that could benefit from screening!”

Steven Nelson MS RRT FAARC

Associate Executive Director

American Association for Respiratory Care


+1.972.243.2272 Office


Kitsap County Health District:  Will you give the citizens of this county Spirometry testing for early detection COPD?

More later… Sharon O’Hara

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