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June 2003

    Some might find the following sites interesting.

    The R.A.L.E. Repository presents digital recordings of respiratory sounds in health and disease. These are breath sounds heard with a stethoscope in adult and paediatric patients. Worth looking at. Interesting sound analysis examples like squawks, crackles and stridor.

    The Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology is the UK association equivalent to the ANZSRS. As mentioned previously, they run a members only email forum, and they can now boast 258 signed-on members. Their newsletter called "Inspire" is also published on-line and is available to down-load. An interesting article in the most recent edition, well worth a look is "Exercise Response Following Heart Transplantation." Carter R, Stevenson A, Al-Rawas O A, Stevenson R D. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

    The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada has some great on-line educational tools. Here you can see bronchoscopy video clips, and learn more about the paediatric airway. Well worth exploring.

    Here is an interactive oxygen dissociation curve. You can observe the effect of altered PaCO2, body temp, and pH.

    Health-on-the Net is a great reference source for information on various diseases and syndromes. It also links to MedLine and will show recent articles etc.

    This is a site dedicated to Cardiopulmonary exercise testing based in Melbourne! The editor-in-chief is K Wasserman, so worth checking-out. They are advertising a 3 day course on Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPX) from Wednesday September 10th to Friday September 12th 2003 at the Western Hospital, Melbourne.

    Jeff Pray is a well-known RT in the USA, appearing often on BBs. At this site he offers on-line training and in the interpretation and performance of spirometry.

    HealthLinks is a portal or search engine for all things relating to health and medicine. A search there for "ANZSRS" under organisations found our group. A very good portal for searching.

    "The Virtual Hospital" is a helpful site if you are looking for documented hospital resources. This URL points you to an educational module is designed to provide an introduction to quality assessment and basic interpretation of spirometric testing. "Virtual Hospital is a digital health sciences library created in 1992 at the University of Iowa to help meet the information needs of health care providers and patients. The goal of the Virtual Hospital digital library is to make the Internet a useful medical reference and health promotion tool for health care providers and patients. The Virtual Hospital digital library contains thousands of textbooks and booklets for health care providers and patients."

    Bulletin Boards and what they are saying:-

    There is some interesting dialogue happening at this RC-World BB site. If you are interested in bulletin boards you can't go past this one. SARS is being discussed and its' possible modes of transmission. Are you aware that a possible route of airborne bacterial infection is flatulence? Check it out! Hopefully SARS is not spread in this way.

    Not saying too much but otherwise interesting. The New Brunswick Association of Respiratory Therapists Inc. has their own message board. It interested me as it is also a Yahoo Group, but sadly for them there is only one member! Hopefully Yahoo is not the reason those guys way out on the Eastern seaboard of Canada don't use a message board.

    RespiratoryScience-Australasia Yahoo Group Report

    If you do not already know, an email forum/ Bulletin Board has been set up for Respiratory Lab people, and in the last month it has become increasingly popular. In my last report I stated there were 13 members. I am now happy to report that there are 39 brave souls registered. They have generated 40 messages during May at the last count.

    Subject discussions (or threads) that have been developing in the Group include: -

    • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
    • O2 analyser Suppliers
    • DLCO test on Sensormedics equipment
    • Testing of Elite Athletes 2004 Olympics
    • Incentive programs in paediatric lung function testing
    • Exhalate analysis for Ca
    • Skin Prick Allergen Suppliers

    Joining the Group can prove to be difficult. A few potential members have been deterred due to the rigmarole of signing up with Yahoo as a member. I should stress that there is no financial cost to joining, but it does mean that possibly you might get increased spam. These unwanted e-mails are a plight on us all, and Yahoo is always working on better ways of blocking it. However spam is unlikely for us, as the group is a non-listed members-only Yahoo Group. This means that others outside the group can not see your email address. The information it contains is only accessible to members.

    If you do sign-up to RespiratoryScience-Australasia, you will have to subscribe to Yahoo as a user. You will be prompted for a user name and password. This can take several attempts, as there are many Yahoo users out there. Be creative! Be warned too, that Yahoo Groups include ads and cookies. These can be bothersome but if it weren't for them, Yahoo Groups would not be a free service.

    If you want to contact me regarding the BB then use the address:

    If you wish to subscribe to the Group now use the address:
    You will be sent an email inviting you to join, and you will then have seven days to subscribe.

    Happy surfing!
    Andrew Coates



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