The NSRC is encouraging its members to support the 2014 Drive4COPD through the AARC website. The process this year has been simplified into a five-question COPD screener. The tool could be used in a booth-type display in a hospital or physician's office.
"This year the five-question COPD screener is digital, accessible via mobile devices or computers. All answers are submitted online, and the final score is given with the option of viewing, printing, or emailing the result," said Kathy Geier, instructor of respiratory care at Southeast Community College.
The RT performing the screening must log in to the questionnaire with their AARC member number. The tool is found here: COPD Population Screener
Companies wishing to have access to more COPD resources (free) and/or their own URL for the screening tool may register by going to the link listed above and selecting the "Employer Tools" tab at the top of the page. They will then be asked to complete an electronic form to register.The RT who logs the most screenings under their AARC number in entered to win an iPad mini, Geier said.
If anyone has questions regarding the process or has never held a Drive4COPD screening event and would like suggestions, Geier will be happy to offer guidance. She can be reached at SCC at 402-437-2819.
COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is the only one on the rise. Together we can help drive awareness, and promote our profession.