In recognition of National COPD Awareness month in November, Governor Nikki Hailey issued a proclaimation. Here’s why…
1. 367,000 South Carolinians have COPD, enough to fill Williams-Brice Stadium 4.5 times
2. 15 million currently diagnosed nationally
3. 12 million undiagnosed cases in the US
4. According to a 2013 survey, SC has a 7.1% prevalence rate (9.3% the highest and 3.9% the lowest)
5. COPD costs South Carolina 527 Million in 2014
So, Go Orange on social media to show your support!
To learn more please visit http://www.copdfoundation.org/.
The SCSRC Disease Management Section will be hosting the inaugural SC COPD Update next month, please click the link for more info.
Looking back on a whirlwind marathon of a week, I am reminded of just how blessed I am to be a part of such an excellent organization as the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care. We started on Tuesday with two pre-conference workshops; these were led by speakers that are outstanding in what they do. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Garry Kauffmann, Terry Volsko and David Wheeler on making these available for the attendees and for the excellent presentations.
Next was the inaugural poster presentation session; this was an impressive display of hard work, talent, knowledge; I could go on and on. This session was hosted by David Wheeler, Terry Volsko and Doug Laher, who all did excellent jobs in opening each presentation and keeping everything moving along. The wine and cheese reception was sponsored by WestMed; a big thank you to our WestMed friends for doing this for us!!!
Wednesday morning brought more lectures and time to mingle with and catch up with friends, opportunities to vote for the 2017 SCSRC officers and board of directors, join or renew membership with the AARC (although their server was down on this, which presented its own challenges)! During the annual business meeting on Wednesday, we had opportunity to see folks be rewarded and awarded for their accomplishments during the year. A special “shout out” to my Midlands directors for bringing home the “Region of the Year” award; I know how hard you guys have worked this year, and it has definitely paid off, in so many ways.
Wednesday afternoon, our vendors set up for the Leadership reception, which was well attended by our managers, directors and “decision makers”. This has proven over the years to be a real bonus for our attendees and exhibitors alike. (more…)
It is with great pride that the 2016 election results were announced at the Business Meeting at the 45th SCSRC State Conference on September 7th, 2016. Out of 522 eligible voters in the state, (in order to be eligible you must be an AARC member), we had 88 ballots returned for a 16.8 % voter turnout. This represents the highest number of turnout in the SCSRC’s history. Thank you to all the AARC/SCSRC members who took the time to vote for the future of the state board! Your vote will help to shape our future!
For those of you who did NOT vote, please consider becoming an AARC member. It is quick and easy and the link is on the website. We could use your help and expertise in shaping our board for the years to come! The election results are as follows. Please take the time to reach out and congratulate these fine therapists!
President – Elect: Chad Bishop
Vice President: Janice Quinn
Treasurer: Tracey Cook
Coastal Region Junior Director: Drew Phillips
Pee Dee Region junior Director: Danh Nguyen
Pee Dee Region Senior Director: John Riggs
Midlands Region Junior Director: Amanda Coffey
Piedmont Region Junior Director: Bonny Crowder
Congratulations to all the election winners! We are looking forward to a very busy and productive year!
2016 SCSRC President
The Midlands Region directors are planning a one-day COPD Update meeting that will include speakers from Duke University, the COPD foundation, RT navigators and others. There will also be an open forum discussion regarding what is currently going on in the world of COPD management.
The cost for the meeting is:
"Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in South Carolina and affects approximately 15 percent of the adult population. Unfortunately, recent data suggests that almost half of the COPD-affected population in South Carolina remains undiagnosed. Despite good evidence-based guidelines for optimal care of COPD, the diagnosis, management, and outcomes for the disease are suboptimal and care is too often fragmented. Although tobacco cessation and avoidance are slowly advancing in South Carolina, 20 percent of COPD occurs in non-smokers, and this percentage will likely increase in the coming years. Therefore, a strategic plan must include other initiatives in addition to smoking cessation.
COPD is a disease that reflects notable disparities in South Carolina: less than 50 percent of COPD patients completed high school, and African-American males are a group with relatively high rates of undiagnosed disease. Individuals who have COPD need a variety of services to optimize their care, including access to medications, durable medical equipment providers, pulmonary rehabilitation services, and knowledgeable health care providers who understand and screen for the co-morbidities frequently associated with COPD.
This document was developed by a multidisciplinary group of health care providers, public health practitioners, and patients, as such a combined approach is imperative to target this disease. The SC Strategic COPD Plan was designed to advance the diagnosis and management of COPD in the state over the next five years and was done under the auspices of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) "Learn More, Breathe Better" COPD awareness campaign."
Supported by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Learn More Breathe Better COPD Campaign and the North Carolina COPD Taskforce.
For more information, please visit: http://dc.statelibrary.sc.gov/handle/10827/21131