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About the Author: Laura Castricone

Laura Castricone

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My name is Laura Castricone and I am a Certified Respiratory Therapist. I have been practicing in the state of Connecticut since 1992. I have worked in several aspects of respiratory care including sleep medicine, critical care, rehab, and home care. I earned my respiratory certification at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Prior to becoming an RT, I attended the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in English but left Uconn in my junior year to work with my father in the restaurant business. I stayed with him for over a dozen years. An education, by the way, that can never be bought! Once I married and had children, the restaurant business no longer fit my lifestyle. When my children were one and two years old, I decided to go back to school and that is where my career in respiratory care began. This career has been very rewarding and I have been blessed to meet some extraordinary people along the way. I grew up in Waterbury, CT, and now live in Litchfield County, CT with my husband and our crazy Jack Russell terrier, Hendrix. My hobbies include antiquing, gardening, writing plays, and painting miniature paintings.

Laura Castricone's Articles

Bronchiectasis: What is it and Who is likely to get bronchiectasis?

Posted on Jan 17, 2022 by Laura Castricone

Bronchiectasis occurs secondary to lung damage. The lungs & airways get damaged & thus widen & eventually become ineffective. Read more at HPFY.

Posted in Respiratory

Chest Physiotherapy: What is CPT Treatment?

Posted on Dec 29, 2021 by Laura Castricone

Chest Physiotherapy, aka chest PT is a procedure which uses gravity and physical manipulation to help release mucus from the smaller airways of the lungs into the larger airways to facilitate mobilization out of the lungs.

Posted in Respiratory

THE MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT OXYGEN THERAPY

Posted on Dec 14, 2021 by Laura Castricone

Here most commonly mythbuster about oxygen therapy.

Posted in Oxygen Therapy

WHAT DO RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS DO?

Posted on Nov 22, 2021 by Laura Castricone

Respiratory therapists guide other providers on the setting and changes of respiratory equipment. They work with the RNs and paramedics on Life Flights. Learn More

Posted in Respiratory

Breathing and Energy Conservation Techniques

Posted on Nov 08, 2021 by Laura Castricone

Energy conservation techniques and breathing maneuvers help those who have breathing problems when going about their activities of daily living (ADL).

Posted in Respiratory

INCENTIVE SPIROMETRY (IST)

Posted on Oct 19, 2021 by Laura Castricone

As a hospital protocol, a patient will be put on IST (incentive spirometry therapy) after any type of surgery. The purpose of this therapy is to avoid pneumonia post-surgery. After surgery, most patients are bed-bound for days if not weeks. This takes its toll on the patient’s muscular, cardiac, and respiratory systems.

Posted in Peak Flow Meters/Spirometers

WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY TRACHEOSTOMY DECANNULATION?

Posted on Oct 16, 2021 by Laura Castricone

A decannulation is when the tracheostomy tube is removed from the neck This is a procedure planned by a physician

Posted in Tracheostomy

What is a Inhaler Spacer and who uses one?

Posted on Oct 15, 2021 by Laura Castricone

In the respiratory world when we refer to a “spacer” we are referencing a product that is used with an inhaler.

Posted in Spacers and Inhalers

What is a Pulse Oximeter and How does it Work?

Posted on Oct 04, 2021 by Laura Castricone

A pulse oximeter is one of those items that should be in any healthcare toolbox, especially if the person suffers from any pulmonary disease(s) such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, heart disease, or shortness-of-breath secondary to any disease state.

Posted in Pulse Oximeters

WHAT IS A PEP (POSITIVE EXPIRATORY PRESSURE) DEVICE?

Posted on Sep 21, 2021 by Laura Castricone

PEP is an abbreviation for Positive Expiratory Pressure. know about PAP Device

Posted in PEP Therapy

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