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Respiratory Support Webinar

Every 4th Thursday of the month - 3PM ET

Hosted by Laura Castricone – Certified Respiratory Therapist

  • Oxygen conserving devices, who can/should use them
  • Proper use a pulse oximeter and how to use and maintain your equipment
  • CPAP and BiPAP devices and supplies (how to use, replace and maintain your PAP device and supplies as well as a discussion on masks)
  • Sleep hygiene (how to properly maintain a bedroom that is conducive to sleep and how to change our sleep habits and rituals)
  • Trach care and supplies (how to properly clean and maintain your tracheostomy supplies)
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Laura Castricone

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 homecare. 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.

Articles by Laura Castricone

Sleep Hygiene...what Is It And Why Is It Important?

It is the science and practice of maintaining and restoring sleep health. Sleep hygiene is preparing your body and environment to be conducive to a good night’s sleep. So, what exactly does that mean? In the course of our busy lives...

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Do I Have Sleep Apnea? If So, What Do I Do?

There are several types of sleep apnea but, today we’re going to discuss the most common type, which is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It affects approximately 3-7% of the male population and 2-5% of the female population...

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I Have Been Ordered To Be On Oxygen...what Do I Need To Know?

If you or a loved one has been ordered to be on oxygen therapy, it’s important to understand how to properly use your oxygen and the things that need to be considered when oxygen is in use in the home. First, oxygen is an essential element in our air that keeps us alive...

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Ostomy Webinar

Every 4th Thursday of the month – 7PM ET

Hosted by Christine Kijek – Wound Care, Continence & Ostomy Nurse

  • Having an ostomy surgery and adapting to an ostomy
  • Getting fit with an ostomy
  • Stoma complications
  • Stomas types
  • Ostomies & inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD)
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HPFY Christine Kijek

Christine Kijek

Christine Kijek is a colorectal nurse at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. She has a wealth of knowledge in this field as well as personal experience. HPFY is thrilled that she has been an active participant in the Ostomy Support Group. Christine lives in Bethel, CT with her husband Ed. Her children are married and live nearby. She has 4 grandchildren and is known as GiGi. Christine enjoys riding motor cycles and spends many hours gardening. She can often be found onboard a Carnival Cruise ship lounging by the pool.

Articles by Christine Kijek

Not Just a Colorectal Surgery Nurse - a Patient Too

“I’m not just a nurse teaching you this – I've lived it”, this is a phrase that I say time and again to my patients. I have been an ostomate. In 2014 I had a surgery that gave me first-hand experience into the world of having a stoma...

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Living With an Ostomy

For those of you who are in the planning phase of ostomy surgery, the fear of the unknown is high. What will I feel? How will I cope? Will everyone know? What will my body look like? How will I manage it? Will my spouse still love me...

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Fecal Incontinence: Managing the Embarrassment

What can be more embarrassing than losing control of your bowels while out in public? Now you need to get out without being seen or having someone notice the odor. Fecal incontinence is devastating to someone struggling with this...

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