Respiratory & Polysomnography Websites

ID-100112376r.jpgANYONE can put information on the Internet. ANYONE. As a health care provider, you must carefully select and evaluate medical/health information before using it to treat patients or letting it influence how you perform your duties. Use the evaluating sources section of this guide to help you determine the credibility of Web sites. A great final test is to ask yourself, "Would I want myself or someone that I care deeply about to be treated based on this information?" If the answer is "no," don't include such non-credible information in your academic projects either!

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides users with credible, reliable health information on topics such as: data and statistics; diseases and conditions; emergencies and disasters; environmental health; healthy living; injury, violence and safety; life stages and populations; travelers' health; workplace safety and health; and much more. This site contains information appropriate for adults, teens and kids
Easy-to-understand information on health and medical topics, all reviewed for accuracy by Mayo Clinic experts. Content includes interactive resources and tools, information on specific diseases and disorders, management of particular chronic conditions, suggestions for healthy lifestyles, consumer drug information, first aid, specialists' answers to frequently asked questions about diseases and health decision-making guides. (A service of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

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Provides access to 900+ health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians, health and information in Spanish and other languages. Includes listings of diseases & conditions by body system.

MedScape Reference
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support clinical decision making. Content is designed for practicing medical professionals and includes diagnostic medical images. Free Registration to MedScape is required. To avoid registering and go straight to an entry in this resource, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine pneumonia).

Respiratory & Polysomnography Associations & Organizations

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
Professional membership association for respiratory care professionals and allied health specialists interested in cardiopulmonary care

American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM)
"Certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) stands for the highest standard in sleep technology. Technologists who have achieved ABSM certification have demonstrated to their peers and to the public that they have the skills and knowledge essential for the delivery of excellent patient care"

Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT)
The organization recognized for the highest standards in sleep credentialing, certification and education.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
Accredits professional U.S. and international respiratory care degree programs at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters Degree level

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)

Useful Websites

You can use a search engine like Google or Bing to search specific therapies and diseases/conditions by typing "DISEASE/CONDITION and ("respiratory therapy" OR rehabilitation)." Examples of how to cite images in APA style can be found on the COD Citing Sources page.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American Lung Association

American Thoracic Society (ATS) Clinical Cases
The American Thoracic Society features ATS Clinical Cases, a monthly series devoted to interactive clinical case presentations on all aspects of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. It is designed to provide education to practitioners, faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students in the areas of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

Anatomy & Physiology Research Guide
Print and electronic anatomy & physiology resources organized by C.O.D.'s Natural Sciences Librarian

Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk
A National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet with links to numerous asbestos-related resources

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
The leading not-for-profit, patient organization for people with asthma and allergies

C.R.I.S. Community Resource Information System [DuPage County]
A fast and easy way to obtain basic information on social service programs throughout DuPage County [ Mozilla Firefox browser is recommended, Internet Explorer sometimes does not display correctly]

ECRI Guidelines Trust
Provided by ECRI Institute (the organization that served as sole prime contractor for the discontinued National Guideline ClearinghouseTM (NGC)), this publicly available web-based repository provides physicians, nurses, other clinical specialties, and members of the healthcare community with up-to-date, clinical practices and guidelines to advance safe and effective patient care. The repository includes evidence-based guidance developed by nationally- and internationally-recognized medical organizations and medical specialty societies. [FREE registration is required to access the database]

Interactive Atlas of Thoracic Viscera
From the University of Washington

Lab Tests Online
Designed to help the patient or caregiver better understand that many clinical lab tests are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases. The site is a collaboration of professional societies representing the lab community

Lung Cancer Alliance
The Lung Cancer Alliance is the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to advocating for people living with lung cancer or those at risk for the disease

National Cancer Institute
Official site for the National Institute of Health's principal agency for cancer research

National Emphysema Foundation
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with emphysema, asthma and related diseases

National Lung Health Education Program
Works to increase awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) among the public and health care professionals and to encourage the use of simple spirometry to make an early diagnosis and monitor ongoing treatment

National Sleep Foundation
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA creates and enforces workplace safety standards. lung conditions

Shadow Pictures
A radiology database that includes 1038 individual cases and 270 discussion or teaching documents. All documents have been produced by Ian Maddison, a Radiologist. There are rich cross-links between documents so that readers may decide for themselves the relevance of any listed differential diagnosis.
Consumer/Patient level sleep information site from the National Sleep Foundation

Sleep for Kids
From the National Sleep Foundation, teaches kids the importance of sleep

Sleep--When You Don't Snooze, You Lose! COD Library workshop web page designed for patients/health consumers that reviews the benefits of sleep, the results of sleep deprivation, tips for improving rest and more (links to numerous consumer/patient level articles on sleep)

The "Virtual" Medical Center - Anesthesiology & Surgery Center
This site provides links to medical dictionaries and glossaries, interactive anatomy browsers, and online medical journals, as well as surgical and anesthesiology sites