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A Respiratory Carnival!

Posted Jan 11 2009 2:55pm

Trauma Junkie over at Surviving RT School has an awesome idea: a Respiratory Blog Carnival!

Here’s his intro:

I’m planning a blog carnival for Respiratory Bloggers: therapists, students, patients, and anyone who has anything pertaining to respiratory care, lung disease, breaking news for respiratory therapists and modern advances in equipment. Basically, anything that has do with respiratory therapy will be included in the carnival, regardless of who submits it.

Maybe I’m crazy. But stick with me here.

This could actually work. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the idea of a blog carnival, check out the most recent issues of two popular blog carnivals that I frequently read: Change of Shift and Grand Rounds.

Now that you have the general idea, let’s talk about the name of our blog carnival (and yes, I call it ours, because it would be nothing without posts from all of you great bloggers out there). After some thought, I can’t seem to think of a better name than:

Image credit: Thanks to Robin of Survive the Journey,also known as @staticnrg on Twitter for helping me create the logo.

Clever, no?

I’m all in. I’ll be a contributor, a reader, and a supporter of this. I’ve sporadically submitted to Change of Shift or Grand Rounds, but a respiratory carnival…well gosh, that’s right up my alley! So head on over to Surviving RT School, read the post, and submit your submissions. Anybody can submit: patients, therapists, nurses, doctors, and anybody else with an interest in respiratory related topics.

Just to clarify: submit to Trauma Junkie! Here are the instructions:

Have you made it this far? Good. You must be interested.

Here are the basic guidelines:

  • A Source of Inspiration does not intend to compete with Grand Rounds or Change of Shift, thus:
  • If you submit a post to an upcoming issue of Grand Rounds or Change of Shift, please submit a different post to A Source of Inspiration. If you really want your post included in A Source of Inspiration but have already sent it to Grand Rounds or Change of Shift for inclusion, I can include it in A Source of Inspiration, but only after that issue of CoS or Grand Rounds has been posted.
  • Anyone is free to contribute to A Source of Inspiration:
  • –Respiratory Therapists: You’re out there in the blogosphere already. Send your latest post.
  • –Doctors: What are your experiences with respiratory therapists at work? What are your experiences taking care of patients with asthma, COPD, bronchitis, pneumonia, CHF, etc.? Also, feel free to share your latest news and research related to respiratory diseases or DME (durable medical equipment) for respiratory home care patients. Medicare/Medicaid, whatever. As long as it is related to respiratory care.
  • –Nurses: You see all kinds of patients, and COPD is the fourth leading killer of people in the United States. Share your experience with taking care of these patients. Maybe one has touched your heart or left behind a memory that is hard to shake. Talk about working with RTs, what they’re like, etc.
  • –Patients/General public: Perhaps you have spent your whole life living with a chronic lung disease or you have just been diagnosed with asthma or chronic bronchitis or… the list is endless. You’ve probably been in and out of hospitals your entire life, or maybe you recently had your first hospital stay for your illness. Reach out to other patients with similar problems. Or, if you’re a member of the general public, and you find the respiratory system or healthcare blogs or new articles interesting, write up a post for submission. As long as it is related to respiratory care, I’ll include it.
  • Anyone is free to host A Source of Inspiration, and is definitely welcome to. Just email me at js0095001 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Whew! That’s enough for now. If you have any questions or comments, just use the comment form below this post. All comments are welcome and definitely encouraged. A lot of factors at once are going to help this work, but your input tops the list. More to follow regarding where to send submissions, carnival post dates– that is, if you guys are interested, and topics for future issues (the first few issues will be sort-of “Anything goes”).

Last but not least, here is the call for submissions:
All submissions should be sent to js0095001 {at} gmail {dot} com no later than Thursday, February 12, 2009 at midnight CST. The first issue will be published on Surviving RT School Friday, February 13th, 2009 (cause I’m risky like that…lol). Future issues will be hosted on other blogs and I will create a page in my header with more information on upcoming editions.

In the email, include the following to be added to A Source of Inspiration:

  1. The e-mail subject of, “A Source of Inspiration”
  2. The title of your post
  3. A direct link to the post (e.g.,, instead of
  4. A short description of your post
  5. How you wish to be listed on the issue (e.g., Jill, Anonymous Blogger, ER Nursey, etc.)

Submit, read, and enjoy!

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