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RT Students Collect DVDs for CF Patients

March 24, 2009

St. Alexius RT ClubKids who are hospitalized with cystic fibrosis often spend long, boring hours with little to do but await the next round of treatments.

Children being treated at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, ND, however, have a better way to while away the time: they can watch movies from a library of DVDs collected by RT students in the St. Alexius/University of Mary respiratory therapy program.

“Students attending our program spend more than 1,000 hours at the bedside learning how to care for patients with heart and lung problems,” says Associate Professor Beth Hughes, MEd, RRT, AE-C. “But this care does not end with the delivery of respiratory medications and treatments; it extends to caring about their patients as individuals.”

Student members in the Respiratory Care Club tapped local movie stores, RT staff at the hospital, and others in the community, asking them to contribute a movie to the library. The effort netted 120 DVDs, and junior student Marn Thompson and her family also donated two DVD players the kids can use to watch the movies during their hospital stays.

“This service project was about making our CF patients more comfortable during their hospitalization,” says senior student Ashley Geigle. “If watching a movie takes the patient’s mind off their stay for even the briefest of moments, we have achieved our goal.”

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