Pulmonology Clinical Pearls Archive

Help smokers quit on the 'DOT'

Help smokers quit on the 'DOT'

The Department of Transportation's new physical examination requirement helps employees quit smoking.

Make a permanent mark on your patient's asthma treatment

Make a permanent mark on your patient's asthma treatment


I have my patients bring all of their pumps to me and will write on the plastic canister with a Sharpie permanent marker.

Avoid vitamin A supplementation in smokers

Avoid vitamin A supplementation in smokers

Individuals who smoke or have ever smoked should avoid high-dose vitamin A supplementation due to a high correlation between smoking, vitamin A and lung cancer.

Improvised medication spacer

A nurse practitioner shares instructions for making an asthma medication spacer to use in emergency situations out of every day materials.

Breathing tips for patients with COPD

A nurse uses two easy-to-remember catch phrases to encourage pursed-lip breathing among patients with COPD.

Moving beyond "Just say no"

Moving beyond "Just say no"

Discourage teenagers from engaging in risky behaviors such as drug, tobacco and alcohol use in a meaningful way.

Nasal spray to reduce skin irritation

Clinician shares an unexpected dermatologic use for fluticasone.

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