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Director of Quality and Risk Management
Debra came to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Wichita Falls in June 2010 as the director of quality and risk management.
Prior to working at HealthSouth, she worked as the lead registered respiratory therapist in the intensive care unit and held the position of respiratory educator for United Regional Healthcare System.
She was also the lead person for smoking cessation programs and served as a Certified Asthma Educator in the community.
Debra graduated from Midwestern State University in 1998 with her bachelor's degree in respiratory care.
"In reality, cigarette smoking is as ...
"In reality, cigarette smoking is as addictive as heroine," said Registered Therapist Debra Pardue.
said most smokers are shocked when they learn the ingredients in cigarettes.
said, "It's not nicotine that causes the cancer it's the nicotine that keeps you addicted.
The other additives are what cause cancers."
So some try to wean themselves off heavy cigarettes by turning to lights, dip or chew.
They believe they'll never be able to quit completely because they fear their craving will never go away.
In realty, Pardue
says these alternatives are no better and while each individual reacts differently, the chemical withdrawal is only ten to 14 days.
said, "You're only going to gain an average of five to seven pounds and if you weigh the detrimental side effects to that five to seven pounds against the benefits of quitting, it's no comparison."
According to the American Cancer Society
within 20 minutes of that last cigarette, a person's blood pressure and pulse drop to normal.
So, even if you've been smoking most of your life, Pardue
said it's never too late to give up the habit.
If not for you, then for those around you.
"The way we live our lives has a direct effect on our kids and grandkids so we need to set an example for them," Pardue
Both Kennedy and Pardue say it's easier to quit if you have a support group, whether it be a friend, co-worker or spouse.
For more information and tips to help you quit smoking, go to the links section and click on American Cancer Society
In an effort to help Texomans, Pardue will be teaching a course at United Regional.
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When people first come into URHCS' program, deciding why they've come is a quick target, said Debra Pardue, respiratory therapist educator.
"Usually one of the first things we ask is 'Why are you here?'" she
said, explaining that personal commitment is a stronger spur than just trying to appease family."If they're here because they've had family tell them to come in, chances are they're not going to be as successful."
And while residents may be deciding which method is best, studies point to a combination approach that includes a kind of support setting.According to the NIH expert panel, nicotine replacement therapy, telephone quit-lines and counseling all work separately and even better together.
"It's the combination, not that one or the other is better," Pardue
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"We try to teach parents and families about how to control their asthma," said Debra Pardue, a registered respiratory therapist at the hospital."Our goal is for all asthmatics to lead as normal a life as possible."
The program might do a little more, she
"We're hoping that by doing the teaching, we can cut down on their hospital visits," she
To address that, Pardue
came up with the more academically structured idea.
"It's always been something I've known was needed," she