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Helping Patients Breathe Easier

When treating patients, Amanda Bjorklund utilizes her clinical expertise as a certified respiratory therapist, a role that she has held at HCMC since 2000. She has also found that one of her most effective tools is her communication skills: "Just talking to the patient, letting him or her know what to expect, and offering words of comfort and reassurance are some of the most powerful actions you can take,” said Amanda. When patients are concerned or scared about their health, she stays and talks with them until they feel secure. Even in situations where patients aren’t conscious or may not be able to hear her, Amanda makes communication a priority. “I do everything I can to help the patient."

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