NMC Respiratory Care students know the importance of keeping lungs healthy. That is why they have been raising money to help prevent smoke inhalation injuries that can be caused by the wildfires in Southern California.
A $400 check from the student group is now on the way to the America Red Cross with the request that the money be used for masks and whatever supplies are most needed to assist with the disaster.
These future respiratory therapists are studying the damage that smoke, as well as particulate matter, can cause to the airway and quality of breathing.
“It is important for students to connect what they are learning in the classroom to what is happening outside of the classroom,” said Lisa Fuchs, program director of Respiratory Care. “When we saw the need with what was happening in California, it just made sense.”