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STLCC-Forest Park Respiratory Therapy Team Captures State Sputum Bowl Title

May 09, 2012

STLCC-Forest Park Respiratory Therapy Sputum Bowl team  
St. Louis Community College-Forest Park's Respiratory Therapy team captured first place in the recent Missouri Sputum Bowl competition. Pictured are, from left, Jim Brennan, Respiratory Therapy department chair; team members Denise McCoy, Padma Kunta and Mindy Wagner; and Joe Fackelman, assistant professor in respiratory therapy.

The St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Respiratory Therapy team recently won the state Sputum Bowl competition and will represent Missouri in national competition.

Second-year respiratory therapy students Denise McCoy, Padma Kunta and Mindy Wagner won the event at the Missouri Society for Respiratory Care’s annual meeting last week at the Lake of the Ozarks. They defeated eight student teams from Respiratory Therapy programs from around the state to win the student competition, then played the professional practitioners team, and beat them.

The Forest Park team will represent Missouri in the national competition at the American Association for Respiratory Care’s International Congress in New Orleans in November.

The contest is similar to the old College Bowl game show format, where teams sit at tables on a stage and are asked questions by two moderators. Questions cover such topics as acute care, airway management, neonatal and pediatrics, pharmacology, chemistry, microbiology and history.

Questions, similar to these sample questions, are asked:

  • "What is the trade name for salbutamol?”(Ventolin)
  • “What is the recommended adult dosage of Guifenesin?” (100-200 mg. every 3-4 hours)
  • "What is the mucopissic agent?” (one that increases viscosity and elasticity)

Students in respiratory therapy learn about the treatments and tests for lung and heart ailments.