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Respiratory Therapy Students Battle In Las Vegas' Sputum Bowl

Respiratory therapy students from all over the country descended upon Las Vegas this week for the annual Sputum Bowl.

You read that right – the Sputum Bowl. It’s the annual World Series between respiratory care students and practitioners in a battle of wits for the grand champion’s title.

Last year, Las Vegas’ Pima Medical Institute’s team were national champs – even beating heavy weights such as the Mayo Clinic. They hope to reclaim their title this year, dusting up on their respiratory knowledge.

Questions can include a number of things dealing with respiratory issues such as smoking and sleep apnea, as well as the actual science of respiratory health within the body.

KNPR spoke with organizers and one of the winning team members.


Anthony Everidge, program director of respiratory therapy, PIMA Medical Institute

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Amy Barnes, clinical director of respiratory therapy, PIMA Medical Institute

Christopher Andresky, PIMA Medical Institute student, Sputum Bowl defending champ


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