RT faces discipline

Sunday, December 31, 2006

DAVENPORT, Iowa - A state licensing board has charged a former Apria respiratory therapist with re-selling breathing machines for between $125 and $225 after patients were done using them. Tammara Lutz, 43, and another woman, Kassie Beth Dierks, pleaded guilty last year to re-selling the machines--which were taken from Apria, where Lutz worked at the time--and pocketing the money. Lutz, who has a hearing before the Iowa Board of Respiratory Care Examiners Jan. 22, faces disciplinary action. The managers at Apria's Davenport branch, Deborah Magedanz and Sharon Arthur, have asked the board not to allow Lutz to practice respiratory therapy again.