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Definition of the Profession

Perhaps you are looking for a challenge where you can be involved in the areas of disease prevention, cardio-respiratory diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of people with lung problems. Respiratory Therapy is a health care specialty that provides these specialty opportunities.

As a respiratory therapist, you will enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where your technical and medical responsibilities will be matched by a need for good human relations skills.

Practitioners in Respiratory Therapy are involved in a wide variety of life-saving and life-supporting situations, working side by side with physicians and others on the health care team. You'll treat patients ranging in age from newborns to senior citizens. Expertise in Respiratory Therapy is in great demand and opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills are great.

Respiratory care practitioners work under the direction of qualified physicians. Their job frequently involves the administration of daily treatments to a variety of patients. Using sophisticated medical equipment, respiratory care practitioners help people with such lung disorders as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, and bronchitis.

Respiratory therapists also work as members of the critical care team in treating individuals who are seriously ill. This may include computerized life-support technology that will mechanically breathe for the patient. With the assistance of sophisticated monitoring devices and techniques, they give around-the-clock care to individuals who otherwise would not be able to survive life-threatening conditions.

Respiratory Therapy is an allied health specialty employed in the treatment, management, control, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the Cardiorespiratory system.

It means the therapeutic use of medical gases, air and oxygen administering apparatus, environmental control systems, humidification and aerosols, drugs and medications, ventilatory assistance and ventilatory control, chest physiotherapy and breathing retraining, respiratory rehabilitation, assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and maintenance of natural, artificial, and mechanical airways.

Specific testing techniques are employed in respiratory therapy to assist in diagnoses, monitoring, treatment and research. This includes measurement of ventilatory volumes, pressures and flows, and blood gas analyses.

Respiratory Therapy is a licensed Allied Health Care Profession. There are opportunities for employment as a general therapist or specialized therapist in critical care, pediatrics, neonatology, rehabilitation management, skilled nursing facilities, research and education. Generally, most employment is in the hospital setting.


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