Respiratory Therapy

A Respiratory Therapist monitors and manages patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems. They treat all types of patients from premature infants whose lungs have not fully developed, to elderly people with lung disease.

They often provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, along with teaching patients about the disease and its process. Respiratory Therapists also provide emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.

Care provided includes:

  • Administration of oxygen
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Management of mechanical ventilators
  • Administering drugs to the lungs
  • Monitoring cardiopulmonary systems and measuring lung function
  • In-Patient care (nebulizers, inhalers, modified pulmonary stress testing)
  • Breathing techniques
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory Disease Education (COPD, Asthma, Restrictive Lung Disease)
  • Oxygen tank pick up
  • Cardiac stress testing
  • Halter monitoring
  • Scheduling sleep studies