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what kind of intravenous medications can a respiratory therapist administer?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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None....: They should not.......nurse is supposed to...

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What can a respiratory therapist teach me how to do?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Many helpful facts..: A respiratory therapist can ensure you are using your inhalers properly. They can also teach you specilized breathing techniques which may decrease work of breathing and increase breathing comfort. A respiratory therapist can show you how to measure your respiratory rate and measure your oxygen level with a pulse oximeter (a device that measures oxygen levels in blood).
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How does a respiratory therapist help you breathe?

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Dr. Leila Wing answered
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Breathing Treatments: Typically respiratory therapists work in hospitals and help administer breathing treatments like albuterol via nebulizer machines. They also assist with arterial blood gas levels and mechanical ventilators in the intensive care unit.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What exactly does a respiratory therapist do?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Respiratory Therapy: This is my favorite question so far. I was first a respiratory therapist before i became a physician. I learned much of my compassion for patients from the many hours i spent treating asthma, cystic fibrosis, monitoring patients on life support and loving their families. Respiratory therapists do treatments for those suffering from asthma and emphysema. They are a backbone to the ICU team.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Does the respiratory therapist disconnect the ventillator?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
They can: They are trained to do that.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do respiratory therapists always intubate or do interns normally do it?

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Dr. Sanjay Agarwal
Pulmonology 26 years experience
Depends: None normally in a good institute. Interns have to show personal interest in learning the procedure. Some institutes allow rt to intubate, most don't and is in the realm of an experienced md like er, ICU or anesthesiologist who are experts in managing the airways. You can lose a life very easy.

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