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What do respiratory therapists do?

What do respiratory therapists do?

ICU and more: Rts are trained experts at delivering oxygen therapy & inhaled medications and (in intensive care units) at managing mechanical ventilators and other monitoring devices we rely on to treat critical illness. Some rts also work in pulmonary function laboratories. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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

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. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the responsibilities of the respiratory therapists?

I was wondering what are the responsibilities of the respiratory therapists?

A lot: In the hospital the respiratory therapists administer nebulizer treatments (for wheezing problems), do percussion therapy (to loosen mucous) and manage patients on ventilators with the ICU doctors. They also help with pulmonary testing like spirometry. ...Read more

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Do respiratory therapists usually work with blood a lot?

Do respiratory therapists usually work with blood a lot?

RT: Typically not unless someone is bleeding from lungs/throat. Sputum in sickness is sometimes as unpleasant and is also an exposure risk you are trained to avoid/manage. ...Read more

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How can respiratory therapists help sick/stuffy nose babies?

How can respiratory therapists help sick/stuffy nose babies?

They can't: You can help with some saline nasal spray. If it persists, you need to see your pediatrician or an ent. A respiratory therapist is usually a hospital based allied health professional who helps with respiratory care in the hospital... Ventilation management. ...Read more

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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more