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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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What exactly does a respiratory therapist do?

What exactly does a respiratory therapist do?

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. ...Read more

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What can a respiratory therapist teach me how to do?

What can a respiratory therapist teach me how to do?

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). ...Read more

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Is being a respiratory therapist necessary to become a polysmnography technician?

No: In most states, all you need to do is hands on training in a lab; do some online courses and take the brpt tests for cpsgt or rpsgt. Bingo... ...Read more

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Is respiratory therapist a good job? I am aiming to become one. Could you also tell me a bit more details about the job? Is it a good job to pursue?

Is respiratory therapist a good job? I am aiming to become one. Could you also tell me a bit more details about the job? Is it a good job to pursue?

The best way: To find a vocation is to go and follow a respiratory therapist for a few hours but pick the time they are most busy, like the one in the ICU to see if you like the actions and can enjoy the job. If you do, then go for it. It is something with lots of work and actions sometimes, and you'll have to know a lot: about health, people, their relationships and interactions and science like ventilators. ...Read more

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What kind of drugs can a respiratory therapist push?

Respiratory Therapy: A therapist in most hospitals has standard orders to choose standard medications based on the pulmonary function of the patient. These are according to strict established protocols. These are nebulizer medications such as albuterol. They do not "push" medications. Other medications such as steroids in the nebulizers are specifically ordered by physicians. ...Read more

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What should I expect if I have to see a respiratory therapist?

Inhaled meds: Respiratory therapist provide inhalation therapy with meds and sometime chest physical therapy on doctors order.They can not prescribe the treatment. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as an advanced practice respiratory therapist?

APRT: Never heard of one, but resp therapy has differing experience levels and differing levels of responsibility in its ranks. Also, heart-lung bypass technologists form another skill group which is advanced, though not necessarily an RT. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can become a rt-respiratory therapist in canada?

How to become an RT: normally you need to go to a respiratory therapy school for anywhere from 1 to 4 years. You can google respiratory therapy schools. ...Read more

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How does a respiratory therapist help you breathe?

How does a respiratory therapist help you breathe?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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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


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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that ...Read more