The Role of a Respiratory Therapist
A respiratory therapist plays a considerable role in helping patients, and this video takes one through their daily functions. The role of a respiratory therapist is to assess and treat patients with breathing problems and disorders. They help people with chronic illnesses and those recovering from surgery or trauma.
A respiratory therapist coordinates patient care and helps manage medical equipment used during tests and procedures related to the lungs and airways.
The job involves working in various settings with different people, including children and adults, with multiple illnesses and injuries. Respiratory therapists spend most of their time in hospitals and medical offices. However, some travel may be required for training or when treating patients in their homes.
Respiratory therapists are responsible for assessing patients’ conditions, administering tests and treatments such as oxygen therapy, suctioning airways, and helping patients with exercises designed to strengthen their muscles. A respiratory therapist also educates patients’ families and caregivers on how to care for them. They train on how to administer medications or perform other techniques that can help improve the patient’s quality of life.
Respiratory therapists often work closely with other medical professionals, such as physicians, nurses, and physical therapists. They may work in different areas of the hospital depending on their area of specialty.