Respiratory therapy is best described as the assessment and treatment of patients with both acute and chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Today’s respiratory therapists have demanding responsibilities related to patient care and serve as vital members of the healthcare team.
Respiratory therapists must have a broad knowledge of the pathophysiology of the cardiopulmonary system and the complex procedures required to properly diagnose and treat patients, from the very young to the very old.
Occupation Description: Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.
This “Life and Breath” video is a production of the AARC (American Association for Respiratory Care) and shows all of the opportunities that are available in the profession of respiratory care. Click here to view the video.
Respiratory Therapist Careers – Opportunities and Salary Range. Respiratory therapy is a growing field mainly due to the rise in both the infant and elderly population. Increasingly, more respiratory therapy job openings are becoming available, particularly for traveling therapist.