- Emergency Department
They provide life-saving care to people who have had heart attacks or breathing problems.
- Newborn Units
Respiratory therapists help newborns and premature infants whose lungs may not be well enough developed to breathe on their own.
The therapist may see the child struggling with asthma or other respiratory ailments.
Patients receiving respiratory care usually ensures recovery occurs more quickly by keeping the lungs expanded.
Ventilators managed by respiratory therapists keep critically ill patients alive.
Their list of duties does not end there though; Respiratory Therapists treat virtually every patient population, and often the most critically ill patients in the hospital. They may work with sleep diagnostic testing, cardiac catheterization, stress testing, and lung testing. Respiratory Therapists are also a critical part of the code team to ensure an established patient airway.