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Monday, October 22, 2018

Respiratory Care Week

As a mother, aunt and grandmother of children with asthma I have made friends with many that have worked in the respiratory department at several hospitals. The work they do is something that helps many not only children but adults in need as well. My husbands grandmother suffered from many respiratory problems as well. She was taught to smoke her "peace pipe" as she called it. It truly was one type of inhaler but she just had a way of making it all sound better. So this week I want to salute the many that I have met and the many others that are out there caring for the respiratory needs on individuals in their area. 

The week of October 21 to 27 recognizes National Respiratory Care Week During this week respiratory professionals who strive to help individuals with breathing and other cardiopulmonary disorders The professionals in this department are known as respiratory therapists. Patients range from young children with asthma to older victims of heart attack and stroke.

Respiratory therapist job duties include:

  • Maintains equipment such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus and aerosol generators
  • Assisting in emergencies such as heart failure, heart attack, stroke, drowning and shock
  • Assisting patients with asthma, emphysema and other lung conditions
  • Teaching patients about breathing exercises
  • Maintaining natural and artificial airways in patients
  • Respiratory therapists also provide vital assistance to people delivering care inside helicopters and ambulances as they transport patients to a hospital or health care facility.

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