What is respiratory care?
Respiratory care provides relief to millions of Americans, from newborns to the elderly, who have difficulty breathing or cannot breathe on their own due to impaired or nonfunctioning lungs. Typical patients of respiratory care therapists suffer from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, lung cancer, stroke, drowning accidents, heart attacks, birth defects, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, or sleep apnea. Trauma victims and surgery patients are also treated by respiratory therapists. In addition to treatment, respiratory care also includes education and rehabilitation services, plus diagnostic testing.
Here are some of the things respiratory therapists do: