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Respiratory Care Week

Published October 26, 2015

This year's theme for Respiratory Care Week is "Changing the world one breath at a time." We are very thankful we have over 70 registered respiratory therapists to help us do that every day. Respiratory Therapists work in all areas of the hospital, including Acute Care, Emergency Department, Adult Critical Care, NICU, Pediatrics, Family Maternity, Cardio-Pulmonary, and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab and help in both day-to-day and emergent care settings. Respiratory Therapists work 24/7 to perform patient assessments, administer medications and assist with or perform many specialized procedures like Bronchoscopy, Intubation, Ventilator Management, Indirect Calorimetry, and Blood Gases.

The Respiratory Care profession is in transition to requiring an entry level Bachelor’s degree because of the specialized competencies needed to be prepared for Care Delivery.  Many of our RTs have achieved degree advancement or are in the process of achieving that. The department is also supported by a Respiratory Equipment Tech and an Administrative Assistant. Please join in recognizing the great work that our Respiratory Therapists and our support people provide for our patients and caregivers.