A Career as a Respiratory Therapist

564 Words Feb 23rd, 2018 2 Pages
The respiratory therapist also helps his or her patient prevent possible problems within the respiratory system. In addition to preventing problems, the therapists can diagnosis and treat all respiratory issues. The respiratory therapist usually performs a variety of tests to determine what type of treatment will be needed. Some examples of these respiratory problems include Asthma, COPD, pneumonia, emphysema, bronchitis, and any type of respiratory trauma. Also, people with certain sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea, may need to see a respiratory therapist to receive additional help with breathing. Respiratory therapists also deal with all oxygen and other gases in patient’s blood. Therefore it is important for respiratory therapists to always check their patient’s pulse oximetry to determine the amount of oxygen in the blood. The respiratory therapists usually checks pulse oximetry with every treatment, which is always charted. Patients who also have heart problems also may need to see a respiratory therapist to make sure they have good pulmonary health. This is important because the heart and lungs work together. This is why RTs are allowed to perform Electrocardiograms (EKGs). The EKG shows the electrical activity within the heart. Another job of respiratory therapists is to educate their patients on how to use certain medical equipment used for respiratory purposes. For example, the…
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