A Respiratory Therapist (RT) monitors and cares for patients with breathing problems. They help manage airways in patients – from those with asthma to patients who are on life support and need a ventilator to help them breathe.
What do Respiratory Therapists do?
- Manage life support equipment such as ventilators
- Administer and interpret breathing tests
- Can insert and maintain artificial airways
- Assist patients with breathing during surgery
- Teach patients how to use medication, breathing devices or equipment
Where do Respiratory Therapists work?
- Hospital or health care centre
- Assisted living facilities
- Specialized units for critical care, lung, heart and sleep disorders
- Home Care
Respiratory Therapists at AHS
Alberta Health Services employs over 1100 Respiratory Therapists.
What are the credentials for a Respiratory Therapist?