Respiratory care is a life-supporting, life-enhancing healthcare profession practiced by licensed respiratory care practitioners under qualified medical direction. Respiratory care services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, pulmonary rehabilitation, and monitoring. The department offers respiratory care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to inpatients and outpatients of all ages. All orders for Respiratory care are prescribed by a physician. Patients receive an individualized respiratory care assessment and treatment plan and in-house therapies are periodically reassessed for appropriateness.
Diagnostic activities include, but are not limited to, obtaining and analyzing physiologic specimens, performing tests and studies of the cardiopulmonary system. Therapy includes application and monitoring of medical gases (excluding anesthetic gases), invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilatory support, artificial airway care, bronchopulmonary hygiene, administration of pharmacological agents related to respiratory care procedures and hemodynamic monitoring.
Other services related to respiratory care include participation in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, assisting with therapeutic and diagnostic bronchoscopies and thoracentesis, quality assurance monitoring and evaluation, quality control, internal and external transport of critically ill patients, maintaining and troubleshooting equipment, medical record and data management, performing patient respiratory assessments, and assisting with patient discharge planning.