Respiratory therapists work with physicians and other members of the health care team to identify, treat and care for patients with respiratory diseases or breathing disorders, including:
- Breathing difficulties due to premature birth
- Cystic fibrosis
- Pneumonia and lung infections
Respiratory therapists may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient centers, physicians' offices, sleep disorder clinics and home health care agencies.
Respiratory care services are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to outpatients and inpatients at the following Inova hospitals:
- Inova Alexandria Hospital
- Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
- Inova Fairfax Hospital
- Inova Loudon Hospital
- Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
Who Needs Respiratory Therapy?
Your physician will determine if you need respiratory therapy. You'll then receive an individualized respiratory care assessment and treatment plan, with periodic reassessment for appropriateness.