Respiratory therapists are healthcare professionals who work collaboratively with other members of the healthcare team to diagnose and treat people of all ages with breathing problems.
Most of us do not even think about breathing; it is a natural part of living. However, for some people breathing can be quite a struggle. Some people can have long-term breathing difficulties such as asthma or emphysema. Others may have trouble breathing as a result of something unexpected or sudden like a motor vehicle accident or a heart attack. For these people and many others, a respiratory therapist will play a key role in optimizing their health and overcoming the impact of their condition. Respiratory therapists are involved in the care of patients in many different settings.
A career as a Respiratory Therapist could involve: