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Transcript of Respiratory Therapist
Their courses include:
Human anatomy and physiology
other courses deal with
Therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and test
CPR Education cont. All states except Alaska and Hawaii required license
Not always required
National Board for Respiratory Care
Certified Respirtory Therapist
Registered Respiratory Therapist Diagnosis
Obtaining and analyzing sputum and breath specimens. They also take blood specimens and analyze them to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases.
Interpreting the data obtained from these specimens.
Measuring the capacity of a patient's lungs to determine if there is impaired function.
Performing stress tests and other studies of the cardiopulmonary system.
Studying disorders of people with disruptive sleep patterns. Group 4
Caleasha Davis Respiratory
Operating and maintaining various types of highly sophisticated equipment to administer oxygen or to assist with breathing.
Employing mechanical ventilation for treating patients who cannot breathe adequately on their own.
Monitoring and managing therapy that will help a patient recover lung function.
Administering medications in aerosol form to help alleviate breathing problems and to help prevent respiratory infections.
Monitoring equipment and patient responses to therapy.
Conducting rehabilitation activities, such as low-impact aerobic exercise classes, to help patients who suffer from chronic lung problems.
Maintaining a patient's artificial airway, one that may be in place to help the patient who can't breathe through normal means.
Conducting smoking cessation programs for both hospital patients and others in the community who want to kick the tobacco habit. A Day in the Life of a
Respiratory Therapist NCCLEX Questions An oxygen delivery system is prescribed for a client with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to deliver a precise oxygen concentration. Which oxygen delivery system would the respiratory therapist anticipate to be prescribed?
A) Face tent
B) Venturi Mask
C) Aerosol Mask
D) Tracheostomy collar NCCLEX Questions A respiratory therapist is suctioning fluids from a client via a trachestomy tube. When suctioning the respiratory therapist must limit the suctioning to a maximum of:
B) 5 seconds
C) 10 Seconds
D) 30 seconds NCCLEX Questions B. Venturi Mask
The venturi mask delivers the most accurate oxygen concentration. It is the best oxygen delivery system for the client with chronic airflow limitation because it delivers a precise oxygen concentration (Silvestri, 2011). NCCLEX Questions C) 10 seconds
Hypoxemia can be caused by prolonged suctioning which stimulates the pacemaker cells in the heart. A vasovagal response may occur, causing bradycardia (Silvestri, 2011). NCCLEX Questions A cromolyn sodium (Intal) inhaler is prescribed for a client with allergic asthma. A respiratory therapist explains the instructions regarding side effects to the patient. Which is considered an undesirable effect of this medication?
D) Bronchospasm NCCLEX Questions D) Bronchospasms
Cromolyn Sodium is an inhaled nonsteroidal antiallergy agent and a mast cell stabilizer. Undesirable side effects associated with inhalation therapy of cromolyn sodium are bronchospasm, cough, nasal congestion, throat irritation, and wheezing (Silvestri, 2011). Interview “… we are as equally as important with in the team as any other member of the team… each party is equally as important!” Characteristics of a Respiratory Therapist To be an effective Respiratory Therapist one should posses:
A strong background in math and science
Good physical and mental health
Ability to work under pressure
Critical thinking skills
Team and leadership skills
Respiratory therapist work in hospitals. They may work in nursing care facilities or travel to patients homes. Leadership Respiratory Therapist have the ability to become an effective leader because in their field being able to critical think is essential. The ability to critical think also goes hand in hand with being a leader.
They demonstrate leadership in
day to day clinical practice
as patient advocates Group 4
Presents: Role in Quality Assurance They're role is to prevent adverse events related to hospital acquired infections When interdisciplinary collab goes wrong... This takes place in Bluford Memorial, on the Medical-Surgical floor. This particular patient, Ms. Scotton, came into the emergency department with abdominal pain with a history of COPD with a 10 year-pack history. This senario sets up an instance where the respiratory therapist and some other members of the interdisciplinary team interact. Now the morning huddle... References Belford, D. (2012). Respiratory therapist in leadership roles. Canadian
Journal Of Respiratory Therapy, 48(2), 20-21.
Harvie, L. (2012). Patient safety in respiratory therapy: importance of
human factors assessment and involvement of the respiratory therapist in medical device risk identification, analysis, and learning. Canadian Journal Of Respiratory Therapy, 48(3), 12-17.
Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core
competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/ipecreport.pdf
North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care. (n.d.). What is a respiratory
therapist?. Retrieved from http://www.ncsrc.org/5_what_rt.shtml
Silvestri, L. A. (2011). Comprehensive review for the nclex-rn examination.
(5th ed.). St. Louis: W B Saunders Co
World Health Organization. (2010). Framework for action on
interprofessional education and collaborative practice. (pp. 12-22) Geneva: Switzerland: WHO Press. Retrieved from http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2010/WHO_HRH_HPN_10.3_eng.pdf Salary on average they make $54,280 a year / $26.10 per hr
Nursing Care Facility: $57,450
Home HealthCare Service: $55,960
Hospital; state, local, & private: $54,210
Offices of Physicians: $52,500