The United States is currently witnessing a boom in demand for knowledgeable respiratory therapists. This need derives mainly from an aging population and poor air quality. Respiratory therapists are required to help patients cope with, recover from and find comfort with their conditions.
The need for kind, caring respiratory therapists and healthcare professionals is continuing to grow. Today, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates there are 12 million patients suffering from undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as 12 million diagnosed patients.
Duties of Respiratory Therapists
Respiratory therapists work with patients to care for diseases related to the lungs and respiratory system, most notably with those suffering from COPD. Respiratory therapists can work in clinical settings, hospitals, hospices or even home-based care situations.
Professionals working in home-based care cover a range of duties, including working with patients to help alleviate pain, as well as teaching them how to use technical equipment and instructing family members or other caregivers on best practices.
Other responsibilities include assessment, disease management, documentation, patient education and caregiver training. In addition, you must have the technical knowledge of how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot equipment with limited resources while in a patient’s home.
The Bachelor in Respiratory Therapy program is designed for professionals that have an associate’s degree and have hands-on experience in respiratory therapy. A Bachelor’s degree will help advance your career or position you for a Master’s degree.
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If possible, students may cut down on their work hours during a clinical portion of a program.
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