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Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Therapists assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.

They assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care methods, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians.

Respiratory Therapists carefully follow physicians' orders.

They set up and operate respirators, masks, incubators, and positive breathing machines designed to give respiratory assistance to patients.

They use other mechanical devices to stimulate the flow of mucus from the lungs, as well as aerosol inhalants and sprays that supply the lungs with medication.

They do blood-gas analyses.

Therapists monitor equipment, observe patient reactions, assess conditions, assure comfort, and recommend changes in therapy to physicians.

They record relevant information on patients' charts.

They may also use a variety of testing techniques to assist doctors in medical research and to diagnose disorders.



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